SOURCE: Manufacturers' News, Inc.

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February 29, 2016 11:58 ET

Illinois Lost More Than 7,000 Manufacturing Jobs in 2015

EVANSTON, IL--(Marketwired - February 29, 2016) - Illinois manufacturing employment declined over the past year, reports the 2016 Illinois Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI's database of manufacturers, Illinois lost 7,087 manufacturing jobs from December 2014 to December 2015, a one percent decline.

Illinois is now home to 17,642 manufacturers employing 803,416 workers, according to data collected by MNI.

"High business costs continue to put a dent in Illinois' manufacturing growth, and job losses in 2015 were further exacerbated by a budget stalemate, making it hard for the state to incentivize companies seeking an exit from or relocation to the state," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "However, Illinois still has many attractive features for manufacturers, including an educated workforce and ideal proximity to distribution and supply chain hubs." 

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According to MNI's database, most of Illinois' top industries suffered declines over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment, the state's largest industry by number of jobs, posted a one percent decline to 130,809 workers, while second-ranked fabricated metals was virtually unchanged at 91,597 jobs. Third-ranked food processing declined 1% to 90,981 industrial jobs. 

Additionally, MNI recorded employment losses for printing/publishing, down 3.5%; textiles/apparel, down 3.2%; electronics, down 2.9%; stone/clay/glass, down 2.8%; transportation equipment, down 2.7%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.6%; lumber/wood, down 2%; and primary metals, down 1.7%.

MNI recorded employment gains for only two Illinois industries in 2015: rubber/plastics, which grew 2.2%, and paper products, up a half percent.

City data collected by MNI shows Chicago lost 1,972 manufacturing jobs in 2015, or 1.8%. Chicago remains the state's top city by number of industrial jobs, with a workforce of 105,339.

Jobs in second-ranked Elk Grove Village declined a half percent to 19,558, and rose 1.1% in third-ranked Rockford to 19,108. Fourth-ranked Elgin accounts for 12,251 jobs, up 1.4% in 2015, while Wheeling ranks fifth with 11,586, up 2.4% over the year. 

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. 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. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc. 847-864-7000. or follow MNI on Twitter:

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