South Carolina adds manufacturing jobs

South Carolina has seen an overall growth in manufacturing jobs over the last year

South Carolina has posted a gain in industrial employment for the second straight year.

The 2014 South Carolina Manufacturers' Register, an industrial database published by Manufacturers News Inc., reported that South Carolina added 1,967 manufacturing jobs between September 2012 and September 2013. The MNI report said that although this 1 percent increase is nothing to frown upon, it still fell short from the 2.3 percent increase from last year's survey.

Greenville showed the most growth
MNI report also found that the Greenville area is the home to the most manufacturing jobs in the state, with 263,696 jobs among 4,794 manufacturers. Although the total number of jobs is down 1 percent from last year, the manufacturing industry still a strong industry in South Carolina.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey said that South Carolina and the Greenville area will be the strongest job markets to be hiring in the fourth quarter. The survey went on to say that manufacturing and nondurable goods manufacturing lead the list of best job prospects for the quarter.

South Carolina has had a positive increase in the job market for manufacturing. Several local automakers and suppliers including BMW, ZF Transmissions, The Crown Group and BorgWarner have announced plans for expansion over the past year. Tom Dubin, president of MNI, said in a statement that South Carolina has earned this level of growth.

"Once a struggling textiles state, South Carolina has experienced something of a manufacturing renaissance," Dubin said. "The state's favorable business conditions and educated workforce combined with its ideal location for the shipment of goods has been a draw for a variety of businesses, particularly those in the transportation equipment sector."

Several sector have shown growth
The MNI survey said that industrial machinery and equipment sectors lead the state's manufacturing employment with a total of 34,582 jobs. Transportation equipment came in a close second by employing 32,813 people. Several other sectors saw increases such as chemical, food products and rubber and plastics. The Greenville Online reported that Boeing plans to add some more jobs in South Carolina by expanding its North Charleston plant and Fitesa hopes to add 32 new jobs by expanding its Simpsonville facility.

Growth among the entire state
Several sections of the state saw an increase in job growth since 2012. The northwest region, which is home to the largest share of industrial employment, increased 1 percent from 2012 with a total of 167,427 jobs. The northeast part of the state came in second with 44,708 jobs, a 1.5 percent increase from last year.