Manufacturing Hiring to Reach Three-Year High in April, SHRM LINE Report Predicts

Apr 3, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Hiring will increase and job cuts will decline in manufacturing in April, leading to an encouraging month for hiring activity in the sector, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s monthly Leading Indicators of National Employment® (LINE) report, released today.

Headed in the opposite direction is the service industry, which will experience increased layoffs and slower job creation in April compared with the same time last year.

Still, a net of more than two in five (46.8 percent) of manufacturers and more than one-third (35.3 percent) of service-sector companies will add jobs during the month. The SHRM LINE Report, based on a survey of human resource professionals, predicts employment activity for the coming month, about 30 days before statistics on employment for the same time frame are available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Recruiting difficulty for both sectors rose in March," said Jennifer Schramm, manager of workforce trends at SHRM. "This is in line with other recent SHRM research, which shows that companies are having trouble filling skilled positions.”

Additionally, job vacancies for salaried and hourly job openings in March fell for the second consecutive month in both sectors compared with a year ago."

In terms of new-hire compensation, a net total of 5.7 percent of manufacturing respondents reported increasing new-hire compensation in March, an increase of just 0.5 points from March 2013. In the service sector, a net total of 6.4 percent of companies increased new-hire compensation in March, up 1.3 points from a year ago.

The LINE Report provides a snapshot of month-ahead hiring expectations and examines new-hire compensation, difficulty in recruiting top-level talent and job vacancies. Respondents include HR professionals from over 500 private service-sector companies and 500 manufacturing companies. Together, these sectors employ more than 90 percent of U.S. private-sector workers.

Media: To read the full SHRM LINE Report, visit The Jobs Outlook Survey Report is available at Follow SHRM Research on Twitter @SHRM_Research.

The SHRM LINE Report is released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on the first Thursday of each month. The SHRM employment expectations index describes the same time period referenced a month later by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Situation Report. For more information or an interview with a LINE researcher, contact Vanessa Gray of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6072 or

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