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U.S. consumers cut back on spending in April for the first time in a year, taking an unexpected pause after a big jump during the previous month. The results, however, are unlikely to derail an expected spring rebound in the economy.
From wastewater treatment to farming and advanced manufacturing, a wide swath of the state's economy is particularly sensitive to any changes in water quality or abundance.
The U.S. economy was battered even more than first suspected by the harsh winter, actually shrinking from January through March. But economists are confident the contraction was temporary.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.
Twelve regions of the country will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.
According to the J.P. Morgan/CSIA System Integrator Survey, the automation industry is experiencing a “steady lift” entering the second quarter. The global survey of professionals in the automation and controls industry shows that food and beverage, chemical, and oil and gas—among the end markets served by CSIA members—are reporting increased activity.
Even as the economy extends its growth and small businesses slowly add jobs, most owners are still holding off on hiring.
U.S. consumers were slightly more confident in the economy in May than in April, partly because they are more optimistic about future hiring and income gains.
Michigan has OK'd three economic development projects estimated to add 881 jobs and $350 million in investment.
The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, an increase of 8.8 percent from $9.6 million in 2012, according to an Associated Press/Equilar pay study.
The growth in April’s new orders was entirely due to large defense contracts which have very long lead times and thus do not reflect activity that is likely this year. Having said that, defense capital goods contracting has exploded in early 2014.
The Vermont Technology Alliance estimated that average high-tech jobs paid more than $76,000 annually in the past two years and that its members have increased their workforces by about 25 percent.
Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods advanced for a third month in April, but much of the strength came from a big surge in demand for military aircraft.
Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.
A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted a solid gain in April, further evidence of stronger growth after a severe winter dampened activity.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.
China is carrying on a high-stakes balancing act aimed at building influence and access to resources abroad without damaging ties with its most important economic partner — the United States.
China's manufacturing contraction eased in May, suggesting the slowdown in the world's second biggest economy is stabilizing.
The United Nations slightly lowered its forecasts for global economic growth in 2014 and 2015 citing a variety of reasons including the exceptionally cold winter in the U.S., the escalating political crisis in Ukraine, and financial turbulence earlier this year.
Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is paying tribute to the man she succeeded three months ago, saying Ben Bernanke demonstrated the courage and grit that were needed to stabilize the financial system and restore economic growth.
America’s shale energy revolution is creating and sustanting hundreds of thousands of jobs in diverse sectors of the economy that supply construction, equipment, supplies and services to shale energy operations; and making the U.S. manufacturing sector more competitive by reducing energy input costs.
Yet as Obama promotes the influx of foreign investment to the U.S., his administration and key members of Congress are also fretting over dozens of U.S. companies heading in the other direction.