SOURCE: Manufacturers' News, Inc.

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May 23, 2016 12:41 ET

California Manufacturing Employment Growth Stalls

EVANSTON, IL--(Marketwired - May 23, 2016) - Manufacturers' News, Inc. -- Manufacturing jobs in California declined over the past year, reports the 2016 Directory of California Manufacturers®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI's database of manufacturers, California lost 10,393 industrial jobs from March 2015 to March 2016, following three straight years of gains.

MNI data shows California manufacturers added 52,447 jobs, or 3.5%, between March 2012 and March 2015. The state is now home to 25,440 industrial companies employing 1,560,263 workers.

"Like many states across the nation, industrial job growth is lagging in California due to soft global demand, and strict regulation and higher labor costs have made it difficult for many manufacturers to expand," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "However, the state is a hotbed for innovation, and its abundance of project funding is a huge draw for manufacturers."

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MNI reports California's electronics sector accounts for the most manufacturing jobs in the state, employing 247,492, up a half percent over the year. The second-ranked industrial machinery sector accounts for 175,804 industrial jobs, down 2%, while California's food processing industry employs 175,549, a half percent less than a year ago.

California industries losing jobs included printing/publishing, down 5%; paper products, down 2.6%; primary metals, down 2%; and stone/clay/glass, down 1.4%. Most other California industries reported slight one-percent losses, including furniture/fixtures; fabricated metals; transportation equipment; and instruments/related products.

Manufacturing job losses in California were offset by gains in chemicals, up 1.5%; and lumber/wood, up 1.3%.

Manufacturing jobs in Southern California declined by one percent, according to MNI's regional data, and currently accounts for 955,840 of the state's industrial employment. Jobs in Northern California fell a half percent to 604,423.

City data collected by MNI shows San Diego is the state's top city by number of manufacturing jobs, accounting for 71,177 workers, with no significant change reported. Manufacturing jobs in Los Angeles declined 3.7% over the year, reports MNI, with the city now home to 67,225 industrial workers.

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