October 21, 2013: Getting the jobs conversation started again

Posted by mmcmullan on 10/21/2013

Good morning,

So begins a full week with the American government once again open for business! With bipartisan bonhomie in Washington at an all-time high, Congress will undoubtedly tear through its list of things to do with nary a hiccup.

Yeah, maybe don’t hold your breath while waiting for that to happen. But all the same, we’re happy to see the government slowly beginning to function again. Which means...we’ll be getting back a few of the things lost during the shutdown. And what, in particular, is the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) anxiously awaiting? You guessed it: The jobs report. Yes. Around these parts, we love that data dump.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the Department of Labor deemed nonessential during the shutdown, is releasing its backlog of employment data tomorrow. A few weeks late is better than never; with the overdue update on the health of its labor market, America is (hopefully) turning its political conversation toward job creation -- a debate that is too often on DC’s back burner.

As AAM President Scott Paul put it in a Huffington Post opinion last week: “It's not acceptable to simply shrug off the stories of millions of struggling Americans who have no voice in the current debate.” That said, we’ll be updating our own tomorrow, and we need your help to do it. Have you – or your friends, family, or neighbors – started looking for work recently? Have you stopped? Send in the jobs report from your town to info [at] aamfg [dot] org, tweet it to us at @keepitmadeinUSA, or contact us via Facebook. And read the ever-updating report right here.

Elsewhere around the web:

Henry Ford passed on an invitation into the Chinese market nearly 90 years ago. Now, with a bid to become a government-approved provider of taxis in Hong Kong, his namesake company thinks it may have found a way back in. Keith Bradsher of the New York Times writes that Ford has a lot of catching up to do to gain pace with one of its fellow Big Three rivals:

G.M. has thrived in China, thanks mainly to its Buick brand, which the company frequently ties to Dr. Sun in its marketing. G.M. shipped 71,002 Buicks to dealers in China last month — compared to only 15,623 Buicks in the United States.

Volvo Group is planning a $30 million expansion at its Hagerstown, Maryland plant. That means at least 100 new jobs on the assembly line making heavy-duty engines and transmissions for the auto company, notes the Baltimore Sun’s Jamie Smith Hopkins.

In case you missed it:

And don’t forget:

A jobs report is coming tomorrow, but we need your help to make it whole.

AAM is asking its supporters across the nation to send in a jobs report as they see it from their communities.

A late jobs report? No problem. Help us tell the jobs story by sending in the jobs report from your town to info [at] aamfg [dot] org, tweeting it to us at @keepitmadeinUSA, or contacting us via Facebook.

Happy Monday, America! It’s gonna be a great week.

-AAM

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