This report highlights various workforce-related strategies and features in-depth analysis of manufacturing labor trends in the United States, including performance in 2012 and a forecast for 2013 and beyond.
Our analysts provide insight into trends that impact labor growth in the United States, including:
- Recruiting & retention
- Social media as a recruiting tool
- Training & education
- The manufacturing skills gap
- Right-to-work & unionization
- Contingent workers
- Military veterans as a talent pool
- Managing Gen Y workers
- Women in manufacturing
A special section, developed in conjunction with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., includes detailed data about plastics industry employment trends as well as an extensive directory of U.S. colleges offering plastics- and manufacturing-relevant programs.
Charts and graphs detail:
- Civilian employment from 1992-2012
- Employment in manufacturing
- Annual growth of the labor force
- Union membership trends
- Contingent labor
Various directories provide federal, state and regional workforce-related resources to help employers connect with groups that can assist with recruitment, apprenticeships, training, and funding.
The report also offers perspectives from industry thought leaders regarding their views on labor trends, the skills gap, millennials, social media and women in manufacturing. These Q&A interviews include:
- Dr. Peter Cappelli, Professor at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- Howard W. Coleman, Principal, MCA Associates
- Allison Grealis, Program Director, Women in Manufacturing
- Jeannine Kunz, Director of Marketing & Professional Development, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
- Eric Schwartzman, President/CEO, Social Media Compliance Training Inc.
- Michael Taylor, Senior Director - International Affairs & Trade, SPI