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Clif Bar, Chobani

Clif Bar stands in the foreground while Chobani can be seen behind it to the right Nov. 14, 2016, near Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — From the first half of 2016 to the first half of 2017, south-central Idaho grew its manufacturing jobs faster than any other part of the state.

According to data compiled by the Idaho Department of Labor — based on unemployment tax reports — the region grew those jobs by 4.2 percent over that time.

“We’re definitely doing better than average — 2 to 2.5 percent is what you would expect on an annual basis,” Regional Economist Jan Roeser said.

By the second quarter of 2017, the region employed more than 10,100 people in manufacturing.

Idaho as a whole, meanwhile, grew manufacturing jobs by only 2.8 percent from the first half of 2016 to the first half of 2017.

Roeser expects the Magic Valley will continue rapidly adding manufacturing jobs, as McCain Foods in Burley prepares to hire 180 people in the next one-and-a-half years. Jayco has also said it would bring more than 300 jobs to its facility in Twin Falls this year.

“You’re looking at 500 right there, and that’s just two companies,” Roeser said.

Here’s how all of the state’s regions are shaping up for manufacturing growth:

South-central Idaho

Average employment, first half of 2016: 9,700

Average employment, first half of 2017: 10,108

Growth: 4.2%

Eastern Idaho

Average employment, first half of 2016: 5,021

Average employment, first half of 2017: 5,220

Growth: 4%

Southwestern Idaho

Average employment, first half of 2016: 28,036

Average employment, first half of 2017: 29,076

Growth: 3.7%

North-central Idaho

Average employment, first half of 2016: 4,982

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Average employment, first half of 2017: 5,127

Growth: 2.9%

Northern Idaho

Average employment, first half of 2016: 8,142

Average employment, first half of 2017: 8,097

(Loss): (0.6%)

Southeastern Idaho

Average employment, first half of 2016: 6,873

Average employment, first half of 2017: 6,807

(Loss): (1%)

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