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Obama: 'Revving' Economy Calls For Higher Wages

September 1, 2014 5:30 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn - Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union...

Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 1, 2014 2:29 pm | by Ron Bartizek - (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader - Associated Press | News | Comments

On Labor Day 2014, workers in Northeastern Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed...

China Manufacturing Growth Slowed In August

August 31, 2014 11:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two surveys show China's manufacturing growth decelerated in August due to weaker global demand...

Agriculture Equipment Sales Decline In 2014

August 31, 2014 10:32 am | by Regina Garcia Cano - Associated Press | News | Comments

Agricultural equipment manufacturers and farmers say machinery sales have fallen recently...

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MAPI Addresses Challenges Ahead for Global Manufacturing

August 28, 2014 4:12 pm | by MAPI Media | News | Comments

MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Foundation economists offer insights and manufacturing forecasts for key global regions - United States, Eurozone, China, India, and Latin America - in this round table discussion ... 

Americans' Pessimism On Economy Has Grown

August 28, 2014 3:45 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Economics Writer | News | Comments

Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health. Seventy-one percent of Americans say they think ... 

Jack Daniel's Drinks Its Way To Higher Results

August 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Led by demand for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand, spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday its first-quarter net income rose 5 percent despite lower stockpiling by distributors. The company behind such other brands as Southern Comfort, Finlandia, and el Jimador said ... 

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10 Things To Know About 'Corporate Inversions'

August 28, 2014 12:10 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain. The transaction is called ...          

U.S. Economy Grew At Brisk Rate In Q2

August 28, 2014 9:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated. The upward revision supported expectations that ...

Americans Want To Buy From Socially Responsible Companies

August 27, 2014 10:06 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Recent data shows that consumers are willing to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to giving back. In a poll of 1,000 Americans, nearly one-third of them said they planned to increase the amounts of goods they buy from ...  

Industrial Sector To Be Fully Recovered By End Of 2014

August 27, 2014 9:41 am | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

The outlook for the U.S. economy is for steady growth but there is little expectation for a significant upward trajectory, according to a new report. The MAPI Foundation has released its quarterly economic forecast, predicting ...    

Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears In Scotland

August 26, 2014 9:49 am | by Martin Benedyk & Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Carl Reavey plunged his nose into the glass, inhaled the amber liquid's scent, then sipped. Slowly. It's said that Scotch tastes of the place where it is made, so Reavey's ...             

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As Conference Ends, Economists Give Clashing Views

August 25, 2014 10:02 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

Most visitors to Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park are drawn to the peak that gave the park its name — a 13,776-foot monolith that dominates the sweeping skyline. But for the economists and central bankers ...      

Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.9 Pct. In July

August 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A gauge designed to predict the economy's future health posted the sharpest advance in four months in July, indicating the economy is gaining traction headed into the last half of the year. The Conference Board said ...     

Hostess Closing Bakery That Created The Twinkie

August 21, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented. Hostess said ...          

Survey Indicates Eurozone Growing Slowly

August 21, 2014 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey of business activity shows the economy of the 18-country eurozone grew at only a slow pace in August, a sign it remains sluggish after a disappointing second quarter in which it did not ...         

Applications For U.S. Unemployment Aid Fall

August 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid ...            

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Exporting Coal To Asia Could Reduce Emissions 21%

August 21, 2014 10:10 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Under the right scenario, exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea could lead to a 21 percent drop in greenhouse gas emissions compared to burning the fossil fuel at plants in the United States, according to ...      

Growth In China Manufacturing Weakens In August

August 21, 2014 12:29 am | by Kelvin Chan - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in China's vast manufacturing industry weakened in August, suggesting that the recovery in the world No. 2 economy is losing momentum and Beijing may need to spoon out more stimulus. The preliminary version of HSBC's manufacturing index, released Thursday, fell to a three-month low of 50.3...

Warren Buffett's Firm To Pay $896,000 Penalty

August 20, 2014 1:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc. should have ...

U.S. Deficit In Manufactures Surges In Second Quarter, Chinese Surplus Rises

August 20, 2014 12:58 pm | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

The surge in the U.S. trade deficit in manufactures in the second quarter of 2014 and the increase in the Chinese trade surplus shows the countries have resumed their opposite growth paths, according to an analysis from the MAPI Foundation. In the report ...

Apple's Stock Bounces Back To Hit A New High

August 20, 2014 12:13 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents ...  

Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 10:14 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders' lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for ... 

Michigan Recovery Among Tops In Nation

August 18, 2014 9:58 am | by Michigan Economic Development Corporation | News | Comments

An expansive survey of economic activity across the U.S. offers an endorsement of the strength of the Michigan recovery and a boost for the promising prospects for the state’s continual business growth. Results of the Business Facilities annual report rank ...

Governor Hopefuls Target Tax Talk At Middle Class

August 16, 2014 11:28 am | by Peter Jackson - Associated Press | News | Comments

Pennsylvania's middle class is getting a lot of attention from the gubernatorial candidates, especially on the subject of taxes, but the TV campaign messages are typically vague and sometimes just plain wrong. An attack ad for ...    

Governor Extends Tax Credit To Northrop Grumman

August 15, 2014 6:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that extends a $420 million state tax credit to aerospace giant Northrop Grumman Corp. after approving a similar deal for its competitor, Lockheed Martin Corp. Brown's office announced Friday that he ...

Alabama Jobless Rate Jumps To 7 Percent For July

August 15, 2014 3:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 7 percent last month, keeping joblessness in the state well above the national average, according to figures released Friday. The July unemployment rate, announced by Gov. Robert Bentley's office, was ...  

U.S. Factory Output Surges In July

August 15, 2014 9:31 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. factory output rose for the sixth consecutive month in July, led by a jump in the production of motor vehicles, furniture, textiles and metals. The Federal Reserve reports that manufacturing production rose 1 percent in July compared to ...

Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls Again In July

August 15, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent, the fifth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate and a six-year low, according to figures released Thursday by the state Department of Employment Security. The July figure represents a ...

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