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March 31, 2016

New Jersey’s manufacturing employment edged down ever so slightly in the past year, dropping 0.5 percent for a loss of 2,308 manufacturing jobs between January 2015 and January 2016. The stats come courtesy of the New Jersey Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc.

New Jersey is home to 9,106 industrial companies employing 396,212 workers. According to MNI, industrial employment in the state has remained mostly flat over the past three years, after declining 13 percent from 2008 to 2013.

MNI reports that most of New Jersey’s industrial sectors lost jobs over the past year, including stone/clay/glass, down 7.2 percent; textiles/apparel, down 5.3 percent; paper products, down 3.4 percent; furniture/fixtures, down 3.2 percent; industrial machinery, down 3.1 percent; and primary metals, down 3 percent.

Employment growth in the state's top three sectors helped minimize losses. Jobs in top-ranked chemical processing, including pharmaceuticals, rose 1.5 percent in 2015, for a total of 76,725 workers. Second-ranked printing/publishing picked up 86 jobs, bringing total employment to 42,429; third-ranked food processing rose 1.5 percent to 38,332 jobs.

A version of the full report is available online.

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