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Rhode Island’s Skills Gap Continues To Grow

As the smallest state, Rhode Island has a lot to overcome – and it’s unemployment rate and ever-widening skills gap are definitely obstacles. According to The Economic Progress Institute, nearly half of the jobs in Rhode Island (48%) are “middle-skill” jobs, meaning they require more than a high school degree, but less than a four-year […]

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Despite A Shaky Economy, C&A Tool Beats The Odds

C&A Tool – a manufacturing company in Indiana – has certainly beat the odds. In a time when the manufacturing industry has been on shaky ground, they’ve managed to see solid year-over-year growth and have continued to add skilled workers to their job force. When speaking with Fox Small Business Center about the prospect of […]

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BAE Systems Expects Hiring Boom In 2014

Oceaneering International has selected BAE Systems to build their next subsea support vessel for offshore drilling. This endeavor indicates that the trend of bringing shipbuilding back to North American shores is continuing to rise, and is anticipated to create approximately 250 new jobs at BAE Systems. Richard McCreary, Vice President of BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, […]

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‘The Manufacturing Industry Faces A Serious Skills Gap’

According to a recent article in U.S. News and World Report, 82 percent of manufacturing employers say that they can’t find “workers with the right skills” to fill their jobs. The problem that employers are facing is due not only to the skills gap – meaning that prospective employees don’t have the necessary skills to […]

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U.S. Jobless Claims Fall As Mid-Atlantic Region Sees Increased Factory Activity

On October 17, 2013 it was announced that the United States jobless rate fell by about 15,000 claims last week amid increased manufacturing and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region. According to a report issued by the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, its business activity index – which measures factory activity in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New […]

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Skills Gap Leaves United States Manufacturing Industry With 600,000+ Vacancies

One of the biggest hurdles that the United States manufacturing industry is facing is that there’s a huge shortage of skilled workers to fill vacancies across various verticals. In fact, according to the Manufacturing Institute’s 2011 year-end Skills Gap report, there were 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in the United States. One of the biggest causes of […]

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New England Institute of Technology Receives $2.5 Million Grant To Establish Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute

Through a $2.5 million grant provided by the US Department of Labor, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is now in its final stages of developing a Shipbuilding/Marine, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) to serve 400 unemployed individuals over the three year life of the grant. It will also afford New England Tech the opportunity to […]

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United States Manufacturing Industry Experiencing Record Growth

The recent boost in manufacturing across the country should help boost the Rhode Island manufacturing industry. During the month of September, the United States’ manufacturing industry saw fast and dramatic growth. The Institute for Supply Management reported that their manufacturing index rose to 56.2 percent in September, which was up 55.7 percent from August, and […]

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