Manufacturing reports indicate hiring and expansionRecent reports on the Manufacturing industry indicate expansion and job creation. However, almost half of survey participants have indicated issues with supply chain disruptions, and a slightly-lower fraction stated they needed to find new suppliers.

A Federal Reserve report on Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization that was released August 16 indicates that manufacturing output increased 0.6 percent in July. This improvement followed gains of 0.2 percent that occurred in both May and June. A major contributor to July's upward movement was a 5.2 percent jump in the index for motor vehicles and parts.

"The growth in manufacturing output in both May and June were revised upward," Don Norman, economist for the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, told Industry Week.

He added that "for manufacturing, the increase was the largest since March 2011.", which provides a global sourcing marketplace for manufacturers, announced the results of its Quarterly Survey of North American Manufacturers on August 30. The survey data indicates that 36 percent of contract manufacturers and job shops increased hiring in the second quarter.

The manufacturing sector seems to be improving steadily as a recent Institute for Supply Management report indicated that July was the 24th straight month of expansion for the industry.  
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