Free Demo     Our Data     Sample Profile     User Reviews     Compare Versions     Subscription Pricing     IndustrySelect Blog     Contact Us

Which Manufacturing Industries Are Adding the Most Jobs?

Posted by IndustrySelect on Friday, September 3, 2021


New data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics finds the U.S. manufacturing sector added jobs in August, while job openings in the sector remain at historic levels.

In August, U.S. manufacturers added 37,000 positions. Meanwhile, employment in the U.S. economy overall increased by a modest 235,000 jobs and the unemployment rate eased slightly to 5.2%. The labor participation rate remained steady at 61.7, 1.6% than pre-pandemic levels, and the lowest rate the nation has seen since 1977.

If you’re looking to help manufacturers with their staffing and workforce or automation needs, an IndustrySelect subscription can help you find new customers in the industrial world. Click here to try out a free demo.

So what manufacturing sectors are struggling the most to add workers? And which are gaining jobs? Today, we’re exploring the most recent manufacturing numbers from the Labor Department, providing the gains and losses by specific subsector. But first, let’s take a look at manufacturing job openings.

Manufacturing Job Openings Hit All-Time High

The latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover, released in July, finds that the number of job openings in the sector now stands at 942,000 as of August 2021. To put this in perspective, job openings in manufacturing in May of 2020 stood at 323,000. Meanwhile, job openings in the U.S. overall have hit a record high of ten million.

It has been boom time for U.S. manufacturers, with demand soaring. Yet, a backlog of orders has led to longer lead times, while a shortage of materials and high prices are impacting production. Compounding matters is a scarcity of skilled workers – an area of concern for manufacturers even prior to the pandemic and contributing to historic. The JOLTS report suggests manufacturing would be hiring at a much quicker pace--if there were more workers available.

The Manufacturing Sectors That Added the Most Jobs in August 2021

In August, both durable and non-durable goods manufacturing added jobs, with durable goods adding 31,000 jobs and non-durable goods adding another 6,000.

Durable goods manufacturing accounted for most of the industry’s job gains, and the auto sector overwhelmingly accounted for manufacturing durable goods gains in August, adding 24,000 jobs. Following the auto sector, job gains fell off sharply, with fabricated metal products adding 6,600 jobs, plastics and rubber products, adding 3,100 jobs, food manufacturing adding 1,600; computer and electronic products adding 1,400; electronic instruments gaining 1,300 and communications equipment 1,100.

The Manufacturing Industries That Shed the Most Jobs in August 2021

Industries that shed the most jobs included electrical equipment and appliances, which fell by 3,100 jobs, while miscellaneous durable goods industries fell by 1,800 jobs.

Most other industries saw little to no change, with hiring at a standstill for textile mills, apparel, petroleum and coal products, semiconductors, computer and peripheral products, furniture, and nonmetallic mineral products.

Helping Manufacturers With Staffing Needs

To get a hands-on look at how an IndustrySelect subscription can help you reach manufacturers like these, visit our website and try out a free demo.

Powered by MNI’s hand-verified industrial information, IndustrySelect provides instant access to 460,000 industrial business profiles, including one million executives. Types of executive decision-makers include those in Human Resources, Health & Safety, Research & Development and more.


Download the
FREE eBook:
Surefire Email Marketing Campaigns Made Easy
Surefire Email Marketing Campaigns Made Easy
A must-have guide for sales, marketing, & business development executives!
Almost 90% of internet users check their email at least once a day and more than 59% of marketers say email is their biggest source of ROI. Email marketing is hands down the most effective way to promote your business, but how can you tap into this lucrative marketing technique? IndustrySelectís free eBook will introduce you to B-to-B email marketing. Expert advice to help you:
  • Build a surefire message in 5 easy steps
  • Learn the most effective methods for building a targeted email list
  • Explore how to execute and measure the success of your campaign
  • Access 11 powerful tools for getting the most out of your email campaigns

Instant download! Enter your information above for instant access to the eBook. Plus, receive a free subscription to IndustrySelect Insider.
© 2021 MNI     License Agreement     Terms of Use     Legal Information     Privacy Policy     Do Not Sell My Personal Information     Help Us Fight Data Theft