Texas created the most net new manufacturing jobs in December, according to the most recent state employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other states with higher manufacturing employment data for the month were New York (up 3,000), Florida (up 2,200), Georgia (up 2,000), and Minnesota (up 1,700).
For 2013 as a whole, manufacturers added 77,000 net new workers, a sluggish pace following the 119,000; 207,000; and 154,000 new employees created in 2010, 2011, and 2012, respectively. Nonetheless, states with the largest employment growth in 2013 included Michigan (up 16,700), Wisconsin (up 13,100), Texas (up 12,500), Tennessee (up 6,800), and Ohio (up 4,900).
In terms of the unemployment rate, states with the greatest declines in 2013 were North Carolina (down 2.5 percent), New Jersey (down 2.2 percent), and South Carolina (down 2.0 percent). In December, Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate (9.1 percent), followed by Nevada (8.8 percent) and Illinois (8.6 percent). North Dakota continued to have the lowest unemployment rate in the nation (2.6 percent), with South Dakota and Nebraska (3.6 percent for both) closely following.
Chad Moutray is the chief ecnomist, Naitonal Association of Manufacturers.