Special Report

Cities Where Manufacturing Is Making a Comeback

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13. Norwich-New London, CT
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +18.5% (+2,700)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 17,300 (13.3% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 14,600 (11.3% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $1.9 billion
> August unemployment: 3.7%

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12. Kankakee, IL
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +18.5% (+1,000)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 6,400 (13.8% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 5,400 (12.3% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $572.4 million
> August unemployment: 4.8%

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11. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +19.2% (+13,200)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 81,900 (12.3% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 68,700 (11.5% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $7.0 billion
> August unemployment: 3.9%

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10. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +19.6% (+41,500)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 253,100 (12.6% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 211,600 (11.5% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $28.8 billion
> August unemployment: 4.2%

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9. Grants Pass, OR
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +20.8% (+500)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 2,900 (11.1% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 2,400 (10.5% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $180.2 million
> August unemployment: 5.4%