The U.S. Mint plans to hire 86 people in the coming weeks, said Tom Jurkowsky, director of the U.S. Mint Office of Corporate Communications on May 7.
Coin production levels at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints is projected to be 17 billion coins, a level not see since 2006, well before the onset of the financial crisis.
More employees are needed to keep up the pace of production.
Philadelphia is aiming to hire 46 persons. Of these, 25 will be permanent hires, 18 will be term employees who agree to work for a specified period and three will be temps.
It is hoped these new hires will begin work in July.
Denver’s new hires will number 40 and all of them will be for fixed terms.
Job fairs will be held at both minting facilities, though the dates have not yet been determined.
Current coin production is more than four times the low point of 2009 reached in the depths of the financial crisis. In that year just over 3.5 billion coins were produced, a level not seen since the 1950s and a far cry from the record 25 billion of 2000.
In calendar year 2014, coin output was 13.3 billion pieces and in 2013 the figure was 11.9 billion.