The Wall Street Journal recently reported that American manufacturing is outpacing its global competition. Featuring data released by the Institute for Supply Management, the article shows that in the last 3 months, US factory activity expanded at its highest rate since the economic recovery began. This increase is attributed to growing consumer and business spending, the housing recovery, and growing global trade. Below is a chart displaying the expansion and contraction of US manufacturing since 2008.
As manufacturing activity grows, we wondered if hiring is also increasing. Did job volume follow a similar pattern as manufacturing expansion? During the past 4 years, hiring demand reached its lowest point in April 2009. However, demand has grown each year since then. There were more than 191,000 job ads posted online in January 2013, which represents a 3% year-over-year increase. Will we reach a new high in demand in 2013?
Hiring Demand for the Manufacturing Industry
Employers in the manufacturing industry are most commonly advertising for the following job titles:
- Sales Representative
- Production Supervisor
- Software Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Customer Service Representative
- Administrative Assistant
- Quality Engineer
- Maintenance Technician
- Sales Manager
Job Volume Heat Map for the Manufacturing Industry
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