Manufacturing & The Economy
For a third straight year, industrial employment in Texas posted a gain, reports the 2014 Texas Manufacturers Register®, a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. Texas manufacturers added 31,198 industrial jobs, a 2.5% increase, from May 2013 to May 2014.
Gains were led by the state’s oil and gas extraction industry, which saw a 10.7% employment increase, and has overtaken fabricated metals as the state’s second largest industrial sector by employment. Oil and gas extraction currently accounts for 133,448 jobs. Other top industries adding jobs include industrial machinery and equipment, which ranks as the state’s largest sector by employment with 186,490 jobs, 4.3% higher than a year ago. The fabricated metals sector accounts for 123,617 jobs, up 2.4%.
Texas is now home to 22,567 manufacturers employing 1,236,617 workers. Manufacturing companies in Houston employ 261,900 workers, ranking it the top city in the nation for industrial employment. Houston industrial jobs increased 4.7% over the year. Dallas accounts for 70,263 manufacturing jobs, down 1.5%, while Fort Worth jobs remained unchanged, with the city home to 66,452 jobs. San Antonio accounts for 52,270 jobs, down 1.7%, while factory employment in Austin rose 3.1%, with the city accounting for 49,097 jobs.