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Survey: Idaho Industrial Employment Rose 2% In The Past Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, January 27th, 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing jobs in Idaho climbed for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Idaho Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database, Idaho manufacturers added another 1,515 jobs from November 2014 to November 2015, an increase of 2%.

Idaho is now home to 2,135 manufacturers employing 79,250 workers. MNI reports the state has so far added 5,466 industrial jobs, up 7.5% since November 2011.

“Many manufacturers choose Idaho for its competitive incentive programs and abundant natural resources, and its business costs are among the lowest in the nation,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state still struggles from a shortage of skilled workers.”

MNI reports employment gains were led by the industrial machinery sector, which increased 1.3% over the year. The industrial machinery sector accounts for the most Idaho manufacturing jobs, employing 16,188.

Other industrial sectors reporting gains included medical instruments/related products, up 15%; fabricated metals, up 11%; transportation equipment, up 5%; chemicals, up 4.3%; rubber/plastics, up 2.8%; and textiles, up 2.3%.

Gains were offset by losses in second-ranked food products, down 2.2% o to 15,395 jobs, with losses largely due to the closures of Post Holding’s PowerBar factory in Boise and J.R. Simplot’s facility in Aberdeen.

The state’s food processing industry is expected to add more jobs, however, with the opening of a new Clif Bar facility in Twin Falls and J.R. Simplot’s plans to establish a meatpacking plant in Kuna, slated to open summer of 2016. Other bright spots for the state include the opening of Fabri-Cal’s new food container plant in Burley; Heartland Recreational Vehicles’ plans to establish an RV facility in Nampa; and the opening of a GoGo SqueeZ packaged applesauce plant in Nampa.

MNI’s regional data shows Southwest Idaho accounted for the largest share of gains, with jobs up 2.6% to its current level of 45,065 workers. Industrial employment in the state’s Northern region rose 2.4% to 17,417 jobs, but declined 1.8% to 16,768 jobs in Southeast Idaho.

City data collected by MNI shows Boise is Idaho’s top city by manufacturing employment with 22,791 jobs, up 6.7% over the year. Industrial employment in second-ranked Nampa climbed 2.7% to 9,602 jobs, while employment in third-ranked Lewiston rose 6.4% to 4,686 jobs. Idaho Falls ranks fourth with 4,341 jobs, up 2.9%, while Twin Falls ranks fifth with 3,734 jobs, down 1%

Detailed profiles of all Idaho manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Idaho Manufacturers Directory® 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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