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U.S. Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High; Job Quits, Hiring Up

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

Strong U.S. Job Growth is Powered by an Array of Industries

February 9, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A broad range of industries propelled U.S. job growth in January, an encouraging sign that the improving economy is permeating nearly all sectors of the economy.                          

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More Americans are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Friday's jobs report signaled that raises have finally begun to flow through an economy in which, once you factor in inflation, most people earn less than when the Great Recession struck in 2007.                

Steelworkers To Expand Strike to 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:22 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

U.S. Gains Strong 257K Jobs, Pay Jumps

February 6, 2015 3:34 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.                       

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 5, 2015 6:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week, the ‘Winner and Loser’ are both in the automotive sector, however, that’s where their similarities end. Check out who earned the titles of 'Winner' and 'Loser' this week.                    

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German Factory Orders Post Strong Rise in December

February 5, 2015 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Federal Statistical Office says factory orders in Europe's largest economy rose a much stronger-than-expected 4.2 percent in December, with demand rising both at home and abroad.                  

Ford Motor Co. to Add 900 Jobs at Missouri Pickup Plant

February 5, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup.                                      

U.S. Jobless Applications Rise, but Levels Point to Job Growth

February 5, 2015 2:47 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth.                               

U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps 17.1 Percent to $46.6 Billion

February 5, 2015 2:38 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports.                             

Hot Jobs and Hiring Trends: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

February 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin had the chance to speak with Traci Fiatte, President of Randstad Staffing about the hot jobs in manufacturing, how aspiring workers can best fill these positions, how employers can best attract potential workers, and other trends in manufacturing training and hiring.

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How Oil Changed North Dakota

February 5, 2015 1:22 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

One state in America’s heartland has been experiencing fairly drastic changes as of late. In North Dakota, oil was not the only thing booming — the infrastructure of the state followed suit.                 

White House Budget Would Boost Labor Regulators

February 5, 2015 10:07 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal includes a $1.3 billion funding increase for the Labor Department — including millions to bolster the department's regulatory oversight agencies.               

Report: Trade Deficit with Japan Resulted in Job Losses in Every State

February 4, 2015 2:33 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A new report says every state saw job losses due to a growing U.S. trade deficit with Japan, and warns Congress should not approve a proposed trade agreement without protections against Japanese currency manipulation.         

Survey: U.S. Businesses Post Steady Job Gains in January

February 4, 2015 11:13 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies hired at a solid pace last month, a private survey found, the latest sign of steady improvement in the job market.                                   

Ford To Transition up to 500 Workers to Higher Pay

February 4, 2015 10:57 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire.                           

State Department Won't Intervene in Nissan-UAW Dispute

February 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The dispute between Nissan Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union over organizing workers at a Mississippi auto plant will continue without intervention from the federal government.                 

ISM: Manufacturing Orders and Production Continue to Grow

February 3, 2015 1:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

More Oil Industry Layoffs Hit Texas

February 3, 2015 1:41 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

In recent days, a trio of oil companies informed state officials they plan to lay off hundreds of employees.                                         

Number of Union Jobs Varies in Recent Right-to-Work States

February 3, 2015 10:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

In Michigan, the number of employees represented by unions fell by 25,000 last year, dropping from 656,000 in 2013 down to 631,000 according to recent numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of union members, meanwhile, fell by a larger number, from 633,000 to 585,000 over that span.

Russian Pipe Maker OAO TMK Laying Off at Pennsylvania Plants

February 2, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian-based pipe manufacturer says the falling price of gasoline is fueling its decision to lay off 10 percent of its workers at two western Pennsylvania plants.                         

How Obama Would Spend Your Money in 2016, Agency by Agency

February 2, 2015 4:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's an agency-by-agency look at how President Barack Obama would spend Americans' money in the 2016 budget year beginning Oct. 1.                                 

How Much Does Your State Rely on Durable Goods Manufacturing?

February 2, 2015 4:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturing of durable goods accounted for just more than 5.5 percent of the nation's overall non-farm employment in December.                                   

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