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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.                                       

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.

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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.                                 

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.                       

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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.                          

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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.             

Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge in the South

December 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues.                                     

Manufacturers Seek Women for Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:21 am | by M.L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. So some companies looking for welders, machinists and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women.                             

Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training for New Careers

December 9, 2014 1:28 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are getting extra help to make the transition from combat to the cubicle. Wyatt Andrews met the vets who are learning a valuable new job skill.    

Looking at Trends in Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A with Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad, discusses confidence levels, the skills gap, unemployment rates, talent recruitment strategies, and the hot jobs for 2015 in the manufacturing and logistics industries.       

UAW Reaches Top Tier of VW Labor Policy in TN

December 9, 2014 9:59 am | by Erik Shelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.             

Tesla Asks Texas for Looser Regulations, Hints at Future Factories

December 8, 2014 2:22 pm | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric carmaker can't legally sell cars in Texas, and hints that future factory investments could be hampered by the state's ban on its direct-sales model.               

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