Wisconsin adds manufacturing jobs for fourth year

Freeman Staff

Sept. 22, 2015

WAUKESHA - For the fourth straight year, Wisconsin saw growth in employment numbers for the manufacturing industry.

According to the 2016 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register from Manufacturers’ News, Inc., Wisconsin added 6,516 industrial jobs from July 2014 to July 2015, an increase of 1.1 percent.

Wisconsin has 10,694 manufacturers employing 572,189 workers, according to Manufacturers’ News. MNI data shows during a four-year period beginning July of 2011, the state gained 18,568 industrial jobs or 3.3 percent.

“Wisconsin gets high marks for its low business costs, solid infrastructure and ease of logistics,” said Tom Dubin, president of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “In addition to gains recorded in the state’s major industries, such as food processing, big strides were also seen in many other sectors over the year.”

Job growth was led by the food processing sector, which climbed 2.8 percent compared to last year. Wisconsin’s food processing industry currently accounts for the second-most factory jobs, employing 69,663. The industrial machinery sector ranks first in the state for number of jobs, employing 102,750, with no significant change reported during the survey period.