All indications are that the overall economy is improving. Employment in manufacturing isn't keeping pace. It is only a matter of time until manufacturing, including injection molding, will have to expand in order to keep up with demand.
There has actually been a slight increase in hiring in the plastics processing industry. If nothing else, there is an expression of interest in hiring. I know that because two plastics industry trade schools here in the Midwest area are training people who are finding jobs. In many instances they have jobs before they graduate. There is also an increase in the number of placement agencies calling here trying to fill openings or find good candidates that they can market to the industry....