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State of the Labor Market: A Look at the Manufacturing Industry

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A quick glance at employment statistics for the manufacturing industry gives the impression that most companies are fully staffed. For example, the unemployment rate for the manufacturing sector was 3.8% as of July 2018, compared with 3.9% for all occupations.

Numbers like this imply that employers are having no trouble finding skilled-trade, engineering, and operations management professionals, but insiders know better. In reality, U.S. manufacturers are actually struggling to fill their vacancies with talented professionals. If your company is facing this problem, you’re not alone.

Manitowoc, WI Employers Struggling to Find Manufacturing Talent

Companies across the U.S. are feeling the impact of a shortage of manufacturing professionals.

Benefits of Working With a Staffing Firm

Staffing professionals are skilled at finding the right fit, even when the market is tough. Here are a few benefits you’ll enjoy by leaving your hiring to the experts.

Connect With Passive Talent

The unemployment rate is notoriously low, so that means the right person for the job likely already has one. Working with a recruiter is often the only way to get in front of these people. Since they’re not actively seeking work, they’re not checking job boards, so you need a staffing professional to get the position at your company in front of them.

Fill Open Positions Faster

In a market like this, you might eventually find a skilled worker on your own, but it will likely take awhile. Time is money, so the longer you wait, the more it will cost you. Save money by outsourcing your hiring to a recruiter, as they’ll be able to fill the position with a qualified professional in no time at all.

Make Better Hires

When you needed to fill an open position yesterday, it’s only natural to feel a little desperate. However, lowering the bar on hires means you’ll either choose someone without the right skills, personality, or both. Bad hires are even more detrimental to a team than being short-staffed, so let a recruiter do the legwork. Staffing professionals only recommend candidates with both the skills and personality to thrive at your company, so you’ll only have to hire once.

Need a little help filling engineering, maintenance, and operations management positions on your team? MAC Incorporated is here to help you find qualified professionals ready to get to work. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you!

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