Manufacturing Jobs Stall in Arizona


Manufacturing employment in Arizona declined in the past year, reports the 2014 Arizona Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, Arizona lost 499 manufacturing jobs from April 2013 to April 2014.

“However, given its favorable regulatory environment and its skilled labor pool, the state remains a top candidate for major projects such as Tesla’s ‘gigafactory.’”

Manufacturers’ News reports Arizona is now home to 5,202 manufacturers employing 216,094 workers.

According to the database of Arizona manufacturers, losses were led by transportation equipment, which decreased by 1.6%. Transportation equipment ranks first in Arizona for industrial employment with 31,128 jobs. Industrial machinery ranks second, with 26,832 jobs, up 3.9%.

“Defense Department cuts and global competition, particularly in the solar/wind industries, have affected many manufacturing companies in Arizona,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, given its favorable regulatory environment and its skilled labor pool, the state remains a top candidate for major projects such as Tesla’s ‘gigafactory.’”

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Other manufacturing sectors losing jobs in Arizona included paper products, down 7.8%; stone/clay/glass, down 7.5%; furniture/fixtures, down 5.9%; and lumber/wood, down 4.1%. Gains were seen in metal mining, up 7.6%; rubber plastics, up 2.4%; and food products, up 1.2%.

Manufacturing companies in Phoenix employ 72,720 workers, down 1.8% over the year. Jobs in Tucson increased 3.7% in Tempe; rose 1.6% in Tucson; and declined 1% in Chandler.

Detailed profiles of all Arizona manufacturers can be found in the 2014 Arizona Manufacturers Directory® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers’ News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet: connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s traditional print directories are published for each state and include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 847-864-7000.

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