EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc. -- Manufacturing employment increased in Indiana for a fourth straight year, reports the 2015 Indiana Manufacturers Directory ®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Indiana manufacturers added 7,447 jobs from April 2014 to April 2015, an increase of 1.3%.
Manufacturers’ News reports Indiana is now home to 9,351 manufacturers employing 575,985 workers.
“Indiana’s industrial base has achieved a remarkable turnaround following the recession’s steep losses,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “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.”
According to Manufacturers’ News, employment gains were led by the transportation equipment sector, which climbed 3.2% over the year, and 16% over the past four years, ranking first in the state for industrial employment with 95,146 jobs.
Gains were also reported in food products, up 5%; rubber/plastics, up 4.2%; textiles/apparel, up 2.8%; fabricated metals, up 2%; and industrial machinery, up 1%. Losses were reported in furniture/fixtures, down 2.3%; stone/clay/glass, down 1.7%; and primary metals, down 1.6%.
MNI reports Elkhart posted a 5.1% increase over the year. Manufacturing employment was steady in Indianapolis and rose 2.7% in Columbus, but declined 3.3% in Fort Wayne.
Jobs rose 2.7% in Northeast Indiana, 2.4% in East Central Indiana, and 1% in the West Central region, according to MNI.
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