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New York Manufacturing Employment Continues On Downward Slide, Declining 1.2% In Past Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, November 17th 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Industrial employment in New York declined over the past year, reports the 2016 New York Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, New York shed 8,241 industrial jobs from September 2014 to September 2015, or 1.2%, continuing the downward trend that has cost the state 14% of its industrial employment since September of 2007.

MNI reports New York is now home to 15,934 manufacturers employing 707,203 workers, compared to a high of 820,028 jobs MNI recorded for the state at the start of the recession.

“Like many states on the East Coast, New York has struggled to come back from the recession as high business costs combined with depressed global markets continue to put a dent in employment growth,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, its top-notch workforce and access to capital continues to foster the growth of cutting-edge enterprises, such as the Brooklyn Naval Yard’s transformation into a high-tech manufacturing hub, MakerBot’s massive expansion, and SolarCity’s plans for a major solar panel plant in Buffalo.”

MNI data shows employment losses were led by the state’s printing/publishing sector, which fell 2.9% in the past twelve months. Printing/publishing ranks as New York’s largest sector by industrial employment with 111,600 jobs. The state’s second-ranked sector, industrial machinery, also posted a loss, down 1.4% to its current level of 78,411. Employment in third-ranked electronics fell 1.8% to 69,120 jobs.

Employment in most other New York industries reported losses, according to MNI, with jobs in medical instruments/related products down 5.3%; primary metals, down 5.1%; lumber/wood, down 2.5%; food products, down 2.1%; and fabricated metals, down 2%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included a Tyson Foods plant in Buffalo; Alcoa’s smelting facility in Massena; Bimbo Bakeries’ Entenmann location in Bay Shore; Southwire’s wire and cable factory in Blauverlt; and ConAgra’s plant in Fredonia.

Manufacturers’ News reports the New York Metro Area, including the New York City exurbs, accounts for 387,404 manufacturing jobs, down 1.4% in the past twelve months. Jobs in New York City proper declined 1.7% to 143,393.

The Western region of the state accounts for 176,174 workers, with no significant change reported. Rochester and Buffalo represent 35% of these jobs, with Rochester home to 38,806 workers, up a half percent over the year, and Buffalo home to 22,786 down 3.1%.

The state’s Central region is home to 93,969 industrial workers, down 1.8%. Syracuse accounts for 9,149 of these jobs – 6.8% less than a year ago. The Upstate/Adirondack region saw a decrease of 2.4% over the year, and currently accounts for 49,654 of the state’s industrial jobs.

Detailed profiles of all New York manufacturers can be found in the 2016 New York 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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