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LMID releases CA manufacturing job openings report

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 22, 2019

A report released this month by California's Labor Market Information Department (LMID) indicated that a third of CA’s current 1.6 million job openings are in the manufacturing sector.  From production to engineering to market analysis to distribution, there are job openings in the sector that create opportunities for the middle class.

LA County — a region that has seen a steady decline in manufacturing — actually had the largest percentage of production openings with 33%. That’s 7,653 of the more than 22,000 production openings. The best and highest percentage of full time openings in manufacturing statewide were in applications and software development, and in industrial production management.  Clearly there is a need for highly skilled workers.  In fact the data often pointed to a required technical skill level or certification. It’s critical that we don’t miss the opportunity for our middle class by leaving job openings, OPEN, with a lack of training or resources to skill up.

We must build the next generation of our economy with technical training, often through non traditional institutions or within the companies themselves. Things are moving at breakneck speed, and we must act fast. California must match its nation-leading manufacturing size with a similar scope of training resources, flexibility, and new evolutionary thinking.





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As we close out 2018, an update on CA MFG job gains vs the Country

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 18, 2019

Californa gained about 1,400 new manufacturing jobs in December 2018 according to numbers released by the Labor Market Information Department on Friday. California saw some good gains in 2018 but we are still getting outpaced by the country by a substantial margin. As you see below, our clip of manufacturing job growth is 5.6 percent versus the country's 13.2 percent. Further, our largest industrial county has declined by 7.3 percent in manufacturing job growth.

 





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MFG jobs update - CA US gap widens a bit

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 21, 2018

California lost 1,500 manufacturing jobs in September according to the Labor Market Information Department's report last week. At the same time, the U.S. grew its manufacturing base by 18,000 jobs.  That brings the Golden State's percentage growth since the end of the recession to 4.6 percent while U.S. manufacturing jobs grew by 12 percent.

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CA MFG job growth 4% vs. U.S. 9.2%

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 6, 2017

 





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Manufacturing presents opportunities in the next 6 years

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 25, 2017

Too often high quality manufacturing jobs go unfilled in California because of a variety of issues including lack of training and/or a lack of knowledge about the job's merits.  Manufacturing jobs can provide early success, good wages, technical skills, and a pathway to the middle class.  We asked the Labor Market Information department to provide their 2024 projections for the top manufacturing non-executive job openings and their wages. For the occupations with more than 2,000 openings here's a look at the top 5 wages and opportunities:

  • $56,315 -- First line supervisors of production and operation workers -- 4,770 openings 
  • $40,667 -- Machinists -- 10,660 openings
  • $39,493 -- Welders, cutters, solderers -- 4,010 openings
  • $38,002 -- Computer controlled machine tool operators -- 4,330 openings
  • $37,788 -- Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers and weighers -- 7,620 openings

That's more than 31,000 good job opportunities in the next 6 years with an average $42.3k salary.  And that's just the manufacturing occupations with more than 2,000 openings.  There are hundreds of other occupations with higher wages. It's important for our young workers to understand the opportunity that's available to them and even more critical for our policymakers to understand how important it is to grow manufacturing opportunity here in California. 

 





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