Manufacturers' News Inc., compiler and publisher of industrial directories for all 50 states, has generated a list of the top U.S. cities by number of manufacturing jobs as of year-end 2010. The full list can be seen below.

According to Manufacturers' News, Houston takes the top spot for industrial employment with 228,226 manufacturing jobs, followed by New York with 139,127 jobs, Chicago with 108,692 and Los Angeles with 83,719. The list shows that five of the top fifty cities are located in California (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Irvine and Santa Clara), while four of the top fifty are located in Texas (Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin).

Cities that registered notable changes since MNI last compiled the list in August 2008 included Detroit, now at 45th place after falling from 29th place; Seattle, which has moved up to 34th place from 46th place in 2008, and St. Louis, which overtook Cincinnati as the nation's fifth-largest city by industrial employment, and is currently home to 83,123 industrial jobs.

Since August 2008, the nation's top 10 industrial cities have lost a total of 95,805 manufacturing jobs, or 8.4 percent, according to MNI.

MNI's city data includes only establishments located within city limits. Each municipality is counted separately from its suburbs and exurbs.

Manufacturers' News, Inc., publisher of manufacturers' directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI employs an 85-person editorial staff to scour yellow pages, trade journals, financial reports, and many other sources to pinpoint every manufacturing establishment in the United States. Each manufacturer is contacted throughout the year to update their profiles, including their employee counts. 

TOP 50 U.S. CITIES BY NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL JOBS

Source: Manufacturers' News, Inc. December 2010

RANK STATE CITY INDUSTRIAL JOBS

1 TX Houston 228,226

2 NY New York 139,127

3 IL Chicago 108,692

4 CA Los Angeles 83,719

5 MO St. Louis 83,123

6 TX Dallas 81,626

7 OH Cincinnati 81,364

8 IN Indianapolis 79,566

9 AZ Phoenix 77,322

10 CA San Diego 70,709

11 TX Fort Worth 66,650

12 KS Wichita 66,493

13 OH Cleveland 62,114

14 MN Minneapolis 57,668

15 GA Atlanta 57,126

16 WI Milwaukee 55,786

17 TX San Antonio 52,039

18 CA San Jose 51,827

19 KY Louisville 50,312

20 UT Salt Lake City 49,134

21 OR Portland 46,787

22 PA Philadelphia 46,210

23 OH Columbus 46,028

24 OK Tulsa 46,014

25 NY Rochester 45,413

26 TX Austin 43,103

27 MN St. Paul 42,137

28 OK Oklahoma City 41,968

29 CO Denver 41,205

30 MO Kansas City 41,019

31 NC Charlotte 40,727

32 MI Grand Rapids 40,090

33 TN Memphis 39,701

34 WA Seattle 39,449

35 FL Miami 38,599

36 FL Jacksonville 38,225

37 CA Irvine 37,998

38 WA Redmond 37,834

39 CA Santa Clara 37,751

40 MD Baltimore 35,705

41 PA Pittsburgh 35,509

42 FL Orlando 34,040

43 NE Omaha 33,874

44 AL Birmingham 33,334

45 MI Detroit 32,305

46 AZ Tucson 31,672

47 AL Huntsville 31,130

48 VA Richmond 31,071

49 CA Sunnyvale 30,704

50 WA Everett 30,117