In July 2014, among metropolitan areas for which estimates are available, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California, had the highest employment in manufacturing (510,900). In contrast, Fairbanks, Alaska, Laredo, Texas, and Punta Gorda, Florida, each had 700 workers employed in manufacturing.
Following Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California, areas with the highest employment in manufacturing were Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI (408,100), New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA (356,100), and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (261,000).
Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, had the highest share of total nonfarm employment in manufacturing (47.8 percent). In contrast, Laredo, Texas had 0.7 percent of total nonfarm employment in manufacturing.
Following Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana, the areas with the highest percentage of total nonfarm employment in manufacturing were Columbus, Indiana (37.4 percent), Dalton, Georgia (33.1 percent), Sheboygan, Wisconsin (33.1 percent), and Holland-Grand Haven, Michigan (30.5 percent).
These metropolitan area data are from the Current Employment Statistics (State and Area) program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — July 2014" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-14-1606.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana had highest employment in manufacturing among areas, July 2014 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2014/ted_20140829.htm (visited August 16, 2022).