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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 2:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses expect their sales will rebound in the next three months after a sluggish first quarter, and they also plan to boost hiring and pay, according to a survey released Monday.

Proposed Volvo Manufacturing Plant 'Tremendous Opportunity'

April 17, 2015 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

State and local officials are calling a proposed manufacturing plant that could employ 4,000...

Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 17, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Recent reports suggest that the unions that helped bankroll the ongoing wage campaign may be...

Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union...

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Manufacturing in Philadelphia Area Rises Slightly in April

April 16, 2015 12:53 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Factories in the Philadelphia region got a bit busier in April compared to March.

More Americans Sought Unemployment Benefits Last Week

April 16, 2015 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose for the second straight week yet remained at a low level that is consistent with more hiring.

April Marks Equal Pay Day

April 15, 2015 3:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Yesterday marked the number of days more a woman has to work past December 31 in order to make the same as the average man did in the previous year. 

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Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 1:16 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. 

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rise but Still at Low Level

April 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Christopher Rubager, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but applications for jobless aid overall remain low — a reassuring sign after hiring slowed last month.

U.S. Job Openings Surge, Yet Employers Slow to Hire

April 7, 2015 1:35 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. job openings surged in February to a 14-year high, yet employers filled fewer of those jobs than in the previous month.

Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline in Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest monthly estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that manufacturing jobs declined slightly in March.

U.S. Hiring Slowdown Hit Most Industry Sectors

April 6, 2015 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The deceleration of hiring last month hit nearly all parts of the job market as U.S. employers grew wary about the health of the economy.

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U.S. Manufacturing Slows as Orders and Hiring Weaken

April 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at a weaker pace, with orders growing more slowly and hiring essentially flat.

Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 189K Jobs in March

April 1, 2015 9:26 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring in March, a private survey found. The modest gains suggest that harsh winter weather has generated a broader slowdown that caused the survey to report gains of less than 200,000 jobs for the first time in 13 months.

Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

April 1, 2015 9:09 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Barack Obama, as promised, vetoed legislation Tuesday that would overturn a federal rule to speed up the process for union certification elections. 

Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View of Manufacturing

March 31, 2015 12:24 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. job training efforts and economic statistics should include a broader look at manufacturing processes, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.

Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth for Oil-Producing States

March 30, 2015 3:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. gained 295,000 jobs in February to continue strong hiring patterns from 2014. But newly released estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the global drop in oil prices hindered growth in many of the country's top oil producing states.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook for U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

Union Vote Set Next Month at Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 3,000 production workers at Boeing plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want representation by the Machinists union.

Republicans Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 26, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

U.S. Steel to Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:16 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. announced it would temporarily idle a plant near St. Louis and issue layoff notices to its 2,080 workers.

UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:46 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The president of the United Auto Workers union rejected a new wage tier Wednesday after reports indicated U.S. automakers could float the idea during upcoming contract talks. 

For Millions, 401(k) Plans Have Fallen Short

March 24, 2015 3:26 pm | by Kelley Holland, CNBC | Videos | Comments

In a special report for CNBC, Kelley Holland warns that 401(k) plans may be failing millions of Americans.

SC plant, workers have produced 3 million BMW vehicles

March 24, 2015 3:13 pm | News | Comments

BMW Manufacturing Co. and its workforce are celebrating the production of its 3 millionth vehicle in South Carolina.

Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier from UAW

March 24, 2015 3:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Motors and Ford might seek a new, lower wage tier from the United Auto Workers union after a report showed they have the highest labor costs among U.S. automakers.

China Manufacturing Lowest in Nearly a Year

March 24, 2015 11:03 am | by Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing fell to the lowest level in nearly a year as new orders shrank, according to a report Tuesday that underscored the weakening outlook for the world's second biggest economy.

Obama To Announce $240M In New Pledges For STEM

March 23, 2015 3:32 pm | by Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math.

Caterpillar Moving 2 Joliet Production Lines to Mexico

March 23, 2015 10:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest move is part of a series of cuts at the factory, where 770 workers are currently employed, compared with 7,000 in the late 1970s.

By the Numbers: Federal Report Says 'Extreme Long-Term Unemployment' Remained High in 2014

March 19, 2015 10:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the federal Labor Department says the nation's level of "extreme long-term unemployment" remained high in 2014 despite a strong year for hiring. 

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