Ohio manufacturing jobs increase for second straight year

A recent report conducted by Manufacturers' News, Inc found that industrial employment in Ohio has shown an increase for the second straight year. The report said there were 5,761 manufacturing jobs added from September 2012 to September 2013. This is a 0.5 percent gain from last year and is in alignment with the national average gain. Manufacturers' News President Tom Dubin said that the Buckeye State's manufacturing industry is having a rebirth.

"Once a struggling Rust Belt state, Ohio has experienced something of a manufacturing renaissance," Dubin said. "Continued Big Three reinvestment in Ohio's auto sector combined with increased orders for steelmakers servicing the booming natural gas sector has resulted in at least a stabilization of the state's industrial employment."

Growth in many businesses
The gain in employment has been felt by several sectors of Ohio's manufacturing industry. Industrial machinery is currently the largest category of industrial employment, supplying 141,707 jobs - a 2.5 percent increase from 2012. Fabricated metal productions ranks second, employing 102,862 people - a 2.9 percent jump from last year.

A few other areas saw an improvement in their prospective fields. Textile, chemical and food products each had gains over the past year. Although lumber/wood, furniture/fixtures and paper products declined.

Gain in employment throughout the state
Many different sections of the state had increases in industrial employment over the past year. The report went on to say that Northeast Ohio, which contains the largest share of industrial employment with 324,355 jobs, increased 1.2 percent form a year ago. Northwest Ohio employs 128,931 workers, a 2 percent increase from 2012, and south central Ohio has 93,829 jobs, a 1 percent from its 2012 numbers.

Decrease in some areas
Although a good portion of the state has seen an increase in employment since 2012, a few areas had a loss in job numbers. The southwest and the north central regions of Ohio had no dramatic change over the past year, while employment fell 5.1 percent in southeast Ohio.

Ohio, which is home to 17,261 manufacturing companies, also saw a decrease for employment in its largest cities. Cincinnati, home to the most manufacturing jobs with 74,507 employees, was down 1.4 percent from this same time last year.

Although the job rate dropped or some of the larger cities, many of the bigger manufacturers have decided to expand their factories or plants. Honda is planning a $125 million expansion of its Anna engine plant, while Ford plans to bolster its Cleveland plant.