Nov. 12, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in
increased 2.3% over the past twelve months according to the 2013 South Carolina Manufacturers Register
published annually by
Manufacturers' News, Inc
gained 5,934 manufacturing jobs over the past year.
Manufacturers' News reports
is now home to 4,870 manufacturers employing 262,431 workers.
continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says
, President of the
-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Its reasonable labor costs and educated workforce have made it easier for manufacturers to do business, drawing major companies to the state."
Bright spots over the year included Caterpillar's expansion of its hydraulic facility in
, and the opening of Chinese candy maker Au'Some's new plant, also in
. Honda announced an expansion of its
factory, moving production from a facility in
; Bluestar Silicones broke ground on a new plant in
; U.S. Fibers expanded its
plant; and Johnson Controls opened a battery recycling facility in
MNI reports industrial machinery remains
's largest manufacturing sector by employment with 34,766 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago. Transportation equipment manufacturing has overtaken textiles/apparel as the state's second-largest sector following a 19% increase from continued hiring at Boeing's
plant and BMW's facility in
, among others. The transportation equipment sector currently accounts for 31,475 jobs. Third-ranked textiles/apparel employs 27,366
workers, with no significant change reported over the past twelve months.
Other sectors that reported gains for the year included lumber/wood, up 5.3%; primary metals, up 3.7%; food products, up 1.9%; electronics, up 1.4%; and chemicals, up 1%. Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 5.4%; fabricated metals, down 3.4%; stone/clay/glass, down 1.6%; and printing/publishing, down 1.3%.