We heard it for years– that there is a projected shortage of workers in the welding industry–then the economy came to a screeching slow-down and jobs, even for welders, were hard to find. But it seems that business is picking up again. According to a recent article in the L.A. Times, manufacturing is holding up:
WASHINGTON — Key private indexes of manufacturing and consumer confidence edged up in October, while the government reported an increase in construction spending in September as economic data released Thursday indicated moderate economic growth.
All three readings were in line with analyst expectations, and came as new private and government data on unemployment pointed toward modest employment gains last month.
The Labor Department will release the October jobs report on Friday, the last major economic data point before Tuesday’s presidential election. Economists project the report will show the economy added 125,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate ticked up to 7.9%.
The Denver Post reports, “Welding is the new hot course on campus” and there are jobs in manufacturing, and infrastructure repair.
It seems opportunities are everywhere and here at Arc-Zone we’re excited about the future too… especially after our trip to FABTECH earlier this month (we’ll have a more detailed update soon).
How are you feeling about the welding industry’s future?