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US Factory Workers / Wages Stagnate

“What’s being referred to as a recovery in manufacturing is to a large extent a recovery in profitability,” said Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a Washington-based group funded by unions and private foundations Continue reading

Hamilton / Nearly 35,000 manufacturing jobs lost in the past decade

It’s Work Week at CBC Hamilton. And in the wake of U.S. Steel’s shutdown of steel manufacturing in the city, we are taking a look at jobs in Hamilton: where they have gone, what remains, and which industries are desperate for employees. For the first entry in the series, we’re using graphics to illustrate the decline … Continue reading

Illinois / Losing over 130,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade

It’s hard not to notice the disappearance of Illinois’ manufacturing sector. Anyone driving through the outskirts of Peoria can witness the closed buildings and half-abandoned neighborhoods. Cities all across Illinois have seen a similar story unfold. Illinois’ manufacturing base has been in decline, losing over 130,000 manufacturing jobs in the past decade. Chosen excerpts by … Continue reading

Europe / Industry vs. services: why it is important to strengthen both

In spite of longer-term trends in advanced economies of the manufacturing sector accounting for a shrinking share in value added and in employment, there is a strong case for preserving a ‘critical size’ of manufacturing activities in European economies Continue reading

Reshoring in US / More Manufacturing Coming Back

A study by the Boston Consulting Group documents what many manufacturers have quietly discovered in recent years — bringing production back to the United States from overseas carries some advantages Continue reading

Outsourcing to Asia / 200,000 new jobs in 10 years research finds

More than 200,000 new manufacturing jobs could be created in the next decade as mid-sized manufacturing businesses end the process of outsourcing to Asia according to new research from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and supported by Lloyds Banking Group. The ‘Making at home, owning abroad’ study found that … Continue reading

Ireland / 20,000 manufacturing jobs could be lost within seven years

THE Government is planning to deliver an extra 20,000 manufacturing jobs over the next three years – in a move away from the “madness” of the property boom. Ministers have complained that too much money and staff went into building houses instead of “making things” that other countries want to buy. The urgency to take … Continue reading

Ohio / Appliance Industry / 400 lose jobs

400 people at one of Painesville’s largest employers were notified of layoffs Friday. Core Systems, LLC is shutting down productions after 50 years in the manufacturing industry. The company makes custom molded parts in the appliance industry for clients including GE, Whirlpool, Bosch and Electrolux. Core Systems President Bill Loebbaka says the lender gave the order to … Continue reading

Japan / Jobs In Manufacturing Sector To 50-Year Low

Employment in Japan’s once-mighty manufacturing sector has fallen below 10 million for the first time in five decades, as a new government vows to stoke the struggling economy. Official employment data released Friday showed the number of workers in Japanese industry, which fuelled the country’s stratospheric rise from the ashes of World War II, slipped … Continue reading

US Manufacturing Recovery / Unions are left behind

American factories are hiring again, but they’re not hiring union members. U.S. manufacturers have added a half-million new workers since the end of 2009, making the sector one of the few bright spots in an otherwise weak recovery. And yet there were 4 percent fewer union factory workers in 2012 than there were in 2010, … Continue reading

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Skills Gap / Incubator: a possible solution to skilled workers shortage

The skilled manufacturing industry needs to take a page from the local high-tech sector and open a business incubator to help train and retain talent in the region. That’s according to the president of the Conestoga Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, who spoke to a group of manufacturing industry experts and regional representatives last … Continue reading

Reshoring / There was a herd mentality to the offshoring says John Shook

Business practices are prone to fads, and in hindsight, the rush to offshore production 10 or 15 years ago looks a little extreme. The distance across the Pacific Ocean was as wide then as it is now, and the speed of cargo ships was just as slow. A lot of the very good reasons for … Continue reading

Almost a third of the entire manufacturing industry jobs have disappeared since 2000

Nearly six million factory jobs, almost a third of the entire manufacturing industry, have disappeared since 2000. And while many of these jobs were lost to competition with low-wage countries, even more vanished because of computer-driven machinery that can do the work of 10, or in some cases, 100 workers. Those jobs are not coming … Continue reading

We’ve Seen This (Manufacturing) Movie Before

At the dawn of the 19th century, farmworkers were somewhere between 75% and 80% of the entire labor force. That number was still over 50% in 1860. It was not just the Industrial Revolution that increased the number of manufacturing workers in the US, it was an agricultural productivity revolution that allowed more food to … Continue reading

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