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Forbes recently crowned Seattle as top U.S. city for manufacturing, based upon job growth within the past decade and other factors. The magazine assessed 65 metropolitan areas for their industrial activity in its list of top 10 places driving the manufacturing revival.
"In an era of excitement over the Internet, it is often forgotten that a majority of the country's scientists and engineers work for manufacturers, and that industrial companies account for 68 percent of business R&D spending, which in turn accounts for about 70 percent of total R&D spending," Forbes concluded.
Of all the cities considered, Seattle embraced the intersection of high technology with old-fashioned manufacturing. In the past year, the metropolitan region, which posted job growth of nearly 8 percent, driven partially by Boeing, has ranked second nationwide for manufacturing growth.
Aerospace's expansion coupled with increase high-tech opportunities produce exactly the kinds of high-wage jobs, including blue-collar ones, that do not exist elsewhere in the nation. The average salary of factory workers was nearly $95,000 up 9 percent from 2007.
Elsewhere in the Forbes rankings, four of the top 10 cities for manufacturing were located in Texas and one in Oklahoma, probably thanks to a boom in natural gas production as a result of shale drilling, the magazine concluded. Rust Belt metro areas such as the Warren, Troy and Farmington Hills, Mich., area, Cincinnati, Middletown, Ohio, and Milwaukee appeared in the top 10 as well.
Read the list: http://onforb.es/LmYste.