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Unemployment Aid Applications Surge To 368,000

December 12, 2013 1:01 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.  The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.        

Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Machinists Give Boeing 777X Proposal For Wash.

December 12, 2013 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.

Is Washington Holding Job Growth Back?

December 12, 2013 9:37 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says extending unemployment insurance, passing a budget, immigration reform and infrastructure investments will 'build on this progress' in the job market.                 

GM To Stop Making Cars In Australia By 2017

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.The decision could spell the end of car manufacturing in Australia as the industry will be too small for supporting businesses such as parts makers to remain economic.

Bell Helicopter Announces New Assembly Facility

December 11, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of SLS — Short Light Single — helicopters. The project, announced Tuesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, will bring the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility to Lafayette Regional Airport.

Mo. Governor To Sign $1.7B Boeing Incentive Plan

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation that would offer up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks to Boeing Co. over more than two decades to entice the aerospace company to bring the production of its 777X jetliner to the state. 

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Pay Gains For Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

December 11, 2013 9:28 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

U.S. Job Openings Reach 5-Year High, A Hopeful Sign

December 10, 2013 1:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million.

Pratt & Whitney Machinists Approve New Contract

December 9, 2013 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Machinist union members who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney narrowly approved a new three-year contract Sunday, signing off on a deal that includes 2.5 percent pay raises each year and a $2,000 ratification bonus.       

Oregon Gives Intel A Nike-Like Tax Deal

December 9, 2013 1:29 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 30-year agreement promises that any changes to Oregon's corporate tax structure won't affect Intel Corp. The chipmaker secured the agreement in exchange for an expansion it announced in October 2012. The company is spending $500 million to expand a semiconductor plant in Hillsboro.

EADS To Cut 5,800 Jobs As Part Of Major Overhaul

December 9, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European air and defense company EADS is cutting 5,800 jobs over the next two years as part of a major overhaul and cost-cutting plan.The company said Monday in a statement that the jobs would be eliminated from its corporate and space and defense divisions by the end of 2016.

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Studebaker Legacy Lives 50 Years After Closing

December 9, 2013 10:12 am | by Kevin Allen, South Bend Tribune | News | Comments

Carlton wasn't even born when the last Studebaker rolled off the line in South Bend a half-century ago, and he wasn't all that interested in why the company went out of business. What he found striking was the story of how Studebaker survived here for 111 years — a remarkable lifespan in the business world.

Summit Pushes Chemical Manufacturing In Miss.

December 6, 2013 11:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi should seize an opportunity to compete for energy-thirsty economic development, economist David Dismukes suggested Thursday at the Governor's Energy Summit.A Louisiana State University professor, Dismukes was hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production.

Shell Scraps Plans To Build $12.5B Plant In La.

December 6, 2013 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision comes just two months after Shell selected a site for the plant. It would have created 740 jobs, according to a late-September announcement that championed the plant's location in Ascension Parish, near Baton Rouge.       

Unemployment Rate Falls To 7 Pct.

December 6, 2013 9:46 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A fourth straight month of solid hiring cut the U.S. unemployment rate to a five-year low of 7 percent in November, an encouraging sign for the economy. The Labor Department says employers added 203,000 jobs, nearly matching October's revised gain of 200,000. The job gains helped lower the unemployment rate from 7.3 percent in October.

States Grovel Before Boeing In Bid For 777X Jobs

December 6, 2013 9:38 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

From coast to coast, states are rushing to impress Boeing with lavish incentive packages that offer property, labor deals and billions of dollars in tax breaks. All this in the hopes that the aerospace giant will select them to assemble the new 777X — or at least give them a wing to construct.

Obama To Feds: Boost Renewable Power 20 Percent

December 5, 2013 1:56 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs.

Mohawk Industries To Expand 2 Georgia Plants

December 5, 2013 11:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Governor Nathan Deal has announced that flooring manufacturing company Mohawk Industries is planning to renovate two facilities in northwestern Georgia and create more than 400 new jobs. Deal said Wednesday that Mohawk industries is planning to invest $85 million in the renovation of two facilities in Rome and Dalton over the next two years.

Detroit Bankruptcy Is Precedent For Public Funds

December 5, 2013 9:41 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A federal judge in Michigan ruled that Detroit can cut public pensions as it enters bankruptcy - a decision that could effect the retirement of millions of current and former municipal workers. Anthony Mason talks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about what it could mean for workers across the country.

Survey: U.S. Companies Add 215K Jobs, Most In Year

December 4, 2013 1:35 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows U.S. businesses last month added the most jobs in a year, powered by big gains in manufacturing and construction.  Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies and small businesses added 215,000 jobs in November.   

CEOs More Optimistic About Economy And Hiring

December 4, 2013 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey of chief executives at the largest U.S. companies shows a growing number are optimistic about the economy's prospects for the next six months and expect to boost hiring. The Business Roundtable says its index measuring CEO outlook rose to 84.5 in the October-December quarter. That's up from 79.1 in the July-September quarter.

Boeing Incentives Could Total $1.7B

December 4, 2013 10:07 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri's bid for a Boeing assembly plant could include more than $1.7 billion of incentives over two decades if the airplane manufacturer adds thousands of jobs, according to new information about the proposal released Tuesday.      

Ethanol Maker Offered $6.3M For 65 Fuel Plant Jobs

December 3, 2013 1:45 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant operated by Biochemtex, a partnership headed by Italy-based Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi, plans to employ 65 people in three years near Clinton in Sampson County. The jobs will pay an average of $47,000 a year plus benefits, above the county average of $30,822.

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