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Report: Charlotte sees nearly 1 percent growth in manufacturing jobs

Charlotte remains the state’s top city by industrial employment, with 40,727 manufacturing jobs, up nearly 1 percent over the year, according to the 2011 North Carolina Manufacturers Register.

Meanwhile, manufacturing jobs in North Carolina are down 1.6 percent from last year, according to the report from Evanston, Ill.-based Manufacturers’ News Inc., which publishes the data every year.

The state lost 9,673 industrial jobs between January 2010 and January 2011, lower than the 60,000 jobs MNI reported that the state lost over 2009 to 2010.

North Carolina is home to 10,507 manufacturers employing 562,755 workers, MNI said.

“North Carolina’s industrial sectors continue to be affected by the housing bust and the recession,” Tom Dubin, president of the publishing company, said in a press release. “However, losses have slowed considerably, and the state’s educated work force and investments in innovative technologies are helping the recovery take hold.”

Textiles and apparel remain the state’s largest industrial sector by employment, with 63,164 jobs, down 5.7 percent over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment ranks second, with 63,320 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year. Third-ranked food products account for 57,329 jobs, up 1 percent.

Sectors that lost jobs over the past twelve months include electronics, down 7.7 percent; primary metals, down 4.9 percent; fabricated metals, down 4.4 percent; printing and publishing, down 4.1 percent; lumber and wood, down 3.6 percent; stone/clay/glass, down 3.5 percent; and furniture and fixtures, down 2.7 percent. Jobs remained steady in rubber and plastics, transportation equipment and chemicals, while paper products saw an increase of 1.6 percent and instruments and related products a gain of 1.8 percent.

The northwest region of North Carolina accounts for the largest share of the state’s manufacturing employment, with 254,624 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago.

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