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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.               

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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.                              

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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.                         

Thousands of Vietnamese Workers Protest at Chinese Factories

May 13, 2014 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand Vietnamese workers protested at Chinese-owned factories on Tuesday, vandalizing some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.                 

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Unilever Closing Canadian Plant, Moving Production To U.S.

May 9, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont. that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods, will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.               

Workers At Cargill Plant Owed More Benefits

May 9, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department has approved a union petition for extended unemployment and other benefits for workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant.                            

U.S. Productivity Falls In 1Q

May 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The falling productivity coupled with a slight increase in hourly compensation led to labor costs rising 4.2 percent in the first quarter.                                

Abysmal Scores For High School Seniors, Especially In STEM

May 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Kimberly Hefling, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

In an abysmal showing, only about one-quarter of U.S. high school seniors performed solidly in math in a major assessment known as the nation's report card.                            

Applicants, Bosses Get Blamed As Jobs Go Unfilled

May 7, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The problem isn't just a flippant attitude on the part of job applicants. Employers have contributed to a change in job search etiquette.                                 

Brown: Little California Could Have Done To Keep Toyota

May 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that it appears there was little California could have done to keep Toyota, the world's largest automaker, from moving its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs to Texas.               

SPI: Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban Could Kill Manufacturing Jobs

May 2, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The Chicago City Council’s decision to ban plastic shopping bags will damage the plastics manufacturing industry’s ongoing efforts to create and maintain American manufacturing jobs, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.   

Infographic: My Boss Is Going To Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 2:03 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

As a general rule, engineers approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry.              

Puerto Rico Tries To Retain Young Workers

May 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor has filed legislation aimed at retaining young workers and reversing an exodus of people moving to the U.S. mainland amid economic problems.                         

Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Sept. 2008

May 2, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years.                                

Anheuser-Busch Trial Highlights Gender Bias In Pay

May 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six years after the sale of AB to inBev, the trial fascinates a company town, threatening to give more unwanted publicity to a family dynasty that's had its fair share.                        

Activist Says 1 Detained After Factory Strike

April 30, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police detained a labor rights activist following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike, his colleague said Wednesday.               

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