According to Manufacturers’ News, Inc., for the second year in a row, industrial employment in Michigan posted a gain according to the 2013 Michigan Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. Michigan gained 14,648 manufacturing jobs from January 2012 to January 2013 or 2.3%, despite the loss of 54 manufacturers.
Manufacturers’ News reports Michigan is now home to 14,222 manufacturers employing 650,291 workers.“Michigan’s industrial climate continues to improve,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “ The state’s efforts to reduce business costs have resulted in many companies reinvesting in its manufacturing sector.”According to the industrial directory,
Michigan’s largest sectors by number of manufacturing jobs all posted gains. Transportation equipment ranks first in the state for industrial employment with 131,274 jobs, up 4.3% in 2012 — double the increase MNI reported for the sector in 2011. Industrial machinery and equipment ranks second with 120,541 manufacturing jobs, up 1.9%, while fabricated metals accounts for 77,192 industrial jobs, up about a third of a percent. In Huron Township, Michigan manufacturing firms in the LDFA district gained over 1000 employees in 2012-13.