Report Finds Demand for Advanced Manufacturing Workers in Kentucky on the RiseKAM
Demand for advanced manufacturing workers in Kentucky rose during the first quarter of 2016, according to a report released today by Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) and Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN).
The quarterly report, highlighting the employment trends, top jobs, and required skills in advanced manufacturing, covered the five-state LIFT region of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee.
According to Kentucky’s First Quarter 2016 market report, online job ads for lightweighting-related occupations jumped by 9 percent since fourth quarter 2015, from 7,118 postings to 7,764 — 39 percent higher than the first quarter of 2015.
Kentucky saw the number of workers employed in lightweighting-related jobs rise by 3 percent in 2015, with nearly 275,000 employed, up 19 percent from the middle of the Great Recession in 2009.
The top five positions sought in Kentucky job postings in the first quarter of 2016 were: Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers (1,242 postings); General Maintenance and Repair Workers (1,123 postings); Production Workers (514 postings); First-Line Supervisors or Production and Operating Workers (347 postings); and Logistics Analysts (311 postings).
Across the region, according to the report, advanced manufacturing employment increased by 75,674 jobs—or 3 percent—over the fourth quarter of 2015. The largest jump in employment during that time was seen in Michigan with an increase of 28,344 jobs—or 4.2 percent.
The report also found that online job postings increased in four of the five states, with Ohio being the only state with fewer jobs posted. Indiana saw the largest percentage increase of online jobs being posted with a 52 percent jump, from 11,312 postings at the end of 2015 to 17,181 postings in the first quarter 2016.