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Next Generation Workforce: Concern or Opportunity

How much should we worry about the next generation manufacturing workforce? An email came through late last week from an organization that I’d heard of but never had any dealings with—Junior Achievement. Press release was titled, “Labor Day Blues: Three-in-Four Parents and Teens Concerned Global Competition and Automation will Make it Difficult for Next Generation […]

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Mobile Workers in Production Plant

Manufacturing Jobs In America-Part 2

Manufacturing jobs—will they be people or robots? Whenever I am presented with an either/or I tend to think why not both or neither. Four choices, not two. In this case, three choices since neither means no manufacturing. And every country on God’s good Earth wants manufacturing. Just check out all the government initiatives underway. Within […]

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More Robots Do Not Equal Manufacturing Job Losses

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) today published a white paper entitled “Robots Fuel the Next Wave of U.S. Productivity and Job Growth” in which data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and a wide range of manufacturing firms document how and why increasing the use of robots is associated with increased employment. Key statistics […]

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Manufacturing Production and Employment

Manufacturing output and manufacturing employment are important factors in our economy. They are also sources of endless speculation and angst. Last week I ran across this graph from “FRED”, the St. Louis Fed. The graph combines year-over-year change in manufacturing production and employment curves. Notice that usually employment tracks production although not varying as much […]

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November Manufacturing Numbers Look Good

BLS Statistics This statistic from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the monthly change in the manufacturing sector employment in the United States. The data are seasonally adjusted. According to the BLS, the data is derived from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program which surveys each month about 140,000 businesses and government agencies, representing […]

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Automation Or Jobs — A Non Sequitur

Why always “Automation OR Jobs?” Never “both…and.” Or, is there really a correlation? The PewResearch Internet Project has recently released a report of a “research” project regarding people’s opinions about whether automation is a job-creating or job-depleting phenomenon. The reason I use the quote marks around research is that it is not the type of […]

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Prospects For Manufacturing Employment

We have all written and spoken about the coming expertise crisis in manufacturing employment (factory and process) that will be caused by the retirement of the current population of engineers, operators and maintenance technicians. Some of this attrition has already begun. I spotted this chart on the Business Insider Web site. It look at the […]

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