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Why I'm Thankful for Manufacturing

November 26, 2014 11:09 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

One Thanksgiving family tradition of mine that I would like to share — with a manufacturing spin —is the ‘I’m thankful’s.’ So for the sake of holiday spirit and sharing this family tradition of mine, as well as to show that the manufacturing sector is something to be truly thankful for, I have created this list. 

Applications for Unemployment Benefits Rise to 313K

November 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.                           

Meat Processor Settles Over Unpaid Wages

November 24, 2014 2:56 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing.                    

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Unemployment Rates Fall in Two-Thirds of U.S. States

November 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 34 U.S. states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country.                              

Swiss Company Eliminates 1,800 Jobs

November 24, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta says it is eliminating or reshuffling 1,800 jobs globally as part of a $1 billion cost-cutting program to boost earnings.                             

MN Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

November 21, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Minnesota's unemployment fell to an eight-year low in October, dropping to less than 4 percent, and the state has added nearly 50,000 jobs so far this year, according to state employment data released.              

Most U.S. Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 10:16 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even though the U.S. job market is gaining strength, there are still a lot of unemployed Americans. Yet only a fraction of them are receiving financial aid from the government.                     

Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall to 291K

November 20, 2014 9:54 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.                                 

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Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers Plan $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company and the Dairy Farmers of America say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas.                                         

NYC Adds $140M for Transforming Brooklyn Navy Yard

November 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brooklyn Navy Yard is getting a $140 million infusion of city money to upgrade a massive building from storage space to a workplace for 3,000 employees at companies ranging from a medical diagnostic laboratory to a motorcycle design startup, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit in 2014

November 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit.   

Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 17, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Collins | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 14, 2014 3:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee.                            

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Oscar Mayer To Eliminate Jobs with Bacon Plant Closure

November 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs.                                         

U.S. Companies Hire at Fastest Pace in 7 Years

November 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. companies ramped up hiring in September, and more Americans were confident enough to quit their jobs — two signs of a steadily improving economy. The number of available jobs declined but remained at a healthy level.         

NC Employers Avoid More Federal Unemployment Taxes

November 13, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Carolina businesses won't have to pay even higher unemployment insurance taxes beyond what's required while the state still owes the federal government money to pay jobless benefits during the Great Recession.          

Applications for Unemployment Benefits Climb to 290K

November 13, 2014 9:33 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase wasn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive momentum.                               

'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off.                                 

Aerospace Suppliers Ramping Up to Meet Surging Orders

November 12, 2014 10:01 am | by TendersInfo | News | Comments

The large majority of aerospace manufacturers said they plan to increase their workforce over the next 12 months, expect to win new long-term supply agreements in the next three years, and expect aircraft deliveries to continue to grow at least through 2016.

German Industrial Union Seeks 5.5 Percent Raise

November 12, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's largest industrial union is calling for a 5.5 percent pay increase next year for some 3.7 million workers in Europe's biggest economy.                               

Obama Hopes Stronger Ties with China Will Bring Jobs

November 10, 2014 12:41 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

President Obama delivered a speech at an economic summit in Beijing on Monday, saying he wants the United States and China to strengthen ties that could lead to more jobs. He said the U.S. welcomes the rise of a prosperous and stable China.   

Two Companies to Invest $22M, Add 115 Jobs in Michigan

November 10, 2014 11:40 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation today announced Michigan Strategic fund approval of two business expansion projects that are expected to generate nearly $22 million in investments and add up to 115 new jobs in Michigan.     

Why Many Aren't Celebrating Low U.S. Unemployment

November 10, 2014 9:24 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The unemployment rate no longer seems to reflect America's mood. After Tuesday's midterm elections, exit polling showed how little falling unemployment has resonated. Most voters said they cast their ballots out of fear for the economy.  

AAM Responds to Reports of Manufacturing Job Growth

November 7, 2014 10:33 am | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October. AAM President Scott Paul responds to this increase saying, “the good news is that manufacturing jobs have grown over the past few months. The bad news is that they haven’t grown fast enough." 

SNC-Lavalin To Cut 4,000 Jobs

November 7, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin says it will reduce the company's global workforce by 4,000, or 9 percent of its total.                                

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