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Eurozone Unemployment Remains High

July 2, 2014 8:24 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full year since emerging from recession, the stuttering economy of the 18-country eurozone is still unable to create enough jobs to make a significant dent in the unemployment rate.               

California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 7:45 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                          

Chemical Blast At GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                     

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 7:53 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                 

Obama: I Act Alone

June 30, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Obama says he has moved to attract jobs, raise workers' wages and help students pay off loans because Republican obstructionism is keeping the system rigged against the middle class.            

Lauer: Question To GM Boss Wasn't Sexist

June 30, 2014 7:55 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

Matt Lauer has no regrets asking General Motors CEO Mary Barra about balancing work and motherhood, saying he sees it as an issue that affects all working parents regardless of their gender.           

Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 30, 2014 7:47 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.           

Steady Job Growth Lifts Consumer Confidence

June 27, 2014 2:11 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment rose slightly to 82.5 in June from 81.9 in May. That is still below April's reading of 84.1, which had been the highest in almost a year.               

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama's Lawsuit; Jobs From China

June 27, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the House planning to sue Obama for failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress to China creating thousands of U.S. jobs.             

California Lawmaker Heads To Texas To Poach Jobs

June 27, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

California and Texas are among a handful of states competing for Tesla Motors' planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.           

NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' By NLRB Judge

June 27, 2014 8:27 am | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM | Blogs | Comments

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.              

Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious

June 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth and sector expansion.                

Applications For Unemployment Benefits Dip

June 26, 2014 8:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn't caused employers to cut jobs.               

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Ikea Raising Hourly Pay For U.S. Workers

June 26, 2014 8:01 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.                  

Minimum Wage Pits Franchisees Against Cities

June 25, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The IFA has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Seattle law, arguing it violates the U.S. Constitution by treating franchises and other small businesses unequally.             

NRC Finds Violation For Arkansas Accident

June 25, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a notice of violation to Entergy Corp. over a 2013 accident at the utility's Arkansas Nuclear One plant that killed one worker and injured eight others.              

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.                  

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.                      

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.

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