Jan. 2, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Industrial employment in
increased 1.5% over the past year, according to the 2013 Idaho Manufacturers Directory
published annually by
Manufacturers' News, Inc
gained 1,096 manufacturing jobs from
, the first gain the industrial publisher has recorded for the state since 2006.
Manufacturers' News reports
is now home to 2,152 manufacturers employing 73,920 workers.
continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says
, President of the
-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
yogurt-manufacturing plant in
; Cives Steel Company's plans to open a steel fabrication factory in
; and the opening of a Southwark metal ductwork plant in
. In addition, several manufacturers operating in
have announced expansions, including Precision Machining in
; Lactalis American Group, also in
; Schweitzer Engineering in
; and ATCO Structures and Logistics in Pocatello.
Losses for the state included layoffs at
's Clearwater Paper lumber mill after it was purchased by Idaho Forest Group.
MNI reports industrial machinery and equipment remains
'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%.