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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Wisconsin may not get the high-tech jobs it expected

Feb 6, 2019
Foxconn changed its plans for a plant in Wisconsin, then changed them again.
Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn has been planning to build an enormous factory in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
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Keeping jobs in the U.S. just doesn't make sense for Carrier's bottom line

James Briggs from the Indianapolis Star gives an update on the layoffs at the furnace and air conditioner factory.

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Ford moving compact car production to China

Jun 21, 2017
Starting in 2019 Ford will export small cars from China to the U.S.
Focus compact cars are offered for sale at a dealership in Chicago, Illinois.
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U.S. job growth cools, unemployment rate falls to 4.5 percent

Apr 7, 2017
U.S. employers added 98,000 nonfarm payrolls in March, far fewer than forecast, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday. Economists had expected the US economy to add 180,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate fell…
 U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges auto workers at the American Center for Mobility March 15, 2017 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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Laid-off aluminum workers look to retraining

Feb 16, 2017
Some are learning to become auto mechanics at Wenatchee Valley College as part of the government-supported program.
Alcoa's aluminum smelter in Wenatchee, Wash., idled since early 2016, was built in 1952. It's adjacent to the Rock Island Dam, built in the 1930s to produce hydroelectric power.
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