Metro Milwaukee lost more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs during the 12 months ending in June, even as the rest of Wisconsin increased employment in the industry by nearly 4,800, according to data from the Department of Workforce Development.

The decline continues a trend in which Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties have not collectively shown a year-over-year gain in manufacturing jobs since the end of 2015.

Manufacturing employers, in particular, have described challenges in finding skilled workers and some companies are turning to automation to make employees available for other tasks. Recent projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the manufacturing industry nationally would lose 736,000 jobs by 2026.

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