The Labor Department says the four-week average was unchanged at 338,250. Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The average is not far above pre-recession levels, a sign companies are laying off few workers.
The United States could create up to 5.8 million new jobs if it acted to end global currency manipulation, according to a report released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.
Electric car maker Tesla Motors is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.
President Barack Obama announced two new research institutes to combine the expertise of universities and companies to create new manufacturing techniques and technologies.
NAM's President attributed manufacturing’s comeback to its dynamic workforce, innovation, and game-changing energy resources. However, he noted the critical need to implement policies supporting manufacturing to eliminate the stifling effect that overregulation, high taxes, rising health care costs, and a lack of trade agreements have on manufacturers’ competitiveness.
The President has announced the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDI), which will be headquartered in Chicago, Ill., and funded via a $70 million grant that state and private entities will match to the tune of $250 million.
The agreement between the company and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering increases IBM's commitment of high-tech jobs at semiconductor plants in Dutchess County, Albany, and Yorktown Heights by 750 from the current 2,350, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.
The man who appears poised to take over leadership of the United Auto Workers later this year says car companies' fears about the union's demise are unfounded. Membership has dropped from a peak of 1.5 million in 1979 to 382,000 at the end of 2012, although it's been rising slightly since 2009.
Governors have broken into a partisan on-camera feud at the White House after meeting with President Barack Obama. Leaders of the National Governors Association appeared Monday before the media claiming harmony and wide agreement, but immediately broke into a partisan dispute.
The $148 million high-tech manufacturing research institute set to open this spring in metro Detroit is expected to bring 10,000 jobs to the region within the next five years.
In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" had swayed the election.
The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters said Friday it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut, as it struggles with cuts to U.S. defense spending and a reduction in the demand for the workhorse aircraft used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.
The plants were expected to supply 550 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 170,000 homes, Secretary of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a release Wednesday. More than 700 jobs will be created through construction and operations, she said.
Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.
Visit Jaguar Land Rover's new manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. This engine plant will employ 1,500 people, adding 3,500 jobs to the supply chain. They will be producing an engine every 36 seconds in their state-of-the-art facilities.
Bernd Osterloh, who is also a member of VW's supervisory board, told the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published Wednesday that U.S. labor law experts will check whether undue pressure was put on employees to reject the UAW.
Caterpillar Inc.’s Corinth, Miss., plant is expanding to produce C175 remanufactured engines. The project represents a corporate investment of $14.8 million and will create 30 jobs. The Corinth facility is Caterpillar’s lead facility for large engine remanufacturing worldwide.
Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.
Faced with stubbornly low prices for aluminum due to global overcapacity, Alcoa has been idling and closing smelters to reduce capacity. When the last moves are completed, Alcoa will have cut its smelting capacity by 17 percent.
The company said Tuesday that the wing center will be located north of its Everett factory and sustain thousands of area jobs in the years to come. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin later this year.
Republicans fighting a unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture before last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.
Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.
A divided Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a woman's bid for a new trial contending her husband died of exposure to asbestos while working and smoking at a factory that made cigarettes.
President Barack Obama said Friday that top priorities for Congress should be increasing the minimum wage and overhauling the immigration system, while acknowledging that election year politics could complicate the effort.