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Apprenticeships are One Way to Fight the Skills Gap

Posted on September 13th, 2018
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Throughout the U.S., unemployment is at an all-time low. While this is good news for the country at large, it is complicating matters for employers in the manufacturing industry who are looking to hire. The challenge to hire skilled workers remains a problem throughout manufacturing with 78 percent of manufacturers citing a lack of qualified candidates. This deficiency is one of the top two factors impacting the ability to hire a skilled workforce, according to Tooling U-SME, a provider of competency-based learning and development solutions for the manufacturing community. The deficit of a skilled workforce also means manufacturers that are unable to fill these positions are experiencing a loss in productivity and quality losses, which impacts the company’s overall ability to grow. While such issues are well-established, more than half of companies surveyed, 54 percent, still do not have plans…

Steady Job Growth Continues in The Manufacturing Industry

Posted on August 9th, 2018
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Slow, yet steady, may be the manufacturing industry’s most-consistent mantra. Reinforcement comes from the newest Employment Situation Summary that showed another drop in the unemployment rate, down to 3.8 percent as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although most of the growth is coming from the health care, retail trade and construction industries, the manufacturing industry is also retaining a level of stable growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry added 18,000 jobs during the month of May. Most this growth comes from the durable goods sector, goods that are not for immediate consumption. Durable goods can be kept for a period, and many of the items piggyback on a growing consumer desire for products that are produced in the U.S. Machinery also accounts for manufacturing’s improved numbers with an increase of 6,000…