CREC Project News and Updates

CREC Releases New Analysis of U.S. Manufacturing Sector Using Real-time LMI Data

November 9, 2011

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is pleased to announce the release of its analysis of the U.S. manufacturing sector for the first half of 2011 using real-time labor market information (LMI) data.  This assessment of web-based job advertisements, co-authored by Lauren Gilchrist, Ken Poole, and Mark White, examines the characteristics of anticipated manufacturing hiring during the first half of 2011.  Manufacturers sought workers for a variety of opportunities:

  • Nine percent of web-advertised job openings in manufacturing during the first six months of 2011 were production-related.  These openings accounted for just over 60,000 of the manufacturing sector’s nearly 669,000 job openings advertised online between January and June 2011.
  • Manufacturing job openings were concentrated in major metropolitan areas along the Atlantic seaboard, among Midwestern states, and in Texas and California.
  • Almost one in four manufacturing job openings was in just three industries—computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing, aerospace product and parts manufacturing, and pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing.
  • During the first half of 2011, manufacturing openings were concentrated in sales and management positions, engineering positions, and production occupations requiring significant prior work experience.
  • Over half of the openings during the period required more than a high school diploma, and one out of every four production-related jobs required educational attainment beyond a high school diploma.
  • Only seven percent of available manufacturing jobs identified a specific certification requirement.  Where certifications were required for manufacturing jobs, many related to lean manufacturing.

Access the full report: U.S. Manufacturing Jobs:  Where Companies Are Hiring

 

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Credential Engine

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