A U.S. manufacturing boost is causing anxiety abroad

Feb 20, 2023
The Biden administration's reshoring efforts, aimed largely at cutting dependence on China, dismays allies who seek U.S. investment.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The EU and other American allies have expressed unease over the scope of U.S. government funding of domestic industries such as semiconductors and low-carbon energy equipment.
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Demand and prices are falling for manufactured goods

Jan 6, 2023
Manufacturing activity contracted in December, according to the Institute for Supply Management.
Demand for manufactured goods dropped in December, and so did prices for those goods. It may be a sign that the Federal Reserve's measures against inflation are working.
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Rising interest rates are hitting manufacturing

Oct 3, 2022
Businesses are scaling back their expectations for 2023 accordingly.
Though demand for things like new cars proved a boon to manufacturing during the pandemic, companies have begun to budget more conservatively amid rising interest rates.
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China's lockdowns and other risks have companies looking to diversify supply chains

Apple, among other companies, may be seeking manufacturing options in India and other emerging markets.
Some large foreign businesses, seeing COVID restrictions and slowing growth in China, are considering other countries like India for their future manufacturing plans.
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Manufacturing employment returns to pre-pandemic level

Jul 8, 2022
Demand for manufactured goods has grown during the pandemic, but new orders have been falling in recent months.
A worker assembles the interior of a safe. Many small business are looking to boost revenues in anticipation of a potential recession.
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Manufacturing delays mean retailers may consider raising prices

Jun 3, 2021
While delays and shortages could be just short-term disruptions, tariffs, which also push up prices, are expected to remain.
When manufacturers charge more for finished products, retailers also look at raising prices for consumers.
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Manufacturers seeking workers face competition for talent and an image problem

May 4, 2021
People have outdated ideas about manufacturing jobs and facilities, according to an executive.
Workers to fill engineering and welding jobs are in demand.
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Manufacturing: The China Inc. model

Feb 2, 2021
Why is it sometimes cheaper for U.S. consumers to buy goods from China than from local vendors?
A worker in a southern China shoe factory. Many Chinese manufacturers say they are making goods Americans no longer want to produce.
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Manufacturing needs workers. Chicago has plenty. Where’s the disconnect?

Dec 11, 2019
A high rate of unemployment persists in some parts of Chicago, despite a worker shortage in manufacturing.
Production supervisor David Casarrubias monitors a fabric-cutting machine at Freedman Seating company in Chicago.
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China's struggling shoe components suppliers contemplate their futures

Oct 4, 2019
Three shoe component suppliers discuss the U.S.-China trade war and the changes they have seen in the last few decades.
A shoe heel manufacturer in southern China's Dongguan city exports mainly to the U.S.
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