Local Staffing Agencies Say There Are More Manufacturing Jobs

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 3/13/2014 6:38 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) - Sylvester Johnson, a job seeker, says, "Work, trying to get a job."

Johnson says that with a sigh.

He's frustrated because it's been six months and he can't find a steady job anywhere near Chattanooga.

Johnson adds, "Been able to find work, but not steady work."

But that may soon be changing.

According to a staffing agency in Chattanooga called Manpower, they're seeing more jobs that could turn into full time positions.

Tamarah Daniel, a branch manager, says, "We're seeing a lot more demand for temporary work and not just temporary couple of days, temporary, temp to hire, which is a big difference because a lot of times there's just special projects or something may have peaked, but they're actually seeing a solid growth to where they're looking to people and opening up more positions."

Manpower says 60 percent of the positions they're seeing are manufacturing jobs.

Daniel adds, "A lot of the jobs we have are blue collar manufacturing, machine operator, forklift driver, but we're also seeing a lot of food service positions open up, and assembly positions."

According to Reuters, manufacturing lost 2.3 million jobs during the 2007 to 2009 recession.

Now, this is proof manufacturing jobs are gaining solid ground once again.

Daniel adds, "We've got a lot of clients that are just kind of telling be prepared because we've got some big orders coming in and we're going to have to fill all these positions because of these orders."

It's news like that, that gives Johnson something to look forward to.

Johnson adds, "There's hope."

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