Special Report

Cities Where Manufacturing Is Making a Comeback

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23. Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +15.4% (+2,900)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 21,700 (14.7% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 18,800 (13.8% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $1.7 billion
> August unemployment: 3.3%

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22. Merced, CA
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +15.5% (+1,300)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 9,700 (14.4% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 8,400 (14.2% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $458.9 million
> August unemployment: 8.1%

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21. Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +16.0% (+1,300)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 9,400 (16.0% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 8,100 (14.1% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $354.7 million
> August unemployment: 6.6%

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20. Albany, OR
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +16.2% (+1,100)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 7,900 (17.8% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 6,800 (17.4% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $722.0 million
> August unemployment: 4.3%

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18. Spartanburg, SC
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +16.7% (+4,400)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 30,800 (20.1% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 26,400 (20.0% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $2.8 billion
> August unemployment: 3.0%