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Manufacturing jobs in Connecticut increase?

Posted on August 27, 2013

Confidence and jobs are growing, including manufacturing jobs in Connecticut.

The Randstad Manufacturing Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among manufacturing workers, increased 0.9 points to 51.9 in the second quarter of 2013.

Four-in-10 (44%) manufacturing workers say they are likely to look for a new job in the next 12 months, rising 18 percentage points from the previous quarter.

The number of manufacturing workers who believe more jobs are available rose a notable seven percentage points, increasing from 21 percent to 28 percent in the second quarter. Yet, fewer employees are confident in the future of their employers.

Manufacturing came in with the highest job transition index (those indicating an interest in job searching) out of all industries examined by Randstad in the second quarter, which includes IT, healthcare, engineering, office and administrative and finance and accounting. The online survey was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad during April, May and June, 2013, among 192 manufacturing employees ages 18 and older.

Fewer employees are confident in the future of their employers. In fact, this was the sole area where a decline (47% down from 53%) among manufacturing employees occurred between the first and second quarters of 2013.

The percentage of workers who believe more jobs are available rose seven points, increasing from 21 percent to 28 percent in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the percentage of manufacturing employees who believe fewer jobs are available decreased five points, falling from 50 percent to 45 percent.

The percentage of workers who are confident in their ability to find employment rose slightly, increasing from 42 percent to 44 percent in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the percentage of manufacturing employees who say that they are not confident in their ability find a job rose two percentage points to 27 percent this quarter.

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