The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average dropped 9,250 to 348,250. The average was elevated by the 16-day partial government shutdown and backlogs in California that occurred because of computer upgrades. Weekly applications have fallen for four straight weeks.
The shutdown will be mostly to blame. But its effect on the data won't be easy to tease out. Economists have all but thrown up their hands trying to forecast Friday's figures or to suggest what they might mean.
As manufacturing workers face an improving job market overall, are they preparing to jump ship? Recent studies of the manufacturing workforce suggest that confidence might actually translate into upheaval in an individual organization, as workers feel more comfortable looking for different opportunities outside of their current companies.
Labor unions are spending more than $1 million on new television ads criticizing House Republicans for refusing to back comprehensive immigration reform. The ads will air in Spanish in target districts with large Latino populations in California, Colorado, Georgia and Florida.
BAE Systems announced plans to cut some 1,775 jobs at three shipyards, ending the building of warships in England for the first time in hundreds of years. BAE told unions it was starting the legal process to stop shipbuilding at a yard in Portsmouth in England and eliminate jobs at Govan and Scotstoun in Scotland once work is completed on two aircraft carriers in 2015.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Grand Rapids, Mich., said Tuesday that the workers watched movies, played games and did volunteer work in 2012 while being paid through a $150 million Department of Energy grant to build and operate a battery factory in Holland, Mich.
The UAW's chief lawyer is portraying the city of Detroit as inflexible in the weeks leading to last summer's bankruptcy filing. Unions opposed to Detroit's bankruptcy say there was a lack of good-faith negotiations with creditors before the Chapter 9 filing in July. If a judge finds that's true, he could throw out the case.
Tech giant Apple Inc. on Monday said it will open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that will eventually employ 700 workers and provide material currently used only in its iPhone 5 cameras and fingerprint reading sensors.
Blind people remain largely unwanted in the U.S. workplace, despite technological advances that dramatically boost their capabilities. Only about 24 percent of working-age Americans with visual disabilities had full-time jobs as of 2011, according to Cornell University's Employment and Disability Institute.
Kellogg says it will trim its global workforce by 7 percent as part of a cost-cutting plan, with the cereal maker citing weaker-than-expected sales for the year.The maker of Frosted Flakes and Eggo waffles said it expects earnings per share for the year to be toward the lower end of its previous forecast.
The harsh and often unsafe working conditions in Bangladesh's garment industry drew global attention after the collapse of an eight-story factory building killed more than 1,100 people in April. In another horrific case, a fire last November killed 112 workers.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is warning mine operators about the increased safety risks brought on by winter weather. Statistics show that deadly mine explosions historically occur more often during October through March than during warmer periods.
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 10,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 340,000, a sign that employers are laying off very fewer workers. The Labor Department's first-time application figures were largely free of the distortions that had elevated the data earlier in the month.
A private survey shows U.S. businesses added just 130,000 jobs in October, as the 16-day partial government shutdown slowed an already-weak job market. Payroll processor ADP also said Wednesday that companies created just 145,000 jobs in September, far below the 166,000 it had reported earlier this month.
State safety regulators announced Tuesday they are seeking $707,000 in fines against Sinclair Oil Corp. after alleging 22 safety violations at the company's refinery in south-central Wyoming, including a toxic gas release that sickened dozens of workers in May.
Caterpillar Inc. has announced that it will close an East Texas plant and move the work elsewhere, putting about 100 employees out of work.The announcement to close the dippers plant in Kilgore comes a week after the Peoria, Ill.-based heavy equipment maker revealed third-quarter earnings fell 44 percent.
As jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and the Machinists Union begin negotiations on Thursday for a new contract governing pay, benefits, work rules and other conditions, the top issue will be jobs. Neither company nor union representatives would discuss the issues expected to dominate negotiations. But union officials have said they may not recommend a contract for ratification without specific language about the number of jobs.
Roughly a year ago, GE and other thought leaders in the industry — Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Alcoa and The Manufacturing Institute — launched the Get Skills to Work initiative, a coalition aimed at closing the skills gap and specifically, to supporting veterans as they transition to careers in advanced manufacturing.
Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalizing its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home. The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.
Republican Gov. John Kasich is facing criticism over the indefinite shuttering of Ormet Corp., an aluminum smelting giant along the Ohio River and the onetime largest customer of American Electric Power. About 1,000 workers — mostly unionized steelworkers — are out of work.
Occupational safety officials are investigating Chattanooga's Wrigley Manufacturing plant after a 34-year-old woman died there. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Mandie Rachael Creel Chitwood died Monday, hours after she was seriously injured in an accident at the Wrigley plant on Sunday.
Truck maker AB Volvo says its earnings dipped on lower sales in the third quarter and that it will slash 2,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program. Volvo's net profit was 1.38 billion kronor ($217 million), down from 1.40 billion kronor in the third quarter of 2012.
PSA Peugeot Citroen workers marched and waved banners to protest the closure of a historic Citroen plant as the factory's last car came off the assembly line Friday.Opened in 1973, the Aulnay-sous-Bois plant is being shut down next year as the money-losing car maker seeks to cut costs.
Some of the largest pension funds in the U.S. and the world are worried that fossil fuel companies may not be as profitable in the future because of efforts to limit climate change. Now, they're asking for details on how the firms will manage a long-term shift to cleaner energy sources.
Boston Scientific Corp. says it plans to shed as many as 1,500 jobs worldwide, or about 6 percent of its work force, in an effort to cut costs. The company also says its CFO is leaving. Boston Scientific is promoting its corporate controller to replace him.