The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that Indiana created 25,500 net new jobs in 2014, the most of any state. Durable goods firms accounted for the bulk of that growth, with 21,900 new workers year-over-year. Indeed, when looking at major sectors in Indiana, a number of fast-growing durable goods industries rise to the top of the list, including motor vehicles, primary metals, fabricated metal products and aerospace. Ohio (up 16,400), Texas (up 11,800), Wisconsin (up 10,800), Michigan (up 9,800) and North Carolina (up 9,500) also had significant manufacturing job growth in 2014.
In December, Tennessee topped the list for manufacturing job creation, creating 2,800 net new jobs in the month. Other states with notable increases in December include Illinois (up 2,300), Pennsylvania (up 2,000), Indiana (up 1,600), Iowa (up 1,600) and Ohio (up 1,500). (continue reading…)