4 Manufacturing Jobs Making A Comeback

manufacturing jobs coming back

The recession has decimated many fields, but the manufacturing sector -- once given up for dead -- is making a big comeback, thanks in part to a revived U.S. auto industry.

It's greatest among computer-controlled machine tool operators, an occupation that now has more workers than in 2007, according to a new study by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. and CareerBuilder (an AOL Jobs sponsor). Machinists, engine assemblers and other production jobs also are on the upswing, nearing their pre-recession employment levels.

The report, which includes data for employees as well as self-employed workers, culled from more than 90 national and state employment resources, found four major areas of re-emerging jobs:

Overall, CareerBuilder reports, manufacturing increased by 4 percent from 2010 to 2012. The jobs site notes these findings, in particular, from the report:

  • Primary metal manufacturing added 47,000 new jobs (13 percent growth), at employers such as iron and steel mills, steel product manufacturing and foundries.
  • Fabricated metal product manufacturing employment rose by 124,000 new jobs (10 percent growth), including shipping containers, forging and stamping, and machine shops.
  • Machinery manufacturing increased by 118,000 new jobs (12 percent growth), including mining, agricultural machinery, engine and turbines, and plastic and rubber machinery manufacturing.
  • Transportation equipment manufacturing grew by 140,000 new jobs (10 percent growth), at businesses that make cars, motor vehicle bodies, motor vehicle parts, railroad stock, and to a lesser degree, aerospace.

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Have seen figures suggesting that there are are some 800,000 manufacturing jobs open and they can find no one qualifyed to fill them. If true and the soursce was moderately reliable, there are only two possible answers. One, they are unwilling to train people to fill them or they are offering wages comperable to flipping burgers.

November 04 2012 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

let me guess mitt will take credit for the comeback

November 04 2012 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great to see metal casting come back. To me, it's a base manufacturing process-essential to overall manufacturing health. Typically, secondary operations are also required: heat treating, machining, painting, assembly, etc. All are skilled or semi-skilled jobs-solidly middle class & tangible for domestic use and export. These are the jobs we need.

November 04 2012 at 10:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That's great but what about the mining industry? The last I heard, Obama was trying to shut them down. Just think how many "poor" people there will be when that happens. In some areas of the country, mining is the only kind of work these men know. When the mines are shut down, what are they supposed to do to feed and clothe their families?

November 04 2012 at 8:22 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply


November 04 2012 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

With so many, some 24 million, Americans permently out of work I hardly call an uptick a recovery,
When you're at the bottom of a deep pit even a one inch climb today is a 100% increase over yesterday.
Tortured stats do not make a recovery!!

November 04 2012 at 5:50 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Manufacturing is what we DO. We make goods to consume in times of peace and war goods during those times. Nobody can make things like we Americans can. Not everyone is cut out for college or entepreneurship. We need our manufacturers back home! I was raised in the home of a Wisconsin factory worker, and summer vacation relief jobs always went to college bound students looking to make good money while working shifts. It's how we do things!

November 04 2012 at 1:15 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Glenn Kromminga

American revolution of manufacturing.

November 04 2012 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

if obama doing so great why is there still 25 million people with no jobs here 47 million on food stamp

November 03 2012 at 10:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

some people will never admit that pres.obama has been doing some good. you cant fix this mess overnight. . i dont care what anyone says, obama is helping this country!!!

November 03 2012 at 10:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kat's comment

The only one Obama is helping is himself!!!

November 04 2012 at 5:51 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mahrmach's comment

Helping himself...you ain't seen nothing yet.....if Romney should get in by some strech of the imagination

November 04 2012 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

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