New York manufacturing grows in fourth quarter of 2013

Manufacturing activity in New York increased during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to an analysis from IHS Global Insight.

The analysis showed that manufacturing growth was up by 0.8 percent during the fourth quarter of 2013. This is a vast improvement over the third quarter's decline of 1.7 percent. IHS credits the increase to improvements among the durable goods industry, with the key standout begin transportation equipment.

Aparna Soni, a U.S. regional economist, said in an interview with the Albany Business Review U.S. manufacturing activity should improve in 2014.

"We expect 2014 to be a good year for manufacturing, with the strongest employment growth occurring in the manufacturing-heavy states of the Midwest and Southeast," Soni said.

Along with a boost in production in New York, the manufacturing industry across the country also added jobs. During the fourth quarter, employment grew by 1.6 percent, with 35 states adding new jobs between October and December. Wisconsin lead the charge by hiring more than 8,000 people, a 1.6 percent increase from the third quarter of 2013.

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