Manufacturing employment increases in numerous U.S. cities

October 4, 2011

After several years of figurative roadblocks and difficulties, the U.S. economy is slowly beginning to recover, in some ways, from the recession of the late 2000s. In the country’s manufacturing sector, this rebound can be seen in recent reports stating that 61 of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. experienced gains in manufacturing employment during 2010 and 2011, according to The Business Journals.

The news source reports that Detroit, Michigan, had the most impressive numbers among the cities that reported increases, with 14,100 new manufacturing positions added since August 2010. Houston, Texas, landed the runner-up position, with an addition of 11,600 new jobs in the sector. These two urban areas are the only cities among the 61 with employment increases to report upticks in excess of 10,000 jobs.

In terms of percentage gain, Tulsa, Oklahoma, outperformed all other cities during this period, with an 11.6 percent increase in manufacturing employment.

Non-farm employment in the entire New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area went up by 57,400, as reported on September 28th by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Among the remaining cities, a total of 34 had a decrease in their manufacturing workforce, while five reported no change. New York City experienced the most significant decrease, with 9,300 jobs lost in the sector.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the late 2000s recession severely impacted manufacturing, with 2 million employees lost from 2007 to 2009.