STATEHOUSE (June 12, 2014) — Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the Hoosier State leads the nation in manufacturing job growth, said State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek).
Over the past 12 months, Indiana has added the most manufacturing jobs in the country. At approximately 13,400 manufacturing jobs added, Indiana outpaced second-place Ohio by nearly 2,000 jobs. Beyond that, Indiana ranks second in the nation for manufacturing jobs added since July 2009 – the recession low point of employment in Indiana – with 75,200 new positions.
Hershman credited Indiana’s focus on job training, infrastructure funding and both domestic and international trade for these positive trends.
“As Indiana champions innovative partnerships and economic incentives, these numbers come as no surprise,” Hershman said. “Every day, our low-tax, job-friendly environment draws more employers to Indiana and away from unfavorable states like our neighbor, Illinois, which ranked dead last for manufacturing job growth. As state leaders continue to work hard to attract job opportunities for Hoosiers, I anticipate these trends will continue.”
Hershman added that over the past few years, more than 40 Illinois companies have relocated some or all of their operations to Indiana. The BLS report showed that Illinois has lost 8,900 manufacturing jobs over the past year – the worst loss in the entire country.
Indiana has also made significant gains in private-sector growth. It currently ranks 10th in the nation for private-sector jobs added since July 2009. Over the past year, Indiana’s unemployment rate declined 2.1 percent – the third-largest decrease in the United States.