U.S. Workers Rank 14th On List That Measures Hourly Compensation For Manufacturing Employees

How much do employees in the U.S. manufacturing industry make compared to their counterparts in other countries? A new study released by the U.S. Labor Department says Americans receive an average of $34.74 per hour, the 14th highest hourly compensation among countries measured. Norway topped the chart at $57.53 per hour, followed by Switzerland and …

Obama Names Not One…But Two…New Manufacturing Czars

President Obama named his new manufacturing czar today. Two of them, actually. Call them co-czars. [display_podcast] The government hasn’t had a manufacturing point person since the previous czar, Ron Bloom, stepped down in August.  Now, Commerce Secretary John Bryson will team up with Gene Sperling, the director of the National Economic Council, to run the …

A Look At Two New Trends In Midwest Manufacturing

Manufacturing has been at the center of the Midwest’s long-term decline, shedding some 8 million jobs over the past three decades. More recently, it has been at the forefront of the region’s economic recovery. In October, manufacturing was the leading sector in the Midwest Economy Index, which measures economic activity in the region. It was, …

Forbes: ‘We Should Be Glad’ Manufacturing Jobs Are Gone

A quarter-century ago, Bruce Springsteen wrote “My Hometown,” a melancholy song that captured the economic tensions caused by closures of a factory and textile mill in Freehold, New Jersey. It was written in 1985 at the outset of America’s industrial decline. In 1979, nearly 20 million people were employed in the manufacturing industry. Today, the …

Manufacturing: Furniture Being Made in Chicagoland

Earlier this fall, Changing Gears took a look at the future of manufacturing across the Midwest. In Chicago, WLS-TV (Channel 7) has just completed its own look at furniture manufacturing around the metropolitan area. Yes, furniture manufacturing — something we didn’t know was going on in Chicago. The Made in Chicagoland series looked at three …

A Crystal Ball From Some Experts on Midwest Manufacturing

Midwestern manufacturing activity continued to inch up – albeit a fractional amount – in September compared with August, according to data published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago last week. More importantly, when compared with last year, regional manufacturing in September rose 7.2% from a year earlier. National output increased 4.3% in that same …

Republican Presidential Candidates to Tackle Manufacturing

Some of the Republican presidential candidates are headed to Pella, Iowa tomorrow to discuss manufacturing at a National Association of Manufacturing forum. According to the association’s website, it looks like almost all the front-runners for the Republican nomination for President will be there – sans former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Godfathers Pizza CEO …

Help Wanted: Why Manufacturing Temps Are In Demand

Here are four very bad words you hear a lot these days: There.  Are.  No.  Jobs. But it turns out, that’s not entirely true.  Yes, the manufacturing sector lost six million jobs last decade.  But now, staffing agencies that place temporary workers in manufacturing say business is booming.[display_podcast]