March 31, 2014: Staring down a busy week

Posted by mmcmullan on 03/31/2014

Good morning,

And welcome to the Early Shift. We’re staring down a busy week: The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) will be traveling to the University of Akron for a regional meeting of the Obama administration's AMP 2.0 project.  We'll also be watching for the monthly trade figures on Thursday, and taking a look at the unemployment rate when it’s updated on Friday. Last month’s numbers showed that manufacturing job creation has essentially stalled, and that a comprehensive job creation strategy is becoming more and more necessary. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any such strategy in the past few weeks. What will this month’s data look like?

But here’s what we’re reading in the meantime:

The debate over American-made footwear for our troops goes on. The International Business Times reports that the Berry Amendment exemption allowing Department of Defense dollars to go to athletic shoes made overseas continues to catch heat. Meanwhile, the number of Berry-compliant shoe options is growing.

Crazy factoid of the weekend: "About $1.2 billion of the $1.7 billion worth of imitations picked up by U.S. law enforcement agencies originated in mainland China." 24/7 Wall St. has a rundown of the nine most counterfeited products in the American marketplace.

And ICYMI, Paul Krugman says the Economic Policy Institute’s report on the skills gap myth has killed this iteration of undead economics once again:

And that’s it. That’s it and that’s all, America. We’ll circle back around with you on Friday.


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