September 21, 2011 by Rob Sentz
So we all know that US manufacturing is hemorrhaging jobs. As domestic income and production costs increase, it makes it increasingly difficult for US manufacturers to keep their operations in-country.
However, manufacturing is a very important generator of capital and without it our economy would have to find new ways to bring much-needed export-based dollars into our economy. Lately, as this recent WSJ post points out, we are seeing improving output in manufacturing.
So here is a quick look at 50 manufacturing sectors that actually gained jobs from 2001-2011. This is the first in a series of posts on the topic. Next we will take a closer look at the relationship between jobs and exports to see if jobs really is the best metric for measuring the overall health of the sector.
Below is a table of the 50 sectors that grew from ’01-11. Here are some basic observations about the list:
|NAICS Code||Description||2001 Jobs||2011 Jobs||Change||% Change||2011 Earnings||2010 Establishments|
|325193||Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing||3,272||10,695||7,423||227%||$87,647||276|
|326112||Plastics Packaging Film and Sheet (including Laminated) Manufacturing||5,879||14,296||8,417||143%||$66,570||233|
|336992||Military Armored Vehicle, Tank, and Tank Component Manufacturing||5,501||10,134||4,633||84%||$93,322||81|
|332995||Other Ordnance and Accessories Manufacturing||3,711||6,219||2,508||68%||$84,804||103|
|311991||Perishable Prepared Food Manufacturing||24,584||38,988||14,404||59%||$37,677||927|
|332992||Small Arms Ammunition Manufacturing||7,367||11,467||4,100||56%||$61,053||104|
|325413||In-Vitro Diagnostic Substance Manufacturing||13,444||20,809||7,365||55%||$109,505||352|
|315232||Women's and Girls' Cut and Sew Blouse and Shirt Manufacturing||7,768||11,421||3,653||47%||$41,919||188|
|327992||Ground or Treated Mineral and Earth Manufacturing||4,791||6,793||2,002||42%||$87,941||164|
|333132||Oil and Gas Field Machinery and Equipment Manufacturing||48,327||66,550||18,223||38%||$96,439||1,211|
|311942||Spice and Extract Manufacturing||16,126||21,842||5,716||35%||$74,973||494|
|337212||Custom Architectural Woodwork and Millwork Manufacturing||15,116||20,218||5,102||34%||$55,843||1,214|
|311221||Wet Corn Milling||9,185||12,077||2,892||31%||$96,261||72|
|311920||Coffee and Tea Manufacturing||13,409||17,468||4,059||30%||$60,660||528|
|331528||Other Nonferrous Foundries (except Die-Casting)||6,333||8,249||1,916||30%||$76,921||137|
|333611||Turbine and Turbine Generator Set Units Manufacturing||22,746||29,445||6,699||29%||$99,042||341|
|326111||Plastics Bag and Pouch Manufacturing||28,216||34,030||5,814||21%||$59,330||462|
|311813||Frozen Cakes, Pies, and Other Pastries Manufacturing||9,478||11,281||1,803||19%||$46,083||216|
|311512||Creamery Butter Manufacturing||1,895||2,254||359||19%||$62,663||43|
|311911||Roasted Nuts and Peanut Butter Manufacturing||11,559||13,578||2,019||17%||$50,479||233|
|327991||Cut Stone and Stone Product Manufacturing||21,893||25,610||3,717||17%||$47,851||2,231|
|332994||Small Arms Manufacturing||9,819||11,431||1,612||16%||$65,130||278|
|334510||Electromedical and Electrotherapeutic Apparatus Manufacturing||54,336||62,432||8,096||15%||$106,602||1,054|
|331492||Secondary Smelting, Refining, and Alloying of Nonferrous Metal (except Copper and Aluminum)||9,702||11,147||1,445||15%||$81,555||257|
|325414||Biological Product (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing||24,194||27,791||3,597||15%||$116,275||400|
|332420||Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing||26,163||29,953||3,790||14%||$64,543||828|
|339112||Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing||107,547||120,421||12,874||12%||$101,211||1,830|
|334517||Irradiation Apparatus Manufacturing||11,708||13,069||1,361||12%||$111,532||326|
|336611||Ship Building and Repairing||92,336||101,195||8,859||10%||$75,497||778|
|336415||Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Propulsion Unit and Propulsion Unit Parts Manufacturing||12,087||13,224||1,137||9%||$112,097||71|
|311111||Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing||19,625||21,010||1,385||7%||$72,642||378|
|332410||Power Boiler and Heat Exchanger Manufacturing||21,950||23,450||1,500||7%||$78,614||357|
|311225||Fats and Oils Refining and Blending||6,036||6,306||270||4%||$63,673||138|
|311941||Mayonnaise, Dressing, and Other Prepared Sauce Manufacturing||13,745||14,250||505||4%||$58,071||308|
|311412||Frozen Specialty Food Manufacturing||56,146||57,934||1,788||3%||$47,479||590|
|336414||Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing||53,367||55,036||1,669||3%||$136,988||209|
|311612||Meat Processed from Carcasses||110,138||112,430||2,292||2%||$48,604||1,568|
|336413||Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing||99,164||100,548||1,384||1%||$83,588||1,563|
|334511||Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing||149,042||150,862||1,820||1%||$118,095||1,217|
|311822||Flour Mixes and Dough Manufacturing from Purchased Flour||15,495||15,642||147||1%||$56,193||290|
|Source: EMSI Complete Employment - 2011.3|
For fun we have included a more in-depth look at two of the top industries: ethyl alcohol manufacturing and wineries. Images and data come from Analyst.
ETHYL ALCOHOL MANUFACTURING
Here is a look at the occupations that staff the sector. Chemical plant and systems operators compose 14% of the workforce.
Here is a quick look at the staffing pattern for wineries. Eleven percent of the workers in wineries are working as packaging and filling machine operators and tenders.
Finally, here is the trend line. Again, the projected line is based on historic trends and should not be thought of as a “forecast.”
Manufacturing in the U.S. still remains in flux. Most sectors are still shedding jobs, and there is a lot of discussion about how to turn domestic manufacturing around. In subsequent posts we will be bringing the concept of exports into the equation. Stay tuned.
If you would like to look at other sectors, please contact us.
Post by Rob Sentz. Illustration by Mark Beauchamp.