Rhode Island Had First Manufacturing Increase In Over 10 Years

It was announced today that Rhode Island added 1,045 manufacturing jobs between December 2012 and December 2013. This increase in manufacturing jobs is the first time Rhode Island has seen job growth in the industry in 13 years. Manufacturers’ News reported that Rhode Island is now home to 1,765 manufacturers employing 59,092 workers.

Providence Business News provided an excellent analysis of the report, stating:

Gains in Rhode Island spanned multiple sectors, with transportation equipment posting the largest increase (14.8 percent) following the expansion of submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat in Quonset.

Electric Boat was the No. 1 manufacturing employer in Rhode Island last year, according to Manufacturers’ News, employing 2,627 people at its Quonset facility.

Employment in the rubber and plastics industry grew 5.3 percent last year, while primary metals employment increased 4.6 percent; stone, clay and glass working increased 3.5 percent; furniture and fixtures employment increased 2.7 percent; and food products employment increased 2 percent.

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