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Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in
Idaho increased 1.5% over the past year, according to the 2013 Idaho Manufacturers Directory
industrial directory published annually by
Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI)
Evanston, IL. MNI reports
Idaho gained 1,096 manufacturing jobs from
October 2011 to
October 2012, the first gain the industrial publisher has recorded for the state since 2006.
Manufacturers' News reports
Idaho is now home to 2,152 manufacturers employing 73,920 workers.
Idaho continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says
Tom Dubin, President of the
Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. "Its educated workforce and low business costs have made it easier for manufacturers to expand."
Bright spots for the state the included the opening of Chobani's
$450 million yogurt-manufacturing plant in
Twin Falls; Cives Steel Company's plans to open a steel fabrication factory in
Idaho Falls; and the opening of a Southwark metal ductwork plant in
Caldwell. In addition, several manufacturers operating in
Idaho have announced expansions, including Precision Machining in
Nampa; Lactalis American Group, also in
Nampa; Schweitzer Engineering in
Lewiston; and ATCO Structures and Logistics in Pocatello.
Losses for the state included layoffs at
Lewiston's Clearwater Paper lumber mill after it was purchased by Idaho Forest Group.
MNI reports industrial machinery and equipment remains
Idaho's largest industrial sector by employment with 15,331 jobs, down 1.7% over the year. Food products manufacturing ranks second and accounts for 14,883 jobs, down 3.3%. Third-ranked lumber/wood represents 8,808 of the state's jobs, up 2.4% over the past twelve months.
Most other industrial sectors gained jobs over the year including textiles/apparel, up 5.5%; primary metals, up 5%; fabricated metals, up 4.7%; paper products, up 4.3%; instruments/related products, up 3.2%; furniture/fixtures, up 3%; chemicals, up 2.9%; transportation equipment, up 1.7%; and stone/clay/glass, up 1.1%. Losses were seen in printing/publishing, down 5.4% and electronics, down 1.3%.