This week, it was reported that hiring in the manufacturing industry may be growing. We looked at demand for production jobs in the United States over the past 90 days for more insight to hiring and recruiting conditions. Over the past 90 days, more than 65,000 jobs were advertised online for production occupations, growing 12% when compared to the same 90-day period last year. Despite increases over the past 2 years, demand is still significantly below what was seen during pre-recession times.
Hiring Demand for Production Occupations – 4 Years
10 production occupations that saw the greatest volume of online job ads over the past 90 days are below. 9 of these experienced year-over-year increases in hiring demand. First-line Supervisors and Managers had the greatest number of ads – more than 24,000 and representing a 9% increase. However, the highest year-over-year increase in demand was for Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers, which increased more than 300% compared to last year. The only occupations to see a decline in demand were Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters for which Recruiters posted 4,200 jobs, 16% fewer than were advertised during the same 90-day period one year ago.
Production Occupations with the Highest Volume of Job Ads – Past 90 Days
Wanted Analytics says: The metro area with the highest demand for production jobs over this 90-day period was Chicago, Illinois. Recruiters in this area placed about 2,400 online job ads, which was a 13% increase from last year. Other cities with high demand included Los Angeles (California), Houston (Texas), New York (New York), Minneapolis (Minnesota), and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania).
Our Hiring Scale™ shows that production jobs will be relatively easy to fill across the nation. However, recruiting conditions will vary by location, depending on hiring demand and talent supply in each area. For example, Minneapolis is likely to see conditions that are more difficult than average. In comparison, Recruiters in Chicago are likely to see some of the easiest conditions. Despite the highest hiring demand in the US, the talent pool in the Chicago metro area remains large meaning Recruiters have many potential candidates to source from.