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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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CAT Closing South Carolina Plant

April 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar is moving its engine production plant operations from Fountain Inn to Georgia and Texas, affecting 380 full-time and 130 temporary jobs.                 

Congress Heads To Work To Do The Bare Minimum

April 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The only things likely to become law in a Congress bitterly divided between House Republicans and the Democratic-led Senate are those that simply have to pass, such as a measure to avoid a government shutdown.           

Workers And UAW Turn To OECD In Nissan Dispute

April 28, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UAW and IndustriALL Global Union have requested mediation by the U.S. State Department to protect workers’ organizing rights at the giant Nissan auto assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.                  

Coca-Cola Building New Facility In Chattanooga

April 28, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city.                           

Buffett On Technology Replacing Jobs

April 28, 2014 10:17 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffett explains why he thinks it's progress to have technology replacing human jobs, but acknowledges that people who are left behind need support.                             

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Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said Saturday, enabling Adidas to resume production there.                

Drones A Possible Growth Market For North Dakota

April 28, 2014 9:41 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota has positioned itself well to take advantage of its unique attributes: A first-of-its-kind academic program, an established military presence, a strong commitment from state and federal officials to find funding, and even the weather.

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 3:01 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D - @ChrisFoxPDD | Blogs | Comments

The survey results tell the suspected tale that engineers feel underpaid and overworked, but perhaps more importantly engineers feel qualified to engineer.                            

UAW VP Nominated For Seat On GM Board

April 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, General Motors Co. could have an official of the United Auto Workers union on its board of directors.                                    

Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.          

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Study Says U.S. Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness

April 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.                           

Lawyer: Volkswagen Has Deals In Places Outside Tenn.

April 25, 2014 9:21 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.              

3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country.                              

A Year After Tragic Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.                

Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                                  

Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                       

Job Market For College Grads Improves

April 23, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012.                               

No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

Albuquerque Leaders Propose Site For Tesla

April 21, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.                        

UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                          

Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12.                                   

Why BMW Is Making Cars In The USA

April 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BMW's North American President Ludwig Willisch talks about why the company is manufacturing its X series cars in South Carolina.                                  

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