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Lunch Break: What You Need To Know About Getting A Job This Week

Lunch Break: What You Need To Know About Getting A Job This Week

As we settle into summer, the big question is: What is the jobs outlook? The most recent reports from the National Association for Business Economics offer wildly different conclusions. There isn't even a consensus on whether the jobs outlook is bleak. But there are some valuable tips and insights that can... Read More »

Economic Outlook Gets Gloomier After Jobs Report

Economic Outlook Gets Gloomier After Jobs Report

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- The faltering U.S. job market has prompted economists to take a much dimmer view of the country's growth prospects. That's a shift from just a few weeks ago, when many were upgrading their forecasts. Friday's surprisingly bleak jobs report for May followed a spate... Read More »

Manufacturing Job Numbers At 10-Month High

Manufacturing Job Numbers At 10-Month High

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON -- U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in 10 months, suggesting that the economy is healthier than recent data had indicated. New orders, production and a measure of hiring all rose. The April survey from the Institute for Supply Management was a hopeful... Read More »

Union Workers Strike At Illinois Caterpillar Plant

Union Workers Strike At Illinois Caterpillar Plant

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- Union workers have rejected Caterpillar Inc.'s latest contract offer and walked off the job at Caterpillar's plant in Joliet. Workers with picket signs lined up outside the plant early Tuesday. The contract expired at midnight for about 800 workers at the manufacturing plant. Read More »

Apple Assembly Line Gets Pay Raise, Fewer Hours

Apple Assembly Line Gets Pay Raise, Fewer Hours

By Peter Svensson NEW YORK -- Chinese workers who often spend more than 60 hours per week assembling iPhones and iPads will have their overtime hours curbed and their pay increased after a labor auditor hired by Apple Inc. inspected their factories. Read More »

Obama Keeping Manufacturing Focus In Virginia

Obama Keeping Manufacturing Focus In Virginia

By Ken Thomas WASHINGTON (AP) -- Praising manufacturing jobs, President Barack Obama was outlining ways of pairing factory output with university research in a bid to bring jobs back to the U.S. and help companies innovate. Obama was traveling Friday to a manufacturing plant run by aircraft engine maker... Read More »

American Manufacturers Importing Workers

American Manufacturers Importing Workers

By Parija Kavilanz NEW YORK -- U.S. manufacturers, frustrated by a shortage of skilled American factory workers, are going abroad to find them. Business for factories has surged recently, creating a huge demand for machinists, tool and die makers, computer-controlled machine programmers and operators. Read More »

Speed Puts Community Colleges Front And Center

Speed Puts Community Colleges Front And Center

By Justin Pope STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) -- Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Co. is a high-tech job shop, crafting super-precise parts for machines used in everything from robotics to aerospace to oil exploration. Macomb Community College lies a few miles down the road in this Detroit suburb. Read More »

GM Plans To Freeze Salaried Workers' Pensions

GM Plans To Freeze Salaried Workers' Pensions

By Jeff Karoub DETROIT -- General Motors Co. plans to freeze its U.S. pension plan for longtime white-collar workers and give all salaried employees annual bonuses but not pay raises in an effort to hold down expenses, officials have announced. The Detroit-based automaker said roughly 19,000 salaried... Read More »

Manufacturers Providing Outsize Boost To Economy

Manufacturers Providing Outsize Boost To Economy

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- American factories are humming - and driving the economy forward. Read More »

Obama Touting Manufacturing At Wisconsin Plant

Obama Touting Manufacturing At Wisconsin Plant

By Ken Thomas WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pointing to a rebound in manufacturing, President Barack Obama on Wednesday is visiting a Milwaukee plant that has brought back jobs to the United States. Read More »

GE To Hire 5,000 Veterans Over Next 5 Years

GE To Hire 5,000 Veterans Over Next 5 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business. The announcements Monday were part of a four-day event that the global conglomerate is hosting with partners in Washington, D.C., that focuses on issues such... Read More »

Obama's Call For Manufacturing Revival A Tough Goal

Obama's Call For Manufacturing Revival A Tough Goal

By Tom Raum WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is making a strong election-year push for an economic revival "built on American manufacturing." But he faces an uphill slog, with little consensus even within his own party on how to do it. Read More »

U.S. Auto Plants Continue To Add Jobs As Manufacturing Revival Rolls On

U.S. Auto Plants Continue To Add Jobs As Manufacturing Revival Rolls On

For U.S. automakers, 2011 was a comeback year. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group not only sold more vehicles than they did in the previous year, they also continued to add jobs, contributing to a revival in manufacturing within an industry that was but given up for lost. The latest... Read More »

Jobs, Energy, Values Top Issues In Obama Address

Jobs, Energy, Values Top Issues In Obama Address

In his State of the Union speech before Congress last night, President Obama sought to reassure recession-weary Americans that the economy is on the right track, by naming proposals aimed at helping the beleaguered middle class. He called it a "blueprint for an economy that's built to last," and one that... Read More »

Manufacturers Hire Thousands of New Employees

Manufacturers Hire Thousands of New Employees

It's time for good news. The country added 200,000 jobs last month, according to government data. And it may create 1.7 million jobs this coming year, according to economists' estimates compiled by Blue Chip Economic Indicators. And manufacturing, one of the most weakened sectors of our economy, has recently... Read More »

300 Foxconn Workers In China Reportedly Threaten Suicide Seeking More Pay

300 Foxconn Workers In China Reportedly Threaten Suicide Seeking More Pay

Working in China's burgeoning manufacturing sector is proving exceedingly tough for many Chinese workers. Long hours and intense pressure to quickly churn out the latest high-tech gizmos destined for overseas markets have led to protests and even suicides among some workers, according to media... Read More »

The American Economy Has Recovered, At Least In Some Sectors

The American Economy Has Recovered, At Least In Some Sectors

Commentators have poured a lot of ink over the last few years picking apart who is suffering, and who isn't. It was men, then it was women. It was everyone, then it was the 99 percent (or rather, the 80 percent). It is young Americans, black Americans, brown Americans and Americans with only a high school... Read More »

Factories, Builders Boost Economy At End Of Year

Factories, Builders Boost Economy At End Of Year

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturers ended 2011 with their best month of growth since the late spring. And the struggling construction industry spent more on projects for the third time in four months. The data bolstered hopes that the economy is gaining momentum and helped Wall... Read More »

U.S. Service Firms Expanded In November At Slower Pace

U.S. Service Firms Expanded In November At Slower Pace

By Christopher S. Rugaber WASHINGTON (AP) -- Service companies, which employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force, expanded at a slower pace in November and a measure of employment at those firms fell. Separately, the government said orders to U.S. factories dropped for the second straight month. Read More »

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