Manufacturing jobs expected to increase 75 percent compared to 2019

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Manufacturers expect employment to increase by 1,146 over the next 12 months, according to the annual Manufacturing Wage & Salary report.

This figure is more than double what was cited in the 2020 report and 75 percent more than the 2019 report.

York-based Manufacturers’ Association compiled the report. The organization has hundreds of member organizations and partners in South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland. Its goal is to ensure that the region’s manufacturing can compete on a global scale.

The association compiled multiple data including labor market conditions, compensation practices, salaries, and wages. The report highlights the need to replace an aging workforce and fill the region’s skilled hourly positions.

Other findings in the report include:

Compared to the last 12 months, 86 percent of manufacturers reported that it’s taking longer to fill job openings. Of those, 40 percent said it takes three months or longer to hire, double that from 2020.

A total of 88 percent of manufacturers report difficulty hiring. Skilled hourly positions are the hardest jobs to fill.

Premiums for entry-level wages and non-first shift work increased dramatically.

Over the next 12 months, 74 percent of manufacturers plan to hire compared to 40 percent in 2020.