SOURCE: Manufacturers' News, Inc.

Industrial Database

September 12, 2016 11:20 ET

Pennsylvania Lost Manufacturing Jobs Over the Past Year

EVANSTON, IL--(Marketwired - September 12, 2016) - Manufacturing employment in Pennsylvania declined slightly over the past year, reports the 2017 Pennsylvania Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI's industrial database, manufacturers in Pennsylvania shed 5,594 jobs, or nearly one percent, between July 2015 and July 2016.

Pennsylvania's 16,054 manufacturers employ 787,259 in the state, reports MNI, compared to 19,246 industrial companies and 924,019 workers recorded a decade ago.

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"High business costs and aging infrastructure, combined with a drop in oil prices, have put Pennsylvania industrial growth on hold," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "However, losses over the past few years have not been nearly as severe as during the recession, and the state's focus on manufacturing innovation continues to foster a variety of cutting-edge enterprises."

MNI reports industrial machinery accounts for the most manufacturing jobs in the state, employing 91,597, down 1.3% over the year. Second-ranked food processing added jobs, up 1% to 85,209, while third-ranked fabricated metals declined 1% to 84,575 jobs.

Industrial job losses in Pennsylvania were spread out across most other sectors, reports MNI, and included petroleum products, down 12.5%; furniture/fixtures, down 4.2%; electronics, down 4.1%; printing/publishing, down 4%; textiles/apparel, down 2.9%; chemicals, down 2%; and stone/clay/glass, down 1.4%.

The oil and gas extraction sector has accounted for much of Pennsylvania's post-recession job gains, with employment skyrocketing 154% between 2010 and 2015. Jobs in that industry declined for the first time since the boom took hold, reports MNI, falling 12% over the past twelve months.

City data collected by MNI shows Philadelphia ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 38,255 workers, down 5.2%. Pittsburgh is now a close second, with 34,886 jobs, down 2.2% over the year, while third-ranked York is home to 20,310 workers, down 2.5%. Erie ranks fourth with 17,588 jobs, down 3.9%, and fifth-ranked Lancaster accounts for 16,371 industrial jobs, down 6.7%.

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