A report released by Automatic Data Processing (ADP) on January 5 indicated that the U.S. economy added 22,000 manufacturing jobs, which is some of the strongest evidence yet that manufacturing staffing is firmly on the road to recovery.
A report of private payrolls on January 5 indicated that the U.S. economy added 325,000 jobs in December. The job growth was spread across various industries, including manufacturing.
ADP President and chief executive Carols Rodriguez said in a statement that "December's advance was the largest monthly gain since December 2010, reflecting strong job creation across most industries. Small and medium-sized businesses were hiring at a similar pace. Job creation among large employers was also encouraging."
The figure was the largest one-month increase in private payrolls since 2001, when the human resources firm began providing the reports. The payroll data far exceeded the predictions contained in a Bloomberg News survey, where participants estimated that 178,000 jobs were created. The estimates provided by the market experts ranged from as low as 125,000 to as high as 230,000.
According to The Orange County Register, small businesses received the largest payroll gains. Manufacturers added 22,000 to their payrolls. Evidence of job growth in this sector can be found in Virginia. Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) released a statement on January 5 indicating that the Southern state is now the home of 6,497 manufacturers that employ 333,042 workers.
Transportation equipment manufacturing, which employs more workers than any other sector in Virginia, rose 1.3 percent in 2011 to provide 36,534 jobs. Data provided by MNI indicates that Richmond provides more manufacturing jobs than any other city in the state, employing 29,610 people. Newport News is the second largest provider of positions, employing 25,746 people who work in the sector. Roanoke employs 12,334 industrial workers.
"The recovery is gaining momentum in Virginia and across the U.S.," Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, said in the statement. "The state's business-friendly environment, solid infrastructure and educated workforce have been a draw for both domestic and international enterprises."
The Chesterfield plant of a major car manufacturer underwent an expansion, and a tool maker plans to add to its its Virginia Beach facility. A luxury carmaker also created an aerospace research and manufacturing site. These developments could potentially serve as a boon to manufacturing staffing.