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Applications for Unemployment Benefits Fall, Suggesting Strong Hiring

January 8, 2015 10:04 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.                             

Tracing Trends in Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 7, 2015 10:52 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin recently had the chance to talk about trends in manufacturing and construction with Dan Parkinson, Industrial Market Sector Leader at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the largest privately-held construction firms in the country.

U.S. Companies Increased Hiring in December

January 7, 2015 9:58 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.                    

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U.S. Steel Idles Tubular Steel Plant, Lays Off 750 Employees

January 6, 2015 1:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said it will shut down a plant in Lorain, Ohio, in March and lay off 614 workers. It said the move is temporary. U.S. Steel will also lay off 142 employees who work at a plant in Houston.               

Will 2015 See a Boost in the Federal Minimum Wage?

January 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associated Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000 workers.

Noncompetition Agreements: Right or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 10:17 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

Scrutiny on Worker Non-Compete Deals

January 5, 2015 9:32 am | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Non-competition agreements are better known in contracts for senior executives who have business secrets of interest to competitors. However, court records show the restrictions might trap them in their current jobs, allowing their employers to pay them lower salaries, experts said.

Should Gov. Supplement Wages Instead of a Minimum Wage Hike?

January 2, 2015 1:58 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Laffer Associates Founder Art Laffer and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Peter Coy discuss the U.S minimum wage debate.                                       

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Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Dan Miklovic

December 30, 2014 10:51 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Dan Miklovic, the Principal Analyst in Asset Performance Management at LNS Research. They covered topics such as Big Data, job creation and tech trends for the upcoming year.

WA Minimum Wage To Hit $9.47 Per Hour, Highest in U.S.

December 29, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1.                                                 

Manufacturing Outlook for 2015: Q&A with Matthew B. Elliott

December 29, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Editorial Director Jeff Reinke discussed the outlook for manufacturers in 2015 with Matthew B. Elliott, Michigan State President, Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. They talked about upcoming trends, the skilled labor shortage, and domestic expansion.

2014 U.S. Economy Began Shaky, Finished Strong

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than five years removed from the Great Recession, worries had taken hold at the start of the year that perhaps the world's largest economy had slid into a semi-permanent funk. But consumers, businesses and investors, after enduring a brutal winter, showed renewed vigor as the year wore on and set the United States apart from much of the world.

More 'Help Wanted' Signs up at Small Businesses

December 26, 2014 1:39 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

If you're looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners.                                 

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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Fall to 7-week low

December 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving.                       

CCL Label DES Expanding Laurens County Manufacturing Facility

December 23, 2014 12:18 pm | by S.C. Department of Commerce | News | Comments

A world leader in the development of label and specialty packaging solutions for global producers of consumer brands is expanding its manufacturing operations in Laurens County, S.C.                   

Soybean Processor to Build $90M Refinery in IA

December 22, 2014 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The project will create an estimated 20 jobs, and local officials have approved $3.1 million in incentives.                        

Obama: 2014 A 'Breakthrough Year'

December 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

Obama ticked off the year's improvements, citing lower unemployment, a rising number of Americans covered by health insurance and a historic diplomatic opening with Cuba, as well as his executive action on climate change.     

More Job Losses for the Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.                         

Residents Cheer Workers at Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility.                          

U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Fall to 289K

December 18, 2014 1:28 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.                                    

MAPI U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth Ahead

December 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries.         

Portucel, S.A. Invests $110M in New Greenwood Facility

December 16, 2014 10:43 am | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

An industrial company is establishing operations in Greenwood County, S.C. to convert forest matter into wood pellets. Portucel, S.A.’s investment of $110 million is expected to create 70 new jobs.               

UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

AAM: Growing Trade Deficit with China Costs U.S. Jobs

December 12, 2014 1:10 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

America’s surging trade deficit with China has cost more than 3.2 million U.S. jobs – the overwhelming majority of them in manufacturing – according to a study released today by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).           

Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack of Diversity

December 12, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work.             

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