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According to the semi-annual report released by the ISM, there is good news on the horizon as the economy is expected to grow in 2016 in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors.  You can find the complete report here. Happy holidays!! 🙂

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The monthly manufacturing ISM report was released today detailing a contraction in the manufacturing sector for the first time in 36 months (11/2012). Interesting side note though, the overall economy grew for the 78th consecutive month and “The Employment Index” increased by 3.7%, to 51.3% from the October reading of 47.6%. So, as a whole the… Read more »

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Quick article/summary outlining what was discussed in the November 2nd manufacturing focused Presidential Candidates forum held at Vermeer Corporation in Iowa.

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Being that consumer spending accounts for roughly 70% of US economic activity, news that consumer confidence has reached a high not seen in 8 years, things are looking positive and could point to a strong finish to the year.  Read the full article here

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The labor market added nearly 200,000 jobs in August and for those of us in the manufacturing arena, the results were particularly positive with goods-producing employment adding more than double the jobs compared to July.  If this trend can sustain, it will lead to a busy end to 2015 for us manufacturing folks.

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It is great to read stories like this; I hope that other leaders in the food/beverage manufacturing sector not utilizing sustainability efforts take notice and follow suit.

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With the unemployment results from a few days ago, it is evident the economy is going strong.  The more people working, means the more people earning, which means more people spending money thus driving up the need for more goods and further stoking manufacturing growth. http://www.manufacturing.net/news/2015/08/monthly-average-of-us-jobless-claims-falls-to-15-year-low  

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Article from Food Manufacturing Great article on the unemployment rate but very encouraged by the information provided last (as unemployment numbers can be a bit deceiving at times): “The unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent, but even that contained some good news: more Americans, encouraged by their prospects, started looking for work… Read more »

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With the unemployment rate hovering around 5% (figures we have not seen since 2008) and companies adding over 200,000 jobs last month (the most in the last 4 months), finding qualified individuals for positions continues to get more difficult….. http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/us-private-sector-adds-the-most-jobs-in-4-months/ar-BBkDqy3    

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Came across this article today…..hopefully manufacturing will be as hot as the weather this summer: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/gain-in-orders-signals-abating-us-manufacturing-headwinds/ar-BBj1xUT