In the last year, industrial employment in Kentucky grew 1.5 percent as it added 4,212 jobs from September 2011 to September 2012, according to the 2013 Kentucky Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston, Ill.

Based on this new figure, Kentucky now has 5,200 manufacturers employing 278,299 workers, MNI finds.

"Kentucky continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI. "Its business-friendly environment has made it easier for manufacturers to expand, and its stronghold in the auto industry has helped boost employment."

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