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Which Are the Best Cities for Manufacturing Jobs?

March 13, 2019 / Megan Crouse

The conversation about labor in manufacturing has been wide-ranging lately, from fixes involving reaching out to and training more unskilled workers or to sweetening the pot when it comes to what Millennials supposedly want from their work. Employers and prospective employees can sometimes seem to be speaking a different language when it comes to expectations and what they hope to get out of a job or a career. One thing most people can probably agree on is that the commute is key: a person is less likely to move for their job than to find one at home.
Kempler Industries recently surveyed 236 metro areas in the United States and ranked them to find the best place for manufacturing jobs. They judged cities by the number of manufacturing jobs per 100,000 people, median income for manufacturing workers, and median housing cost in each city, using data they sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau and Zillow.