The World Economy Is Suddenly Running Low on Everything

May 18, 2021 Bloomberg A year ago, as the pandemic ravaged country after country and economies shuddered, consumers were the ones panic-buying. Today, on the rebound, it’s companies furiously trying to stock up. Mattress producers to car manufacturers to aluminum foil makers are buying more material than they need to survive the breakneck speed atRead More

Job Satisfaction Remains High, Despite Pandemic

Employees are happy as many companies went above and beyond in supporting their workers during the pandemic, said the Conference Board EHS Today Staff APR 28, 2021 Despite the fallout from the pandemic -- an economic crisis, mass layoffs, and high unemployment -- the percent of employees reporting overall satisfaction with their jobs remained highRead More

Global Steel Demand Recovering in 2021

The World Steel Assn. forecasts steel demand growing by 5.8% to 1.87 billion metric tons this year, after a slight decrease in 2020, with an automotive sector rebound among the leading factors. APR 18, 2021 The World Steel Association forecasts that global steel demand will rise 5.8% this year to 1.87 billion metric tons, thenRead More

With China Policy in Tatters, OEMs Best Expect More Shortages

It's not just semiconductors; the US is at least a generation away from any kind of self-sufficiency in too many important areas. Paul Ericksen Eamon McKinney APR 14, 2021 Opinion/Analysis To say the recent America-China summit in Alaska didn’t go well would be a monumental understatement. It was no surprise to the Chinese contingent thatRead More

US jobless claims plunge to 576,000, lowest since pandemic

Elyse Russo APR 15, 2021 / 08:02 AM CDT The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID low and a hopeful sign that layoffs are easing as the economy recovers from the pandemic recession. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications plummeted by 193,000 from a revised 769,000 a weekRead More

Industrial Production Returns to Growth After February’s Storms Subside

U.S. manufacturing output rose 2.7% in March after falling almost 4% in February. IW Staff APR 15, 2021 The Federal Reserve reported on April 15 that industrial production in March rose 1.4%, returning to growth after an unseasonably stormy February knocked it down 2.6%. The report shows total industrial production rose 2.5% at an annualizedRead More

The economy is on the cusp of a major boom and economists believe it could last

PUBLISHED FRI, APR 9 2021 Patti Domm@IN/PATTI-DOMM-9224884/@PATTIDOMM The economy has entered a period of supercharged growth, and instead of fizzling, it could potentially remain stronger than it was during the pre-pandemic era into 2023. Economists now expect the second quarter to grow at a pace of 10%, and growth for 2021 is expected to be north of 6.5%.Read More

March Manufacturing More than Doubles February’s Pace for New Hires

Manufacturers hired 53,000 more people in March as employment recovery picks up steam. APR 02, 2021 The Department of Labor’s most recent employment report reveals that the nonfarm economy added 916,000 jobs last month while manufacturing more than doubled the amount of jobs it gained in February. Manufacturing added 53,000 jobs in March after addingRead More

In Like a Lion: Manufacturing in March Grew for a Tenth Straight Month

Surveyed manufacturing executives are increasingly optimistic despite supply chain and talent struggles. Ryan Secard APR 02, 2021 March was a good month for manufacturing, according to the Institute for Supply Management. The ISM’s manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index rose 3.9 points from February to reach 64.7%, making March the tenth month of an expanding industrial economyRead More

March jobs report is expected to be strong and show the beginning of a hiring surge

PUBLISHED THU, APR 1 20212:22 PM EDT Patti Domm@IN/PATTI-DOMM-9224884/@PATTIDOMM Americans are beginning to return to the workforce in big numbers, and that is likely to show up in the March employment report. Economists polled by Dow Jones expect to see 675,000 jobs added in March as the economy reopened more broadly, and the number ofRead More