Texas factory activity increased again in September 2014, according to business executives responding to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey.  The production index, a key measure of state manufacturing conditions, rose markedly from 6.8 to 17.6, indicating output grew at a faster pace than in August. Labor market indicators reflected continued employment growth and longer workweeks. The September employment index posted a fourth robust reading, holding fairly steady at 10.6. Twenty-four percent of firms reported net hiring compared with 14 percent reporting net layoffs. The hours worked index rose to a five-month high of 9.5, indicating a stronger rise in hours worked than in recent months.

9 out of 10 manufacturers are having trouble finding skilled workers, reports a 2013 SME and Brandon Hall survey. Further 64% of manufacturers say productivity losses are a result of a talent gap and 56% report the gap in skilled labor has impacted their company's ability to grow.


M-SAMC aims to reduce the talent gaps with competency-based education driven by performance-based learning.  Applying a competence model approach to professional certifications increases student placement, post-college.

"Aligning Education with Employer Needs"

Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (M-SAMC)

5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128

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