Special Report

Cities Where Manufacturing Is Making a Comeback

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8. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +21.8% (+20,600)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 115,200 (20.8% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 94,600 (19.5% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $7.4 billion
> August unemployment: 2.7%

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7. Tuscaloosa, AL
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +23.9% (+3,200)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 16,600 (15.4% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 13,400 (13.6% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $2.2 billion
> August unemployment: 3.8%

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6. Auburn-Opelika, AL
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +25.0% (+1,400)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 7,000 (10.8% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 5,600 (10.3% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $588.1 million
> August unemployment: 3.6%

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5. Bowling Green, KY
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +28.3% (+2,800)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 12,700 (16.7% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 9,900 (14.4% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $1.1 billion
> August unemployment: 3.9%

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4. Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY
> 5-yr. change in manufacturing employment: +28.6% (+1,800)
> 2017 manufacturing employment: 8,100 (14.4% of total)
> 2012 manufacturing employment: 6,300 (12.0% of total)
> Value of manufacturing exports: $696.7 million
> August unemployment: 4.2%