Pittsburgh Among Best Cities for Manufacturing

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By Randi Petrello

The number of jobs in manufacturing is growing, creating “boomtowns” across the country, according to a recent report by NewGeography.

The website took a look at the industrial expansion that is taking place throughout the United States, with 330,000 jobs added since 2010.

Pittsburgh was just shy of the top 25 largest metropolitan statistical areas. The Steel City came in at No. 26, up two spots from 28 the year before. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, area topped the list, followed by Louisville, Ky.; Seattle; Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Warren, Mich. Indy was No. 23 on the list, jumping 27 spots from No. 50 the year before.

The Burgh was No. 155 on the overall list, up 13 spots from No. 168 in 2012.

NewGeography created a ranking of the best cities for manufacturing jobs based on manufacturing employment growth over the long-term, from 2001 to 2012; mid-term from 2007 to 2012; and the last two years. The rankings were broken down into small, medium and large metropolitan statistical areas lists, as well as an overall list.

The website found that many of the economies benefitting from industrial expansion also ranked high on their list of cities generating the most jobs overall.

In Houston, the booming energy industry is fueling the creation of jobs in other areas, such as metal fabrication, machinery and chemicals, according to the report.

The auto industry is also helping with job growth, especially in the Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich., area. The area saw industrial employment increase 26 percent from 2009 through 2012, according to the report. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn is also rebounding. The area ranked No. 8 on the large metros list, with an 18 percent increase in manufacturing jobs since 2009.

The bottom of the list included Riverside, Calif., Washington, and Camden, N.J., which lost 7 percent of manufacturing jobs since 2009.

First Published July 22, 2013 9:45 AM


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