EVANSTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manufacturers’ News, Inc.--South Carolina added manufacturing jobs for a fourth straight year, but at a slower rate than in previous years, reports the 2016 South Carolina Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, South Carolina gained 1,465 industrial jobs from September 2014 to September 2015, or a half percent.
South Carolina is now home to 4,735 manufacturers employing 268,318 workers. MNI reports the state’s industrial employment levels rose 7% between September 2011 and September 2015, recovering 39% of the 43,184 jobs lost during the recession.
“South Carolina has reinvented itself 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 state boasts some of the best incentive programs in the nation, as well as a favorable regulatory environment, access to capital, and competitive labor costs.”
MNI reports gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which increased 3.8% over the year and has climbed steadily over the past several years, adding 7,900 jobs or 25% since September 2012. Transportation equipment now ranks as the state’s largest sector by number of jobs, employing 37,635.
Industrial machinery, the state’s second largest sector by employment, lost 3%, and now accounts for 33,920 jobs. Employment in second-ranked textiles/apparel declined 2.8% to its current level of 26,677 workers.
Other South Carolina industries adding jobs over the year included rubber/plastics, up 2.9%; electronics, up 2.3%; and food products, up 2.2%.
Manufacturing jobs in Greenville held steady over the year, rose 1.6% in Spartanburg, and climbed 5% in North Charleston.
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