48 States Have A Manufacturing Labor Shortage, With the Worst Facing A Nearly 90% Job Deficit

Nearly all states across the US are grappling with a shortage of manufacturing labor, with one state facing a nearly 90% deficit between available jobs and demand, new research shows.

Manufacturing software provider, ECI Software Solutions, created the ‘manufacturing jobs deficit index’ to reveal which states across the US are struggling the most to fill vacant roles.

ECI carried out the research off the back of a study by the Manufacturing Institute (MI), finding that by 2030, manufacturers will need to fill an extra four million jobs – over half of which (2.1 million) they predict may go unfilled.

Wyoming had the biggest shortage in demand, with an 89.47% deficit between jobs on the market and worker demand, while on the other side of the country, New Jersey was just behind with an 85.93% deficit.

Businesses in Wisconsin (-75.70%), Iowa (-72.09%), and Kentucky (-70.06%) are also expected to feel the impact of the lack of skilled labor, as the states round out the five states with the biggest deficit.

Only two states, neighbors Louisiana and Texas, have a surplus in labor, with Louisiana’s demand for jobs a staggering 51.57% higher than the opportunities on the market and Texas’ 8.67% greater.

To create the research, the number of LinkedIn vacancies for manufacturing-related roles within each US state was compared with Google Keyword Planner searches for manufacturing-related jobs.

The 10 states with the biggest shortage of manufacturing jobs

10 states with the biggest shortage of manufacturing jobs

Matt Heerey, President of ECI Software Solutions‘ Manufacturing Division said:

“Post-pandemic, the demand for manufacturing workers has increased at such a rate that the labor crisis may be getting worse, with our latest research showing the challenges US businesses face in meeting the demand for skilled workers. The extent of the issue varies across the nation, with Wyoming and New Jersey bearing the brunt of the labor shortage, while states like Louisiana and Texas are bucking the trend with a surplus of interest in jobs.

“The industry is actively working towards addressing the shortage nationwide, and manufacturing ERP software can help companies to interconnect their software solutions better, remove bottlenecks, and automate manual and operational processes. Ultimately, as baby boomers gradually enter retirement, AI and ERP technology can help manufacturers to better plan, forecast and leverage their data better to allocate resources, and understand where they can reduce the need for more headcount, and where they need to upskill.”

For the full manufacturing jobs deficit index, with all 50 states ranked from the highest jobs deficit to the least, please visit: https://www.ecisolutions.com/b…


ECI Software Solutions used data from LinkedIn to discover the number of vacancies for manufacturing-related roles within each US state.

ECI Software Solutions then compared this with data from Google Keyword Planner to discover how many people in each state were searching for manufacturing-related jobs.

Data is correct as of January 2024.

About ECI

ECI Software Solutions provides cloud-based business software for running small and mid-sized businesses end to end. Built by experts in manufacturing, residential construction, field service, building supply, office technology, and wholesale/retail distribution industries, ECI’s industry-specific software connects businesses and customers, improving visibility, operational efficiency, and profitability. With ECI, businesses seamlessly integrate sales and marketing, business intelligence, CRM, data and analytics, ecommerce, mobile apps, and payment processing. With more than 30 years of industry leadership, ECI is trusted by 24,000 customers in more than 80 countries globally. Headquartered in Westlake, Texas, it has offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Australia. For more information, visit www.ECIsolutions.com.

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