Cities in the U.S.A. Making a Manufacturing Comeback

It’s true and you wouldn’t believe that a number of Great Lakes area cities make the list, including a number in Michigan. 

 

The last few decades have been especially hard on industrial and manufacturing sectors all across the United States of America and nowhere harder than here in the Midwest. Millions of jobs have been lost to labor that costs companies less overseas, to say nothing about the loss of human jobs to automation. 

The combination has not been entirely a bad thing for those sectors or the people working them, however. Today, more than ever, the jobs that are available require higher skill sets and a highly educated workforce. This often means that the jobs that ARE available pay higher. This is to say nothing about the number entry level jobs hoping to capture the prospects of young people trying to enter the workforce. 

According an article in USA Today:

“Though the manufacturing sector has added over a million jobs since the employment trough immediately following the Great Recession, the industry’s growth is not keeping pace with overall national employment growth.

Encouragingly, several U.S. cities are bucking this trend. In certain pockets of the country, manufacturing jobs are surging, often more than tripling the sector’s employment growth nationwide.”

According to their reporting the following cities in our region are seeing this trend:

Jackson, Michigan

• 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +15.1 percent (+1,300)
• 2017 manufacturing employment: 9,900 (17.0 percent of total)
• 2012 manufacturing employment: 8,600 (15.9 percent of total)
• Value of manufacturing exports: $984.8 million
• August unemployment: 3.5 percent

Kalamazoo-Portage, Michigan

• 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +15.4 percent (+2,900)
• 2017 manufacturing employment: 21,700 (14.7 percent of total)
• 2012 manufacturing employment: 18,800 (13.8 percent of total)
• Value of manufacturing exports: $1.7 billion
• August unemployment: 3.3 percent

Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan

• 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +19.6 percent (+41,500)
• 2017 manufacturing employment: 253,100 (12.6 percent of total)
• 2012 manufacturing employment: 211,600 (11.5 percent of total)
• Value of manufacturing exports: $28.8 billion
• August unemployment: 4.2 percent

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan

• 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +21.8 percent (+20,600)
• 2017 manufacturing employment: 115,200 (20.8 percent of total)
• 2012 manufacturing employment: 94,600 (19.5 percent of total)
• Value of manufacturing exports: $7.4 billion
• August unemployment: 2.7 percent

Kokomo, Indiana

• 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +30.5 percent (+2,900)
• 2017 manufacturing employment: 12,400 (29.7 percent of total)
• 2012 manufacturing employment: 9,500 (24.8 percent of total)
• Value of manufacturing exports: $1.8 billion
• August unemployment: 3.4 percent

Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana

• 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +33.7 percent (+17,100)
• 2017 manufacturing employment: 67,900 (49.3 percent of total)
• 2012 manufacturing employment: 50,800 (44.6 percent of total)
• Value of manufacturing exports: $4.5 billion
• August unemployment: 2.7 percent

Now is the time to take advantage of this boom in jobs. For many, these places are seen as the exception to the rule. For those living and working in these places, it’s a testament to the tenacity of these places that they continue leading the way for  major American industry. 

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