Pennsylvania manufacturing industry reports employment growth for August

September 21, 2011

The Pennsylvania manufacturing industry reported growth for the month of August, as the sector was able to add jobs despite the rise in the overall unemployment rate for the state.

More than 2,200 jobs were added in the manufacturing sector within the state, marking the second highest increase in employment within the 11 supersectors for Pennsylvania, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

The number of jobs and average salary within the industry grew on a year-to-year basis, as the data from August 2011 rose more than 2.4 percent from the same period in 2010. This rise was second to the mining and logging sector, reported the government website.

Success within manufacturing industries came as the total number of unemployed residents in Pennsylvania rose for the third straight month. While the total number of jobless citizens increased 0.4 percent for August, the total percentage remains below the national average, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The increased growth in the sector may lead Philadelphia-area manufacturers to increase their investment in energy efficient buildings. These companies may be presented with a chance to participate in the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings, which helps businesses achieve lower levels of consumption. 

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