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U.S. Job Openings In June Hit 13-Year-Plus High

August 12, 2014 11:28 am | by Josh Boak - AP Economics Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May's total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a...

Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement In Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging ...              

Florence Losing 65 Jobs Amid Company Restructuring

August 9, 2014 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A welding equipment company with a plant in South Carolina is restructuring and that means the loss of about 65 jobs in Florence. Area media outlets report that ESAB Welding and Cutting Products announced Friday that the restructuring is ...

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State Seeks Training For Manufacturing Jobs

August 9, 2014 9:28 am | by Stephen Singer - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A low-cost state loan to train manufacturing workers is drawing support from business groups that say Connecticut is ill-prepared for an increase in aerospace and other high-tech factory work, but some economics are dismissing the complaint as ...

Machinists Union Sues Spirit AeroSystems

August 8, 2014 8:28 pm | by Roxana Hegeman - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Machinists union sued Wichita-based aircraft parts maker Spirit AeroSystems Friday over its reported efforts to sell off its fabrication operations, contending such outsourcing would violate its labor contract and put in imminent danger the jobs of ...

Productivity Recovers After Steep 1Q Fall

August 8, 2014 8:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.                    

Company To Shut 2 Manufacturing Plants In New York

August 6, 2014 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fiberglass manufacturer says it will shut down both of its plants in a Mohawk Valley city after more than a half-century in business, putting more than 100 people out of work. Fiber Glass Industries Inc. announced Tuesday it would be ...

Mine Officials Will Allow Full Access To Inspectors

August 6, 2014 4:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A North Dakota company has agreed to let federal inspectors have unfettered access to a sand and gravel mine that is the subject of workplace safety complaints.                   

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Study: Split Views On Robots' Employment Role

August 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by Connor Radnovich, Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor.

The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

August 5, 2014 4:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things ...

Nevada No Lock For Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is ...   

Coal Struggle Endures With Mine Layoff Plans

August 5, 2014 9:03 am | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Coal giant Alpha Natural Resources revealed plans to shed 1,100 workers at 11 West Virginia surface mines and related operations by mid-October. In Boone, where about 2,400 people work in coal mining, two mines employing 462 people could be shuttered.

Ind. Man Laid Off Twice Finds New Purpose At 52

August 5, 2014 8:22 am | by Tim Vandenack, The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

The Great Recession battered Elkhart County and, in some ways, many are still feeling the aftershocks of the downturn, five years after it ended. But it's made others, like Bumpus, leaner, forcing them to improvise and forge a new trail lest they wither on the vine.

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GM Canada Agrees To Restore Retirement Benefits

August 5, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

General Motors of Canada Ltd. has agreed to pay $9 million to nearly 3,300 salaried and executive retirees and restore most of their post-retirement benefits to pre-financial crisis levels, the Toronto Star reports.                 

Autos And Construction Fuel U.S. Job Growth

August 5, 2014 7:52 am | News | Comments

In a month when auto plants usually shut down to retool for next year's models, the sector added a solid 14,600 jobs, according to the government's employment report.                 

Kellogg Plans To Close Georgia Plant

July 29, 2014 2:21 pm | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. officials announced Monday that they're closing a plant in Columbus as part of a restructuring process. The move is expected to eliminate 325 jobs.                         

Walker Claims He Would Back Anti-Outsourcing Rules

July 29, 2014 7:51 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Walker has made outsourcing an issue in the governor's race by criticizing Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke for profiting from outsourcing done by her family's company, but the Republican governor has received campaign donations from multiple companies that outsourced jobs.

Tyson Closing Plants In Iowa, N.Y., N.M.

July 28, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. says it's closing three U.S. plants, employing a total 950 workers, which have struggled financially as the company's product needs have changed.                  

Layoffs Becoming Rare Across U.S. Job Market

July 25, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

The trend means greater job security and suggests a critical turning point in the economic recovery. It raises the hope that workers' pay will finally accelerate after grinding through a sluggish recovery for the past half-decade.                 

Bombardier To Cut 1,800 Jobs

July 25, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.                                     

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 284K

July 24, 2014 9:05 am | News | Comments

Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's the lowest reading since February 2006, nearly two years before the Great Recession began.               

Reid: Taxpayers Shouldn't Bankroll Companies That Outsource Jobs

July 24, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

"We need to close this indefensible loophole and instead start rewarding the companies that are doing the right thing and bringing jobs back to America," said Sen Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.             

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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