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Silicon Valley Interns Enjoy Perk-Filled Summer

June 10, 2014 8:34 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Benefits differ from company to company, but they include free meals, bikes to borrow, commuter buses, massages, swimming pools, dance and language classes, nap pods, parties and paid flights and hotels.              

Candle Company Exec Faces Harassment Suits

June 10, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

Three women who once worked at a Maine scented candle manufacturer say in federal lawsuits that the company's founder and president subjected them to "relentless sexual harassment."             

Four Reasons You Won’t Retire As Soon As You Think

June 9, 2014 10:48 am | by Martin Smith | Blogs | Comments

Older employees face their share of challenges in the workplace, sometimes in the form of outright discrimination. The numbers, however, tell an optimistic story for the next generation of retirement-age workers who are expecting to prolong their careers.

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Where Have All The Missing Workers Gone?

June 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the overall jobless level has dropped to non-recession levels, the number of the working-age people with jobs is barely over 6 in 10, hovering at a level reminiscent of the late 1970s.           

Survey: Growth To Pick Up, Hiring To Remain Steady

June 9, 2014 8:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. economic growth should accelerate in the second quarter and remain healthy for the rest of this year, according to a forecast by a group of U.S. business economists. Still, growth for the full year will likely come in lower than they previously estimated. 

Report Calls For More Protection For Chemical Workers

June 9, 2014 8:16 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government on vowed to take a stronger role in protecting chemical-industry workers and local residents from accidents and explosions at chemical plants in the aftermath of a deadly April 2013 explosion in Texas.     

Cisco To Hire 550 In N.C.

June 6, 2014 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Cisco Systems Inc. plans to expand its third-largest site by adding 550 jobs at its Research Triangle Park hub before 2018.                     

BMW Supplier Closing S.C. Plant

June 6, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

A South Carolina plant that makes exhaust systems for BMW will close by the end of the year, leaving 150 workers without a job.                                  

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Unemployment Rate Stays At 6.3 Percent

June 6, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

U.S. employers hired at a healthy pace in May for a fourth straight month, fueling hopes the economy will accelerate after a grim start to the year.                   

Applications For Jobless Aid Up Slightly

June 5, 2014 8:38 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Slightly more Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but claims for jobless aid continue to hover near seven-year lows.                     

UAW Names Williams As New President

June 5, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have elected Dennis Williams as the union's new president. Williams is the union's current secretary-treasurer.                  

Productivity Falls In 1Q

June 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, declined at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the first quarter, the weakest showing since the beginning months of the recession in 2008.        

Survey: Companies Added 179,000 Jobs In May

June 4, 2014 9:37 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private employers added 179,000 jobs last month, down from 215,000 in the previous month.                    

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Chobani Laying Off Workers At Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its south-central Idaho plant.                             

UAW Raising Dues For 1st Time In 47 Years

June 4, 2014 8:01 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Delegates at a United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union's finances.                       

Food Company To Bring 500 Jobs To S.C.

June 3, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

The company that makes El Monterey brand frozen Mexican foods will invest $55 million in a manufacturing plant in Florence County, creating 500 jobs.                  

Vietnamese Businesses Worry About Anti-China Violence

June 3, 2014 8:11 am | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many companies in Vietnam there is little alternative but to trade with China, which supplies its factories with everything from the components to make smartphones to the fiber that its cheap labor force weaves into sweatshirts and t-shirts for international retailers.

Seattle Council Expected To Approve $15 Minimum Wage

June 2, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

The Seattle City Council is expected to approve an ordinance Monday to phase in a $15 hourly minimum wage — the highest in the nation.                    

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama Helps Manufacturing; Beechcraft Insources Jobs

May 30, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the 12 regions that were chosen to provide a boost to U.S. manufacturing to Beechcraft's partnership with Wichita State University.            

Cambodia Convicts Then Frees Labor Activists

May 30, 2014 8:30 am | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Cambodian court on Friday convicted almost two dozen factory workers and rights activists for instigating violence during protests that rocked the government earlier this year, but in a surprise move gave them suspended sentences.     

Applications For Jobless Aid Near 7-Year Low

May 29, 2014 8:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to nearly the lowest level in seven years, a sign hiring may be picking up.                   

Hiring To Bring Nissan Employment Over 6,000 In Miss.

May 29, 2014 8:09 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nissan Motor Co. contractor has begun seeking applicants for 500 workers as part of the automaker's buildup to begin producing a new model in Mississippi.                 

Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 8:02 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twelve regions of the country will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies looking for a place to set up operations, provide a boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry and create jobs.

Why Small Businesses Won't Hire

May 28, 2014 11:55 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Even as the economy extends its growth and small businesses slowly add jobs, most owners are still holding off on hiring.                       

Michigan Approves 3 Projects That Add Over 800 Jobs

May 28, 2014 7:56 am | by David Eggert, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan has OK'd three economic development projects estimated to add 881 jobs and $350 million in investment.                         

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