North Dakota manufacturers added 1,194 jobs, a 2.6% increase, from June 2013 to June 2014, according to a new study by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. This makes the fourth straight year, of growth.
The state is now home to 1,219 manufacturers employing 45,738 workers.
“Manufacturers in North Dakota are making large strides, particularly in oil and gas extraction,” says Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturers’ News, Inc. “The state’s business-friendly environment and flourishing energy sector continue to support industrial growth.”
According to the database of North Dakota manufacturers, oil and gas extraction ranks second in the state for industrial employment, employing 8,393, 7.6% more than a year ago. The energy boom has helped boost other sectors, with jobs in petroleum products up 10.4%, up 8.5% in transportation equipment, and 4.6% in industrial machinery.
Manufacturing companies in Fargo employ 10,726 workers, up 1%. Williston, which ranked seventh in the state for industrial employment five years ago, now ranks second with 6,379 jobs, 2.1% more than a year ago. Industrial jobs in Dickinson rose 4.9%; and increased 4.5% in Grand Forks. The Northwest region accounts for 10,833, up 4.9% over the past year.