The state of Missouri has added almost 11,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector between December 2010 and November 2011, and this job growth has triggered significant demand for manufacturing staffing.
Governor Jay Nixon lauded the economic activity on December 22, releasing a statement which said that "for generations, manufacturing has been a vital driver of Missouri’s economy, and modern manufacturing companies have offered opportunities for outstanding careers to folks across our state."
He added that "as Governor, I am committed to helping manufacturers create new jobs and helping Missourians find pathways to rewarding careers in this industry. From increased investments in job-training programs, to support for our community colleges, to landmark legislation like the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act, my administration is working tirelessly to create jobs and make Missouri a manufacturing state for years to come."
The Joplin Globe reports that various manufacturers in the state are hiring. Between two companies, a total of 50 positions are either open or scheduled to become available soon.
Lori Scott Dreiling, human resources manager for one of the companies, stated that entry-level positions at his firm start at $15.50 per hour, according to the media outlet. The manufacturer has grown steadily through the recession, expanding from 153 employees in 2008 to 298 employees today.
People employed by the firm exhaust gas re-circulation coolers used in the diesel engines of various companies including John Deere, Ford and Navistar, the media outlet reports.
Susan Adams, director of human resources for the other corporation, told the media outlet that his company intends to hire 30 employees within the next two months. The company makes components of wind turbines for various companies. Parts for railroad cars are also made by the companies. Employees predict that particular segment will experience robust growth around 150 percent. The company also designs heavy equipment.
Data released by the Department of Labor on December 20 indicates that the jobless rate in Missouri fell 0.3 percent in November to reach 8.2 percent, and registered a drop of 1.4 percent from the rate of 9.6 percent it had during the same month in 2010, according to St. Louis Business Journal. The state's unemployment rate is lower that the national jobless rate of 8.6 percent.