Manufacturing jobs on the rise, and skilled workers needed
That's not news to Plant Engineering readers, but CNN is reporting manufacturing job growth is outpacing the rest of the private sector
CNN is reporting on the issue Plant Engineering has been reporting on through 2010 Manufacturing jobs are growing at about 1.6% over the last 12 months, double the rate of other private sector jobs, according to CNN. The growth is being fueled by a shortage of skilled workers to fill high-tech and computer-driven manufacturing jobs.
– there’s growth in American manufacturing jobs and a Skills Gap in American manufacturing.
CNN quotes Donna Carroll, vice president with Adecco, as saying, "Manufacturing is very robust for us right now. Skilled machinists and machine operators in some places are getting tougher to come by."
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey