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Manufacturing hiring surges, but skills gap sows vacancies

By Andrew Soergel, for U.S. News and World Report

May 10, 2017

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More manufacturing outfits brought on new workers in March than at any point since the front end of the Great Recession in early 2008, according to a report published Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The bureau's so-called JOLTS report – short for Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary – showed that nearly 5.3 million employees were hired across the U.S. economy in March. On the manufacturing front alone, 322,000 workers were added to payrolls.

All told, 922,000 manufacturing hires were made during the first three months of this year – up notably from the 828,000 additions made at the beginning of 2016. The first quarter's hiring numbers also mark the best start to a year the manufacturing sector has seen since 2008.

There hasn't been a month during which industrial work has been in such high demand since April 2008.

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