The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association announced a new public education campaign aimed at matching Illinoisans with open jobs in the manufacturing sector. While total manufacturing jobs are down from this time last year, since April, manufacturers across Illinois have added 28,500 jobs, with the latest survey of business conditions by the Federal Bank of Chicago showing the largest positive jobs trend is in the industrial sector. Nationally, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the number of open manufacturing jobs increased to 336,000 in June – an increase of 30,000 jobs in one month.
“Manufacturing has answered our nation’s call one more time and is helping lead our nation through the pandemic. While our state and nation have a long way to go in order to fully recover, we’re excited to see job growth in the state’s manufacturing sector but many companies are struggling to find qualified workers,” said Mark Denzler, president & CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Our new campaign will highlight good-paying manufacturing jobs that are open in every corner of Illinois.”
“As a leading state for manufacturing, Illinois is committed to helping more of our residents take advantage of viable careers in this growing industry,” said Michael Negron, acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. “Through the new Makers Hiring initiative, we are excited to collaborate with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and to leverage Illinois’ very own Get Hired portal to help connect more job seekers to thousands of careers available today. Partnership with industry leaders like IMA are essential as Governor Pritzker and the State of Illinois continue to prioritize a public health recovery that will bring more Illinoisans back to work, reopen more businesses, and help strengthen our economic recovery.”
Illinois manufacturers employ 555,000 women and men on factory floors in good, high-paying jobs. The IMA recently released Manufacturing Matters, an economic analysis of the sector showing that manufacturing workers earn an average of more than $80,000 in wages and benefits and more than 90 percent of workers receive health care benefits from their employer. Every direct manufacturing job supports an additional 1.6 jobs, the single highest multiplier of any sector in Illinois and every dollar invested in manufacturing generates $1.89 in economic activity.
Companies with open jobs can register here to be showcased as part of the IMA’s Makers Hiring campaign. The IMA is also partnering with the State of Illinois to ensure that open positions are listed at Get Hired Illinois where both employers and job seekers can post jobs and seek out positions.
Below is a partial list of Illinois manufacturers that have current open jobs available.