Industrial, manufacturing jobs show large growth in Texas, Louisiana

Industrial and manufacturing is on the rise across the southern United States, with employment numbers posting significant gains year over year for the second year in a row.

Industrial employment in Louisiana posted a gain of 2.9 percent from May 2012 to May 2013, with 5,685 jobs being created in twice the gain reported from 2011 to 2012 in a Manufacturers' News directory of state employment numbers. Gains of 2.9 percent are also two points above the national gain in the industry.

"The state's abundant natural resources and friendly business environment continue to result in many companies investing in its industrial sector, particularly those in the oil & gas and chemicals industries," president Tom Dubin of Manufacturers' News, the publication who surveyed the numbers, said about the job gains in a press release.

Employment in Texas' industrial sector also posted large gains in the Manufacturers' News directory, according to the Fort Mill Times. The state gained 32,680 manufacturing jobs from April 2012 to April 2013, which is growth of 2.7 percent, and also two points above the national average. Texas now employs more than 1,200,000 workers in industries including industrial machinery, fabricated metals and oil & gas extraction.