Supply Chain Professionals Optimistic About Jobs and Job Market

Well over half (54%) of professionals received a bonus award this year, which markedly climbed from 43% in 2020. MH&L Staff AUG 23, 2021 Seems things are looking up. Around 58% of professionals felt positive about the current job market, according to a  study released on August 17 from DSJ Globa. This is a big differenceRead More

Warehouses are Luring Workers from Other Industries

An additional 282,470 workers could be needed by Q2 2021. MH&L Staff AUG 05, 2021 Greater demand for warehouse space stemming from a structural shift in supply chain dynamics has led to a highly competitive labor environment in many markets, which COVID-19 has exacerbated. In 2Q 2021, a record 423.7 million square feet of industrialRead More

Getting Gen Z to Like Your Company

Here are some ideas to try. Adrienne Selko AUG 05, 2021 The bar to help companies attract the next generation of workers – Gen Z ( born 1995-2012 -- keeps getting higher. We understand they have different values, expectations and working styles. And now we have to get these employees to like our companies, saysRead More

Manufacturing Adds 15,000 Jobs in June

Average hourly wages in durable goods increased by 4.9%, year-over-year, as employers woo talent. Ryan Secard JUL 04, 2021 Manufacturing employment crept up slowly last month. On July 2, the Census Bureau’s latest Employment Situation report showed that goods-manufacturing businesses hired 15,000 more people in June after hiring 39,000 in May. That’s despite significant lossesRead More

Supply, Talent Shortages Weigh on Manufacturing Growth

The manufacturing sector grew last month for the thirteenth month running, albeit at a slightly slower pace than it had in May. The Institute for Supply Management, in its June report on manufacturing business, lowered its manufacturing PMI to 60.6%—above the 50% mark indicating growth, but 0.6 points lower than May’s 61.2% PMI. Results fromRead More

Reshoring Rose Significantly in 2020, Report Finds

The Reshoring Initiative said the push by companies to return operations to the U.S. was a COVID-19 silver lining. IW Staff JUN 02, 2021 During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. found itself unexpectedly facing down a global pandemic it was not materially supplied for. Shortages of PPE and medical technology pushed 3M protective mask operationsRead More

Manufacturing in May Grows, Still Troubled by Supply Difficulties

Optimism is up among surveyed manufacturers after 12 solid months of growth. Ryan Secard JUN 01, 2021 According to the latest data from the Institute for Supply Management, expansion in manufacturing is still on the rise despite record-long lead times and wide-scale shortages of critical basic materials. The manufacturing sector as a whole has consistentlyRead More

Job Satisfaction Remains High, Despite Pandemic

Employees are happy as many companies went above and beyond in supporting their workers during the pandemic, said the Conference Board EHS Today Staff APR 28, 2021 Despite the fallout from the pandemic -- an economic crisis, mass layoffs, and high unemployment -- the percent of employees reporting overall satisfaction with their jobs remained highRead More

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

Elyse Russo APR 15, 2021 / 08:02 AM CDT The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID low and a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications plummeted by 193,000 from a revised 769,000 a weekRead More

Industrial Production Returns to Growth After February’s Storms Subside

U.S. manufacturing output rose 2.7% in March after falling almost 4% in February. IW Staff APR 15, 2021 The Federal Reserve reported on April 15 that industrial production in March rose 1.4%, returning to growth after an unseasonably stormy February knocked it down 2.6%. The report shows total industrial production rose 2.5% at an annualizedRead More