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S.C. outpacing nation in manufacturing job gains

Author: Staff Report

Source: Columbia Regional Business Report

December 2, 2014

Manufacturing jobs have grown in the state for the third straight year, according to the 2015 South Carolina Manufacturers Directory, a database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News Inc.

S.C. manufacturers added 5,848 jobs, or 2.2% between September 2013 and September 2014, nearly double the national average of 1.4% reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, the publication reported.

South Carolina has 4,735 manufacturers employing 269,694 workers, the publication said.

Since September 2011, the state has increased manufacturing jobs by 5.1%, outpacing the overall gain in the United States of 3.3%.

“Manufacturing employment in South Carolina continues to pick up speed,” said Tom Dubin, president of the Evanston, Ill.-based publisher. “Major players in the auto industry have chosen to invest in the state, and its business friendly environment and solid infrastructure have boosted employment across a variety of sectors.”

According to the database of South Carolina manufacturers, gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which posted a 10.5% employment increase over the year. The transportation equipment sector is South Carolina’s largest by employment, with 36,264 workers.

Other manufacturing sectors adding jobs in South Carolina included rubber/plastics, up 11.8%; printing/publishing, up 1.9%; and industrial machinery, up 1.1%.

The state’s northwest region accounts for the largest share of industrial employment with 170,693 manufacturing jobs, 1.7% more than a year ago, according to the publication.

The northeast region ranks second at 45,419 manufacturing jobs, up 1.5% over the year, while the southeast region is home to 33,986 industrial jobs, up 4.7%; and the southwest region has 19,596 jobs, virtually unchanged from a year ago.
Greenville ranks first for industrial employment with 24,154 jobs, up 1.5% over the year, Manufacturers’ News said.

Spartanburg ranks second with 15,143 jobs, down 1%. Third-ranked Greer accounts for 12,543 jobs, up 11%, while North Charleston accounts for 11,779 jobs, up 1.7%. Fifth-ranked Anderson is home to 9,397 jobs, up 4% over the year.

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