Illinois Manufacturing Jobs See 2.1 Percent Decrease
Posted on January 21, 2009
In part because of the slumping economy, Illinois manufacturing jobs have seen a decrease during the past year.
According to the 2009 Illinois Manufacturers Directory, Illinois’ manufacturing decreased by 2.1 percent during the past 12 months. From November 2007 to November 2008 the state lost 19,924 industrial jobs. The Directory is a compilation of state industry published each year by Manufacturers’ News Inc., an Evanston, Ill.-based company that has been surveying industry since 1912.
As with the entire nation, weakening demand continues to hit many of Illinois core sectors, while the faltering housing market has affected industries such as wood products, furniture and building products, Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturer’s News Inc., said in the article.
Although the industry as a whole continues to decline, some companies in Illinois have managed to add manufacturing jobs. Jel Sert Company, a food products manufacturer in western Chicago, added jobs when it expanded. Siemens added positions when it built a second plant in Elgin to meet the growing demand for wind turbine gear drives.
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