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People have outdated ideas about manufacturing jobs and facilities, according to an executive.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 struggles to find enough workers to meet demand

Mar 4, 2021
There’s a skills mismatch between job openings and job seekers.
Tractor maker John Deere has unfilled openings in some locations, like much of the manufacturing sector.
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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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The job market is still in recovery, but it's also still losing momentum

Nov 6, 2020
The decline in unemployment has slowed since an early rebound from the first wave of COVID-19 shutdowns.
The manufacturing and construction sectors have done pretty well throughout the pandemic, but But, jobs in travel, hotels and restaurants are still way down.
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Has Trump kept his promises to U.S. manufacturing and Carrier?

As president-elect, Trump cut a deal to keep a manufacturing plant in Indiana. But the industry's workers have still taken a hit.
A Federal Reserve analysis found that the trade war with China actually ended up costing more U.S. manufacturing jobs than it created.
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What will manufacturing look like as companies start to reopen?

May 27, 2020
Even in sectors where demand is high, the coronavirus has slowed production.
More automation could be a solution to crowded, hands-on production lines.
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How do Chinese employees get paid for February when they didn't work?

Apr 1, 2020
Most people in China are just getting paid wages for February and by law, employees are supposed to receive their regular salaries even when their companies were shut because of the coronavirus. Did they?
Workers in Shanghai are back on the roads as the Chinese economy tries to gear up again.
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Shelter-in-place orders hit factories

Apr 1, 2020
Economists say it could take three to six months of data to understand the pain in the factory economy.
The employee parking lots are nearly empty at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Belvidere Assembly Plant on March 24, 2020 in Belvidere, Ill.
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Manufacturing closes out the year in a slump

Dec 16, 2019
Job creation in manufacturing slowed from a boom to a trickle in 2019.
There are fewer jobs in auto assembly and parts so far this year. Above, a worker builds cars on the assembly line at a plant in Chicago, Illinois.
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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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