Industrial Directory Reports Oregon Manufacturing Jobs Declined 7.5% Over Past Year

Industrial employment in Oregon fell 7.5% over the past twelve months according to the 2010 Oregon Manufacturers Directory, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc.

MNI reports Oregon lost 18,087 industrial jobs and 375 manufacturers between October 2008 and October 2009.

Manufacturers’ News reports Oregon is now home to 5,975 manufacturers employing 222,661 workers.

“As with the entire nation, the recession continues to affect Oregon’s industrial sectors.” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.

“However, the state’s investments in green technologies has led to bright spots such as the opening of solar cell manufacturer Solar World in Hillsboro, and should help lay the groundwork for recovery.”

Other improvements over the year include the opening of a Sanyo Electric Co. facility in Salem, which will manufacture parts for solar power cells, and the expansions of Cutters Edge and Natural Structures in Baker City, Stein Distillery in Joseph, and Snack Alliance in Hermiston.

MNI reports lumber and wood remains Oregon’s largest industrial sector by employment with 36,118 jobs, down 10% over the year.

Second-ranked electronics manufacturing accounts for 29,042 jobs, down 9.5% over the past twelve months, while third-ranked food products manufacturing accounts for 28,543 industrial jobs, with no significant change reported over the year.

Employment in the transportation sector experienced the sharpest decline, down 24.8% over the past twelve months, due partially to the closures of Fleetwood Travel Trailers and Cessna Aircraft in Bend.

Most other industrial sectors in Oregon lost jobs within the past year and included:

  • paper products, down 11.4%;
  • industrial machinery and equipment down 9.8%;
  • furniture/fixtures down 7.9%;
  • primary metals down 6.4%;
  • stone/clay/glass down 5.6%;
  • textiles/apparel down 5.4%;
  • fabricated metals down 5%;
  • printing/publishing down 3.9%;
  • rubber/plastics down 1.9% and
  • chemicals down 1.7%.

Manufacturers’ News reports Northeast Oregon saw the largest drop in employment, down 16.4% over the year with the region currently accounting for 6,177 jobs.

Manufacturing employment declined 12.7% in Southeast Oregon, with the region currently home to 8,817 jobs.

Southwest Oregon saw a 10% decline in manufacturing employment with the region accounting for 46,709 industrial jobs. Northwest Oregon accounts for the largest share of the state’s industrial employment with 160,846 jobs, down 6% over the year.

MNI’s city data shows Portland is Oregon’s top city for manufacturing employment, home to 47,289 jobs, down 6.5% over the year. Second-ranked Hillsboro accounts for 22,574 jobs, with employment down 7.9%.

Industrial employment in Beaverton fell 2.2% over the year and is currently home to 15,930 industrial workers. Eugene accounts for 12,313 industrial jobs, down 4.8%, while Salem accounts for 7,650 jobs, down 4.3% over the past twelve months.

Detailed profiles of Oregon’s 5,975 manufacturers and 1,107 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Oregon Manufacturers Directory, available in print for $108 and on CD-ROM from $176.

Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail),19,537 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.

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