The manufacturing industry in the United States has no doubt been increasing as of late. The U.S. has added more manufacturing jobs since the beginning of 2010 than all of the other developed countries combined. In light of this news, Spark News thought it would be interesting to take a look at where the most growth was taking place in the country.
Recently, the Manufacturers’ News, Inc. generated a list of top U.S. cities according to the number of manufacturing jobs as of January 1st 2012. Their findings show that the city with the most manufacturing jobs is currently Houston with 235,038 manufacturing jobs. That’s a 2.9 percent increase from their numbers last year. In second is New York with 140,952 jobs, up 1.3 percent from last year. Chicago is the third city with the most manufacturing employees with 107,264, which is actually down 1.3 percent. St. Louis and Los Angeles are the fourth and fifth highest respectively, both down well over 1 percent from last year.
When looked at carefully, you can see from the list that five of the top 50 cities for manufacturing are located in California and five are located in Texas. This shows that these states are particularly strong for manufacturing and hold a promising employment for job seekers looking for this kind of work. Furthermore, 17 of the cities experienced job gains compared to last year. Salt Lake City, UT saw the greatest increase with a 4.3 percent gain in jobs. Seattle came in next with a 3.3 percent increase.
If the rest of the country’s industries could increase as the manufacturing industry has, we could be on our way to a closer recovery. With increased manufacturing and job gains within the industry, it seems as though things may be beginning to get a little better for the United States.