Michigan added manufacturing jobs in 2012

Michigan added 14,600 new manufacturing jobs in 2012, according to the Michigan Manufacturing Directory, marking the second straight year the state gained jobs in the sector. The manufacturing industry is recovering and has brought along a positive hiring trend, making now a good time for companies to consult a manufacturing recruiter.

"Michigan's industrial climate continues to improve," Tom Dubin, president of Manufacturers' News told CBS Detroit. "The state's efforts to reduce business costs have resulted in many companied reinvesting in its manufacturing sector."

The improvement to Michigan's industrial sector was largely fueled by the automotive industry. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors have all announced plans to invest and expand plants in Michigan, AnnArbor.com reported. Auto sales have been on the rise, which has spurred production. Ford will increase hiring in six of its Michigan plants, CBS Detroit states. The auto industry will likely continue to add jobs in Michigan over the next few years. The additional auto production means plants that manufacture car parts are expanding facilities and adding jobs too. 

The industrial machinery and equipment and fabricated metals sub sectors also added many new jobs.

Michigan cities on the rise
Manufacturing is a major source of employment in the Midwest, particularly in Michigan. Grand Rapids overtook Detroit as the state's manufacturing capital with 41,715 industrial jobs – a 5.8 percent increase, AnnArbor.com said. Manufacturing in Detroit remained stable. Grand Rapids was recently voted number four of the 10 best cities for finding jobs. The unemployment rate in Grand Rapids is 6.6 percent, a full percentage point under the national rate, according to Detroit Free Press. Growth in Grand Rapids could have positive implications for continued economic recovery, but the newspaper said many employers in western Michigan are encountering a skills mismatch. Many of the applicants for manufacturing jobs do not have the necessary technical skills. Firms looking for workers with the right skill set can partner with a manufacturing recruiter to locate top talent.

Processes have become more automated since the recession, so technical workers with math and problem-solving skills or computer programming training are in high demand, Michigan Live reports. Technology has increased the productivity and output of the manufacturing sector in Michigan, even during the recession, but now workers need to be able to operate advanced machinery to perform many of the available industrial jobs. Because so many new, advanced opportunities are being added in Michigan, firms may want to seek staffing agencies to find qualified candidates.