The Michigan Manufacturers Association calls the shortage of manufacturing workers an “unbearable challenge”
Mich. (WNEM)- The Michigan Manufacturers Association said vacancies far outweigh applicants in the auto industry, and it could cost the economy trillions of dollars.
“The labor shortage in the manufacturing sector will hit the economy by almost $7 trillion, possibly $8 trillion over the next two decades,” said David Worthams, chief policy officer. human resources at the Michigan Manufacturers Association.
Big numbers that will add up in the future due to the national shortage of manufacturing and auto workers.
“Those engineers, those plant managers, those workers who might need higher degrees or advanced credentials are just not being produced right now,” Worthams said.
Worthams said more than a third of the workforce is close to retirement.
“If we don’t have enough talent to staff a full shift, that means less product being made, fewer cars and trucks being completed,” Worthams said.
The problem goes deeper than the numbers. Worthams said failure to fill these positions will slow progress in electric vehicles.
“If we don’t have the talent to help us make those transitions, it just slows everything down. It’s almost an unbearable challenge,” Worthams said.
These trends vary from sector to sector. Locally, at the GM Flint Assembly, they have not seen a staffing shortage.
“We pretty much operate like we were before COVID and the chip shortages,” Duby said.
Ed Duby, the factory’s executive director, said they needed to be creative to overcome market challenges.
An effort that resulted in the hiring of 600 workers.
“In the past, we just relied on our website and a lot of our recruiting. We went out in the field, we went to Plant 1, which is the birthplace of General Motors, we recruited people, we brought them in and we managed to retain them,” Duby said.
The GM Flint Assembly is looking to fill about 300 temporary part-time jobs for the summer. You can apply here.
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