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How to Get More Women Working in Manufacturing


A Pennsylvania newspaper reported that an estimated 360,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. were unfilled at the end of 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, and that manufacturers continue to struggle with finding skilled labor. But the daily newspaper, The Meadville (Pa.) Tribune, suggested that women could make up one of the manufacturing industry’s largest pools of untapped talent.

According to the newspaper, women involved in manufacturing in the county The Meadville Tribune serves, say that showing women the job opportunities available in manufacturing is key, but projecting manufacturing as a profession for them is crucial.

“Part of it is making it recognizable as something they can do,” Elisabeth Smith, president and CEO of Acutec Precision Aerospace Inc. of Meadville, told the newspaper. Smith’s company has around 500 employees in the Meadville area — about 25 percent of them women.

Manufacturing is important to the area because there’s a heavier reliance on it compared to other parts of the state. About 23 percent of the jobs in the county are related to manufacturing. According to The Meadville Tribune, if manufacturers — whether local or national — hope to fill job openings, they must do three things:

• make sure women are welcome;

• make sure they understand what’s needed to enter the career field; and

• provide access to programs that build basic skills.

Click here to read the article from The Meadville Tribune.