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North Dakota Manufacturing Employment Grew 4% over Past Year


For the third year in a row, industrial employment in North Dakota
posted a gain, according to the 2014 North Dakota Manufacturers Register®,
an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’
News, Inc
. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports North Dakota gained 1,734
manufacturing jobs from May 2012 to May 2013, or 4% – – 3.5 percentage
points above the national average gain as reported by the Labor

Manufacturers’ News reports North Dakota is now home to 1,248
manufacturers employing 44,311 workers.

“North Dakota industry continues to grow,” says Tom Dubin, President of
the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying
industry since 1912. “The state’s winning mix of low business costs, an
educated workforce, and abundant natural resources has resulted in many
companies investing in its industrial sector, particularly those in the
oil and gas industries.”

According to MNI, employment in oil and gas extraction rose 14.6% in
North Dakota over the survey period, and over the course of two years,
grew from the state’s fourth-largest sector in terms of industrial
employment to the second largest, with jobs more than doubling in
response to the Bakken Shale oil boom. Oil and gas extraction currently
employs 8,156 North Dakota workers, or 18% of the state’s total
industrial workforce.

Industrial machinery and equipment accounts for the most manufacturing
employment in the state, employing 8,414 workers, with no significant
change over the year.

Manufacturers’ News reports industrial employment gains in North Dakota
were seen in most sectors, and included fabricated metals, up 7.4%;
chemicals, up 6%; instruments/related products, up 4%; stone/clay/glass,
up 3.9%; transportation equipment, up 3.6%; rubber/plastics, up 2.6%;
and electronics, also up 2.6%.

Bright spots for the state included Carbontec Energy Corp’s plans to
open an iron plant in Jamestown and the recent expansion of Cirrus
Aircraft’s factory in Grand Forks. In addition, energy firm Oneok
announced plans to open a gas processing plant in Williston; John Deere
expanded its plants in Fargo and Valley City; Minn-Dak Farmers expanded
a beet-processing facility in Wahpeton; and the previously-shuttered
Noodles by Leonardo pasta factory recently re-opened under the name of
Cando Pasta.

Losses were seen in furniture/fixtures, down 2.2%; lumber/wood, down 2%;
and printing/publishing, down 1.9%. Industrial locations announcing
closures included DMI Industries, which shuttered it wind tower plant in
West Fargo.

Manufacturers’ News reports the Southeast region of the state accounts
for the most industrial employment with 22,152 jobs, up 3.9% over the
past twelve months. The Northwest region accounts for 10,678 jobs, up
11.5%, while the Southwest accounts for 6,071 jobs, down 3%. The
Northeast is home to 5,410 industrial workers, with no significant
change from a year ago.

MNI’s city data shows Fargo remains North Dakota’s top city for
manufacturing employment, with 9,880 industrial jobs, up 1.2%.
Second-ranked Williston accounts for 6,242 jobs, up 3.5%, while Grand
Forks is home to 2,742 industrial workers, up 1.2%. Manufacturing jobs
in West Fargo rose 1.1%, with the fourth-ranked city home to 2,641
workers, while fifth-ranked Dickinson saw jobs rise 6%, and currently
accounts for 2,491 North Dakota manufacturing jobs.

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