A new report published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) on June 12, 2012, shows industrial employment in Texas increased by 1 percent in the last 12 months.
The 2012 Texas Manufacturers Register showed manufacturing staffing around the Lone Star State increased by 9,043 jobs between April 2011 and April 2012.
"Manufacturing in Texas continues to thrive," said Tom Dubin, president of MNI, which has been surveying the industry since 1912. "The state’s friendly business environment, educated workforce, and solid infrastructure have been a draw for a variety of enterprises."
Texas companies are benefiting from a number of businesses that are flocking to the area. Notable projects include Japan-based Kuraray America's new PVA resin plant in La Porte, two new CK Technologies facilities in Fort Worth and Brownsville, and a new BAE manufacturing plant in Austin. Brazil's Santana Textiles recently opened a new plant in Edinburg, while the towns of Baytown and Boerne also welcomed new business.
The MNI report shows industrial machinery and equipment was once again the best-performing industry in terms of employment, contributing a total of 167,843 jobs to the economy - 2.7 percent more than the year before. Fabricated metal came in second place, with a total of 115,354 jobs, while oil and gas production surged past food products to become the third-largest sector in terms of employment in the state. Oil and gas now employs 109,527 people, a 7.7 percent increase compared with last year's survey.
A number of other sectors within the manufacturing industry saw employment gains in the last 12 months, with paper products employment up 7.4 percent, manufacturing of petroleum and coal products rising 3.2 percent and instruments/related products up 2.5 percent.
The highest rate of manufacturing employment was found in Southeast Texas, where the industry supported 477,800 jobs, up 2 percent from the last studied period. This region includes Houston, which came out on top in terms of manufacturing staffing, with a total of 235,000 industrial jobs. Northeast Texas saw the second highest number of manufacturing jobs, despite a 4.1 percent drop in employment in Dallas.
Nationwide, manufacturing employment continued its upward trend last month, adding 12,000 new jobs, following a gain of 9,000 new jobs in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.