Dayton region sees strong manufacturing job growth

Manufacturing firms in the Dayton region employed 43,100 people in February, which was the highest employment level in about 10 years, according to preliminary federal labor data.

February was the 48th consecutive month of year-over-year job growth in the Dayton metro area’s manufacturing sector, according to job data that has not been seasonally adjusted.

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Manufacturing employment in the metro area in February was up 1,500 jobs from February 2017. Overall nonfarm employment in the metro area — which consists of Montgomery, Miami and Greene counties — has increased by about 7,900 jobs from the same month last year, the data show.

The Dayton region’s manufacturing sector outperformed all of Ohio’s other major cities in February. However, the data is preliminary and will be revised in coming months.

Manufacturing employment in the three county region increased 3.6 percent in February, which bested Cleveland (3.6 percent increase in jobs); Columbus (1.8 percent increase); Cincinnati (0.9 percent increase); Akron (0.8 percent increase); and Youngstown (0.1 percent increase).

Manufacturing employment fell, year-over-year, in Toledo, Canton and in other cities.

There will be more than 150 companies participating in the OhioMeansJobs Montgomery County & Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 2018 Spring Job Fair, which will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on April 25. A variety of manufacturing firms will participate in the event. A partial list of employers who will be attending the job fair can be found here.

Manufacturing was one of the bright spots of the national economy in March, with employment rising by 22,000 jobs, with all of the gain in the production of durable goods components, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said earlier this month.

In the last year, manufacturing has added 232,000 jobs, with durable goods manufacturing accounting for about three-fourths of the jobs added, the government said.

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