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U.S. Applications For Jobless Benefits Drop To 336K

February 20, 2014 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell a slight 3,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 336,000, a sign that layoffs remain low. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose slightly to a seasonally adjusted 338,500.

Official: UAW No Deal Breaker For Memphis Site

February 20, 2014 7:32 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.        

VW Union Chief Won't Give Up Fight For U.S. Plant

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Bernd Osterloh, who is also a member of VW's supervisory board, told the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published Wednesday that U.S. labor law experts will check whether undue pressure was put on employees to reject the UAW.

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Budget Office: Wage Hike Would Lift Pay, Cost Jobs

February 19, 2014 7:40 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.

Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

February 18, 2014 2:43 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.      

Boeing Picks Everett To Build 777x Wings

February 18, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

Boeing says that it has picked Everett, Wash., as the site to build wings for its new 777x aircraft. The company said Tuesday that the wing center will be located north of its Everett factory and sustain thousands of area jobs in the years to come.

Ala. Gov Welcomes Gun Manufacturer To Huntsville

February 18, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Remington Outdoor Co. plans to take over an old Chrysler building in Huntsville for a new plant that is expected to be operational within the next year and a half and will bring more than 2,000 jobs, company and state officials said at a news conference. In addition to manufacturing firearms, Remington also makes ammunition, clothing and accessories.

After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise Of Jobs?

February 18, 2014 7:56 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

On the first of three days of voting at the Chattanooga plant, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, citing unnamed Volkswagen officials, all but guaranteed that the German automaker would announce within two weeks of a union rejection that it would build a new midsized sport utility vehicle at its only U.S. factory instead of sending the work to Mexico.

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Obama: Immigration, Minimum Wage Top Agenda

February 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by Charles Babington, Associated Press | News | Comments

The president and vice president called for sweeping changes to immigration laws, but Republican leaders have all but ruled out passage before the midterm election. Obama urged the Democratic crowd to keep working for it and insisted some Republicans want a deal.

Eurozone Recovery Accelerates But Jobs Elusive

February 14, 2014 12:55 pm | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The economy of the euro bloc grew 0.3 percent in the October-December period from the previous quarter, the Eurostat statistics office said Friday. That was slightly faster than expected and up from the third quarter's 0.1 percent. The recovery remains tepid, however, at least by global standards.

5 Things To Know About The UAW Vote At Volkswagen

February 14, 2014 8:11 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are voting on whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. With a three-day election wrapping up Friday, here's a look at what's at stake.     

Way Cleared For Medical Claims In 2010 BP Spill

February 14, 2014 7:57 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' action Tuesday involves a settlement approved by a federal judge in January 2013 between BP, workers and some coastal residents who said they were injured or sickened during the spill cleanup.   

Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 339K

February 13, 2014 8:54 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000, evidence that layoffs ticked up. Still, the increase wasn't enough to suggest the job market is worsening. The Labor Department says the four week average of applications, a less volatile measure, increased 3,500 to a seasonally adjusted 336,750.

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Industry Group Says Indiana Added 960 Solar Jobs

February 12, 2014 11:41 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Solar Foundation said Indiana saw 960 new solar industry jobs last year, up from the 540 such jobs in 2012. The Washington, D.C.-based group's annual report summarizing solar energy jobs in each of the 50 states ranked Indiana 25th in solar employment, up two spots from its previous report.

Auto Parts Maker Shiloh Adding Jobs In Indiana

February 12, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says auto parts supplier Shiloh Die Cast Midwest will expand two of its northern Indiana plants, creating about 145 new jobs by 2018. The agency said Shiloh will invest $7.8 million to renovate and equip a 120,000 square-foot plant in Auburn and a 100,000 square-foot plant in the Kosciusko County town of Pierceton.

Palestinian Women Make Strides In High-Tech

February 12, 2014 8:08 am | by Karin Laub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Abu Ghaith has put in 16-hour days, showing how the local IT and communications sector can transform the lives of other women by giving them access to jobs and financial independence. Some say the sector, the most vibrant in an otherwise stagnant economy, could double in size over the next five years and employ thousands more.

GOP's Corker Urges Rejection Of UAW At Volkswagen

February 12, 2014 7:59 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Billboards near the Chattanooga plant have linked the UAW to shuttered auto plants in Detroit, and Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker repeatedly returned to the city's bleak fate during a press conference Tuesday.       

U.S.: Bangladesh Must Do More To Regain Trade Perk

February 11, 2014 11:37 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington suspended the benefits last June, two months after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building in Dhaka that killed 1,129 people. The disaster put a grim spotlight on low wages and lax safety in the impoverished nation's lucrative apparel business that exports nearly $5 billion annually to the U.S.

U.S. Job Openings Fall From 5-Year High

February 11, 2014 11:02 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in December and hiring slowed, adding to evidence that the job market weakened that month. November's total was the first time that available jobs had topped 4 million since March 2008.     

OSHA Cites La. Company For Health Violations

February 11, 2014 8:38 am | News | Comments

A flavoring manufacturer in Oakdale has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a fire last year severely burned a worker. OSHA on Monday cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious violations at the facility. Proposed penalties total $91,000.

Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 3:14 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

There is still a far greater emotional response to a factory closing than to an engineering firm opening. It’s not that plant closings are trivial, or that engineering is somehow superior. But there may be a problem with our focus on factories in that it takes energy away from aggressively developing more advanced services.

Tenn. Lawmakers: VW Incentives Threatened By UAW

February 10, 2014 2:34 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Pro Tem Bo Watson in a news conference in Chattanooga on Monday called the United Auto Workers campaign at the plant "un-American." He said a vote in favor of the union would lead the wide GOP majorities in the state Legislature to take a dim view of future incentives aimed at expanding production.

Lawyer: Owners Not Liable For Bangladesh Factory Fire

February 10, 2014 8:15 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., and his wife surrendered to authorities Sunday after being charged with culpable homicide in December. The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh's powerful garment industry, which has a huge influence in the country's affairs from politics to sports.

Manufacturing.net Rewind: $5M For A Toilet Prank; U.S. Vehicle Recalls Surge

February 7, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Biden and a war on labor to craft beer delivered by drones. Also, eating too much sugar can lead to fatal heart problems, and labor regulators are trying once again to streamline the process in which workers decide whether to join labor unions.

U.S. Employers Add 113K Jobs; Rate Dips To 6.6 Pct.

February 7, 2014 8:46 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says employers added 113,000 jobs, less than the average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013. This follows December's tepid increase of just 75,000. Job gains have averaged only 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three months.

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