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Manufacturing Jobs

Why The New Jobs Are Worse Than The Old Ones

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Tavis Smiley

Every month since 2001, the United States has lost an average of 50,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs. Almost seven out of every ten of those lost jobs were in the construction, truck driving, warehouse or other blue-collar sectors.

Who's Hiring?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 06.09.2012 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Friday's jobs report showed that fewer-than-expected positions were added in March. But several industries that have driven a lot of the hiring over the last year continued to add workers last month. Who's been hiring, and which industries have the kind of business fundamentals that could pave the way for adding more jobs?

A Mixed Economic Picture

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.09.2012 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The recent run-up in the stock market was in large measure due to the easy credit environment driven by zero interest rates here, a short-term central bank bailout in Europe, and quantitative easing by most central banks.

Manufacturing Is Different

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

There is a reason our competitors are so committed to manufacturing -- they recognize that manufacturing is the foundation of a modern nation's economy.

Manufacturing Pain Far From Over

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2012 | Business

* Investment in foreign plants rising, domestic falling * Manufacturing job recovery minimal * Fewer service jobs remain...

What's Helping To Boost The Job Market

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — A resurgent U.S. job market that has lifted the economy appears to be enduring. Factories in the Northeast kept hiring in early Ma...

Obama Speaks On Jobless Numbers, Economy

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

HOUSTON — Raising campaign cash in Republican territory, President Barack Obama on Friday hailed a rebounding economy and accused Republicans of...

Help Wanted: Skilled Manufacturing Workers

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The U.S. economy is gathering momentum and the key driver is manufacturing. Not only is our industrial sector growing, but after more than a decade of losses in manufacturing jobs, we are actually going in the other direction.

Manufacturing: Why We Should Help the Sector (But Not Too Much)

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.21.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

For many years, policy makers and public officials have argued about whether public policy should help promote American manufacturing or whether we should leave it alone and let the market do what it will. As usual, such stark positions have little to do with reality.

Manufacturing Illusions

Robert Reich | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Robert Reich

Suddenly, manufacturing is back -- at least on the election trail. But don't be fooled. The real issue isn't how to get manufacturing back. It's how to get good jobs and good wages back. They aren't at all the same thing.

This Just Isn't 'Sexy' Anymore

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

President Obama has made it a top priority to bring manufacturing jobs back home to the United States. But if he succeeds, he might have a tough time ...

Lila Shapiro

Insourcing Jobs More Fluke Than Trend?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

President Barack Obama stressed the importance of "insourcing" jobs once lost to foreign countries back to the United States during a trip to Wisconsi...

"Do Manufacturers Need Special Treatment?" -- They Both Need It and Deserve It

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

The erosion of our manufacturing base continues even as economists like Christina Romer urge us to do nothing. But doing nothing is not an option now. In fact, we haven't a moment to lose.

Bringing Solar Manufacturing Back

Usha Haley | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Usha Haley

The U.S. created the solar industry, yet today, China accounts for three-fifths of the world's solar-panel production and exports 95 percent of its production. Against this backdrop, an epic battle is occurring.

Can Manufacturing Jobs Come Back? What We Should Learn From Apple and Foxconn

David Paul | Posted 04.14.2012 | Business
David Paul

If Americans care about where their products are made, companies will care. Therefore, even as the president promoted tax credits for insourcing -- the new word for bringing those jobs back -- perhaps another step would be to build on the power of choice.

How to Save the Manufacturing Sector

Daniel Burrus | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Daniel Burrus

The manufacturing sector is transforming rapidly. Today's manufacturers must transform along with the rest of the world by adopting six advanced next generation manufacturing principles

Why Most U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Are Gone Forever: The Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times | MERRILL GOOZNER | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business

The day after the State of the Union Address, President Obama visited a Phoenix suburb to tour Intel’s still-under-construction computer chip manufa...

Fictional Davos Discussion Between Tim Geithner and China's He Yafei

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 04.03.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The following conversation did not take place... but wouldn't it have been interesting if it did? Geithner: Glad I found you. We really need to talk...

Smart Manufacturing Key to American Innovation

Eric D. Isaacs | Posted 03.31.2012 | Technology
Eric D. Isaacs

Something is very wrong when good jobs go overseas because American corporations can't find enough qualified Americans to fill them here.

A Competitive Dollar: The Missing Link in President Obama's Manufacturing Agenda

Dean Baker | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama announced a renewed commitment to manufacturing in the United States. While the commitment to rebuilding the country's manufacturing base is welcome, he unfortunately left the most important item on the list off the agenda. President Obama failed to commit himself to restoring the competitiveness of dollar as part of his agenda for bringing back manufacturing jobs. The value of the dollar really has to be front and central in any effort to restore U.S. competitiveness since it is by far the most important factor determining the relative cost of U.S. goods compared with goods produced elsewhere.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman Declares An End To Math, Urges Working Class To Get Awesome!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.27.2012 | Media

As Friedman bops from one global aerie to the next, absorbing the latest sweet whispers from the mesmeric elites he encounters, there's never a reason to end the pep rally. Everything just looks amazing once you're ahead of the curve.

Strengthening the State of our Union

Rep. David Cicilline | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Rep. David Cicilline

We need to build ladders of opportunity and tear down barriers for Americans who are willing to work hard, be responsible, and play by the rules so everyone can achieve success and fulfill the American dream.

Obama's Speech Hits Home In Town Reeling From Broken Promises

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business

MOBERLY, Mo. — After 19 years running state unemployment offices across northern Missouri, Steve Moore can rattle off the names of shuttered fac...

Made in the USA: It's More Complex Than You Think

Adam Clampitt | Posted 03.24.2012 | DC
Adam Clampitt

If America's leaders want to see us regain our manufacturing dominance, the answer is not as easy as "right-to-work" laws, a changing tax code, or currency manipulation.

OUT: Outsourcing. IN: Insourcing.

Scott Paul | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business
Scott Paul

Insourcing. That's at the top of my trending list for 2012. But, how do we make reshoring -- bringing jobs back from overseas -- real?