In the past year, industrial employment in Nebraska grew 1.4 percent toaccount for a gain of 1,696 industrial jobs, according to the2013 Nebraska Manufacturers Register, an industrial directorypublished annually by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston,Ill.

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MNI also finds that Nebraska now houses 2,849manufacturers employing 121,774 workers.

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"Nebraska continues to see its manufacturing sectorimprove," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI. "The state'sbusiness-friendly environment and abundant natural resources havebeen a draw for a variety of enterprises."

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Among Nebraska's largest industrial sectors that gained jobs arefood products manufacturing with 37,680 jobs at 1.5 percent,industrial machinery and equipment with 12,547 jobs at 2.2 percent,and printing and publishing with 9,818 jobs at 3.9 percent, MNIfinds. Other sectors that reported gains are lumber and wood at 6.9percent, primary metals at 6 percent, electronics at 2.8 percentand chemicals at 1.4 percent. Sectors that experienced losses arestone, clay and glass at minus 4.7 percent and fabricated metals atminus 3.7 percent. All other sectors held steady.

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According to MNI, Southeast Nebraska has the largest shareof the state's industrial employment with 85,040 jobs, a 1.4percent increase, while Northeast Nebraska employs 26,267industrial jobs, up 1 percent. Southwest Nebraska comesin at third with 7,688, up 3.3 percent, and NorthwestNebraska has 2,779 industrial jobs for no significantchange.

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Of the top cities for Nebraska manufacturing employment areOmaha with 34,323 jobs, a 2.6 increase and Lincoln 17,518jobs, down 0.5 percent, MNI reveals. Grand Island followswith 8,053 industrial jobs, down 0.5 percent, and Columbus comes inat the No. 4 spot with 5,058 industrial jobs for no significantchange. Dakota City is fifth with 3,670 jobs, which is also nearlyunchanged.

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