Indiana Created the Most Manufacturing Jobs in December; Texas Had the Most in 2017

Indiana created the most net new manufacturing jobs in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, adding 4,700 workers in the month. Ohio (up 3,500), Iowa (up 3,300), California (up 3,000), Oregon (up 2,400), Washington (up 2,400) and Arizona (up 2,300) also topped the list of manufacturing employment gains in December. In addition, Texas saw the greatest job gains in the sector in 2017, with manufacturing employment in the state up 36,300 since December 2016. Other states with the fastest manufacturing job growth year-over-year included Florida (up 16,200), Iowa (up 11,700), Wisconsin (up 11,500), Ohio (up 10,200) and South Carolina (up 9,300).

The national unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in December, continuing to be at its lowest level since December 2000. Hawaii (2.0 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), Nebraska (2.7 percent), Iowa (2.8 percent), Vermont (2.8 percent) and Idaho (2.9 percent). In contrast, Alaska (7.3 percent), the District of Columbia (6.0 percent) and New Mexico (6.0 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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