New York State Continues To Lose Manufacturing Jobs

Employment down 2.5% since last year; technology and outsourcing prime culprits.

New York lost 22,310 manufacturing jobs and 121 plants since Sept. 2005, a continuation of the state's downward trend since 2001, according to the 2007 New York Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI).

Although there has been a recent surge in U.S. manufacturing, many New York companies are still cutting costs and jobs through technology and outsourcing, said Tom Dubin, MNI's president.

Currently, New York has 19,629 manufacturing companies employing 853,794 workers compared to  19,750 plants and 876,104 jobs reported last year, the directory noted.

New York ranks 6th in the U.S. in number of manufacturing jobs, accounting for 4.5 percent of the nation's industrial employment; and represents 30 percent of the mid-Atlantic's manufacturing companies and 28 percent of the region's jobs, according to MNI's regional study.

New York's top industry remains printing and publishing, with 16 percent of the state's manufacturers;  industrial machinery and equipment with 2,194 plants is second,  followed by metal fabricating with 1,888 plants.

New York's top industries for manufacturing jobs are photographic equipment and supplies with 27,864 jobs; newspapers with 25,053 jobs; and plastic products representing 23,837 jobs.