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KENTUCKY MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT UP 2.3 PERCENT

 KENTUCKY MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT UP 2.3 PERCENT
 TWINSBURG, Ohio, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- While most other states


struggle to maintain current employment levels in manufacturing, Kentucky moved ahead from 304,801 employed in manufacturing and related fields in 1991 to 311,960 in 1992, according to statistics taken from the just published "1992 Harris Kentucky Industrial Directory." "Our data indicates that almost all of Kentucky's manufacturing sectors showed significant growth over the previous year," said Robert A. Harris, president of Harris Publishing Company of Twinsburg, Ohio.
 As the leading compiler/publisher of manufacturers and directories on diskette, the Harris research staff contacts virtually all of the manufacturers in the state. "Our information is comprehensive and detailed," commented Harris. "Industries that showed increases included the state's largest sector, apparel manufacturers, with a 2.3 percent jump in employment from 36,210 in 1991 to 37,055 in 1992. Industrial machinery (including computers), which represents Kentucky's second largest sector, showed a 1.9 percent increase in manufacturing employment from 31,693 in 1991 to 32,306 in 1992. Employment in the fabricated metals sector grew a modest 1.0 percent from 25,652 in 1991 to 25,900 in 1992," said Harris. "We noted that some of the smaller industrial sectors seem to be producing the most rapid growth in employment. Employment in the chemical sector increased 6.7 percent from 13,506 in 1991 to 14,409 in 1992. The same is true of the stone, clay, glass and concrete products sector, also with a 6.7 percent increase in employment levels from 12,290 in 1991 to 13,111 in 1992."
 Carl Priestland, chief economist for the American Apparel Manufacturers Association agrees with the Harris statistics. "We're one of the first industries to improve during this recession," he stated. "Apparel employment in the United States has increased by more than 2 percent from the first quarter of 1991 to the first quarter of 1992. The average work week also increased by about 6 to 7 percent, between the same period, which means the amount of labor going into making apparel grew accordingly. However, not all states are faring as well as Kentucky," he continued. "Tennessee, usually a strong state for apparel manufacturing, had a decrease in the number of people employed in the industry. Kentucky is following what I would call a normal increase for an average year, from a low point in late 1990 and early 1991. Of course, during a recession, these are encouraging statistics."
 Ken Oilschlager, president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has also observed a stirring in the manufacturing sector as well. "We have noticed some very positive signs over the past quarter," said Oilschlager. "The Harris data gives us a much welcomed confirmation. The news is exciting, however, we must be cautious in our optimism."
 In fact, practically every manufacturing sector increased employment with only a few exceptions according to Harris. "The noticeable exceptions seen during the compilation of the '1992 Harris Kentucky Industrial Directory'," he stated, "were declines in manufacturing employment in tobacco, petroleum refining and related products, and leather products. Over all, Kentucky witnessed an increase in manufacturing employment during the last year. This is definitely good news in light of the current recession."
 Most Kentucky Manufacturing Employment
 Sectors Show Growth
 Percent Percent
 Employment Chg. Emp. Chg. Emp.
 Industry 1991 1992 Increase Decrease
 Apparel 36,210 37,055 2.3 ---
 Industrial machinery,
 incl. computers 31,693 32,306 1.9 ---
 Electric/electronic
 pdts., excl. computers 29,443 29,589 .5 ---
 Fabricated metal pdts. 25,652 25,900 1.0 ---
 Chemicals 13,506 14,409 6.7 ---
 Stone, clay, glass,
 concrete pdts. 12,209 13,111 6.7 ---
 Tobacco pdts. 5,235 5,224 --- .2
 Petroleum refining &
 related pdts. 4,542 4,275 --- 5.9
 Leather pdts. 1,634 1,560 --- 4.5
 Source: 1992 Harris Kentucky Industrial Directory, Harris Publishing Company, Twinsburg, Ohio.
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