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337,000 jobs added in October, none in manufacturing

November 5, 2004

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 337,000 in October, double the number economists had predicted, and the unemployment rate was about unchanged at 5.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of...

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Productivity growth slows

November 5, 2004

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary productivity data for the third quarter of 2004 shows a 1.9 percent growth—down from the second quarter's 3.9 percent and...

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NAM: Election bodes well for pro-growth policy-making

November 3, 2004

According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Sen. John Kerry's concession to President Bush and final votes in congressional races bode well for a new era of pro-growth...

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Employee confidence near annual high

November 3, 2004

The Hudson Employment Index, a measurement of the U.S. workforce's confidence in the employment market, rebounded 1.6 points in October as hiring expectations among U.S. workers strengthened and...

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ISM: Orders, production, employment grew in October

November 1, 2004

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in October for the 17th consecutive month, while the overall economy grew for the 36th consecutive month, said the nation's supply executives in the...

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Wise words from the mountaintop—Part 11

November 1, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the eleventh episode in a mountaintop dialogue that Gerald has been having with a "wise business guru." He has been advised to develop a feedback system and to become a master of metrology.My guru missed my joking attempt at yoda-speak. "Meteorology is the study of weather,...

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Durable-goods orders increase slightly in September

October 27, 2004

U.S. factory orders for durable goods—items meant to last at least three years—rose 0.2 percent in September. The gain was less than the 0.5 percent increase predicted by...

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President Bush signs American Jobs Creation Act of 2004

October 22, 2004

On October 22, 2004, President Bush signed into law H.R. 4520, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004.The law repeals the extraterritorial income exclusion in the current tax law; provides domestic...

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Harris economist: U.S. moving toward full employment

October 21, 2004

According to the Outlook 2005 report released by Harris Bank's chief economist, the U.S. recovery train remains on track toward its destination of full employment, despite losing some steam amid...

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AK Steel announces November surcharges

October 19, 2004

AK Steel has advised its flat-rolled carbon steel customers that a $149 per ton surcharge will be added to invoices for products shipped in November, a decrease of $8 from October's surcharge of $157...

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Lincoln Electric elects board chairman

October 18, 2004

Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc. has announced that its board of directors has elected John M. Stropki as chairman of the board. Stropki, named president and CEO in June, succeeds Anthony A. Massaro,...

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Manzullo votes to help keep jobs in the U.S.

October 14, 2004

House Small Business Committee Chairman Don Manzullo (R-IL) is voting October 7 for legislation to help U.S. manufacturers grow and create jobs by providing tax relief for the work they do in the...

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 1

October 14, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the first in a 10-part series intended to help fabricators develop a plan to obtain a government contract. This series is a follow-up to John DiGiacomo's article "Fact, fiction, and the feds: Dispelling myths about selling to the government." Several steps are necessary to...

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U.S. manufacturers should profit from new opportunities

October 13, 2004

The passage of the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 will create new opportunities for manufacturers, according to the marketing firm Provident Partners.Manufacturers should be planning to act on...

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Welding zirconium and zirconium alloys Part I

October 12, 2004

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Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a three-part series on welding zirconium. Part I addresses metallurgy, weld preparation, and shielding techniques. Part II covers welding technique. Part III discusses additional methods of joining refractory metals.

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