For the second-straight year, the number of manufacturing jobs increased slightly in Tennessee, about 1 percent, according to an industrial employment survey.
From September 2012 to September 2013, the state added 4,197 manufacturing jobs, according to the 2014 Tennessee Manufacturers Register, an industrial directory published by Manufacturers' News Inc. The increase in the previous year also was 1 percent; both gains were slightly above the national average, the report said.
At the end of September, the state had 6,990 manufacturers with 385,858 workers, the report said.
"Like many states in the Midsouth, Tennessee has experienced something of a manufacturing renaissance," said Tom Dubin, president of the publishing company. "The state's business-friendly environment and educated workforce combined with its ideal location for the shipment of goods has been a draw for a variety of businesses, particularly those in the transportation-equipment sector."
Transportation equipment -- which includes automobiles, auto parts and tires -- is Tennessee's biggest manufacturing sector, with 47,881 jobs, the report said, adding that jobs in that sector rose 8.7 percent.
"Several automakers and related suppliers announced expansions over the year, including GM, which plans to expand its Nashville plant; aluminum supplier Alcoa Inc., which expanded its plant in Alcoa; Bridge-stone Tire, which recently announced plans to expand its tire facility in Warren County; and Hankook Tire, which will establish a new manufacturing facility in Clarksville," the report said. "Volkswagen increased production at its Chattanooga plant; Nissan will add jobs at its Nashville plant; ARC Automotive plans to expand in Knoxville; and Akebono Brake Corporation announced plans to add jobs in Clarksville."
Among other manufacturing sectors in the state, jobs in rubber/plastics were up 7.6 percent for the year; paper products, up 7.1 percent; primary metals, up 5.7 percent; stone/clay/glass, up 4.9 percent; furniture/fixtures, up 2.1 percent; and lumber/wood, up 1.9 percent.
But there were jobs lost in several industries: electronic products; down 3.9 percent; industrial machinery and equipment, down 3.9 percent; textiles/apparel, down 3.1 percent; fabricated metals, down 2.3 percent; and printing/publishing, down 1.6 percent.
Manufacturing jobs in Tennessee
Sectors up over last year
* Rubber/plastics: up 7.6%
* Paper products: 7.1%
* Primary metals: 5.7%
* Stone/clay/glass: 4.9%
* Furniture/fixtures: 2.1%
* Lumber/wood: 1.9%
Sectors that are down
* Electronic products: down 3.9%
* Industrial machinery and equipment: 3.9%
* Textiles/apparel: 3.1%
* Fabricated metals: 2.3%
* Printing/publishing: 1.6%
Source: 2014 Tennessee Manufacturers Register