While many in the manufacturing industry have faced setbacks over the past several years, there are some signs that more openings are becoming available in many parts of the country.

CNNMoney reports that over the past seven years, the number of opportunities in the manufacturing sector for those with the right skills has increased significantly. The source points to figures released by the Conference Board, which showed that since 2005, the number of jobs for skilled factory workers had increased 38 percent. Those who helped conduct the study said that certain regions of the United States had been a driving force behind the higher openings.

"What's clear from the data is that there is a pick up in [manufacturing] hiring and the biggest swath of job openings is the central part of the United States," said June Shelp, vice president at the Conference Board in an interview with the source. "Is this pick up because manufacturing is actually growing or is this because of a bounce back from the recession?"

In some parts of the country, the sector has significant progress to make in order to regain jobs lost during the recession. WTVA-TV reports that between 2006 and 2010, the state of Mississippi lost 9,000 manufacturing positions.

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