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Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 9:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                            

Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies.              

Why Small Businesses Won't Hire

May 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Many small business owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys.                                             

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Michigan Approves 3 Projects That Add Over 800 Jobs

May 28, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Projects approved Tuesday by the Michigan Strategic Fund include Walker-based automotive supplier Challenge Mfg. Co. expanding into Pontiac.                                

Manufacturing and the Decline of the Middle Class, Part One

May 27, 2014 3:39 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

For all practical purposes, we are now in the post-industrial service economy and the manufacturing crisis has become a crisis of the middle class.                              

GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 27, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                                

WSU, Beechcraft Team Up to 'Insource' Manufacturing Jobs

May 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle | News | Comments

The idea they devised was unusual: Take a bunch of WSU engineering undergraduates. Train them intensely. Then integrate them as full team members on real projects at Beechcraft.                      

Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next to VW Plant

May 23, 2014 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                             

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HP to Cut up to 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 9:02 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday that it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial to Merge

May 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Steven Dubois, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon Iron Works and Vigor Industrial said Wednesday they are forming a combined company that will employ about 2,300 workers in the Pacific Northwest.                             

Heinz Says Ontario Plant Deal Complete

May 21, 2014 1:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant Heinz says a deal to prevent closing a food processing plant that's a key part of the town's economy is now complete, saving at least 250 jobs.                            

Making It Real

May 21, 2014 11:57 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

According to a February, 2014 article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent.             

Temporary Jobs on the Rise as Economy Shifts

May 20, 2014 2:14 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Contract workers made up less than half of one percent of all U.S. employment in the 1980s but now account for 2.3 percent. Economists predict contract workers will play a larger role in the years ahead.              

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EEIA: Shale Gas Supply Chains Supporting 450,000 U.S. Jobs

May 20, 2014 1:54 pm | by Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA) | News | Comments

America’s shale energy revolution is creating and sustaining hundreds of thousands of jobs in diverse sectors of the economy that supply construction, equipment, supplies and services to shale energy operations.             

Chinese Ships Evacuate Workers After Riots in Vietnam

May 20, 2014 9:31 am | by Hau Dinh and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watched over by riot police, more than 3,000 Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.        

Unemployment Rates Fall in Nearly All U.S. States

May 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent. The figures are a sign of widespread, if slow, improvement in the nation's job market.               

Mich. Senate Votes to Raise Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by Emma Fidel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Senate approved raising the state's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour from $7.40 in a compromise that some supporters hope will pre-empt a ballot drive to raise it to $10.10.                    

Former GM Site to Become Auto Glass Plant

May 16, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company has finalized its plan to build an automotive glass-making plant in southwest Ohio, creating about 800 jobs and revitalizing a former General Motors factory site.                     

P&G Plans Distribution Center in Ohio

May 16, 2014 9:31 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

The $89 million, 1 million-square-foot facility is expected to open next winter in Union, northwest of Dayton.                                        

Toyota Plans Make Texas a Player in Auto Industry

May 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Dave Montgomery, Fort Worth Business Press | News | Comments

After bagging Toyota's North American headquarters and being picked as one of four states competing for a $5 billion Tesla "gigafactory," Texas is becoming a major player in the American auto industry.              

Fewest Americans in 7 Years Seek Unemployment Benefits

May 15, 2014 2:28 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.                              

Seattle Wants to Lead Nation to $15 Minimum Wage

May 15, 2014 2:06 pm | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the Seattle mayor is proposing to raise the wage to $15 in the coming years to the highest level in the nation, some activists say that's too slow and are threatening to take the issue to voters.              

Skills Shortage Threatens Earnings and Growth of U.S. Manufacturers

May 15, 2014 2:01 pm | by Accenture & The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers may be losing up to 11 percent annually of their earnings as a result of increased production costs stemming from a shortage of skilled workers.                         

Report Spotlights Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

May 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

British Lawmakers Press Pfizer for Job Guarantees

May 13, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British lawmakers pressed the chief executive of Pfizer on Tuesday to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca.                         

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