This week marks the holiday season’s first real snowfall and, for many of us, these flakes are a reminder that we could do with some extra cash for Christmas. The holidays bring many things, not the least of which might include a child’s Christmas wish list that multiplies with every cycle of television commercials.

Or maybe it’s not the gift giving of the season that has you feeling strapped. Perhaps you would simply love to present (get it?) yourself with the opportunity to clear off some debt. Better yet; if you’re like most of us, you probably relish the thought of, ahem, catching up on some soon-to-be late, if not already missed, payments.

No matter the reason – and there are plenty – TPI Staffing is expert at matching prospective employees with exceptional employment opportunities. Think of us like your own personal Santa or an elf from the fat man’s workshop. Too creepy? Then simply recognize us as the professionals who know how to plow the way for your and your family towards that extra money for Christmas .

Managing Manufacturing Jobs in America Today

Whether you’ve long toiled in the manufacturing industry or are new to the game (little joke there – this work ain’t for sissies), check out the listings featured on the TPI Staffing website by simply clicking here. There is perhaps no industry that has evolved as rapidly with such long-ranging consequences as American manufacturing.

Paging President-Elect Trump

Check your politics at the door for a moment. It doesn’t matter how you voted in this historic recent election. What does matter is the light this campaign shone on the issue of manufacturing jobs in America.

Consider this article, which is admittedly on the dated side. Sadly, it’s still relevant, but the latest news out of Indiana might signal a considerable shift in the following statistics. On September 16, 2012, NBC News ran an article, entitled “States that have lost the most jobs to China.” Bet you can’t guess which state came in first.

Or maybe you can, particularly if you live in and around Keene, Claremont, or Lebanon. In other words, if you hail from New Hampshire and manufacturing is your bread and butter, then you won’t be surprised at all to know that New Hampshire lost more jobs to China than any other state across the country. But, wait. What about larger states with banged up politics, like California? Right. Cali actually came in second.

We know you’re anxious for extra cash for Christmas and don’t have the time or inclination (maybe you’re just lazy – not judging!) to click on a link and follow it to its important conclusion. So, here’s the gist, taken directly from the article.

New Hampshire was #1 out of the 10 states losing the most jobs to China. As much as it feels all kinds of personal to lose your job, at the end of the day, we’re talking about a numbers game. These numbers solidly stamp New Hampshire as the first loser. If you consider that the percent of jobs lost equaled 2.94 percent, the unemployment rate hovered at 5.4 percent (seventh lowest), and the GDP growth was 1.5 percent (18th highest), it’s no wonder. You can at least read the following if you didn’t click on the link:

Growth in New Hampshire exports to China has grown at a whopping rate of 1,032 percent between 2000 and 2011, according to the U.S.-China Business Council. During the same time frame, exports to the rest of the world have grown by just 69 percent. Seems that some companies in New Hampshire have decided that making products in China would be more efficient than exporting — almost 3 percent of the state’s jobs between 2001 and 2011 have been moved there.

Fast Forward to Last Week – Trump Time Travel

Okay, we’ve launched from 2012 back to 2016, but had to make a quick U-turn to last week. Catch your breath and shoo away the birdies from around your head so we can recap. Last week, President-Elect Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, sealed some kind of deal with Carrier to keep jobs (the numbers range from 800 to just under 1,000) here on American soil, stopping their migration to Mexico. The details of how this deal went down? Don’t know, and don’t necessarily care.

The point here is that there is now a palpable and very public push by our next president to keep jobs HERE. It’s encouraging, no doubt, but now is the time to be savvy when everyone from the boss on “The Apprentice” (yah fired!) to your alt-right uncle is praising these efforts. Heed this advice from those who are paid to pay close attention to these shifts: Manufacturing might return to the U.S., but there is no guarantee that the prodigal return will bring jobs with it. How does this make sense? Ask the experts at TPI Staffing…

TPI Staffing Helps You Win a Losing Game

Make no mistake, without a clear strategy, securing your next manufacturing job can feel like a losing game, despite the Carrier news from last week. Why? We mentioned earlier the dreaded numbers game. Pair that with history, which is impossible to manage without a time machine (where did we park that thing?), and what results is a problem propelled by the speed and momentum of a bullet train.

Since the 1994 NAFTA Agreement, more than 4.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs have been lost to overseas markets. Trump just convinced Carrier to stay put, so isn’t there hope for a mass resurgence in manufacturing jobs across the board, especially once he takes office? The short answer about is yes, for factories. But not necessarily for manufacturing jobs. In fact, some industry observers believe that manufacturing jobs are never coming back.

We live in an increasingly robotic world, and while factories may return – and in some cases, have been returning, the jobs they bring will likely be staffed by automatons. Sound like science fiction? Well, when you were a kid did you ever think you would walk around making phone calls without the assistance of an absurdly long cord?

The tin-can telecommunication of the past was long replaced not just by cell phones, but smart phones. It begs the question – how long will laptops and desktop computers remain relevant before the device in your pocket controls everything in your professional and personal life? A quick glance around you right at this moment might suggest we’ve already arrived and personal computers will be relegated to relic status soon enough.

TPI Calls Time Out on Manufacturing Naysayers

No explorer braved uncharted terrain without some helpful resources. Whether it was a buddy, like Clark, or a guide like Sacajawea, the point is, unknown lands are best approached with assistance. TPI Staffing provides support for those of you looking for part-time or full-time opportunities in the ever-evolving and increasingly competitive realm of manufacturing.

Securing some extra savings for Christmas is a cinch with the TPI Staffing team as your guide. Our team is hopeful that the potential manufacturing industry resurgence will deliver more jobs to the dedicated, skilled tradesmen and women we have in this country.

Serving the Connecticut River Valley, with offices in Keene, NH; Claremont, NH; Lebanon, NH; and Brattleboro, VT, the team at TPI Staffing currently features more than fifty manufacturing positions on the TPI website. Click TPI hot jobs to start scoping out these jobs yourself, or find the office nearest you and call your local TPI team directly.

While things remain uncertain in the world of manufacturing, turn to TPI Staffing to stabilize the insecurity plaguing this industry and let us help you secure a position and some extra Christmas cash this holiday season.

About the Author:

After earning her MA from Dartmouth College in 2008, Amanda Silva received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. Since then, her work has been published in bioStories - later anthologized in bioStories’ Mothers and Other Creatures, Empty Sink, Emrys Journal, The Riding Light Review, Silver Birch Press, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal - later anthologized in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2012. When she is not pursuing her own writing projects, she creates content for both large, international corporations, as well as smaller local and independent businesses. Interested readers are invited to check out her website and portfolio at www.amandafsilva.com