After a number of years of significant job losses, manufacturing staffing in Idaho was relatively similar between October 2010 and the same month this year, according to the 2012 Idaho Manufacturers Directory.
In a release, the directory noted Idaho's manufacturing staffing fell less than 1 percent in the 12-month period, with 2,184 manufacturers employing more than 73,000 workers.
Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturers' News, said in a release that more businesses are beginning to look to Idaho for manufacturing work.
"The recovery is gaining momentum in Idaho and across the U.S.," Dubin explained. "The state's educated workforce and business friendly environment have been a draw for a variety of enterprises."
Evidence of Dubin's assessment can be seen in the recent decision by a Chinese company to begin building electric buses in Idaho's Treasure Valley region. According to the Idaho Statesman, the company chose the state due to its proximity to Pacific ports that are instrumental in shipping equipment from China.