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Massachusetts Industrial Employment Declined Over Past Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, November 4th, 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Industrial employment in Massachusetts declined slightly over the past year, reports the 2016 Massachusetts Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Massachusetts shed 1,204 industrial jobs from August 2014 to August 2015, about a third of one percent.

MNI reports Massachusetts is now home to 7,918 manufacturers employing 369,925 workers. Employment in the state’s industrial sector was little changed over the past five years, with jobs down a net half percent since August of 2010, after dropping nearly 8% from August 2007-August 2010.

“High business costs combined with depressed global markets continue to put a dent in Massachusetts’ employment growth, particularly in its historically strong industries such as electronics,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state boasts a top-notch workforce, which has helped to establish many innovative and high-tech start-ups. Agencies such as UMass Lowell’s innovation hub and the Medical Device Development Center are also having an influence on the state’s growing medical devices sector.”

MNI reports employment losses were led by the electronics industry, which declined by 4.6%, following the closure of Intel’s massive factory in Hudson and the shuttering of Cobham Electronics Systems in Lowell. Electronics manufacturing accounts for the third-most factory employment in Massachusetts, employing 45,551.

Medical instruments and related products ranks first in the state for industrial employment, with 49,950 jobs, up 1% over the year. Employment in second-ranked industrial machinery held steady at 47,746 workers.

Massachusetts industries losing jobs included lumber/wood, down 6.3%, and transportation equipment, down 4.3%. Gains were recorded in two sectors: chemicals, up 2% and textiles, up a half percent. Most industries in Massachusetts, however, reported little to no change in employment.

Bright spots for the state included the opening of Cenevo’s paper products plant in Chicopee; the opening of Mohawk’s envelope plant in South Cadley; and the establishment of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp.’s facility in Springfield, where it will build train cars for Boston’s subway.

MNI’s regional analysis shows Southeast Massachusetts suffered the largest share of losses, with jobs down 2.6% to its current level of 47,850 workers. Industrial employment in Western Massachusetts fell 2.2% to 41,437 workers. Central Massachusetts held steady at 173,510 jobs, and manufacturing employment in the state’s Northeast quadrant rose 1.9% to 107,128 jobs, reports MNI.

Industrial jobs in Boston rose 6.3% over the year, reports MNI, with the city home to the most manufacturing jobs in the state, numbering 13,994. Wilmington posted a half percent loss, with the second-ranked city home to 12,124 jobs. Employment was down 4.3% in third-ranked Andover, which currently accounts for 11,487 jobs, while jobs held steady in fourth-ranked Cambridge at 11,029 workers. Waltham industrial jobs rose 3.6%, with the fifth-ranked city accounting for 10,095 of the state’s industrial jobs.

Detailed profiles of all Massachusetts manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Massachusetts Manufacturers Register® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s traditional print directories are published for each state and include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc. 847-864-7000.
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