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US Factory Output Rose In January For Second Straight Month

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by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer   WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers cranked out more steel, machinery and electronics last month as factories appear to be rebounding after two years of stagnation. Factory output rose 0.2 percent in January, its second straight increase, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday . While modest, the gain is… Read more »

Small Business Optimism Index Surges by Most Since 1980

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Jan 10, 2017Bloomberg Optimism among America’s small businesses soared in December by the most since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the presidential election. The National Federation of Independent Business’s index jumped 7.4 points last month to 105.8, the highest since the end of 2004, from 98.4. While… Read more »

Oil Industry Starts Revival as Project Approvals to Double

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The oil industry will shake off the effects of the biggest downturn in a generation this year as they more than double project approvals and increase exploration spending for the first time in three years, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd. Companies will green-light more than 20 oil and gas fields for development compared with nine… Read more »

Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don’t Buy I

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The odds are good that privatizing education will be part of the agenda for President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration. The Republican platform calls for increasing the role of banks in giving out student loans. And Mr. Trump and the platform advocate an expansion of both vouchers, which enable students to attend the private school of… Read more »

The Complex Mess of Health Insurance

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The Kaiser Family Foundation is one of the best sources of information on health care, and it recently convened some focus groups in the Midwest and Pennsylvania. These groups included people who received health insurance through an Obamacare exchange and who also voted for Donald Trump. You can read about the results in an Op-Ed… Read more »

Will value-based payment initiatives continue under Trump?

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By Elizabeth Whitman  | November 11, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to also undo widespread efforts to nudge the U.S. healthcare system toward value-based payment, including experiments devised by the ACA-funded Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. “The concept of value in healthcare has been around a long… Read more »

Tackling The Gender Diversity Gap — Recommendations For Employers To Attract Women In STEM

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For many of the employers we work with, gender diversity is a high priority on the corporate agenda — especially women in STEM roles. Employers are often tasked with achieving diversity targets, but are faced with high competition for the same talent and few ideas of where to begin to achieve this. It’s unrealistic to pretend… Read more »

CEO CONFIDENCE AT SIX-YEAR HIGH

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CEO confidence rose sharply in the fourth quarter after a slight retreat in the prior quarter, according to The Conference Board’s measure of CEO confidence. In the fourth quarter, the measure jumped to a level of 65, up from 50 in the third quarter of 2016. A reading of more than 50 reflects more positive… Read more »

Steel moves a step closer to retirement ‘bomb’

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Jan 03, 2017 | 10:23 AM | Dom Yanchunas NEW YORK — Now that 2017 has begun, the U.S. steel industry finds itself one year closer to a potentially devastating wave of retirements that could wipe out its vital leadership and knowledge base. Companies and recruiters have realized for years that the steel community has a… Read more »

Who Should Be in Your Network??

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Over 50% of job seekers find their job though their networking efforts. Most of your time should be spend increase your network while you keep in touch with your current personal and professional network. The following are eight groups of people most job seekers include in their network: Employers Co-Workers Subordinates Customers Family Members Friends… Read more »

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