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Grim U.S. Economic Picture Is Brightening

June 24, 2014 2:18 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber and Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

Solid hiring, growth in manufacturing and surging auto sales have lifted the economy at a steady if still-unspectacular pace.                                

Senate Backers Of Long-Term Jobless Aid Trying Again

June 24, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Senate supporters of legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits are backing a new approach in hopes of pressuring the House to reinstate the program after a lapse of six months.            

Is A College Degree Still Worth It?

June 24, 2014 10:57 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some comforting news for recent college graduates facing a tough job market and years of student loan payments: That college degree is still worth it.                  

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Vermont Trying To Keep 4,000 IBM Jobs

June 24, 2014 8:07 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the economic development organization in Vermont's largest county made a series of recommendations Monday for the state to help protect the 4,000 jobs at the IBM electronics plant in Essex Junction.         

Avon To Cut 600 Jobs

June 24, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Avon is trying to trim $400 million in spending by 2016 and said that the latest cuts should contribute $50 million to $55 million in annual savings.                       

The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 23, 2014 4:36 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?                  

Mass. Group Withdraws Minimum Wage Ballot Question

June 23, 2014 2:34 pm | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group that supports a higher state minimum wage has ended its bid for a November ballot question, saying it was no longer necessary now that lawmakers had approved a bill that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage among states by 2017.

Auto Parts Company Expanding In Tenn.

June 23, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

State officials say automotive components manufacturer Hatch Stamping Co. plans a new manufacturing facility in Portland.                      

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China Expands Investment In U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 8:17 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year, according to the Rhodium Group research firm. Collectively, they employ more than 70,000 Americans, up from virtually none a decade ago.

Alstom CEO: GE Deal Will Save Jobs

June 23, 2014 7:44 am | News | Comments

Alstom's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.         

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Workers Kill CEO; Chinese Spyware Phone

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Indian factory workers killing the CEO over a dispute about work hours to a Chinese-made phone that comes with spyware.          

Minimum Wage Debate Pits Cities Against States

June 19, 2014 2:05 pm | by David Klepper and Blake Davis, Associated Press | News | Comments

In many states, the efforts are opposed by state officials concerned that local minimum wages could create a confusing patchwork of wage rules. Opponents also say higher wages could force businesses to cut jobs or raise prices.       

New Push To Get Girls Into Computer Science

June 19, 2014 11:46 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Less than one percent of high school girls think of computer science as part of their future, even though it's one of the fastest-growing fields in the U.S. today with a projected 4.2 million jobs by 2020, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Mass. House Passes Minimum Wage Compromise

June 19, 2014 10:27 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts moved closer to instituting the nation's highest minimum wage among states under a bill approved Wednesday by the state House of Representatives.               

Fewer Americans Apply For Jobless Aid

June 19, 2014 9:29 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as the number of people collecting jobless aid fell to its lowest level in more than six years.                    

Automotive Firm Navistar To Cut Jobs

June 19, 2014 8:15 am | News | Comments

Navistar is preparing to consolidate an engine production plant and cut 280 workers in Huntsville, but the truck and engine maker is also hiring employees at another Alabama plant.            

Mother Jones Monument To Be Restored

June 19, 2014 8:13 am | by Jim Suhr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dedicated six years after her death in 1930 at the age of 93, the 80-ton Minnesota granite obelisk honors the woman who was born Mary Harris Jones, the white-haired, 5-foot-tall former seamstress who was in the thick of some of the nation's most venomous labor disputes.

Chinese Paper Maker Opening Plant In Virginia

June 18, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

A Chinese paper maker is planning to invest $2 billion over five years to open a facility in Chesterfield County, creating 2,000 jobs, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday.             

Pharmaceutical Company Locating In S.C.

June 17, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

A pharmaceutical company is locating its headquarters in Charleston, a move expected to create about 40 new jobs over the next five years.                    

3 Companies Announce 7,100 Jobs In S.C.

June 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Seanna Adcox, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three companies announced plans Monday to bring a combined 7,100 jobs to South Carolina's Interstate 77 corridor, though many of those jobs are moving just minutes south from Charlotte, North Carolina.           

Wyo. OSHA Did Not Inspect Sugar Plant Before Death

June 17, 2014 8:12 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services has no record of ever inspecting Western Sugar Cooperative's beet-processing plant in Lovell before a woman died there in an industrial accident this year.          

Boeing Union Joins Fight Over Wash. Fish Consumption

June 17, 2014 7:58 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unions representing Boeing machinists and mill workers are siding with businesses in a bitter fight over how much fish people eat, and thus how clean Washington state waters should be.              

Administration, Allies Pushing For Minimum Wage Hike

June 17, 2014 7:53 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The increase has been a top second-term political priority for the president and his allies in Congress, but it is stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives.              

Police: Indian Factory Workers Kill CEO

June 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Prasanta Paul, Associated Press | News | Comments

An angry mob of Indian workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours, police said Monday after arresting six workers.           

Income Gap Widens As Factories Shut Down

June 16, 2014 7:57 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

The downfall of manufacturing in the U.S. has done more than displace workers and leave communities searching for ways to rebuild devastated economies.                     

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