Growth in payroll employment
Payroll employment in manufacturing rose in 2011, halting a long-term decline. Manufacturers added roughly 17,800 workers, bringing total payroll employment to just over 1,482,900. This was more than 190,000 below payroll employment in 2008.
The largest increases were in the durable goods sector, which includes products ranging from motor vehicles and parts to computer components and furniture. This sector had 13,500 more workers in 2011 than in 2010, mainly due to large gains in fabricated metal products, machinery and transportation manufacturing.
Payroll employment in other sectors such as furniture, computer and electronic products, and wood manufacturing fell in 2011, continuing a trend since 2008.
Payroll employment in the non-durable goods sector, which produces goods such as food, clothing and petroleum products, rose by just over 4,000. Payrolls expanded in five industries: food; petroleum and coal products; chemical manufacturing; plastics and rubber products; and printing and related activities.