The manufacturing sector continued its national growth in July on a number of fronts, including jobs, orders and production, according to the Institute for Supply Management. But manufacturing jobs in Pennsylvania and the midstate declined by about 1.3 percent compared with a year ago, according to the state.
Surveyed manufacturing executives said new orders at their companies grew faster in July as compared to June, with the business index growing by 6.4 percentage points, according to ISM, an Arizona group that tracks business activity. Employment also grew again in the sector, whereas in June it was contracting.
Manufacturers said production grew the most in July, with the index expanding by 11.6 percentage points, indicating a much faster expansion of manufacturing production.
Exports continued their growth for the eighth consecutive month, yet the rate was 1 percentage point slower than in June, according to ISM.
Pennsylvania manufacturing employed 566,800 people in June, a 0.3 percent drop compared to a year ago, according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. July numbers will be available Aug. 16.
In Central Pennsylvania, June saw the collective loss of about 1,300 manufacturing jobs compared to a year ago, according to L&I's data on metro statistical areas. That's a 1.3 percent decrease from 2012.