Arizona manufacturing jobs steady but slumping

Feb 25, 2015

Arizona is tied for last place in one national ranking – and it's a good thing.
Only 1.3 percent of the state's employment is in non-durable goods manufacturing. On the other side of durability, the state is solidly in the middle of the pack and steady in percent of workforce involved with durable goods manufacturing.
Those rankings are slightly glimmering good signs for the export economy because jobs in those industrial sectors are holding steady. Durable goods cost more, last longer and workers are paid on higher scales than the non-durable goods workers. Holding steady is good because the number of manufacturing jobs has plummeted over the last 20 years – and these are jobs that help the state's gross domestic product grow.

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