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Employees sought with skills in advanced manufacturing

With more than half of all Idaho employers planning to hire in 2016, the Idaho Department of Labor is trying to help the state’s advanced manufacturing firms find qualified job candidates with skills in diesel mechanics, welding, machining, quality assurance, electronics and engineering.

According to Ethan Mansfield, regional labor economist, there are currently 425 job opportunities for engineers in Idaho, 42 for electricians and 99 for diesel mechanics, with jobs in the remaining occupations expected to grow.

“Based on the department’s 2012-2022 projections, jobs for machinists and welders are expected to increase faster than average,” Mansfield said.

Job seekers and others with these skill sets are being encouraged to upload their own résumés to or send an electronic or paper postcard to their friends and family members, encouraging them to do the same.

Choose Idaho is an employee retention and recruiting initiative of the Idaho Department of Labor, which provides a personalized matching service for employers and job seekers by connecting incoming résumés with targeted job openings.

The department also offers workshops for job seekers on résumé writing, interviewing skills and looking for work.

Services for employers include customized recruiting and hiring services, access to training resources and tips on complying with labor laws and controlling unemployment insurance costs.

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