Between August 2011 and August 2012, industrial employment in Massachusetts slightly dropped as it now employs 362,968 workers at 8,509 manufacturers, according to the 2013 Massachusetts Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston, Ill. 

The total number of lost jobs is 942 for a loss of less than 1 percent.

"Unfortunately, the increase in productivity and output do not necessarily translate into employment gains," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI. "Automation and technology have allowed manufacturers to operate with fewer workers."

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