Last Updated Apr 7, 2010 12:48 PM EDT
Some data points to consider.
- March employment data released today confirms that manufacturing activity is growing at its fastest pace in five-and-a-half years, helping the nation avoid a double-dip recession.
- Manufacturing hiring this month will reach a level not seen since June 2008, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.
- In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity rose to 59.6 in March, the highest since 2004, and the eighth consecutive month of growth.