Unemployment fell in 28 U.S. states last month, and employers added jobs in 34 states. The gains suggest recent improvements in the job market have occurred in most regions of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates rose in 11 states and were flat in 11. Employers cut jobs in 15 states.
Job postings rose 69,000 to a seasonally adjusted 3.9 million, the Labor Department said Friday. That's the most since March 2008, just a few months after the Great Recession began. It's also close to the roughly 4 million job openings each month that are consistent with healthier job markets.
Ford Motor Co. says it will spend $150 million to upgrade its Buffalo-are plant and add 350 jobs, which would push employment to just under 1,000. The automaker has a stamping plant in the suburb of Hamburg, where pieces of metal called blanks are stamped into hoods, floor panels and other car parts.
General Electric Co. says it will close a northern New York electrical capacitor plant that employs about 200 workers.The Fairfield, Conn.-based company announced Thursday that it will follow through on plans announced in September to close its Fort Edward plant and move operations to an existing manufacturing site in Clearwater, Fla.
Oregon workplace safety officials have cited a Springfield meat company for safety violations after a machine fractured an employee's fingers. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health said on Thursday it fined Bright Oaks Meat Inc. $7,850.
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits fell 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000 last week, the lowest since late September and further evidence of an improving job market.The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell for the third straight week to 338,500.
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Caterpillar Inc. is shutting down its mining equipment plant in Pulaski, laying off 240 workers. The company said the production of underground mining equipment will move from Pulaski to Caterpillar's Houston, Pa., facility by the middle of next year.
A House panel plans to investigate allegations in a published report that workers in the Census Bureau fabricated data used to prepare monthly unemployment reports. The probe comes in response to a report Monday in the New York Post that says census data was manipulated in advance of the 2012 presidential race.
The federal Occupational and Safety Health Administration alleges workplace safety violations at a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in Buffalo, N.Y. OSHA said Tuesday that inspectors found that plant workers are exposed to electrocution, burns and potential falls. The agency is proposing a $121,720 fine.
Massachusetts is close to changing a nearly 200-year-old law that limits to $1,000 the penalty for corporate manslaughter.The House unanimously approved a bill on Monday that would allow for fines of up to $250,000 against companies convicted of criminally negligent behavior that results in death.
The Labor Department says that compensation increased a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent in the third quarter compared to the April-June quarter when compensation had risen 0.5 percent. Wages and salaries, which make up 70 percent of compensation costs, rose 0.3 percent in the third quarter while benefits were up 0.7 percent.
A Fulton County Superior Court judge had refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by four people who were among about 43,000 who applied for jobs at the Kia plant in West Point. The four say they were discriminated against because they had been affiliated with the United Auto Workers labor union.
Local media outlets report that leaders of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers Local 332 held a news conference Sunday to announce that GE had rejected the union's offer to cut 10 percent of the workforce at the plant in Fort Edward, 45 miles north of Albany.
Peter Drucker popularized the phrase “knowledge economy” back in 1969, referring to a new generation of high tech “knowledge workers.” The truth is manufacturing pioneered the knowledge economy decades earlier and has always been highly dependent on knowledge workers. Knowing how to profitably make things that satisfy market demand better than the competition is the lifeblood of industry.
A top Volkswagen labor official said Thursday that a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another SUV vehicle there or make it in Mexico.
Boeing Co. leaders have reached out to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert about the state's interest in bringing the production line of 777X airplanes to the state. Michael Sullivan, a spokesman for the Governor's Office of Economic Development, says Herbert received the call Thursday afternoon and has begun preliminary discussions with Boeing leaders.
H.J. Heinz Co. is closing three plants in North America and cutting 1,350 jobs in an effort to operate more efficiently. The food maker said Thursday that it will close facilities in two states and Canada over the next six to eight months.
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits slipped 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the fifth straight decline that shows businesses see little need to cut jobs. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average fell 5,750 to 344,000. The average has dropped 11 percent in the past year.
The Labor Department says productivity increased at a 1.9 percent annual rate in the third quarter, up slightly from a 1.8 percent rate in the previous quarter. The second quarter figure was lower than the 2.3 percent rate previously estimated.
Across-the-board spending cuts by the federal government have helped trim U.S. budget deficits. Budget negotiators in Congress are holding talks centered on find ways to cut spending and tax breaks to replace the automatic cuts that started earlier this year that are slamming the Pentagon and domestic agencies.
Despite warnings that production of Boeing's next generation 777 plane could go to another state, machinists in the Northwest voted late Wednesday to reject a contract proposal that would have exchanged concessions for decades of secure jobs. In response, the Boeing Co. said it would begin a bid process to find a home for its 777X production line.
Some members of International Association of Machinists District 751 have called for a no vote, protesting Boeing Co.'s push to end a traditional pension plan and increase their health care costs. Workers would get a $10,000 signing bonus if they approve the deal.
Government health system spokesman Rosendo Gaytan says a 30-year-old employee of the factory Dulces Blueberry in Ciudad Juarez died Tuesday at a hospital in Guadalajara, where he was transferred to be treated for third-degree burns.
The provision at issue at the Supreme Court protects people who expose the kind of corporate misdeeds that arose at Enron. But there is a dispute over whether the protection covers only employees of publicly traded companies or also applies to contractors hired by the companies.