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China's Stock Market Mess Belies Bigger Problems for the United States

Scott Paul | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

The recent cratering of the Chinese stock market left some scars on our 401(k) plans and dominated recent headlines. Some called it a correction. I tend to think of it as another glimpse into the crazy house-of-cards economy in China.

China Protects its Workers; America Doesn't Bother

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Currency manipulation violates free market principals, but for China, doing it makes sense. This potent action by a major economic competitor raises the question of when the United States government is going to stop pretending currency manipulation doesn't exit.

Wearables in the Workplace: 3 Reasons to Test in Manufacturing

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Similarly, we need to know more than what workers say they need. There's an opportunity to add depth to worker data by plugging them into the 'internet of everything' and finding out what is the physical behavior of a worker who self-reports as satisfied, compared with one who reports otherwise.

Lots of Fuzzy Numbers Behind Walmart's American Manufacturing Push

Scott Paul | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Scott Paul

Where Walmart goes, others follow. And that can have a profound effect on how and what our country purchases. Still, the company could do much better. And it could start by being honest about the numbers behind its purchasing pledge.

California: Blue State, Boom State

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

California's economy hasn't thrived because it's run by Democrats, but rather because of liberal culture. Not liberal values in the classic sense -- equality, peace, and justice -- but rather the liberal mindset that's open and flexible.

Daniel Marans

Trade Deal Will Hurt Urban Black Communities, Labor Ad Warns

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

In a new line of attack against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers union released an online video ad on...

Inside the Top Secret Plan to Revive U.S. Manufacturing

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Did you know the U.S. government has rolled out a big new federal program to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector?

May Jobs Report, First Impressions: Another Solid Report, Outside of Manufacturing

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls were up 280,000 last month in a better-than-expected jobs report, with employers adding jobs across almost all of the service industries and government. Positive revisions for April and May added another 32,000 to the payroll count. Analysts had been expecting around 225K jobs, so put May's initial print in the "upside surprise" column. The jobless rate ticked up slightly from 5.4 to 5.5 percent but for the right reason: more people joining the labor force. Average hourly wages were up 2.3 percent over the past year, a touch faster than in past months. All told, what I see in these numbers is a job market maybe, sorta, kinda starting to reach working people... six years into the recovery! So my message to the Fed: love it and leave it alone!

Educators Unite to Build Vietnam's Tech Talent

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2015 | Technology
Techonomy

Vietnam's tech industry is booming. Software and electronics exports soared in recent years, and a domestic market for tech products and services is steadily gaining strength.

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Robots have indeed eliminated a great deal of factory work and are rapidly moving on to product design, medical diagnostics, research, teaching, accounting, translating, copy editing, and a great deal more. Once-secure professions are no longer safe. From that, many economists conclude that we may just have to adjust to a high plateau of unemployment. That assumption is malarkey.

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

Plastics On a Roll

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.13.2015 | Technology
Jerry Jasinowski

Today plastics comprise about 50 percent of the volume of a new passenger vehicle, but only 10 percent of the weight. That of course is a major reason for the shift to plastics -- reducing weight and hence increasing mileage.

5 Interesting Things Manufactured in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.08.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Quaker Oats was founded in 1850 as a part of German Mills American Cereal Company. The company changed its name to the Quaker Oats company in 1901. It was the first company ever to register a trademark for breakfast cereal.

The Quest for Asia's Next Manufacturing Miracle

Sabina Dewan | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
Sabina Dewan

Countries should encourage the development of large, legitimate trade unions that truly represent workers' interests and engage productively with employers, rather than stamping out strikes in the fear that they will drive away business.

Manufacturing and Infrastructure: Now Is the Time to Act

Christian Caballero | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Christian Caballero

News that the U.S. economy grew at an anemic 0.2 percent (GDP) during the first quarter of 2015 should trigger a reaction by policymakers in Washington.

After the Biofuel Fail, Does Synthetic Biology Have a Future?

Bryan Johnson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Bryan Johnson

Synthetic biology will be the future of manufacturing, engineering and medicine. But for now, there's nothing wrong with focusing on start-ups that will generate revenue while moving up the complexity curve faster and more predictably than anyone else.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.

Solving America's Infrastructure Crisis

Michael Likosky | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Michael Likosky

Most Americans are now well aware that we have an infrastructure crisis that goes beyond long commute times. We all nod in agreement when some of our airports are likened to those of Third World countries.

What Will We Tell the Children About Fast Track?

Diann Woodard | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Diann Woodard

Once again, the American public is being sold a bill of goods when it comes to trade and its impact on our economy.

Skills Gap: Two Million Vacant Manufacturing Jobs by 2025

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Manufacturers that intend to be competitive and profitable in the years ahead will have to take aggressive action. They cannot afford to wait for the public schools to do it for them. They must foster internal training programs and become directly involved with local high schools, trade schools and community colleges to create a reliable stream of qualified candidates.

Growth Engine Smart Manufacturing Sparks Public Debate in Germany

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Cherno Jobatey

What risk does the rise of automation hold for the job market? Will the future see the maintenance of machines made in Germany being taken over by service providers in Asia? Or are there far more positive effects of Industry 4.0 for Germany?

The Long-Range Threat Is Poor Education, Not Nukes

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Hal Donahue

Without a strong education base, a global power cannot maintain its leadership position. The United States' massive investments in education following World War II and during the Cold War space race allowed the nation to successfully compete on existing resources. This trend is ending.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Help Fuel Record Growth Streak

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 04.08.2015 | Small Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

Immigrant-owned firms today employ one in 10 U.S. workers. Immigrant entrepreneurs are twice as likely to start a business as native-born citizens. While they account for 16 percent of the labor force nationally, immigrants make up 28 percent of Main Street Business owners.

The President Says Manufacturing Is Back, But Is It?

Scott Paul | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

Unless the president gets trade policy right, and starts to tackle some uncomfortable truths about trading partners like China and Japan, America will be stuck with little more than a marketing campaign in place of serious manufacturing policy.

How $40 Oil Would Impact Canada's Provinces

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

If $40 a barrel still seems a ways off, consider that the benchmark price for oil sands crude is already trading in that price range. What's more, if production from high-cost sources isn't withdrawn from an oversupplied market, oil prices may soon be trading even lower.