Policy Analysis | June 2011
Manufacturing Jobs in the South
As reported by The Business Journals, in the past decade, the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States has seen a decline in every state except Alaska. The Southern region was no exception to this downward trend, shedding a total of 1,745,300 manufacturing jobs between April 2001 and April 2011. As the nation slowly recovers from the Great Recession, SLC member states are seeing a small uptick in the number of manufacturing jobs within their jurisdictions. However, these gains still are relatively miniscule when observing the decline of manufacturing jobs in of the past decade.
In the Southern region, North Carolina saw the greatest decline in manufacturing jobs in the past decade, while West Virginia lost the fewest jobs. Between April 2010 and April 2011, Texas came ahead with the most manufacturing jobs gained, whereas Mississippi continued to see a loss of manufacturing jobs with a decline of 3,400 jobs.
Manufacturing Jobs in the SLC Member States, April 2001 - April 2011 (preliminary figures)
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