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US jobs, services sector data point to growth rebound
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week while activity in the services sector hit a six-month high in March, underscoring the economy's solid fundamentals despite a recent softening in growth. Harsh weather, the now-settled labor dispute at the country's busy West Coast ports, softer global demand and a strong dollar undercut growth early in the first quarter. CNBC
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Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules
WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration’s new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Fuel Fix
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Noam Chomsky: Why Americans Workers Are Screwed
Identifying the lack of a robust labor movement as one of the chief inhibitors to social justice in the United States, the leftist intellectual Noam Chomsky decried the intensifying assault on American labor as an ominous development, declaring that so-called “right to work” laws really establish a “right to scrounge.” Alternate.org
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In Red States, Cities Can’t Win
Big cities have long had a hard time getting their way in state legislatures. But in a more partisan era, the lobbying job for mayors has gotten even harder. The reason is that partisan divisions have become more aligned with regional ones. Most urban delegations are dominated by Democrats, while most rural and many suburban representatives are Republican. Two-thirds of the nation’s legislative chambers are held by the GOP. “It’s very hard to find a Democratic area that is not in a large or semi-large city in the state,” says Barbara Bollier, part of the Republican majority in the Kansas House. Governing.com
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Why Americans Live Farther From Work Than They Did a Decade Ago
People living in the largest U.S. metros have fewer jobs in their vicinity than they did 15 years ago, a new Brookings Institution report finds, and this is especially true for residents of low-income and minority neighborhoods. Overall, the number of jobs within the median commuting distance fell by 7 percent between 2000 and 2012 in these areas. Citylab.com
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State lawmakers discuss equal pay for women legislation
State officials addressed legislation on Wednesday guaranteeing Tennessee women equal pay to men. Women in Tennessee lose $7 billion in lost wages each year because they earn 77 to 83 cents for every dollar paid to men in similar jobs. Wsmv.com
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Vote at Boeing South Carolina plants sets up labor showdown
(Reuters) - Boeing Co faces a union authorization vote in South Carolina next month that pits the plane maker and anti-union Governor Nikki Haley against an organized labor movement that has been thwarted from expansion in the South. The U.S. National Labor Relations Board scheduled the vote for April 22 after Boeing and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) agreed on Tuesday that the potential bargaining unit would include 3,000 employees at Boeing's South Carolina facilities. Reuters
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Plant closure leaving 310 without jobs in Florence
FLORENCE, S.C. — A company that manufactures cabs for truck and other vehicles is closing down its plant in Florence, leaving 310 people without jobs. Worthington Industries, based in Columbus, Ohio, announced on Tuesday that it is closing the plant this September. Less than two years ago, the company announced it was creating 55 new jobs and investing $13 million in the Florence plant that it had just acquired. Kentucky.com
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Are Solar-Powered Homes Jacking Up Everyone Else's Electric Bills?
Solar power is having a major moment. It's growing faster than any other energy source—in 2014, a new system was installed in the United States every three minutes—while the price of a typical panel has dropped 63 percent since 2010. By 2016, experts predict that solar will be as cheap or cheaper than conventional electricity in most states. But solar companies are warning that the boom could soon end, if utilities and some Republican state lawmakers have their way. Mother Jones
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The rise of Georgia solar
Georgia’s solar energy future looks bright as the state’s clean energy sector attracts record-setting private investment and creates jobs. Today, two advocates for renewable energy address the topic, while I compile a list of pros and cons associated with the implementation of sun-kissed energy. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Just look around at what's happening in the aerospace industry in the American South. Aerospace is really making a move to become one of the region's top two industry sectors. It’s not there yet, but if large project counts are any indication, aerospace may soon challenge the petrochemicals sector as the second largest industry in the region. Never before has the aerospace industry been so important to the South's economy. Oh, what's the No. 1 industry sector in the South? Automotive is, of course. That industry hasn't been challenged much for 25 years in this region, or since we’ve been counting.

 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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