EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc.-- Manufacturing employment in West Virginia declined in the past year, reports the 2015 West Virginia Manufacturers Register®, a database of manufacturers and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, West Virginia lost 1,004 manufacturing jobs, or 1.2%, from July 2013 to July 2014, in contrast to the 1.1% national average gain reported by the Labor Department for the same time period.
Manufacturers’ News reports West Virginia is now home to 1,886 manufacturers employing 79,945 workers.
“High business costs and the decline of the coal industry have affected West Virginia industrial employment,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, its growing oil and gas sector and investment in worker training programs continue to be a draw for new businesses.”
According to the database of West Virginia manufacturers, a 4% decline in coal mining employment was offset by a 15% gain in the state’s oil and gas extraction industry.
A five-year analysis of MNI data shows industrial jobs in West Virginia have fallen 8.6% since July 2009, while government statistics reveal manufacturing employment in the U.S. overall climbed 4.1% during the same time period.
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Manufacturing jobs losses in West Virginia were seen primarily in the state’s Western region, which lost 5% and currently accounts for 26,923 jobs.
According to Manufacturers’ News, industrial jobs declined 4.1% in Charleston and 3.2% in Martinsburg.
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