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Survey: Manufacturing Employment In Pennsylvania Declines Slightly

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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Evanston, IL 60201
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EVANSTON, Ill, September 15th, 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Pennsylvania declined slightly over the past year, reports the 2016 Pennsylvania Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Pennsylvania lost 3,465 industrial jobs from July 2014 to July 2015, or about a half percent.

MNI reports Pennsylvania is now home to 16,339 manufacturers employing 794,983 workers. Employment in the state’s industrial sector was little changed over the past five years, with jobs down 1.2% since July of 2010, after dropping nearly 8% from July 2008-July 2010. Industrial job losses since 2010 were offset by gains in the oil/gas extraction sector, which added over 4,000 jobs even as employment in many other sectors declined.

“Like many states in the mid-Atlantic region, Pennsylvania struggles with high business costs and global competition,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, its highly educated workforce and abundance of capital have drawn more innovative companies to the state in recent years. This, combined with growth in the energy sector has helped to stem losses, and we may even see the beginning of a turnaround.”

Declines were spread out across most sectors, reports MNI, and included furniture/fixtures, down 6.8%; medical instruments/related products, down 5.2%; stone/clay/glass, down 4.5%; transportation equipment, down 3.6%; primary metals, down 3%; printing/publishing, down 2.9%; and paper products, down 1.5%.

Industrial locations announcing closures in Pennsylvania included surgical device maker Surgical Specialties in Exeter Township; Rosenberg Dairy in Hatfield; commercial bakery Mondelez International in Philadelphia; and Horsehead Holding’s zinc processing facility in Monaca.

Employment in Pennsylvania’s top sectors were unchanged over the year, reports MNI. The industrial machinery sector employs the most Pennsylvania workers, with 94,046 jobs, with no significant change reported. The second-ranked fabricated metals industry employs 84,035 workers, virtually unchanged over the year.

A small increase in third-ranked food processing employment was one of the bright spots from this year’s survey, with jobs in that sector up 1% to its current level of 83,233.

Other sectors posting gains included electronics, up 2.4%; and lumber/wood, also up 2.4%

Manufacturing operations announcing openings in the state included Universal Pasteurization in East Whiteland Township; GE in Finlay Township; White Wave Foods in DuBois; Cenevo in Mount Pleasant; Faro Technologies in Exton; and applesauce maker Charles & Alice in East Hempfield Township. In addition, Alcoa recently announced a $60 million expansion at its tech center in Upper Burrell Township.

Southeast Pennsylvania accounts for the largest share of the state’s industrial employment, with 333,182 jobs, down 1.1% over the year. Southwest Pennsylvania accounts for 182,937 jobs, up a half percent, while Central Pennsylvania is home to 116,466 industrial workers, down a half percent. Northwest Pennsylvania accounts for 106,770 of the state’s industrial jobs, down a half percent, while Northeast Pennsylvania is home 55,628 jobs, also down a half percent.

Industrial jobs in Philadelphia fell 1.2% over the year, reports MNI, with the city home to the most manufacturing jobs in the state, numbering 40,736. Second-ranked Pittsburgh accounts for 36,268 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago, while employment in third-ranked York fell 2.7% to its current level of 20,835 jobs. Lancaster is home to 17,144 jobs, down 2.4%, and fifth-ranked Erie accounts for 16,904 of the state’s industrial jobs, with no significant change reported.

Detailed profiles of all Pennsylvania manufacturers can be found in the 2016 Pennsylvania 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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