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What worries China's manufacturers more than tariffs? Labor shortages

by Jennifer Pak Dec 4, 2018
The country's workforce has shrunk 3 percent from 2012 to 2017; now its economy is slowing.
Huade High Voltage Electric needs a dozen more workers to keep up with demand.
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General Electric built this town, but its presence is shrinking

by Erika Beras Jan 19, 2018
The company plans to leave the locomotive manufacturing industry in a few years.
Jim Connelly, a former GE engineer, hopes to go back to school and start his own business. He sits at the Lawrence Park Dinor, just up the street from the 350-acre GE plant.
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Not enough skilled factory workers — really?

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 7, 2016
Manufacturers complain of a rising "skills gap" among job applicants that is hampering their ability to grow and improve productivity.
Some employers say there are labor shortages in skilled manufacturing.
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How much could the return of factory jobs add up to?

by Annie Baxter Apr 18, 2016
Manufacturers are getting more done with fewer American workers.
A factory worker at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US Warren Stamping Plant in Warren, Michigan.  
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Job market tightens but still challenging

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 12, 2015
The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows slow improvement in job-seekers' odds.
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Sizzling summer nights: Working in a bacon factory

by Mukta Mohan Apr 27, 2015
One woman remembers her first job.

Cost of saving factory jobs via lower wages

by Adam Allington Jan 7, 2015
Employment in auto industry's at pre-recession levels but jobs aren't same quality.

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