North Carolina creates 11,000 new manufacturing jobs
State businesses have created more than 10,800 manufacturing jobs since January 2010, putting it in the top 20 in the nation. The country has added 520,000 manufacturing jobs in that time, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and some firms have begun shifting manufacturing operations back to the United States mainly due to increasing production and energy costs overseas.
Manufacturing in the state is being driven in large part by increased production in the automotive industry. Manufacturers of auto parts, components and other products needed by auto makers have all seen increases in production volume. Technology and product development are also key factors in the resurgence of this important sector.