Archive: Sep 2012

Manufacturing Still Slow Through August

Reuters reported this past week that the Purchasing Managers Index of “flash” manufacturing was at 51.5 for the month of September, pointing to slow growth which has been a trend over the last few months. The index averaged 51.5 in the third quarter, below the 54.2 registered between April and June, for its worst showing…

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Innovation in the Manufacturing Industry

The Atlantic has a great article on a new development in manufacturing. They profile a new development in start-ups called Maker Works in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they combine high-tech with manufacturing. Opened in May of this year, Maker Works ¬†consists of 11,000 square feet of workshop rooms and thrilling collections of heavy machines, including…

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The state of the industry

CNN Money has an effective summary of the trend we’ve been talking about for years now, the move to more skilled employment in manufacturing: The number of job openings for skilled factory workers has increased 38% since 2005, according to numbers from the Conference Board that measure labor demand across industries. More strikingly, the sharpest…

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Slowed recovery?

Reuters and the Associated Press both have stories on a recent report by the Institute for Supply Management on job growth in the Manufacturing sector. Here’s Reuters: ISM’s index of national factory activity fell to 49.6 in August, from 49.8 in July, and shy of the 50.0 median estimate in a Reuters poll of economists….

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