October 28, 2013: It's getting spooky out there

Posted by mmcmullan on 10/28/2013

Good morning,

And a good Monday morning to you, America! You’re undoubtedly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but if not, no prob. Go grab some coffee before you get to reading.

Caffeinated? Cool. There’s been plenty of scary stuff coming out of Washington recently in the form of do-nothing governance from Capitol Hill. But you’re really gonna need to be on your toes this week, because Halloween is just around the bend! We suggest keeping the holiday American-made, or -- if you’re in proximity to Moundsville, West Virginia and the spirit moves you -- checking out a ghost museum. And stay tuned to the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) for a spooktacular Halloween video later this week.

Elsewhere around the web:

Whether or not Detroit’s bankruptcy will be allowed to go forward is presently being hashed out in court, and both the city’s emergency manager and the governor of Michigan are scheduled to testify today. The Detroit Free Press has a live blog rolling, and it is worth keeping an eye on.

And speaking of the Motor City: The fate of Detroit’s historic Packard auto factory will be announced today. The largely abandoned plant was purchased by a Texas doctor at auction with a bid just north of six million dollars. She plans to explain her intentions for the site today. The plant is home to stray animals and urban spelunkers. Again, here’s the Freep with the story.

Ominous signs for the next jobs report:

ICYMI: Unemployment may be slowly falling, but the U.S. has reached a record number of long-term unemployed workers who have been out of work for a year-plus. Floyd Norris reports for the New York Times.

Last night, our friends at Firedoglake hosted a live chat about the state of American manufacturing with AAM President Scott Paul and ReMaking America authors Carl Pope and Harold Meyerson. The three discussed everything from the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the U.S. manufacturing sector, to the economic potential of electric cars, to job creation. Check out the full chat here.

And where’s your jobs report?

There’s more to the monthly jobs report than just numbers. There are people behind the data, and their stories deserve to be heard. Do you have one to tell? Have you – or your friends, family, or neighbors – started looking for work recently? Have you stopped? Send in your jobs report 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.

Happy Monday, America!

-AAM

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