Rise in manufacturing staffing highlights employment increase in Iowa

11.23.2011


Rise in manufacturing staffing highlights employment increase in Iowa
Rise in manufacturing staffing highlights employment increase in Iowa

Iowa's manufacturing staffing headlined the latest report from the state's Workforce Development agency that found a total of 2,300 jobs added from September to October.

The Des Moines Register reports the overall job growth in October bucked the recent trend of two consecutive months in the red. Additionally, the number of unemployed workers in Iowa dipped below 100,000 for the first time since November 2009.

"The improved employment picture for October raised hopes for a stronger hiring pattern in fourth quarter and also allayed fears of another recession," Teresa Wahlert, director of Iowa Workforce Development, said in the report.

Within the manufacturing sector, the producers of non-durable goods like toothpaste and cereal added 900 positions in October, with another 400 coming from companies specializing in RVs and combines.

The wind energy industry is also expected to invigorate manufacturing staffing throughout Iowa, according to the Quad-City Times. Harold Prior, executive director and founder of the state's Wind Energy Association, told the news source Iowa leads the country in wind-related manufacturers and components produced.