Manufacturing

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US Manufacturing – The changing geography of from 1940 to 2016

Between 1940 and 2016, employment in manufacturing shifted across America from the Northeast to the Midwest and the Southeast. The industry lost ground in many places and is now the largest employer in only two states—Indiana and Wisconsin. In 1940, 23% of workers were employed in the manufacturing industry, and they were concentrated in 15 … Continue reading

Digital Skills in Manufacturing – Australia is falling behind in its digital competiveness and education and training report says

While every attempt has been made to identify research on specific digital skills needed in manufacturing and related industries, this review has identified that (a) there is little research available on specific digital skills in these industries and (b) even research aimed at identifying the impact of digital changes to manufacturing processes tends to identify … Continue reading

Factory Jobs in US – Labor shortages that delayed filling orders

James L. Brown tried to hire a dozen workers for his metal foundry here. Half of them flunked the drug test. Those results are typical, says the president of Bremen Castings Inc, a family-owned employer of 350 workers who make parts for trucks and other equipment. Drug problems are one factor contributing to a labor … Continue reading

2015 US Manufacturing Skills Gap Report – The skills gap is widening

A strong manufacturing industry is fundamental to our nation’s economic prosperity. Since the industrial revolution, manufacturing has contributed to higher export potential, better standards of living, and more jobs. Investments in manufacturing have a strong multiplier effect for the broader economy, too. Every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.37 to the U.S. economy, and every 100 … Continue reading

US – The manufacturing workforce is aging rapidly report finds

The u.s. manufacturing workforce is aging rapidly, with half of the existing workforce only 10-15 years away from retirement. Yet,american manufacturing employers are struggling to build a pipeline of new workers. Some 600,000 positions are currently unfilled, and more than three million additional positions are due to open by 2020. Meanwhile, the youth unemployment rate remains … Continue reading

Canada – Shifts to onshoring and no shortage of workers in Canada reports KPMG

For the past eight years, manufacturers in Canada have been fighting an uphill battle. From the downturn of the US economy and the rising Canadian dollar, to skilled labour challenges and off-shoring trends – manufacturing here has faced tough headwinds. Today, times are finally moving in a direction that helps rather than hinders manufacturers, according … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US Manufacturing – 75 percent of manufacturers surveyed report a moderate to severe shortage of skilled resources

A new Accenture manufacturing and skills study, completed in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute, looks at the skills shortage in the US manufacturing industry and what actions manufacturing companies can take to address this impediment to growth. Our study includes survey responses from more than 300 executives from a diverse range of US manufacturing companies. … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – It could compromise competitiveness manufacturers say

American manufacturers are increasingly finding that prospective workers do not have the skill set required to perform necessary job functions, such as basic math and computer abilities. The so-called “skills gap,” if unresolved, could compromise manufacturers’ ability to stay competitive, according to some industry leaders. The cause of the gap is multifaceted. Manufacturing activity has increased in the U.S. … Continue reading

Manufacturing jobs are shrinking everywhere

The decline in manufacturing jobs isn’t confined to the (now) rich world.  According to the Groningen Growth and Development Center, manufacturing jobs in Brazil climbed as a proportion of total employment from 12 percent in 1950 to 16 percent in 1986. Since then it’s slid to around 13 percent. In India, manufacturing accounted for 10 percent of … Continue reading

Manufacturing in Ontario / Some 300,000 jobs lost over the past decade

Ontario’s manufacturing sector was once the bedrock of the province’s economy. But over the past decade the sector has lost some 300,000 jobs and its share of GDP has declined sharply. Whereas in 2002 the sector accounted for 8.9 per cent of Canada’s GDP and 21.7 per cent of Ontario’s, it now accounts for just … Continue reading

US / Manufacturing in International Perspective

This report is designed to inform the debate over the health of U.S. manufacturing through a series of charts and tables that depict the position of the United States relative to other countries according to various metrics. Understanding which trends in manufacturing reflect factors that may be unique to the United States and which are … Continue reading

US / The decline of manufacturing employment and trade with China

U.S. manufacturing employment fluctuated around 18 million workers between 1965 and 2000 before plunging 18 percent from March 2001 to March 2007. In this paper, the authors find a link between this sharp decline and the U.S. granting of Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) to China. Industries where the threat of tariff hikes declines the … Continue reading

Gender Job Gap in US / Women not part of manufacturing turnaround

Since February 2010, the U.S. manufacturing industry, which appeared to be in a terminal decline for more than 30 years, has added more than 554,000 jobs to the workforce, according to the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. However, in that same time frame, men have gained 565,000 jobs in the sector and women lost … Continue reading

France / On edge of return to recession

A survey of French manufacturers found that output contracted and businesses shed jobs in November in response to the fastest slowdown in new orders since April, accentuating the single currency bloc’s sluggish recovery Continue reading

US Factory Workers / Wages Stagnate

“What’s being referred to as a recovery in manufacturing is to a large extent a recovery in profitability,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington-based group funded by unions and private foundations Continue reading

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