SmartAsset, a financial technology company, analyzed data from 483 metro areas in terms of six factors: manufacturing as a percentage of the workforce, job growth from 2010 to 2015, job growth from 2014 to 2015, income growth from 2010 to 2015, income growth from 2014 to 2015, and income after housing
The list of the 10 best places to work in manufacturing includes some obvious entries, such as Talladega-Sylacauga, which has the fourth largest percentage of its workforce in manufacturing at 39 percent. Rockford, Ill. is another unsurprising entry, given its history of manufacturing heavy machinery and tools. Despite the decline since its peak, one quarter of Rockford’s workforce is still employed in manufacturing, earning an average of $54,000 after housing costs.
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