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Manufacturing Production and Employment

Manufacturing output and manufacturing employment are important factors in our economy. They are also sources of endless speculation and angst. Last week I ran across this graph from “FRED”, the St. Louis Fed. The graph combines year-over-year change in manufacturing production and employment curves. Notice that usually employment tracks production although not varying as much […]

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Managing Manufacturing Workforce Shortage

Last month I wrote a piece of news and analysis regarding a survey by ThomasNet. The survey of 500 manufacturing leaders of small to medium businesses reported the good news of increased business and improving outlook. But, respondents complained about a couple of manufacturing workforce issues—lack of people with appropriate engineering and technical skills and […]

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