In the past year, industrial employmentin Colorado grew 1.2 percent as it gained 2,546industrial jobs, according to the 2013 Colorado ManufacturersDirectory, an industrial directory published annuallyby Manufacturers' News Inc.

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Based on these figures, Colorado is now home to 6,553manufacturers with 205,627 workers.

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"Colorado continues to see its manufacturing sectorimprove," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI. "The state'sbusiness-friendly environment as well as its access to capital andabundant natural resources has been a draw for a variety ofenterprises."

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The directory finds that electronics manufacturing continues torank as Colorado’s largest industrial sector with 24,003manufacturing jobs, which is nearly the same from last year.Following electronics manufacturing is food products with 23,565manufacturing jobs, a slight uptick of 1 percent over the lastyear. Industrial machinery and equipment comes in at third with19,508 of Colorado's industrial workers, up 1.5 percent overlast year.

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Of the other sectors that experienced increases are oil and gasextraction at 10.4 percent, chemicals at 5.7 percent, and rubberand plastics at 1.8 percent. Among the sectors that faced lossesare printing and publishing at minus 9 percent, paper products atminus 7.2 percent, furniture and fixtures at minus 6.1 percent,lumber and wood at minus 5.8 percent, and textiles and apparel atminus 5.2 percent.

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Northeast Colorado employs 132,334 of Colorado’s industrialjobs, a 1.3 percent increase from last year, MNI finds, whileNorthwest Colorado has 59,528, up 0.5 percent from 2012.Meanwhile, Southwest Colorado accounts for 7,223 industrial jobs,representing no significant change, and Southeast Colorado employs6,542 jobs, up 6.3 percent for the highest increase of theregions.

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Denver ranks as Colorado’s top city for manufacturingemployment with 40,069 jobs, down 1.1 percent over the past year,and Colorado Springs comes in second with 17,762 jobs, down4.3 percent from 2012. Englewood accounts for 13,572industrial jobs, representing no major change, and Boulder employs11,306 jobs, up 2.6 percent. Littleton ranks fifth with 9,489industrial jobs, up 2.1 percent in the last year.

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