Chances are, you have jobs in your company that you simply can't fill, even with higher unemployment numbers due to pandemic layoffs. It seems like those two issues are in conflict. If people lost their job due to shutdowns, why aren't they applying for yours? National Public Radio spoke with Georgia-based plastics medical supplier M.A. Industries Inc. about the issue on Feb. 15.
The Manufacturing Institute, in a new survey of companies with 500 employees or fewer, says 77 percent of firms responding to the survey said they are struggling to find talent.
"It may seem like a paradox, but even with pandemic-induced unemployment, manufacturers are still facing challenges finding the workers they need. With about half a million jobs open in manufacturing, that need is great — perhaps even greater than before the pandemic," Center for Manufacturing Research Director and National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray said in a news release.
The survey doesn't have any solutions for the shortage, but does note that 77 percent of the companies also are investing in technology, the bulk of them so they can improve "operational performance."