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South Dakota Gained Manufacturing Jobs, Topping Midwest, Plains States Gains in 2014

March 19, 2015
By Business Wire News


Manufacturers’ News, Inc.– For a fourth straight year, industrial employment in South Dakota posted a gain, reports the 2015 South Dakota Manufacturers Register ®, a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, South Dakota manufacturers added 1,962 industrial jobs from December 2013 to December 2014, a 4% increase, more than double the 1.7% national average gain reported by the Labor Department for the same time period.

Manufacturers’ News reports South Dakota is now home to 1,339 manufacturers employing 50,433 workers. South Dakota’s 4% employment increase was the largest reported by MNI among Midwest and Plains states in 2014, surpassing North Dakota for the first time in several years.

“Investment in South Dakota’s industrial sector continues to pick up speed,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “The state boasts one of the top tax climates in the U.S., and its expanding food processing industry has increased investment and boosted employment.”

According to Manufacturers’ News, gains were led by the food products industry, which posted a 10% rise in employment in 2014. Food manufacturers in South Dakota currently account for 20% of the state’s industrial employment, with 9,860 workers.

South Dakota manufacturing employment gains were also reported in transportation equipment, up 13%; electronics, up 8.3%; industrial machinery, up 5%; stone/clay/glass, up 4.8%, and fabricated metals, up 3.4%.

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MNI reports Sioux Falls ranks first in the state for industrial employment with 12,618 jobs, up 5.3% in 2014. Manufacturing employment rose 6% in Rapid City; 2.6% in Brookings; and 1% in Yankton.

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.

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Jennifer Ratcliff
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