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Manufacturing Job Growth In Arizona Stalls

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at]

June 22nd, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Arizona was little changed over the past year, reports the 2016 Arizona Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s industrial database, manufacturers in Arizona shed 143 jobs between March 2015 and March 2016 -- less than one percent.

Arizona’s 5,413 manufacturers employ 215,117 in the state, reports MNI.

“High business costs and a lack of skilled workers continues to put a dent in Arizona’s industrial sector,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, employment has remained fairly steady since the recession, with the state’s abundant natural resources and solid infrastructure drawing new manufacturers to the state.”

MNI reports Arizona’s transportation equipment industry remains the state’s largest sector by number of jobs, employing 31,038, down one percent over the year. The second-ranked industrial machinery sector employs 27,520, 4.9% more than a year ago, while employment in third-ranked fabricated metals rose 2.4% to 25,879 jobs.

Arizona industries that shed jobs over the year included printing/publishing, down 4.4%; paper products, down 3.8%; primary metals, down 2.5%; stone/clay/glass, down 2.1%; and electronics, down 2%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included cosmetics maker Philosophy, Inc. in Phoenix; and Artisan Natural Stone Products, also in Phoenix.

Arizona manufacturing losses were offset by employment gains in textiles/apparel, up 8.1%; rubber/plastics, up 3.8%; food products, up 3.7%; and furniture/fixtures, up 1.8%.

Bright spots over the year included a major announcement by Nestle, which plans to establish a $35 million water bottling facility in Phoenix, and Cardinal IG’s plans for a new glass manufacturing facility, slated to open in Buckeye in 2017.

City data collected by MNI shows Phoenix ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 70,749 workers, down 3% over the year. Second-ranked Tucson accounts for 30,852, down 3.2%, while third-ranked Tempe is home to 23,799 workers, down 1.5%. Fourth-ranked Chandler accounts for 23,752 jobs, up 7.2%, and fifth-ranked Mesa is home to 12,149, up 3.9%.

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