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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.                                   

Chobani Is Moving Beyond Yogurt

April 18, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.                                  

U.S. Manufacturing Optimism Rises To Highest Level In 8 Years

April 17, 2014 5:02 pm | by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP | News | Comments

The positive sentiment about the prospects of U.S. commerce in the next 12 months reached the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2005.                                

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday.                                   

Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As China's growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low cost producer is no longer enough to prosper.                         

What Impact Will The Recall Have On GM's Sales?

April 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Many expect GM sales to take a hit from a mishandled recall of small cars, though it's unclear when and how severe.                                       

U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                            

Are The Highest Paid In Manufacturing Worth Their Weight In Gold?

April 15, 2014 9:17 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Some argue that CEO pay packages may seem inflated, but are partially in response to the often truncated length of service — essentially, these are short-term gigs.                         

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Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture, and a number of other products.                              

Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry, and chemicals.                                   

Job Market Stronger, Not Strong Enough

April 7, 2014 1:49 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With 192,000 jobs added in March, the labor market is strong enough that businesses are growing, but still too weak for the Federal Reserve to promptly end stimulus.                         

Southeast Manufacturing Reaches Highest Point Since 2012

April 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by Kennesaw State University | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast increased for March, registering its highest reading since 2012, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report.                      

The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) looked over the data released by the Department of Labor and reported that America’s manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March.                     

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Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                             

U.S. Trade Deficit Hits $42.3B

April 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.                             

PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Does your small business have plans to hire or are PNC’s survey respondents being overly optimistic based on the circumstances?                                    

Ford Shines While Auto Industry Slumps

April 3, 2014 9:41 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Shares of Ford rallied in the first quarter while GM's stock was hit hard by recall woes. But shares of Toyota and Honda are stuck in reverse as well.                             

ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 1:46 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month.                            

U.S. Auto Sales Go Out Like A Lion

April 1, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

Toyota Is No. 1 Retail Manufacturer In March

April 1, 2014 1:54 pm | by Toyota Motor Sales | News | Comments

The first quarter of 2014 treated Toyota well. The company reported a 8.9 percent increase over March 2013 sales, with Lexus showing a 28 percent increase over 2013 sales.                        

MAPI: March Manufacturing Numbers Should Allay Fears

April 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The index of 53.7 in March is slightly better than 53.2 in February, and both are above the 50 percent level that separates growth from decline.                               

Is The Honeymoon Over For New BlackBerry CEO?

March 31, 2014 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With lackluster quarterly results Friday, is time running out for John Chen to turn around the company?                                          

Why 2014 Could Prove Breakout Year For Economy

March 28, 2014 9:30 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The combination of an improving job market, pent-up consumer demand, less drag from U.S. government policies, and a brighter global outlook is boosting optimism for the rest of 2014.                    

Demand For Greater Efficiency Boosts Belt And Chain Drives Market

March 27, 2014 2:32 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

New analysis finds that the market earned revenues of $8.80 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $10.57 billion in 2018.                                    

U.S. Q4 Growth Revised Slightly Up

March 27, 2014 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter, slightly more than previously estimated, as consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three years.                   

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