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UN: More Than 200M Jobless Last Year

January 20, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The United Nations' labor agency says the number of unemployed people around the world rose above 200 million last year as job opportunities failed to grow at the same pace as the global workforce. The International Labor Organization said Monday that an estimated 201.8 million people were unemployed in 2013. That's 4.9 million more than the previous year.

Obama: 2014 Can Be Breakthrough Year For U.S.

January 20, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. is primed to bring back jobs lost in the recession or to overseas competitors. But he says to make that happen, the U.S. must act to create good-paying jobs and increase economic opportunity.

Slumping Intel To Cut More Than 5,000 Jobs In 2014

January 20, 2014 7:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The purge represents about 5 percent of the roughly 108,000 jobs that Intel had on its payroll at the end of December. The company intends to jettison the jobs without laying off workers, said Intel spokesman Bill Calder. The reductions instead will be achieved through attrition, buyouts and early retirement offers.

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Manufacturing Rewind: Walmart's Labor Woes, Bernanke On The '08 Financial Crisis

January 17, 2014 1:43 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from ghost guns to Boeing's botched batteries. In other news, Wal-Mart was accused of labor violations, and Congress settled on a $1.1 trillion budget bill.    

U.S. Employers Advertise Most Jobs Since March 2008

January 17, 2014 11:06 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in November and more Americans quit, positive signs for millions who are unemployed and looking for work. The Labor Department says job openings rose 1.8 percent to 4 million, the most in 5 ½ years. And the number of people quitting increased 1.9 percent to 2.4 million, a five-year high.

Weekly Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop To 326k

January 16, 2014 8:39 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, a sign that layoffs are weighing less on employment and economic growth. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average dropped 13,500 to 335,000.

Gov't Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations

January 16, 2014 8:26 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions. The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Wal-Mart.

Obama In N.C. To Advance Goals On Economy and Jobs

January 15, 2014 1:57 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to push Congress to promote 21st-century manufacturing jobs by establishing hubs where universities and companies work together to invent, design and make new products.        

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Head Of Puget Sound's Boeing Machinists Retiring

January 15, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Wroblewski, 59, said the stress of the past three months, including pressure from the aerospace company, politicians and his own union's national leadership, had put him in the hospital twice since Dec. 27. The experience "changed my perspective on work-life balance," he said in a statement. "Your job should not destroy your health."

Beet Plant Shut For Inspection After Worker Death

January 15, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The Western Sugar Cooperative has shut down its sugar beet processing plant in Lovell while federal and state regulators inspect the facility following a fatal accident. Twenty-eight-year-old worker Anfesa Galaktionoff died Jan. 4 after she apparently fell into a piece of equipment that carries sugar beets into the factory.

Test Votes Postponed on Unemployment Bill

January 14, 2014 8:26 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The Senate postponed a pair of test votes on stalled unemployment legislation on Monday as Republicans and Democrats sought a compromise to restore benefits to 1.3 million long-term jobless workers who lost them abruptly late last year.    

AM General Recalling About 200 Idled Workers

January 13, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

AM General spokesman Jeff Adams said Saturday in a statement that the employee recall "is in response to a previously planned foreign military order of Humvees and the restart of production operations for the commercial MV-1 vehicle.    

Del. Panel Looking To Boost Blue-Collar Jobs Meets

January 13, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Lawmakers established the Blue Collar Task Force last year, citing Delaware's stubborn employment rate, which has hovered around 7 percent for most of the past year, and manufacturing base that was hit hard by the recession of 2008.     

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On Jobs, Obama Calls 2014 'A Year Of Action'

January 13, 2014 8:56 am | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the first step is for Congress to extend unemployment insurance for those without work. The president also points to a new initiative to boost high-tech manufacturing and other steps he plans to announce next week to put people back to work.

U.S. Economy Adds 74K Jobs, Rate Falls To 6.7 Pct.

January 10, 2014 8:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing gain ends 2013 on a weak note after recent economic reports had raised hopes for a strong finish.The Labor Department says the unemployment rate fell from 7 percent in November to 6.7 percent, the lowest level since October 2008.

Boeing Machinists Get $10,000 Bonus

January 9, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Workers will receive a $10,000 bonus in the paychecks the week of Jan. 25. The bonus is part of the contract extension the union approved along with pension concessions in return for the company's promise to build the new 777X in Washington.    

Weekly Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop To 330K

January 9, 2014 8:55 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 330,000, signaling fewer layoffs and steady job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average dropped 9,750 to 349,000.

Workers Building Samsung Factory Riot In Vietnam

January 9, 2014 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorbikes and containers housing security guards were set alight, sending thick smoke over the complex. Footage showed people throwing rocks at police in riot gear who huddled together. Local official Duong Ngoc Long said police restored order after three hours. Four people were injured, he said.

Survey: U.S. Companies Add 238K Jobs, Most In Year

January 8, 2014 9:35 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows U.S. businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction. The figures are the latest evidence that the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013.Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 238,000 jobs in December, up slightly from 229,000 in the previous month.

Unemployment Benefits Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

January 7, 2014 11:29 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt. The vote Tuesday was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats.

Workers: 'Despair' Led To Kidnapping Goodyear Bosses

January 7, 2014 9:46 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant, which Goodyear has tried to sell or shutter for five years, has become an emblem of France's labor issues, and the seizure Monday morning of the two managers — the plant's director and human resources chief — resurrected the once-common practice of boss-napping.

Local Labor Influence Takes Hit In Boeing Contract

January 6, 2014 10:14 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tight count exposed deep rifts in the once-powerful union, but with plenty of states lining up to give Boeing exactly what it wanted to get work on the 777X, the aerospace giant had a tremendous advantage. The company, the state's governor and national union leaders all hailed the contract as a vital boost to the region's economy, but to some observers the vote dealt a blow to local union influence.

Lessons Learned: When Disaster Strikes A Chemical Plant

January 6, 2014 9:47 am | by Complex Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

If a natural disaster hit your business, would you be prepared? How would you recover from the damage to your infrastructure? Unfortunately, Complex Chemical Co., Inc. had to learn the real-life answers to these questions when, on April 24th, 2010, a powerful EF-3 tornado hit their chemical processing plant in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Staff Seize Bosses At French Goodyear Site

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

Boeing Machinists OK Contract Tied To 777X

January 6, 2014 8:45 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

The issue fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from politicians who said the deal was necessary to support the area's economic future. Boeing has been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could trigger a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from the place where Boeing was founded.

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