The metropolitan areas with the highest share of employment in manufacturing are mostly in the industrial Midwest, with the exception of the self-proclaimed “Carpet Capital” in Dalton, Ga. Nationwide, 11.9 million Americans, or about 9 percent of all workers, are employed in manufacturing jobs.
• 1. Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., 45.2 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 50,900 of the metro’s 112,600 jobs
• 2. Columbus, Ind., 37.2 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 18,600 of the metro’s 46,100 jobs
• 3. Dalton, Ga., 32.9 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 20,700 of the metro’s 62,900 jobs
• 4. Sheboygan, Wisc., 32.4 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 18 ,200 of the metro’s 56,200 job
• 5. Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., 29.4 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 33,000 of the metro’s 112,300 jobs
Source: Governing magazine, April 2013 compilation of Department of Labor figures
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...