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Manufacturing Jobs In Florida Rose 2.5% In Past Year

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

EVANSTON, Ill, June 14th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Florida manufacturers added jobs for a third straight year, reports the 2016 Florida Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, factory jobs in Florida increased by 11,645 or 2.5% between March 2015 and March 2016.

Florida’s 14,060 manufacturers employ 478,958 in the state, reports MNI. Since March of 2013, Florida has added 19,648 jobs, or 4.3%.

“With its abundance of shovel-ready sites, as well as its competitive labor and business costs, Florida has become a top choice for many manufacturers,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, like many states across the nation, finding skilled workers continues to be a challenge.”

MNI reports Florida’s fabricated metals industry accounts for the most manufacturing jobs, employing 47,329, up 1% over the year. The second-ranked electronics industry shed 3% of its workforce to 46,196 positions, while employment in third-ranked food products jumped 3.6% to 45,441 jobs.

Additional Florida industries gaining jobs over the year included paper products, up 6.5%; primary metals, up 5.7%; industrial machinery, up 5.2%; lumber/wood, up 4.4%; stone/clay/glass, up 3.8%; chemicals, up 3.5%, and transportation equipment, up 2.9%.

Several major manufacturers announced openings over the year, including Boeing, which opened a commercial spacecraft facility at the Kennedy Space Center, and GE, which opened a $60 million instrument transformer factory in Clearwater. In addition, Kalashnikov plans to establish an AK-47 factory in Pompano Beach; Rocla opened a railroad tie facility in Fort Pierce; and HOERBIGER broke ground on a plant in Coral Springs.

Only two Florida manufacturing sectors posted notable employment losses over the year: furniture/fixtures, which declined 7%, and printing/publishing, which fell 1.6%.

Losses for the state included the closure of Orbital ATK’s defense systems manufacturing facility in Clearwater.

MNI’s regional data shows employment gains were spread out across Florida’s four regions, with jobs in South Florida up 4.3% to 179,703 jobs, and Northeast Florida adding 3.3% to 59,629 workers. Manufacturing employment in the Panhandle rose 1.8% to 26,694, and manufacturers in Central Florida added 1.6% to 212,932 jobs.

City data collected by MNI shows Jacksonville ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 37,932 workers, with no significant change reported over the year. Second-ranked Orlando accounts for 35,190, up 1.8% while third-ranked Miami is home to 30,482 workers, down 1.4%. Fourth-ranked Tampa accounts for 28,551 industrial jobs, up 1.9%, and Fort Lauderdale ranks fifth with 16,493 jobs, up 5.9% over the past twelve months.

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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