Salt Lake City, Utah 58,400
Phoenix – Mesa - Scottsdale, Arizona 127,300
Raleigh, North Carolina 35,000
Omaha – Council Bluffs, Nebraska 34,000
Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Roswell, Georgia 168,600
San Diego – Carlsbad, California 168,600
Las Vegas – Henderson – Paradise, Nevada 23,400
Louisville – Jefferson County, Kentucky – Indiana 82,000
Albany – Schenectady – Troy, New York 26,600
Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills, Michigan 160,700
W. Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Delray Beach, Florida 20,000
Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall, Florida 43,800
Grand Rapids – Wyoming, Michigan 115,700
Oakland – Hayward – Berkeley, California 97,400
Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford, Florida 46,500
As you can see, the number of manufacturing jobs do not necessarily correlate to the size and population of the metropolitan area so if you're thinking of making a change in scenery to increase your chances of finding the best job this should be a top consideration. Nine of the top fifteen areas for industrial growth are small to medium-sized metro areas.
According to the article “the most surprising decline is in No. 58 Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land the country’s third largest industrial center. After a decade of strong growth, Houston manufacturing was hit hard by the energy industry decline, with industrial employment down 10% since 2012, although employment did tick up last year. The energy connection may also explain poor performances by other energy hubs like No. 60 New Orleans-Metairie and No. 61 Oklahoma City.” The lesson here is be careful of relocating to an area that built its fortunes on a volatile industry because your fortunes (home values, tax base, schools, etc) will wax and wane with that industry, even if you're not directly connected.
Manufacturing jobs, especially for those skilled in robotics, PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programming, and CNC machinists, will remain in high paying positions and in high demand across the board.