Michigan Manufacturing Jobs Dropped 5 Percent in 2007

EVANSTON, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Apr 01, 2008 -- Industrial employment in Michigan dropped 5.3% over the past 12 months according to the 2008 Michigan Manufacturers Directory, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. MNI reports Michigan lost 43,087 industrial jobs in 2007 -- the largest 12-month job loss MNI has reported for any state over the past two years.

Losses were seen across most manufacturing sectors, with the auto industry taking the biggest hit. MNI reports 65% of the state's losses were seen in the auto sector, down 28,176 or 13.4% over the past twelve months, and currently employs 182,726 Michigan workers. Layoffs and plant closings by the big-three automakers contributed to the losses, as well as job cuts by those who supply them.

"Manufacturing jobs are vital because they create secondary jobs among suppliers and business services," says Tom Dubin, President of Manufacturers' News. "Unfortunately, that means that when one of the big automakers slashes production, the job losses can be felt all the way down the supply chain."

MNI reports employment gains were still seen by some auto suppliers, such as Martinrea Industries, a manufacturer of metal forming and fluid management systems, which opened a new facility in Manchester, and TRMI, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive switches which is scheduled to expand its workforce through 2009. Spartan Chassis, which began supplying the military with chassis components for MRAP vehicles in 2005, increased its Charlotte, Mich. workforce by 904 employees and purchased two plants between December 2005 and late February 2008.

Industrial machinery and equipment is the state's second-largest sector, with 174,968 industrial jobs, down 6,579 jobs over the year. Fabricated metal products account for 102,661 industrial jobs, down 3,205 or 3%. Other sectors losing employment include food products down 2.3%; chemicals and allied products, down 10%; textiles and apparel, down 8.2%; rubber and miscellaneous plastics, down 5.3%, and primary metals, down 4% after Federal-Mogul closed its St. John's plant.

Manufacturers' News reports Michigan is home to 15,975 manufacturers employing 773,869 workers. Despite the losses Michigan still holds its rank as the 7th largest state for number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and is 8th for number of manufacturers.

According to MNI, the majority of Michigan's losses were suffered by its Southeast region, which represents 60% of the state's industrial employment or 466,575, down 32,731 jobs or 6.6% in 2007. Southwest Michigan accounts for 231,564 jobs, down 8,847 or 3.7% over the year. Northwest Michigan is home to 37,353 jobs, down 1,007 or 2.6%, while the Northeast represents 22,032 of the state's jobs, down just 206. The Upper Peninsula, home to 16,344 workers, lost 298 industrial jobs in 2007.

MNI's city data shows Detroit's industrial employment ranking fell to #2 in the state after a loss of 7,756 manufacturing jobs in 2007, and currently accounts for 46,015 industrial jobs. Detroit's national ranking also slipped from the 25th largest city in the U.S. by industrial employment one year ago to the 30th largest city in the latest survey, falling below Portland, Tulsa, Miami, St. Paul and Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids accounts for the most manufacturing jobs at 49,679 jobs, down 1,052 workers or 2.1% over the year. Auburn Hills ranks third with 24,432 jobs, with no change posted over the year. Warren ranks fourth with 19,175 jobs, down 2,363 jobs or 11% over the year, while Livonia accounts for 17,681, down 1% over the year.

Detailed profiles of Michigan's 15,975 manufacturers and 1,292 industrial distributors can be found in the 2008 Michigan Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $175 and on CD-ROM from $244. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), names and titles of 44,303 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.

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Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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