Alabama’s manufacturing sector has optimistic outlook

Employment has increased in Alabama's manufacturing sector. The 2015 Alabama Manufacturers Register found that 2,013 jobs had been added to the Alabama manufacturing sector from March 2014 to March 2015. This is not the only sector that saw improvement in the state either. According to Manufacturers' News, the transportation equipment sector and food processing sectors both rose 1.7 percent while fabricated metals increased by 4.6 percent, to name a few.

Many industrial cities also recorded job gains as well: Mobile jumped 11 percent, while Huntsville and Birmingham earned increases of 1.7 percent each.

With employment rising like this it's no wonder the Alabama Business Confidence Index is at 57.6, its highest level since the third quarter of 2006. The Alabama hiring index has also seen an improvement at 57.1, with nearly 37 percent of firms planning to add to their payrolls this quarter.

Although employment is up in several sectors, the state still faces challenges when filling positions. "… [Alabama] still faces tough competition from its neighbors, and finding skilled workers has been a challenge," said Tom Dubin​, president of Manufacturers' News, Inc., in a press release.

Connecting with qualified workers is a problem that many industries struggle to overcome. An easy solution to this complication, however, is utilizing manufacturing recruiters to seek and find skilled workers.