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Official: U.S. Steel Not Idling Granite City Mill as Planned

May 28, 2015 4:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel will not temporarily shut down its Granite City mill as planned but will keep one of its two blast furnaces operating and idle only 80 workers, officials said Thursday.

Who Will Lose Their Job to the Machines?

May 28, 2015 10:21 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here is some insight into predictions for the future of automation in the workplace.

Top U.S. Manufacturers View Labor Issues as Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:13 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly all of the nation's largest publicly traded manufacturers cite the labor force as a risk to their businesses, according to a recent report. 

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GM Adding Shift, Upgrading Michigan Plant that Makes Camaro

May 28, 2015 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it's returning a second shift and 500 workers to a Michigan plant to build the new Chevrolet Camaro.

UAW Rival at VW Represented by 'Union Avoidance' Expert

May 28, 2015 9:59 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The rival group to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee brands itself as local, independent and free of outside influence or political agenda.

Drilling Cutbacks Drag Down Job Growth in Oil Patch

May 27, 2015 4:17 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hammered by cheaper oil, drilling firms have laid off workers and dragged job growth lower in states from Texas to North Dakota.

Kansas City Sausage To Open Plant, Create 177 Jobs

May 27, 2015 3:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobs in Sampson County.

Study Projects VW Expansion to Add 9,800 Jobs in TN

May 27, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A study by the University of Tennessee expects the expansion of Volkswagen's Chattanooga auto plant to result in nearly 9,800 direct and indirect jobs.

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Unemployment Rates Fell in 23 U.S. States in April

May 27, 2015 10:56 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in 23 U.S. states in April as hiring rebounded nationwide from weak job gains the previous month.

Consumer Confidence Edges Up in May on Improving Job Market

May 26, 2015 3:17 pm | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer confidence rebounded slightly this month as the job market showed signs of improvement.

GM Plans $1.2B in Upgrades for Indiana Pick-Up Truck Plant

May 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors announced Tuesday it would spend $1.2 billion on new facilities and technology at an Indiana factory where it builds Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

West Coast Port Contract Ratified As Retailers Urge Change

May 26, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dockworkers and port operators on the West Coast last week approved a new five-year contract, which brought an official end to the labor strife that stifled cargo at some of the nation's largest ports earlier this year.

Report: 80,000 U.S. Workers Now Employed by Chinese Companies

May 26, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report says the number of American workers employed directly by Chinese companies increased more than five-fold in the past five years.

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Report: Growing Manufacturing Trade Deficit Equated to 230,000 Lost Jobs

May 22, 2015 12:12 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new analysis of trade data from early 2015 shows a sharp increase in the United States' trade deficit in technology-intensive manufacturing, which likely cost the country thousands of jobs.

Applications for U.S. Unemployment Aid Up, but From Very Low Level

May 21, 2015 9:33 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, though the number of applications remains at a historically low level that is consistent with a healthy job market.

Strike Continues at Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 20, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The months-long strike at a massive Texas oil refinery will continue after union workers this week rejected the latest contract proposal. 

Senate Rejects More Aid for Workers Who Lose Jobs to Trade

May 19, 2015 2:33 pm | by David Espo, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Senate rejected a liberal-led move Monday to increase aid for workers who lose their jobs to imports, pushing for passage by week's end of major trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama.

ConAgra to Close WI Cookie Plant, Lay Off Hundreds

May 19, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods plans to close one of its two cookie plants in the eastern Wisconsin city of Ripon, a move that would eliminate about 300 jobs later this year.

The Story Behind Blue Bell Layoffs

May 18, 2015 2:33 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries will lay off hundreds of workers and reduce hours and pay for others in wake of its voluntary recall last month of all ice cream. 

Hundreds of Chicago Jobs in Balance as Mondelez Weighs Mexico Upgrades

May 18, 2015 1:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Employees at Mondelez's Chicago bakery are girding for hundreds of job losses as the food and beverage multinational consolidates its operations and upgrades its production lines. 

Listeria Problems Cause 1,450 Blue Bell Workers to Lose Jobs

May 18, 2015 9:53 am | by Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries will lay off more than a third of its workforce following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of all its products, the Texas company announced.

Missouri Appears Unlikely to Enact Right-to-Work

May 14, 2015 1:49 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Missouri lawmakers this week easily passed legislation that would make it the 26th "right-to-work" state. But the vote totals, if they hold, would be insufficient to override an expected veto from Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

Apple Nears Settlement Over Talent Poaching Allegations

May 14, 2015 1:33 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Apple and battery manufacturer A123 appear close to a settlement over allegations that the tech company poached employees for a secret electric car project.

Bombardier Says 1,750 Job Cuts Due to Soft Demand for Jets

May 14, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier confirms it will cut more than 1,750 employees in Canada and Northern Ireland over the coming months to adjust for weak demand for some of its business jets.

Officials Defend Hiring Practices at Iowa Fertilizer Plant

May 13, 2015 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials overseeing construction of a $1.8 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa are defending their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

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