US Manufacturing Accelerates – How This Will Affect Hiring This Year?

January 7th, 2012

The US job market has taken a huge hit in recent years. Even before the recent economic downturn, manufacturing had been fading fast in the US. Manufacturers were leaving the US in favor of lower wages and more favorable taxation and regulation.

Things had begun to shift just prior to the “Great Recession” of 2007. More manufacturers were beginning to move back to the US. The recession definitely slowed the growth of these manufacturing positions. As we are beginning to see signs of light on the other side of the tunnel however, we’re also seeing a distinct rise in the need for new hiring in manufacturing industries.

There are quite a few reasons companies are making the move back to the states. Chief among these reasons are: rising costs for transportation, increasing expenses in production overseas, strong productivity within the US, and a greater understanding of the headaches involved in long supply chains.

This is great news that we should all be over the moon about. The problem is that many questions remain before companies are going to be willing to go out and begin hiring new workers en masse.

Mistrust and Fear are Fading

People still remember feeling the first sting of the recession even as politicians promised that all was well five years ago. Then there was an overnight shift in position and policy. Suddenly the economy was a political proxy that must be fixed immediately.

Five years later, fixes have been slow to arrive. That is why the growth we’re seeing in manufacturing and factory employment is such welcome news in many circles.  Current projections have US factory jobs growing by 1.3 percent this year and an additional 3.1 percent in the following year.

The fact remains that there is a growing demand for trained and skilled labor to accept these new factory jobs and it’s going to have a significant impact on hiring across the board. But not all manufacturing positions require experience. There are many that anyone with a decent head on his or her shoulders can be trained to do. This means that traditionally “white collar” employees are going to begin to turn to manufacturing positions.

Supply and Demand are Trading Places

In other words, for those who deal with human resources, there is likely to be a shift in the job search over the next years. People will gravitate towards careers where jobs are available.

For the past few years there has been a massive surplus of qualified candidates for the few positions that were available. That is about to change. The more growth we see in manufacturing here in the US, the fewer people are going to find themselves out of work for prolonged periods of time.

Human resources and hiring managers have a lot to deal with and haven’t had to actively recruit for quite a while. Companies have been tightening belts, adding hours, and cutting benefits in order to stay in business. Now they are going to have to compete with these manufacturing positions that offer overtime pay for extra hours and attractive benefits packages.

What this really means for business is that the search is back on for the best and brightest among the highly capable fields of job applicants and manufacturing companies are hiring! Find out more by contacting Stark Talent today for many part time and full time jobs in the manufacturing sector!

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