Wyoming added industrial jobs at more than double the rate of US manufacturing growth over the past year, the 2015 Wyoming Manufacturers Directory® has reported. The Directory is a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI).
According to data collected by MNI, Wyoming manufacturers added 1389 jobs, or 4%, from November 2013 to November 2014, compared to 1.4% the US added as a whole for the same time period as reported by the Labor Department.
MNI reported Wyoming is now home to 1639 manufacturers employing 35 941 workers. This year’s increase marks the fourth straight year of manufacturing job gains for the state.
Top industries by employment all reported gains, with the oil and gas extraction sector posting an increase of 2.1%. The oil and gas industry in the state currently employs 11 371. Jobs in second ranked coal mining increased 5.8% and currently number 7060.
Other notable employment gains were seen in industrial machinery, up 21%; fabricated metals, up 8.6%; stone/clay/glass, up 5%; and food products, up 2.5%.
Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.