After several years of losses, Michigan experience a growth1.6 percent for manufacturing jobs, amounting to a gain of 10,252 jobs betweenFebruary 2011 and February 2012, according to the 2012 MichiganManufacturers Directory, an industrial directory publishedeach year by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston,Ill.

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This now puts Michigan as the home to 14,286 manufacturersemploying 638,336 workers.

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"The recovery is gaining momentum in Michigan andacross the U.S.," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI."Michigan's 1.6 percent employment gain across a variety ofindustrial sectors reflects the state's continued effort to promotean educated work force and friendly business environment."

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Among Michigan’s industrial sectors, transportation equipmentmanufacturing remains the largest industry employment with 125,746jobs, an increase of 1.7 percent over the year. Industrialmachinery and equipment is this second largest industry with118,418 jobs, also up 1.7 percent. Fabricated metals comes in atthe No. 3 spot, accounting for 77,547 jobs, a decline of 1.2percent.

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Of the manufacturing sectors that gained jobs over the yearinclude electronics at 9.1 percent; chemicals and allied productsat 7 percent; instruments and related products at 5.3 percent;stone, clay and glass at 3.5 percent; furniture and fixtures at 2.2percent; rubber and plastics at 1.9 percent; and textiles andapparel at 1.7 percent. Manufacturing sectors that recorded lossesare printing and publishing at 4.8 percent, lumber and wood at 2.7percent, and paper products at 1.2 percent.

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Southeast Michigan boasts the most industrial workers inthe state with 370,192 jobs, an increase of 1.8 percent whileSouthwest Michigan offers 199,919 jobs, up 2.9 percent.Northwest Michigan employs 32,300 jobs, up 0.5 percent, andNortheast Michigan has 20,683 industrial workers, which is mostlyunchanged. Employment also remained steady in the Upper Peninsulaas it employs 15,242 manufacturing jobs.

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Grand Rapids is still the state's top city by industrialemployment housing 39,410 manufacturing jobs with no major changereported. Detroit offers 32,031 industrial jobs, adecline of 2 percent, while jobs increased by 12.9 percentin Auburn Hills.

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