Study: Manufacturing Job Totals Continue to Climb

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The study says the transportation equipment sector registered big gains over the last four years. The study says the transportation equipment sector registered big gains over the last four years.

A report from a national trade publication suggests manufacturing employment has risen in Indiana four straight years. The Manufacturers' News Inc. numbers show nearly 7,500 jobs in the sector were added between April 2014 and April 2015.

The numbers gleaned from MNI's 2015 Indiana Manufacturers Directory show close to 9,400 Hoosier manufacturers now employ more than 575,000 workers, a 1.3 percent increase from a year ago.

Tom Dubin, the Illinois-based publishing company's president says "Indiana's industrial base has achieved a remarkable turnaround following the recession's steep losses. The recovery of the state's transportation equipment sector was among the most impressive in the nation, while its low labor costs and friendly business environment continue to fuel growth in a variety of sectors."

Regionally, northeast Indiana was the top performer with a 2.7 jump. East central Indiana job totals in manufacturing rose 2.4 percent and the west central part of the state increased 1 percent in the last year. Cities registering some of the biggest gains in the state were Elkhart and Columbus at 5.1 percent and 2.7 percent, respectively.

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