Big Five: Dalton, Ga., makes list of top manufacturing metros

Big Five: Dalton, Ga., makes list of top manufacturing metros

January 14th, 2014 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

The metropolitan areas with the highest share of employment in manufacturing are mostly in the industrial Midwest, with the exception of the self-proclaimed "Carpet Capital" in Dalton, Ga. Nationwide, 11.9 million Americans, or about 9 percent of all workers, are employed in manufacturing jobs.

• 1. Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., 45.2 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 50,900 of the metro's 112,600 jobs

• 2. Columbus, Ind., 37.2 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 18,600 of the metro's 46,100 jobs

• 3. Dalton, Ga., 32.9 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 20,700 of the metro's 62,900 jobs

• 4. Sheboygan, Wisc., 32.4 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 18 ,200 of the metro's 56,200 job

• 5. Holland-Grand Haven, Mich., 29.4 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing, or 33,000 of the metro's 112,300 jobs

Source: Governing magazine, April 2013 compilation of Department of Labor figures