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Van Production Resumes At Indiana Plant

March 12, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

AM General has restarted the production of specially designed vans for the disabled at a northern Indiana factory where it has recalled 200 laid-off workers.                 

Employers Posted More Job Openings In January

March 11, 2014 11:18 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months.                     

Ohio Jeep Plant To Hire Part-Time Workers

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                     

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Democrats Talk All Night About Climate

March 11, 2014 7:55 am | by Donna Cassata and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.                     

Arkansas Gets $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 11:41 am | by Christina Huynh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.            

Tucson Courting Tesla For 6,500 Jobs

March 10, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.            

Officials Having Trouble Collecting Disabled Workers' Judgment

March 10, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgment a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp.             

Mohawk To Build $180M Tile Plant In Tenn.

March 7, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Mohawk Industries says it will build a $180 million tile plant in Dickson County, creating 320 new jobs over the next four years.                     

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Fancy Toilets; Fiat-Chrysler's Tiny Jeep

March 7, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a high-tech bathroom upgrade to the Jeep that will be made in Italy.                    

Perry: Red States Leading U.S. Recovery

March 7, 2014 12:14 pm | by Steve Peoples, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Texas leader says governors of Democratic-led states, in contrast, are promoting policies that produce higher taxes, out-of-control pensions and fewer jobs.                

Chevron Offers Pizza Coupons After Worker Killed

March 7, 2014 11:28 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Critics are raging after an energy giant offered pizza coupons to a community near a natural gas well that exploded last month, killing a worker.                    

U.S. Employers Added 175K Jobs In February

March 7, 2014 8:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Hiring improved in February from the previous two months despite a blast of wintry weather, likely renewing hopes that growth will accelerate this year.                 

Job Loss Hangs Over United Tech Talks In Conn.

March 6, 2014 1:04 pm | by Stephen Singer, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials say there were worries about a gradual shedding of jobs as aerospace customers worldwide expect their suppliers to be closer and cheaper labor becomes more available in central Europe and Asia.         

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Silicon Valley Boom Drives Income Gap

March 6, 2014 8:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The river of money flowing through this 1,800-square-mile peninsula has also driven housing costs to double in the past five years while wages for low- and middle-skilled workers are stagnant.                  

U.S. Productivity Slows In 4Q

March 6, 2014 8:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. productivity grew at an even slower annual rate than previously thought in the final three months of last year, but economists are hoping productivity growth will revive in 2014, reflecting a stronger economy.       

Applications For Jobless Benefits Hit 3-Month Low

March 6, 2014 8:39 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.            

China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 8:23 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five factories were closed or torn down in Pingshan county as part of the government's drive to clear up China's notoriously smoggy skies, but shutting plants has taken a human and economic toll in lost jobs and income.       

Obama Spolights Minimum Wage In Connecticut

March 5, 2014 2:39 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seeking to dramatize his push for higher wages, Obama dined out in Connecticut in a restaurant where employees get considerably more than the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum.              

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 10:53 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.              

Survey: Companies Added 139K Jobs In Feb.

March 5, 2014 8:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month, but harsh winter weather weighed on hiring for the third straight month.              

Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 4, 2014 4:09 pm | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding employers and workers in these fields about the importance of wearing eye protection.              

Supreme Court: Broad Protection For Whistleblowers

March 4, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled that whistleblower protections in a federal law passed in response to the Enron financial scandal apply broadly to employees of publicly traded companies and contractors hired by the companies.           

Poor Dart Sales Lead To Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

March 4, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

Chrysler has temporarily laid off 325 employees because of poor sales of the new Dodge Dart that's being assembled at the auto maker's Belvidere plant in northern Illinois.               

Buffett Would ‘Love’ $15 Minimum Wage

March 3, 2014 2:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Buffett said: “If you could have a minimum wage of $15 and it didn't hurt anything else, I would love it. But clearly that isn't the case.”                                       

Obama Challenges Congress To Help Create Jobs

March 3, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

President Obama is challenging Congress to help him create jobs and rebuild the nation's infrastructure.                         

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