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Minnesota Adds Manufacturing Jobs for a Fourth Straight Year

By Business Wire News   


Manufacturers’ News, Inc.– Minnesota manufacturing employment climbed for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Minnesota Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Minnesota gained 3,760 manufacturing jobs from October 2014 to October 2015, or 1%.

Minnesota is now home to 9,606 manufacturers employing 475,113 workers. MNI data shows the state has so far added 17,132 industrial jobs or 3.7% since October 2011, recovering 40% of jobs lost during the recession.

“Although Minnesota’s cost of doing business is relatively high compared to its neighbors, its top-notch workforce, solid infrastructure and diverse economy continues to encourage investment and boost industrial employment,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.

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MNI reports gains were led by the food processing industry, which increased 1.6% over the year. Food processing accounts for the largest share of Minnesota’s manufacturing employment, employing 72,273.

Other Minnesota industries adding jobs over the year included textiles/apparel, up 12%; electronics, up 7.3%; fabricated metals, up 5.4%; chemicals, up 4.4%; and transportation equipment, up 4%.

Minnesota industries that lost jobs over the year included instruments/related products, down 3.4%; paper products, down 2.9%; and furniture/fixtures, down 1.9%.

Minnesota’s Central East region accounts for about half of the state’s manufacturing employment, with 244,049 jobs, up one percent over the year.

Manufacturing jobs in Minneapolis rose 2.6% over the year, climbed 3.1% in Rochester; 3% in Bloomington; and 1% in St. Paul, 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. or follow MNI on Twitter:

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