Industrial employment in North Carolina fell 8.2 percent in the last 12 months, according to the 2010 North Carolina Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published annually by Manufacturers' News Inc.
According to MNI, the transportation equipment sector saw the worst decline in employment, down 15 percent, following layoffs at three Daimler Trucks facilities and layoffs at Hatteras Yachts, among others.
North Carolina lost 51,831 industrial jobs between January 2009 and January 2010, the sharpest decline MNI has reported in the 16 years it has been tracking the state's industry.
MNI reports North Carolina is now home to 10,695 manufacturers employing 581,685 workers.
"North Carolina has suffered deep losses in manufacturing employment due to automation and technology, outsourcing of jobs from its core sectors and the recession," says Tom Dubin, president of MNI. "However, the state's continued investment in creating business incentives has started to make a difference."