In New Jersey, industrial employment dropped 1.5 percent from December 2011 to December 2012, which is slightly under the 2.1 percent loss from the 2010-2011 time period, according to the 2013 New Jersey Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News Inc. in Evanston, Ill.

This totals to a loss of 6,024 jobs, MNI finds. With this figure, New Jersey now supports 9,402 manufacturers with 391,596 workers.

"Manufacturers in New Jersey have yet to fully recover from the recession, and high business taxes have affected hiring," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI. "However, the state's educated work force and its reputation as a center for innovation continue to be a draw for new business."

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