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Mike Rowe Discusses The Skills Gap

January 23, 2014 8:34 am | by HBO, Real Time With Bill Maher | Videos | Comments

Mike Rowe appeared on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss Rowe's efforts to bridge the "profound disconnect" between the 3 million good U.S. jobs that can't be filled due to lack of skilled applicants.           

France, Goodyear Workers End Standoff

January 22, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The accord, reached Wednesday, came after 10 days of negotiations between the government, the company, and unions. The office of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the "end of conflict protocol" puts an end to the occupation of the factory by workers demanding new negotiations over severance packages.

Texas Instruments Cutting 1,100 Jobs; 4Q Profit Up

January 22, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. said Tuesday that it will cut 1,100 jobs worldwide, about 3 percent of its workforce, to trim costs and will reduce its investments in certain markets. The company said the cuts in its embedded processing unit and in Japan will result in $130 million in annual savings by the end of 2014. The job cuts are in the U.S., India, and Japan.

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GM Fairfax Supplier To Open Plant In Mo.

January 22, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics announced that the plant will supply the Chevrolet Malibu model built at GM's Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. The plant is expected to create 164 jobs in the next two years.           

Chrysler Enters Into Agreement With UAW

January 21, 2014 1:11 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

As previously announced, Chrysler Group and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (the UAW) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to supplement Chrysler Group’s existing collective bargaining  agreement.

Bombardier Laying Off 1,700

January 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it plans 1,700 layoffs from its aerospace division. The Montreal-based company told employees Tuesday that the cuts are required due to delays in the launch of new planes and tough market conditions. Bombardier Inc. says it needs to preserve cash.

UN: More Than 200M Jobless Last Year

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations' labor agency says the number of unemployed people around the world rose above 200 million last year as job opportunities failed to grow at the same pace as the global workforce. That's 4.9 million more than the previous year.

Iowa Workers Have Shots At Regaining Tyson Jobs

January 20, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60 workers who lost their jobs at the Tyson plant in northwest Iowa's Cherokee could return if business were to pick up and more production were needed. After Friday's layoff, the plant still employs about 500 people. The plant produces deli meats.

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Obama: 2014 Can Be Breakthrough Year For U.S.

January 20, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. is primed to bring back jobs lost in the recession or to overseas competitors. But he says to make that happen, the U.S. must act to create good-paying jobs and increase economic opportunity.

Slumping Intel To Cut More Than 5,000 Jobs In 2014

January 20, 2014 9:16 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The purge represents about 5 percent of the roughly 108,000 jobs that Intel had on its payroll at the end of December. The company intends to jettison the jobs without laying off workers, said Intel spokesman Bill Calder. The reductions instead will be achieved through attrition, buyouts, and early retirement offers.

U.S. Employers Advertise Most Jobs Since March 2008

January 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in November and more Americans quit, positive signs for millions who are unemployed and looking for work. The Labor Department says job openings rose 1.8 percent to 4 million, the most in 5 ½ years. And the number of people quitting increased 1.9 percent to 2.4 million, a five-year high.

Biden: Auto Resurgence Good For Detroit, U.S.

January 16, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

"We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you, and we won," Biden told the audience, flanked by a half-dozen General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles. All three Detroit automakers have made billions in the recovery following the Great Recession.

Judge Dismisses Suit By French Goodyear Workers

January 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge in Akron ruled late Wednesday against workers who had sued to block the shutdown of their plant in Amiens. The judge said the class-action lawsuit failed to prove contract violations or interference by the parent company in its French operations.

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Ford: 1,000 New Hires Start Work At Kansas City Plant

January 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Ford said it is welcoming nearly 1,000 new employees at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to prepare for the launch of the all-new Ford Transit that goes on sale in the U.S. this summer. The plant is home of the 2014 F-150 and will begin producing the all-new 2015 F-150 in the first quarter of 2015.

Gov't Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined, or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions. The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Wal-Mart.

Reinventing America's Workforce

January 16, 2014 9:39 am | by CNBC | Videos | Comments

Steve Forbes, Forbes media chairman and editor-in-chief, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, discuss how implementing innovations with cheap energy will provide a renaissance in manufacturing and create more jobs.           

Obama Announces First Manufacturing Hub

January 16, 2014 9:33 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

President Obama discusses a new North Carolina "manufacturing hub" that he hopes will spread innovation nationwide.                                       

Auto Parts Maker To Build Facility In Missouri

January 15, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Janesville Acoustics plans to build a $13.4 million, 155,000-square-foot facility in Warrensburg to supply parts to a General Motors assembly plant in the Kansas City area. Gov. Jay Nixon says the project could create 164 fulltime jobs in Missouri.

Obama To Announce Manufacturing Institute In N.C.

January 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House said Obama will announce Wednesday in Raleigh that a consortium of 18 business and six universities, led by North Carolina State University, has been chosen to lead a manufacturing innovation institute to develop next-generation power electronics. It's the first of three such hubs that Obama called for in his State of the Union address last year.

Alcoa Finishes $300M Expansion At Iowa Plant

January 15, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The expansion of the plant in Davenport, Iowa, reflects four years of strong vehicle sales increases — U.S. auto sales rose 8 percent to 15.6 million in 2013 — and growing use of lightweight aluminum for better fuel mileage in some models.

Test Votes Postponed On Unemployment Bill

January 14, 2014 9:53 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The Senate postponed a pair of test votes on stalled unemployment legislation on Monday as Republicans and Democrats sought a compromise to restore benefits to 1.3 million long-term jobless workers who lost them abruptly late last year.    

Lexus Makes Kentucky Home To New U.S.-Made Lexus

January 13, 2014 1:48 pm | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operation | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) recently announced that construction is underway at the assembly line that will produce the first U.S.-made Lexus. Last April, TMMK announced it would localize production of the ES 350, which has never been assembled outside of Japan.

On Jobs, Obama Calls 2014 'A Year Of Action'

January 13, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the first step is for Congress to extend unemployment insurance for those without work. The president also points to a new initiative to boost high-tech manufacturing and other steps he plans to announce next week to put people back to work.

Wanxiang Says It Might Build Fisker Cars In Del.

January 10, 2014 1:58 pm | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A Chinese auto parts conglomerate that wants to buy failed electric-vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive says it would build next-generation Fisker cars in Delaware if there is sufficient consumer demand. Wanxiang Group Corp. outlined its intentions in a court filing late Wednesday as it pushes for a competitive auction of Fisker's remaining assets.

A Tale Of 2 Employment Surveys

January 10, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

How did the unemployment rate drop so much given the weak job growth? Because the government conducts one survey to learn how many jobs were created and another to determine the unemployment rate. The two surveys can sometimes produce differing results.

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