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Delaware Manufacturing Employment Declines 1.1%

By Business Wire News   


Manufacturers’ News, Inc. — Manufacturing employment in Delaware declined slightly over the past year, reports the 2016 Delaware Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Delaware lost 392 industrial jobs from July 2014 to July 2015, or 1.1%

MNI reports Delaware is now home to 686 manufacturers employing 34,566 workers.

“Delaware still struggles with high business costs and competition from its neighbors,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, its highly educated workforce and abundance of capital, as well as the relative ease of establishing a business in the state seem to be a draw for a variety of enterprises.”

Employment declines were mostly seen in Delaware’s chemical/pharmaceutical processing industry, reports MNI, with jobs in that sector down 2.3% over the year. The chemicals industry ranks second in the state for industrial jobs, employing 8,626. First-ranked food processing accounts for a quarter of Delaware’s industrial jobs, or 8,912, virtually unchanged over the year.

Additional losses were reported in rubber/plastics manufacturing, down 5.5%; primary metals, down 5.2%; medical instruments/measuring devices, down 3.1%; and printing/publishing, down 1.6%.

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Gains were seen in electronics, up 8.8%; fabricated metals, up 3.9%; and stone/clay/glass, up 2%. Most other sectors were little unchanged over the year

MNI’s city data shows manufacturing jobs in Wilmington declined 7% over the year, with the city home to the most jobs in the state, numbering 8,391. Industrial jobs rose 3.9% in Newark, and climbed 1.1% in New Castle, reports MNI.

Established in 1912, Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select ( allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet ( connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000.

Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
Jennifer Ratcliff
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