Manufacturing hiring expected to surge in February

U.S. employment got off to a good start in January by adding 157,000 to begin 2013. While manufacturing employment levels were essentially unchanged from the prior month, a recent report suggests hiring in the industry could play a much larger role in February job creation. As a crucial cog in the national economy, manufacturing increases in production and employment pave the way for a better fiscal situation in the near future. Expanding operations looking to hire can consult with manufacturing recruiters to secure the best available talent to cue the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing.

Majority of manufacturers plan to hire
A recent report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) highlighted the growing number of manufacturing firms with optimistic predictions for hiring. The Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for February 2013 showed a 7 percentage point increase in positive net hiring for manufacturers across the country. Of the 500 companies surveyed, 56.4 percent said they will hire during the month. Around 9 percent of respondents said they would cut jobs, leading to a net hiring increase of 47.2 percent for this February, the sixth month to demonstrate rising hiring rates in the last seven.

SHRM said if its predictions are accurate, February manufacturing hiring will hit a four-year high during the month. The results for 2013 showed strong gains in manufacturing employment since the end of the recession. In February 2010, only 42 percent of firms said they would hire, while 12.5 percent expected to cut jobs. This month's survey also showed a noteworthy increase from just a year ago. While 8.9 percent of respondents said they would eliminate jobs in February 2012, just 49 percent indicated they would hire.

Less trouble in recruiting
As manufacturers looks to fill more jobs in February, they'll have to conduct more talent searches to find employees. Luckily for some of the respondents, recruiting for manufacturing jobs has become somewhat easier.

Eleven percent of manufacturing firms said recruiting became more difficult for them in January, which is a 3.9 percent reduction from the 15 percent that said the same a year before. Additionally, 3.2 percent said recruiting was less difficult for them during January.

While fewer manufacturing companies are having  trouble courting qualified workers during talent searches, many still experience obstacles. Firms can work with manufacturing recruiters to remedy these difficulties.