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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.                                  

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.                     

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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.                    

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.                       

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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.     

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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.                         

Vermont Startup Spotlights State's High-Tech Efforts

May 27, 2014 9:33 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont Technology Alliance estimated that average high-tech jobs paid more than $76,000 annually in the past two years and that its members have increased their workforces by about 25 percent.          

WSU, Beechcraft Team Up To 'Insource' Jobs

May 27, 2014 8:02 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle | News | Comments

What Beechcraft got out of this were good employees at a reasonable cost, he said. What those undergrads got, two students say, was real-world job training.                 

GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 23, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                   

Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next To VW Plant

May 23, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                 

HP To Cut Up To 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 7:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard said it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.   

Unemployment Aid Applications Rise To 326K

May 22, 2014 8:51 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.                   

Zippo, Lorillard Battle Over Blu Trademark

May 21, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

Zippo and the nation's third-biggest tobacco company are battling over the Blu brand name being used for both Zippo lighters and a hugely popular electronic cigarette.                    

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