Twin Cities Industrial Jobs Hit Hard in 2010
Minneapolis and St. Paul both lost jobs in the industrial sector in 2010, according to data recently released by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI).
Minneapolis ranked 14th among U.S. cities with respect to industrial jobs-boasting 57,668 jobs in the sector. It actually shifted up one position on MNI's list, despite trimming about 4.5 percent of its industrial employment since December 2009, when the city employed 60,350.
St. Paul fared slightly worse, dropping one spot to 27th on MNI's list. The city employed 42,137 in the industrial industry at the end of 2010-down more than 7 percent from 2009.
In 2010, Houston led the country in industrial employment with 228,226 jobs, followed by New York (139,127), Chicago (108,692), and Los Angeles (83,719).
Houston, New York, and Chicago all held their positions from 2009-but Dallas, which ranked fourth in 2009, shed industrial jobs in 2010 and now ranks fifth. It ceded its spot to St. Louis.
The decline in industrial employment experienced in the Twin Cities mirrors trends from around the country. Only eight of the top 50 cities added industrial jobs in 2010, and the additions were relatively modest.
Texas led the rest of the states in 2010 with four of its cities ranking among the top 20 industrial employers. Five cities in California made the top 50 list, which can be accessed here.
MNI, based in Evanston, Illinois, has published directories for the manufacturing industry since 1912.