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EVANSTON, IL –Maryland
’s manufacturing employment dropped 1.7% over the past 12 months according to the 2008 Maryland
/DC Manufacturers Directory, an industrial guide published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
) Evanston, IL. MNI
) reports Maryland
lost 3,856 manufacturing jobs and 114 manufacturers since May 2006. DC manufacturers increased by thirty-six over the past 12 months.MNI
reports the Maryland
’s losses are partially due to small manufacturers shutting down. 49% of Maryland
manufacturers ceasing operations over the past year employed five or fewer workers. MNI
also identified 12 companies employing 161 that moved operations out of state over the past twelve months, with five of these moving to Virginia
, and three to Pennsylvania
’s job losses echo those seen across the Mid-Atlantic as manufacturers continue to cut costs through technology and outsourcing, ”said Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “Today’s manufacturing requires fewer employees due to automation and technology; instead of four assembly line workers, now you may have just one controlling the manufacturing process through a computer.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Maryland
/DC is home to 5,521 manufacturers employing 205,914 workers. MNI
surveys both large and small manufacturers, including small start-up companies with just a few employees.
The printing and publishing sector accounts for the most industrial employment in Maryland
/DC, representing 21% of the region’s manufacturing jobs and plants. Commercial printing accounts for 11,005 of these jobs or 25%. MNI
reports printing and publishing jobs are up 1.6%. Industrial machinery and equipment represents 9.5% of the state’s manufacturing employment, or 19,550 jobs, down 1,867 jobs or 8.7% over the past twelve months.
The food sector accounts for another 17,388 jobs or 8.4% of the state and is down 1,704 jobs or 9% since May 2006. Sub-sectors posting the sharpest drops include electronic computers, down 1,713 jobs over the past 12 months, toilet preparations, down 767 jobs, and boat building and repairing, down another 528 jobs.MNI
’s regional analysis shows Maryland
/DC ranks 29th in the nation for manufacturing plants, and 31st for jobs, and accounts for 6.7% of the Mid-Atlantic’s manufacturing employment. Maryland
’s losses reflect those seen throughout the Mid-Atlantic with New York
, New Jersey
all posting manufacturing losses according to earlier MNI
accounts for the largest share of the region’s manufacturing jobs, with 162,767 jobs or 79% of the state’s industrial employment, down a half percent from May 2006. Baltimore accounts for 24% of these jobs while DC accounts for 12%. Western Maryland
accounts for 23,380 jobs or 11.3%, down 8% from last year, while Eastern Maryland
accounts for 19,767 jobs, down 4.6% from last May.
Baltimore is Maryland
’s top industrial employer accounting for 19.4% of the state’s manufacturing employment or 40,024 jobs, and is home to 1,071 plants. MNI
reports Baltimore ranks among the top 50 cities in the US by manufacturing employment, ranking 39th in the nation for number of manufacturing jobs and 25th for related plants. MNI
reports Baltimore jobs are down 1.6% over last year. Washington
D.C. accounts for 19,884 manufacturing jobs or 9.6% of the combined regions. Linthicum Heights ranks 3rd with 8,874 jobs, while Hagerstown and Frederick rank fourth and fifth with 6,549 and 6,096 jobs, respectively.
Detailed profiles of Maryland
’s 5,521 manufacturers and 478 industrial distributors can be found in the 2008 Maryland
/DC Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $99 and on CD-ROM from $185. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 15,000 key executives, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to http://www.mnileads.com
may generate custom company selections 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. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
, 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100.