A newly released report from the North Carolina Association of Manufacturers and the North Carolina Chamber Foundation shows that manufacturing is critical to the state’s economy, with the contribution of that sector to the state’s gross product remaining one of the highest in the South.
While it's no secret that North Carolina has lost thousands of production jobs due to offshoring, efficiency gains and global outsourcing over the past 25 years, the state's manufacturing sector has been recovering since recession, the report states. Production jobs have grown by 6.8 percent between 2010 and 2015, and the state has added back nearly 30,000 net new jobs. In gross numbers, the counties with the fastest-growing number of manufacturing jobs were Wake, Gaston, Lenoir, Mecklenburg and Guilford counties.
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