Some types of jobs make comeback in U.S.
Who would have thought that jobs such as metal-refining furnace operators and tenders would be making a comeback in the year 2012?
Such jobs, done by folks who “operate or tend furnaces to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel,” as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, have increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012 after declining 16 percent from 2007 to 2009. That's according to a study conducted by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International that tracked U.S. labor trends.
That's not all. Other jobs in manufacturing now seeing a revival include metal pourers and casters. These people “operate hand-controlled mechanisms to pour and regulate the flow of molten metal into molds to produce castings or ingots,” according to the bureau.
Also rallying are jobs for computer-controlled machine-tool operators for metal and plastic production and engine and machine assemblers. The resurgence is highest among computer-controlled machine tool operators, which has even more workers now than in 2007.
One thing is clear: These jobs are related to the types of industries tied to energy, production, technology and transportation.
Yes, the country is “predominantly a service economy,” wrote Professor Farok J. Contractor of Rutgers Business School in YaleGlobal Online Magazine. “But the nation is still the world's biggest manufacturer,” he says, with “unrivaled productivity in terms of manufacturing value-added per employee or per hour worked.”
Among the factors cited for the resurgence is that “jobs once offshored are now returning in industries including automobiles and even unlikely areas like furniture and televisions.”
Overall, job growth has increased by double digits in the past two years in these industries:
• Internet publishing and broadcasting and Web search portals — a 30 percent growth.
• Drilling of oil and gas wells, up 29 percent.
• Electronic shopping, up 23 percent.
• Crude petroleum and natural gas extraction, up 21 percent.
• Temporary help services, up 21 percent.
• Machine shops, up 18 percent.
• Marketing consulting services, up 13 percent.
• Computer systems design services, up 12 percent.
• Specialized freight, up 11 percent.
• Home health care services, up 10 percent.
I know it's not easy to pick up and move. But if you are wondering where these jobs are, the survey found that the 10 areas with the most job growth are in some surprising places hit hard in the recession, such as Detroit and Phoenix.
The other areas are San Jose, Calif.; Houston; Austin; Salt Lake City; Raleigh; Oklahoma City; Dallas-Fort Worth; and San Francisco.
After a depressingly negative election campaign season in which we were led to believe that the automobile industry was our last vestige of manufacturing and that the rest of our manufacturing had been outsourced to other parts of the world, statistics suggest otherwise.
In fact, they seem to indicate that we indeed are still No. 1 in the world. And that products — and jobs — are still made in America.
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