EVANSTON, IL–(Marketwired – August 25, 2016) – Manufacturing employment in Colorado inched up over the past year, though at a slower rate than in previous years, reports the 2017 Colorado Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI, manufacturers in Colorado added 703 new jobs between June 2015 and June 2016, or just a third of one percent, as losses in the oil/gas extraction sector offset major gains in other industries.
Colorado’s 6,109 manufacturers employ 212,693 in the state. MNI data shows Colorado manufacturing employment has completely recovered from the recession, adding 15,073 industrial jobs, or nearly 8%, since June 2010.
“Colorado’s workforce is among the nation’s best educated, and the state gets high marks for fostering a business environment where innovation thrives,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, gains have slowed over the past year as global competition and a strong dollar continue to challenge growth, and falling oil prices have put a dent in the state’s oil and gas extraction sector.”
According to MNI, employment gains were led by Colorado’s flourishing food processing sector, which climbed 4.1% over the year, and currently ranks first in the state for industrial employment with 26,418 jobs.
Second ranked industrial machinery also posted a gain, up one percent over the year to 23,224 jobs. Third-ranked electronics employs 23,043, up 3.1%.
Employment losses in the oil/gas extraction sector offset these gains however, with jobs in the sector down by 9.4%, or 1,738. Other industries that lost jobs in Colorado included furniture/fixtures, down 5.6%; petroleum products, down 4.9%; primary metals, down 3.9%; and printing/publishing, down 3.7%.
Denver is Colorado’s top city for manufacturing jobs, with 41,409 workers, down 1% over the year, reports MNI. Industrial employment in second-ranked Colorado Springs was unchanged at 17,180 jobs. Third-ranked Englewood accounts for 14,647 jobs, with no significant change reported, and fourth ranked Boulder accounts for 12,233, also virtually unchanged. Littleton accounts for 9,754 industrial jobs, up 1.9% over the year.
Established in 1912, MNI is the nation’s oldest and largest compiler of industrial information, offering tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial marketplace IndustryNet: http://www.industrynet.com is a one-stop resource that connects buyers with suppliers of 10,000 + products and services, and allows users to obtain competitive quotes, create and view company profiles, post company news releases, photos, videos, job openings, and more. MNI’s subscription service EZ Select: http://www.ezselect.com provides access to MNI’s live interactive database of manufacturers. For more information, contact MNI at 847-864-7000 or visit http://www.mni.net.
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