South Carolina Had the Most Manufacturing Job Gains in January, with Illinois Having the Best Year-Over-Year Pace

South Carolina created the most net new manufacturing jobs in January, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding 3,100 workers in the month. Texas (up 2,400), California (up 2,100), Wisconsin (up 2,000) and Iowa (up 1,300) also topped the list of manufacturing employment gains in January. In addition, Illinois saw the greatest job gains in the sector over the past 12 months, with manufacturing employment in the state up 20,200 since January 2017. Other states with the fastest manufacturing job growth year-over-year included Texas (up 18,700), Iowa (up 11,000), Wisconsin (up 9,000), Arizona (up 7,800), Ohio (up 7,600) and South Carolina (up 7,200).

The national unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in January, continuing to be at its lowest level since December 2000. Hawaii (2.1 percent) had the lowest unemployment rate in the country. Several states were not far behind, including New Hampshire (2.6 percent), North Dakota (2.6 percent), Iowa (2.9 percent), Nebraska (2.9 percent) and Vermont (2.9 percent). In contrast, Alaska (7.3 percent), New Mexico (5.9 percent), the District of Columbia (5.8 percent) and West Virginia (5.4 percent) had the highest unemployment rates.

Chad Moutray

Chad Moutray

Chad Moutray is chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Director of the Center for Manufacturing Research for The Manufacturing Institute, where he serves as the NAM’s economic forecaster and spokesperson on economic issues. He frequently comments on current economic conditions for manufacturers through professional presentations and media interviews. He has appeared on Bloomberg, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox Business and Fox News, among other news outlets.
Chad Moutray

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