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Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Tick Up to 287K

October 30, 2014 9:38 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, but remained at historically low levels that signal a strengthening job market.                           

GM To Invest $63M in New Car Plant

October 29, 2014 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. is investing $63 million in a mid-Michigan plant where crossover vehicles are...

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing...

Battery Maker Touts Big Prospect for Jobs in NC

October 28, 2014 2:46 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio & Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small start-up company said Monday it would create hundreds of jobs when it moves into a...

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Chemical Company Plans To Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant in Illinois

October 28, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical company plans to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois, state economic officials confirmed Tuesday.                                   

GM To Move Production of Volt Back to U.S.

October 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is moving production of the Chevrolet Volt's electric drive unit from Mexico to a Detroit-area factory as it updates the slow-selling car to increase its electric range and make it perform better.           

Detroit: City On The Rise?

October 28, 2014 12:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? Film for 'We the Economy' explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs.           

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North-East Manufacturers Announce Plans to Recruit and Invest

October 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Andy Richardson, The Northern Echo | News | Comments

Optimism is returning to the regional engineering and manufacturing industries as firms announce plans to recruit workers, invest millions and expand premises.                          

Oregon Investigates Discrimination Claims at Daimler Plant

October 23, 2014 2:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment.            

Study Finds Americans are Taking Less Vacation Time

October 22, 2014 2:03 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new survey by the U.S. Travel Association finds Americans take less vacation time now than at any point in nearly four decades.                                   

Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 22, 2014 1:49 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said.                     

Does America Deserve a Raise?

October 22, 2014 10:55 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.     

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Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 States

October 21, 2014 1:40 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.       

Kimberly-Clark To Cut up to 1,300 Jobs

October 21, 2014 1:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kimberly-Clark plans to eliminate up to 1,300 jobs as part of restructuring efforts aimed at reducing costs and making its business more efficient.                             

A Cultural Shift is Coming To Microsoft

October 20, 2014 2:30 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Satya Nadella says he was wrong to use his own personal experience to answer the question of whether woman should ask for raises.                                   

Federal Reserve Chair Greatly Concerned by Widening Inequality

October 20, 2014 9:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.             

Survey: Pay Remains Stagnant Despite Strong U.S. Hiring

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.                  

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iPhone Glass Maker Cutting Jobs in Arizona

October 17, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.                                       

Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits at 14 Year Low

October 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy.                 

Light Bulb Manufacturing Comes Back To America

October 13, 2014 2:45 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Halogen bulbs now being made in Illinois and Ohio mean more jobs for Americans.                                                 

Ford Hiring Workers for New Truck

October 13, 2014 1:59 pm | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company has announced the addition of 850 new jobs at its historic Ford Rouge Center, comprised of the Dearborn Truck, Dearborn Stamping and Dearborn Diversified facilities. The new jobs will support production of the all-new 2015 F-150, launching in a matter of weeks.

Unequal Pay: Must be a lot of Good Karma Out There

October 13, 2014 9:39 am | by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's advice to women last week serves as a stepping stone into the greater discussion of inequality in this country. According to the U.S. Census, a woman's job may be cutting-edge but it looks like her pay check isn't.  

October 2014: Beyond Lean

October 10, 2014 11:31 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we take you inside Worksman Cycles, provide tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly and examine a series of case studies on the role of system integration in "People, Planet, and Profit."  

Polaris Rolls Slingshot Into Full Production

October 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Polaris Industries Inc. and local public officials gathered today at Polaris’ Spirit Lake, Iowa manufacturing facility to celebrate the launch of its Slingshot motorcycle into full production.                 

Applications for U.S. Unemployment Benefits Fall To 8 Year Low

October 9, 2014 9:14 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Slightly fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, pushing the average number of applications in the past month to an eight-year low.                             

U.S. Job Openings Rise in August as Hiring Falls

October 7, 2014 2:10 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years during August, yet their pace of hiring fell compared to July.                                   

Boeing To Add 700 Jobs in St. Louis

October 7, 2014 9:53 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Elected officials and business leaders were disappointed by Boeing Co.'s decision earlier this year to build a new commercial airplane on the West Coast rather than in Missouri; however, Boeing offered a consolation prize. The aircraft manufacturer announced that it plans to bring up to 700 new jobs to St. Louis. 

Dayton Firm Will Redevelop Former GM Factory

October 6, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A national design firm with local headquarters has signed on to redevelop a former Dayton-area General Motors factory into an 800-job automotive glass plant operated by a Chinese company.                    

UAW Forming Alabama Branch Aimed at Mercedes Plant

October 6, 2014 9:29 am | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union said Friday it is forming a local branch aimed at representing the Mercedes plant in Alabama in a move mirroring its efforts with fellow German automaker Volkswagen in Tennessee.              

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