Is the US Making Manufacturing Jobs?

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.

Manufacturing Expansion
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal

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

Hiring Demand for Manufacturing Jobs

Employers in the manufacturing industry are most commonly advertising for the following job titles:

  1. Sales Representative
  2. Merchandiser
  3. Production Supervisor
  4. Software Engineer
  5. Manufacturing Engineer
  6. Customer Service Representative
  7. Administrative Assistant
  8. Quality Engineer
  9. Maintenance Technician
  10. Sales Manager
Currently, the most manufacturing job ads appear online in New York (NY), San Jose (CA), and Los Angeles (CA). In the New York metropolitan area, the pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing sector had the highest hiring volume. The San Jose metro area saw the most job ads placed by the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing sector. Computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing had the most job ads online in Los Angeles. Nationwide, the navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing sector experienced the most demand. Below is our heat map of hiring activity throughout the nation. Dark blue indicates locations with higher job counts.

Job Volume Heat Map for the Manufacturing Industry

Job Ad Volume Heat Map of Manufacturing Jobs

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