After a four-year period of stagnation, industrial employment in Maryland and throughout the Washington D.C. metro area saw growth during the past calendar year.
According to Manufacturers' News, the last time this region created new industrial and manufacturing positions was between 2012 and 2013, during which time employers in the sector added 700 jobs. This time around, growth wasn't quite as strong - with 294 jobs created in the field from May 2016 to May 2017 - but nonetheless the gains represent an occasion for hope among industrial leaders.
Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturers' News, spoke well of the region's virtues in a statement accompanying the released data.
"The Maryland/D.C. region is a top destination for high-tech and innovative enterprises, and its educated workforce and abundance of capital have attracted numerous manufacturers both domestic and foreign," Dubin said.
Among workers within the manufacturing sector - or those who wish to enter it - there exists some trepidation regarding the rise of automation and what it means for employment. However, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently reported that in numerous industrial areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, robotics haven't established a considerable presence. For example, major industrial cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Baltimore have a fairly small ratio of robots to human workers.