SOURCE: Manufacturers' News, Inc.

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December 13, 2016 11:05 ET

South Carolina Adds Manufacturing Jobs for a Fifth Straight Year

EVANSTON, IL--(Marketwired - December 13, 2016) - South Carolina manufacturing employment inched up for a fifth straight year, reports the 2017 South Carolina Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI's database of manufacturers, South Carolina added 2,030 jobs between September 2015 and September 2016, a one percent gain.

South Carolina is home to 4,629 manufacturers employing 270,348. Manufacturing jobs in the state have grown by 7.4% since September of 2011, reports MNI.

"South Carolina has not only recovered most of the recession's losses, but has positioned itself as a prime location for new manufacturers -- particularly those in the transportation equipment sector," says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "The state consistently ranks high in multiple site selection factors such as infrastructure, workforce, business costs, and incentive programs, but a strong dollar continues to put a dent in exports."

The transportation equipment industry continues to drive manufacturing employment gains, adding 1,454 jobs or nearly 4% over the year, and ranks first in the state for industrial jobs, employing 39,789. Job gains in the sector have outpaced the state's overall growth, increasing 26% or by nearly 8,300 jobs since September 2012.

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The industrial machinery and equipment sector ranks as the state's second-largest by manufacturing employment, employing 33,712, with no significant change reported. Employment in South Carolina's third-ranked rubber/plastics industry rose 1.9%, reports MNI.

MNI's database recorded employment increases across a broad range of sub-sectors, including stone/clay/glass, up 4%; instruments/related products, up 3.9%; furniture/fixtures, up 3.6%; electronics, up 3.2%; chemicals, up 2.1%; rubber/plastics, up 1.9%; and primary metals, up 1%.

City data collected by MNI shows most top South Carolina cities by number of industrial jobs saw increases over the year, with Greenville jobs up 1% to 24,144; Spartanburg up 1.7% to 14,982; and North Charleston up 7.8% to 13,331. Established in 1912, MNI is the nation's oldest and largest compiler of industrial information, offering tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI's industrial marketplace IndustryNet: is a one-stop resource that connects buyers with suppliers of 10,000 + products and services, and allows users to obtain competitive quotes, create and view company profiles, post company news releases, photos, videos, job openings, and more. MNI's subscription service EZ Select: provides access to MNI's live interactive database of manufacturers. For more information, contact MNI at 847-864-7000 or visit

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