Upstate ranks No. 2 for manufacturing jobs, study says

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A new study from SmartAsset has listed the Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin area as the No. 2 best place in the country for manufacturing jobs.

The New York-based financial technology company says the Upstate has experienced strong growth in manufacturing employment over the past few years, growing by 37.8 percent between 2010 and 2015. The growth in jobs is accompanied by growing wages. From 2014 to 2015 the average income for a manufacturing worker here grew by nearly 15 percent.

In determining the top locations for manufacturing jobs, SmartAsset analyzed data for 483 metro areas. The company considered employment growth in manufacturing, income growth in manufacturing, density of manufacturing jobs, and housing costs.

More than 1,800 manufacturers, including about 460 foreign companies, currently call the Upstate home, according to Upstate SC Alliance. That includes BMW Manufacturing Co., Bosch, GE, Fluor, AFL, Magna, and others.

As reported in the Upstate Business Journal last week, the region’s increasing proficiency in several sub-sectors — advanced materials, aerospace, automotive, bioscience, and energy — continues to attract investment and jobs from new and expanding companies.

“It’s impossible to overstate the role that manufacturing has played in transforming the economy of both the Upstate and South Carolina as a whole,” said S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt.

“With the rise of complex manufacturing, our state and our workforce have built a reputation as a global brand state — a state that not only makes things but makes them well,” he added. “This reputation continues to attract industry leaders from around the world who now view South Carolina as an industrial powerhouse.”

The 2017 Top 10 Best Places to Work in Manufacturing are:

  1. Talladega-Sylacauga, Ala.
  2. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin
  3. Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
  4. Rockford, Ill.
  5. Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Ky.
  6. Greenville, N.C.
  7. Napa, Calif.
  8. Amarillo, Texas
  9. Oshkosh-Neenah, Wis.
  10. Mount Vernon-Anacortes, Wash.

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