Where Are Some Locations in the U.S. That Commonly Have Factory Employment Available?


In 2015, U.S. locations evidencing the greatest growth in manufacturing jobs include Michigan's Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia metropolitan area and the Warren-Troy-Farmington area of suburban Detroit, where a rebound in automobile manufacturing is underway. In the Grand Rapids metropolitan area of Wyoming, one in five jobs are in manufacturing, and the field has seen a 28 percent growth in employment since 2009. Other locations with a strong growth in manufacturing jobs are Toledo, Ohio, and Central Tennessee, where Nissan and Bridgestone have plants.

German car production and aerospace expansion are creating jobs in Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina, respectively. Other southern metropolitan areas with industrial job growth include Cape Coral-Fort Meyers, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island and Sebastian-Vero-Beach, all in Florida. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Houston, Texas, are also experiencing growth in manufacturing jobs due to a growth in refining and petrochemicals. Houston has the third largest concentration of factory jobs in the United States.

A Brookings study on advanced industries, which includes aerospace, medical equipment, industrial equipment and motor vehicles, found that the greatest number of workers in this segment of the factory economy are employed in the southern United States. It also reports that many of these jobs do not require a college degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the best job opportunities in the manufacturing sector are in these advanced industries, especially aerospace and electromedical devices, advising that those with technical and vocational certifications are best qualified for these jobs.