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Manufacturing Jobs In Georgia Climb For A Sixth Straight Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, August 4th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Georgia rose for a sixth straight year, though at a slower rate than in previous years, reports the 2017 Georgia Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s industrial database, manufacturers in Georgia added 2,188 new jobs between May 2015 and May 2016, or a half percent.

Georgia’s 9,233 manufacturers employ 489,346 in the state, reports MNI. Since May of 2010, Georgia has added 23,399 jobs, or 5%, recovering 27% of jobs lost during the recession.

“The past six years has given rise to a nearly thirty-percent jump in Georgia’s auto sector employment as well as a five-percent overall gain. An abundance of capital funding, skilled and affordable labor pool, low business costs, as well as ideal infrastructure and global access, have all contributed to the state’s success,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, like many otherwise thriving states, gains have slowed over the past year as global competition and a strong dollar continue to challenge growth.”

According to Manufacturers’ News, employment gains were led by the transportation equipment sector, which climbed 2.3% over the year, and 29% over the past six years, ranking third in the state for industrial employment with 46,455 jobs.

First-ranked food processing accounts for 69,083 jobs in Georgia, reports MNI, up one percent over the year, while employment in the state’s second-ranked textiles/apparel sector inched up a half percent to 53,441 jobs.

Other Georgia industries gaining jobs included furniture/fixtures, up 3.8%; chemicals, up 3.1%; primary metals, up 2.3%; fabricated metals, up 1.8%; and industrial machinery, up 1.4%. Declines were noted in paper products, down 3.5%; printing/publishing, down 3.3%; electronics, down 2.5%; and stone/clay/glass, down 1.4%.

Several major Georgia plant openings were announced over the year, including Tokyo-based Toppan Printing, which broke ground on a barrier film manufacturing facility in Griffin; Kumho Tire U.S.A., which unveiled its new facility in Macon; Trident Seafood, which opened a seafood-processing plant in Carrollton; and Israel-based Haifa, which established a fertilizer plant in Savannah.

Georgia industrial sites announcing closures included Mohawk Industries’ yarn plant in Chatsworth; Kellogg’s snack factory in Columbus; and Quad/Graphics’ printing site in Evans.

MNI’s regional data shows gains were concentrated mostly in Georgia’s Northwest region, with employment up 1.3% to 301,140 jobs. Southeast Georgia also posted a gain, up 1.6% to 42,098 industrial jobs. The rest of the state shed jobs, with the Southwest losing 2.7% to 31,028; the South Central region losing 1% to 40,104 jobs, and the Northeast declining by a half percent, now home to 74,976 workers.

City data collected by MNI shows Atlanta ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 59,728 workers, up 2.6%. Second-ranked Dalton accounts for 22,163 jobs, up 3.7%, while third-ranked Alpharetta is home to 20,960 workers, up 4.8%. Savannah ranks fourth with 17,033 jobs, up 3.1%, and fifth-ranked Norcross accounts for 14,513 industrial jobs, down 5.4%.

Established in 1912, MNI is the nation’s oldest and largest compiler of industrial information, offering tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial marketplace IndustryNet: is a one-stop resource that connects buyers with suppliers of 10,000 + products and services, and allows users to obtain competitive quotes, create and view company profiles, post company news releases, photos, videos, job openings, and more. MNI’s subscription service EZ Select: provides access to MNI’s live interactive database of manufacturers. For more information, contact MNI at 847-864-7000 or visit
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