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Applicants, Bosses Get Blamed As Jobs Go Unfilled

May 7, 2014 11:24 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's a situation that's leading small business owners wading through piles of resumes to an unhappy conclusion: The job applicant pool is full of unskilled, unreliable slackers.                    

U.S. Productivity Falls In 1Q

May 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. productivity fell in the first quarter while labor costs rose, reflecting the economic slowdown caused at the start of the year by harsh winter weather.                            

Former CEO Testifies In Anheuser-Busch Bias Trial

May 6, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

Another former Anheuser-Busch CEO is defending the beer maker's executive pay plan in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a one-time top-ranking female executive with the St. Louis brewer.           

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Haiti Raising Minimum Wage For Apparel Workers

May 6, 2014 7:51 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Haiti raised slightly its minimum wage for the estimated 29,000 workers who sew together T-shirts and other clothing in the country's apparel factories.                 

Wax Plant Fire Injures 1 In Pennsylvania

May 5, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

The owners of a northwestern Pennsylvania wax plant were working with investigators to determine the cause of a fire that injured a worker.                   

Puerto Rico Tries To Retain Young Workers

May 2, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor has filed legislation aimed at retaining young workers and reversing an exodus of people moving to the U.S. mainland amid economic problems.                

Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Sept. 2008

May 2, 2014 8:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years.                             

Boat Part Maker Creates 100 Jobs

May 1, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Coyote MFG Co. is planning to invest $2.5 million into a manufacturing facility in Nashville, which is about 35 miles north of Valdosta.                   

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Applications For Unemployment Reach 2-Month High

May 1, 2014 8:44 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February, more disappointing news for an economy that is supposed to be gaining momentum.           

NLRB Charges FirstEnergy With Unfair Labor Practices

April 30, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has charged FirstEnergy Corp. with unfair labor practices related to the closing of two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania in October.             

ADP: U.S. Businesses Add 220K Jobs In April

April 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses boosted hiring in April, according to a private survey, a sign the economy may improve after a sluggish start this year.                   

Activist Says 1 Detained After China Factory Strike

April 30, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Police detained a labor rights activist following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike, his colleague said Wednesday.                        

CAT Closing South Carolina Plant

April 29, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Caterpillar is moving its engine production plant operations from Fountain Inn to Georgia and Texas, affecting 380 full-time and 130 temporary jobs.                  

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Engineers Feel Underpaid And Overworked

April 28, 2014 4:04 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the fruits of technological splendor, engineers are required to keep pace with the changing landscape.      

Workers And UAW Turn To OECD In Nissan Dispute

April 28, 2014 2:36 pm | by IndustriALL Global Union | News | Comments

The UAW and IndustriALL, a global union federation which represents Nissan and Renault unions worldwide, assert that Nissan’s “aggressive campaign of interference” with employees’ efforts to form a union at the Canton, Mississippi, plant is in violation of global standards on workers’ freedom of association.

Coca-Cola Building New Facility In Chattanooga

April 28, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city.                     

Congress Heads To Work To Do The Bare Minimum

April 28, 2014 8:36 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Raising the minimum wage or restoring lost unemployment benefits? Not going to happen. Forcing government approval of the Keystone XL pipeline? Veto bait.                    

Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said, enabling Adidas to resume production there.          

Drones A Possible Growth Market For North Dakota

April 28, 2014 8:16 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

According to a report compiled by AUVSI last year, drones have the potential to create more than 100,000 jobs and more than $80 billion in economic growth between now and 2025.              

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Solar Power On A Superfund Site; Volkswagen Keeps Its Options Open

April 25, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the largest U.S. solar farm built on a Superfund site to the UAW's impact on Volkswagen's new SUV.             

UAW VP Nominated For Seat On GM Board

April 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The move, which would be considered common in Europe, is a first for General Motors, and a sign of how the relationship between the company and the union has changed in the past decade.                  

Lawyer: Volkswagen Has Deals In Place Outside Tenn.

April 25, 2014 8:27 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.        

Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.       

3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country. The project will create 22 new jobs.             

Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

April 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.           

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