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EVANSTON, Ill, Sept 8, 2008/Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
/-- Industrial employment in Oklahoma
dropped a half percent over the past twelve months according to the 2009 Oklahoma
Manufacturers Register, a compilation of state industry published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. The Register reports Oklahoma
shed 1,228 industrial jobs from July 2007 to July 2008, a negligible loss compared to the 2.6% drop in manufacturing jobs posted by the U.S. over the same time period.
“While most other states have been losing manufacturing jobs to technology, automation and outsourcing, Oklahoma
’s stronghold in the oil and gas sectors, as well as increased exports, have helped the state retain industrial facilities,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing firm, which has been surveying industrial sectors since 1912.
Recent government reports indicate Oklahoma
’s exports have increased by 72% since 2003.
Manufacturers’ News reports Oklahoma
is home to 6,137 manufacturers employing 214,195 workers. Oklahoma
’s employment loss falls in the middle when compared to its neighbors. According to earlier MNI
’ industrial employment grew 1.5% and New Mexico
’s was up 1.6%. Texas
’ manufacturing employment posted no significant change, while jobs in Missouri
each dropped three percent.
According to the industrial directory, employment in Oklahoma
’s major sectors posted an increase over the year. Industrial machinery and equipment manufacturing is Oklahoma
’s largest industrial sector, accounting for 34,597 jobs, up 1.5% over the past twelve months. The oil & gas extraction sector accounts for 27,158 industrial jobs, up 18% over the year. Fabricated metal manufacturing represents 24,911 of Oklahoma
’s industrial jobs and was up 4% over the year. Rubber and plastics manufacturing was up 1.2% over the past twelve months, and currently represents 12,764 of Oklahoma
’s industrial jobs.
Sectors losing jobs include textiles/apparel, down 15% and food products manufacturing, down 8.3%. The furniture/fixtures sector was down 6.4%; transportation equipment, down 5.7%; lumber/wood, down 5.4%; electronics, down 5.3% and printing/publishing, down 2.3%.
The manufacturers directory reports Northeast Oklahoma
accounts for 48% of the state’s industrial employment, with 103,632 jobs, down 1.2% or 1,279 over the past twelve months. Northwest Oklahoma
accounts for 63,863 jobs, with employment up by 411 jobs or a half percent over the year. Southwest Oklahoma
is home to 25,394 workers, with no significant change reported, while the Southeast region of the state is down 418 jobs or 1.9% and currently accounts for 21,306 of the state’s manufacturing workers. MNI
’s city data shows Tulsa is Oklahoma
’s industrial capital with 48,921 of the state’s manufacturing jobs or 23% of the state, with jobs down 1% over the year. Oklahoma
City is second in the state with 42,571 jobs, down 1.5% over the year. MNI
’s city data shows both Tulsa and Oklahoma
City rank among the top industrial cities in the U.S., with Tulsa ranking 26th for jobs and 17th in the nation for number of manufacturers, and Oklahoma
City ranking 32nd in the nation for jobs and 18th for manufacturers.MNI
reports Broken Arrow ranks third in the state with 6,172 jobs, up 3.6% over the past twelve months while fourth-ranked Ponca City increased industrial employment by a half percent and is currently home to 5,254 workers. Lawton is home to 4,292 industrial workers, up a half percent over the year.
Detailed profiles of Oklahoma
’s 6,137 manufacturers and 586 industrial distributors can be found in the 2009 Oklahoma
Manufacturers Register, available in print for $103 and on CD-ROM from $163. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 18,162 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to mnileads.com may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more. Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI
also maintains IndustryNet.com
, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.