Geist Expansion, 06/16/2016

Wire machine operator Josh Hart looks through samples in the new Geist location in June. A report released Thursday said Lincoln added manufacturing jobs while the rest of the state lost jobs.

KRISTIN STREFF, Journal Star file photo

Manufacturing employment in Nebraska dropped slightly for a second straight year, according to the 2017 Nebraska Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News Inc.

As of August, Nebraska was home to 2,604 manufacturing companies employing 125,400 people, according to the report. That was 306 fewer than in August of 2015. From August 2014-August 2015, the state lost 236 manufacturing jobs.

"The oil industry's decline has affected many Nebraska manufacturers that supplied nearby oilfields, and a strong dollar continues to curb exports," said Tom Dubin, president of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, in a news release. "However, the state's stronghold in the food processing sector combined with a business-friendly environment have helped to keep losses at bay."

City data collected by MNI showed that Lincoln had 20,957 jobs in August, up 4.4 percent from a year ago.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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