The "Great Resignation" was a force in the general U.S. labor market in 2021, and as a result experts expect to see significant job opportunities in 2022, including in U.S. manufacturing. There may be several factors driving such trends, and employers are responding in innovative ways, according to the Texas A&M University professor who named the trend, Anthony Klotz.
The situation is challenging for employers, however. Web Industries's director of market development Ralph Tricomi told MD+DI that "labor shortages at the docks and in the trucking industry are negatively affecting the supply chain but are an equally significant challenge on the manufacturing floor. More than any time in decades, good machine operators, maintenance professionals, operations, and warehouse people are hard to find. It is taking a lot to attract talent. At Web Industries, we've been aggressive in our recruitment tactics with discretionary benefits, flexible hours, and boosts in entry-level and performance pay, and we are tapping outside agencies to a larger extent than in the past.”