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2018 Manufacturing and Construction Growth Outpaces 2017

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Earlier this month, the Department of Labor released the December labor statistics, and it revealed large gains in Manufacturing and Construction, among other sectors. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 312,000 jobs, with specific gains of 38,000 in construction and 32,000 in manufacturing. Overall, payroll employment rose by 2.6 million in 2018, compared with 2.2 million in 2017.

For employers looking to fill these new jobs, Orion Talent recommends they consider veterans. Military job seekers possess experience unmatched by their peers. They have demonstrated performance in high-stress situations, and are graduates of the nation's military academies, top colleges, and leading technical schools.

The job gains in construction were in heavy and civil engineering construction and nonresidential specialty trade construction. According to the report, the construction industry added 280,000 jobs in 2018, 30,000 more than in 2017.

Junior Military Officers and Noncommissioned Officers, in particular, are a smart recruiting choice for those in the construction industry. They succeed in commercial and industrial construction in a variety of roles, including Project Engineers, Project Managers, Estimators, Superintendents / Assistant Superintendents, and Leadership Development Programs. Learn more about how veterans excel in the Construction industry here.

The bulk of job gains in manufacturing was in the durable goods component , with job growth in fabricated metal products and in computer and electronic products. Nondurable goods also saw growth.  Manufacturing saw 77,000 more new jobs added as compared to the 207,000 jobs added in 2017. 

As they do for all industries, veterans bring a depth of leadership, ethics, and a proven record of success to the manufacturing floor. Manufacturers seeking team leaders to positively affect their work environment are wise to recruit veterans who bring positive and progressive leadership. Learn more about veterans and the roles they play in the manufacturing industry here.

Orion's military job seekers represent 86% of transitioning Active Duty JMOs and 34% of Military Technicians and Technical NCOs separating from the military. This makes Orion an excellent resource for companies looking to augment, improve, or streamline their current recruiting efforts. Companies like Qorvo, Daifuku, and Ingersoll Rand, among many others have already trusted Orion to help them uncover this top talent. You can, too, by learning more about our Talent Solutions here.

Read the full labor report here.

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