Total Manufacturing Hires in July Was Highest Since the Great Recession

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics said total manufacturing hires in July was the highest since December 2007, the first official month of the Great Recession. The sector hired 341,000 workers in July, up from 324,000 in June. Both durable (up from 190,000 to 196,000) and nondurable (up from 134,000 to 145,000) goods firms added employees in July, with the level of durable goods hiring at a 9½-year high. At the same time, total separations—including layoffs, quits and retirements—also increased, up from 315,000 to 321,000. The level of separations was the highest since June 2009, which coincidently was the last official month of the recession. As a result, net hiring (or hires minus separations) was 20,000 in July, up from 9,000 in June, its strongest monthly pace since December 2014. Read More

More to Offer: Manufacturing Careers

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As more and more Americans are losing faith in the value of a four-year degree after grappling with mounting student loan debt and unclear job prospects, manufacturers have the opportunity to show the broad range of careers in our sector that don’t include a large education price tag. Many manufacturing careers that come with family supporting wages are obtainable with a high school diploma and some form of postsecondary education, including an industry-recognized credential. Often, when paired with internships or apprenticeships, students can leave a community or technical college program with no debt and high enough earnings to support homeownership and more. Read More

NAM and Pfizer Prescribe New Campaign to Close the ‘Skills Gap’

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New Medicine to Protect the American Dream: ‘Creators Wanted’ in Manufacturing 

NAM and Pfizer Prescribe New Campaign to Close the ‘Skills Gap’

Washington, D.C., September 4, 2017 – With more than 3.5 million manufacturing job openings expected over the next decade, according to the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) affiliate, The Manufacturing Institute, the NAM and Pfizer today unveiled a nationwide media campaign as part of the NAM’s “Creators Wanted” initiative. The national campaign is a sustained effort to answer manufacturers’ workforce challenges by enhancing perceptions of modern manufacturing careers through advertising, digital targeting and storytelling about the people who represent the present and future of the industry.

The campaign features Pfizer colleagues at the company’s site in Kalamazoo, Michigan, showcasing for parents and students what’s achievable through modern manufacturing careers in the biopharmaceutical industry. The unprecedented attention on manufacturing in America—by political leaders and the press—has raised the stakes for America’s leading innovation industry to compete for talent and to spotlight the growing number of opportunities for lifelong careers in modern manufacturing.

“There are myths about manufacturing that we need to dispel,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “This is more than a public relations campaign. ‘Creators Wanted’ is an urgent call to action to inspire kids and their parents to see modern manufacturing anew. Too many Americans have lost confidence that they can lead lives that will exceed the dreams of their grandparents or that hard work pays off in the end. Modern manufacturing can unlock the potential of our people and our country—if parents and kids see what our jobs offer in terms of pay, career longevity, excitement and reward.

“For years, Pfizer has been a company that extends its work and investment far beyond its own interests—to lift up our industry and our people. Pfizer has been a valued partner of the NAM, helping us to be a forceful voice for manufacturing in the United States and the workforce solutions the industry needs. We are grateful to Pfizer again for stepping up and leading by example.”

The campaign is the first showcase of stories by a biopharmaceutical company to the NAM’s “Creators Wanted” initiative. In the eight months since the initiative’s launch, the campaign’s social media efforts have reached nearly 1 million individuals. “Creators Wanted” has brought together some of America’s top innovative brands and small manufacturers to demonstrate that modern manufacturing offers careers that are well-paid, highly skilled and diverse. Manufacturing careers allow individuals to raise their standard of living and make products that have a positive impact in their communities and beyond.

“As a U.S.-based, global leader in the discovery and manufacture of lifesaving medicines, Pfizer is proud to partner with the NAM on this important initiative,” said Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, Executive Vice President and President, Pfizer Global Supply. “Our Pfizer Global Supply team—which includes skilled tradespeople, production colleagues, line operators, process engineers, quality control professionals, engineers, chemists and countless others—is committed to manufacturing high-quality medicines and making them available to patients when and where they are needed. Our colleagues are changing lives and saving lives, each and every day. I am inspired by our shared mission and honored to see our colleagues’ dedication and commitment highlighted through this program.”

As part of the NAM–Pfizer partnership, the campaign will drive attention to the stories of the Pfizer Kalamazoo “creators” and encourage parents and students to see firsthand what modern manufacturing looks like on Manufacturing Day, October 6, 2017, at the Pfizer site in Sanford, North Carolina.

“Unless we change minds about manufacturing, we will have more than 2 million jobs unfilled over the next 10 years,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Manufacturing Day and ‘Creators Wanted’ are our chance to turn the tide to convince parents and students we need the next generation and we have a lot to offer.”

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ISM: Manufacturing Activity Expanded at a Six-Year High in August

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The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that manufacturing activity grew robustly in August, expanding at its fastest pace since April 2011. The ISM Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) increased from 56.3 in July to 58.8 in August. The sample comments tended to echo the strong data, with mostly positive feedback from respondents on healthy gains in sales and an optimistic business outlook. Along those lines, the indices for new orders (down from 60.4 to 60.3) and production (up from 60.6 to 61.0) exceeded 60 for the third straight month (and seven of the past nine months), illustrating strong growth in demand and output in the sector overall. In contrast, one year ago, the manufacturing sector contracted slightly with the headline PMI at 49.4, and since then, we have seen tremendous progress. Read More

Manufacturers Added 36,000 Workers in August, the Fastest Monthly Gain in 5 Years

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that manufacturers added 36,000 net new workers in August, its fastest monthly gain in five years and increasing for the third consecutive month. In addition, the June and July data were revised higher, increasing employment in the sector by a total of 19,000 more than originally estimated. As such, manufacturing was a bright spot in the latest jobs data—a sign that the sector has rebounded from global headwinds over the past two years.

Indeed, over the past nine months, manufacturing employment has risen by 155,000, averaging 17,222 per month. That is a definite improvement following the loss of 16,000 workers on net for 2016. Moreover, total manufacturing employment rose to 12.48 million, rising by 1.03 million since the Great Recession and its highest level since January 2009.

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