Virginia's industrial employment saw little change in the past year as it only recorded a slight gain of 284 jobs, according to the 2013 Virginia Manufacturers Directory, published annually by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston, Ill.

After calculating this small gain, Virginia now accounts for 6,420 manufacturers with 329,788 workers, MNI finds.

"The state continues to see its manufacturing sector improve," says Tom Dubin, president of the MNI. "Virginia has fared very well economically compared to most other states in the region."

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