by Tim O’Neill ~

Through 2013, the seven-county Twin Cities metro area had 79,133 establishments supplying 1,618,006 jobs. That’s approximately 60% of total employment in the state in all industries.

The manufacturing industry had 4,105 establishments supplying 162,716 jobs in the Twin Cities, comprising about 53% of the 307,159 manufacturing jobs within the state. The average annual wage for the manufacturing industry sector equaled $69,680 in 2013, 17% higher than the industry’s average annual wage for the state as a whole ($59,540).

With 34,675 jobs, computer and electronic product manufacturing makes up the largest sub-sector within the manufacturing industry in the Twin Cities. It also happens to have among the highest annual wage, at $95,628.

Beyond that, employment in the fabricated metal product manufacturing sub-sector accounts for nearly 15% of the metro manufacturing jobs, with 848 establishments supplying 23,665 jobs.

Miscellaneous manufacturing, which most notably includes medical equipment and supplies, accounts for 10.6% of total manufacturing jobs, with 578 establishments supplying 17,222 jobs.

In addition, machinery manufacturing accounts for just over one-tenth of all manufacturing jobs in the metro, with 390 establishments supplying 17,025 jobs; and printing and related support activities and food manufacturing account for 9% and 7% of jobs, employing 14,418 and 11,553 workers, respectively. (See Table 1.)

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Within the Twin Cities Metro Area, manufacturing has shown modest growth since the low point of the recession, adding 6,146 jobs from 2010 to 2013, for a 3.9% increase. In comparison, total employment increased by 5.3%, adding 80,954 jobs.

While the total of all manufacturing jobs has witnessed modest growth since 2010, certain manufacturing sub-sectors have done very well. For example, fabricated metal product manufacturing added 2,222 jobs between 2010 and 2013, growing by 10.4%.

Other sub-sectors adding a large number of jobs include food manufacturing (1,455 jobs), machinery manufacturing (1,402 jobs), and electrical equipment, appliance, and component manufacturing, which grew by 18.3%, adding 707 jobs.

Tim O’Neill is the Twin Cities Regional Analyst for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).