While manufacturing employment numbers for the year have been relatively stagnant, recent hiring figures and a promising survey show that things may soon change for industrial work throughout the U.S.
While 2,000 manufacturing jobs were added to the American workforce in September, the overall number of new manufacturing jobs has remained at only 12,000 for the year, according to One News Now. Much of the gap that is preventing further hiring has been reported to be a result of the skills gap, where lacking some abilities has prevented some workers from being able to take on open positions. Workforce training positions have been mentioned as one way to turn this tide.
However, manufacturing may soon be making a comeback in future years, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Citing a recent survey of executives based in the United States, more than half of those asked said they plan to bring production that has been sent overseas back to the country, or are at least taking the question into consideration.
About 54 percent of respondents said they want to bring jobs back ashore – that's up 17 percent from eighteen months ago, when just 37 percent responded affirmatively.