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Gov. Walker Got $68K From Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 23, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

A recent campaign finance report shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has received money from at least 11 corporations that outsource jobs to other countries.                 

Sealed Air Moving HQ To North Carolina

July 23, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

Fortune 500 packaging company Sealed Air Corp. will consolidate management operations from several states and relocate its New Jersey headquarters to the Charlotte area, where it plans to employ nearly 1,300 jobs in three years.         

Could The U.S. Dip Into Recession?

July 23, 2014 7:56 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped.               

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Miner Asks Congress For Help On Black Lung

July 23, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

A retired coal miner who suffers from black lung disease urged Congress on Tuesday to help clear a backlog of claims of fellow miners who have the disease.                     

Job Training Review Emphasizes Data, Employers

July 22, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.         

Rhode Island Tied For Worst Jobless Rate

July 21, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released unemployment rates for all 50 states on Friday. Rhode Island has had the highest rate in the U.S. for months.                           

Survey: Companies Report Rising Sales, Employment In 2Q

July 21, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.           

Allergan To Cut 1,500 Jobs

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox-maker Allergan says it is cutting about 13 percent of its workforce, or roughly 1,500 employees, as part of a push to become more efficient and productive.                      

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Obama Opening Eastern Seaboard To Oil Exploration

July 21, 2014 8:04 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision promises to create plenty of jobs and thrills the oil industry, but dismays environmentalists worried about the immediate impact as well as the long-term implications of oil development.              

Axed Nokia Phones Suffered From Lack Of Identity

July 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Nokia X project is an example of clashing priorities that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is trying to curb with a refocusing effort that includes 18,000 job eliminations over the next year.                   

Chinese Chemical Company Opening Facility In Louisiana

July 18, 2014 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Yuhuang Chemical Inc., a subsidiary of Shandong Yuhuang Chemical Co. Ltd., will make a $1.85 billion capital investment in the project that represents the first major foreign direct investment by a Chinese company in Louisiana.      

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

Unemployment Down In 22 States In June

July 18, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states last month and stayed the same in 14, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring.                 

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Labor Force Drop Had Pre-Recession Roots

July 18, 2014 11:34 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job opportunities and add workers.

Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor From Age 10

July 18, 2014 8:28 am | by Paola Flores, Associated Press | News | Comments

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10. Congress approved the legislation early this month, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia signed it into law Thursday.       

Federal Grant To Help Oshkosh Workers

July 18, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is providing nearly half a million dollars in assistance for the workers who were laid off by the defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. in recent months.                        

700 Protest Factory Closure In Myanmar

July 18, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.                  

UK Employment Rate Reaches Record High

July 17, 2014 11:31 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proportion of workers in Britain has hit its joint-highest level since records began more than 40 years ago, official figures showed in a further sign of the strength of the U.K. economic recovery.          

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 302K

July 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.                    

Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                      

Ghosn: Japan's Goal For Female Bosses Goal Too Ambitious

July 17, 2014 8:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan's chief executive, who has long made a point of promoting women to management positions, said the Japanese prime minister's plan to boost female bosses to 30 percent by 2020 is too ambitious.                

Footwear Factory Closing In Tennessee

July 16, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

A footwear factory in eastern Tennessee has begun shut down operations in a closure that will put 53 workers out of jobs.                       

Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate At Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.    

Bombardier Union Goes On Strike In Ontario

July 15, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

About 900 unionized employees at Bombardier's light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, are on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management about pension changes and benefit reductions.               

Holtec International May Hire 3,000 In Camden

July 15, 2014 7:44 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes components for power plants said Monday that it eventually expects to bring 3,000 jobs to the facility it plans to build in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities.            

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