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Ten Manufacturing Companies Helped by CMTC in Orange County

Ten Manufacturing Companies Helped by CMTC in Orange County

SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Initially the target goal set by CMTC and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) was to retain 80 jobs throughout the county during a six month contract period. A total of 10 companies took advantage of the services provided by the Orange County WIB in order to retain jobs in the county. At the end of June, this target was exceeded with 103 jobs being retained through the WIB initiatives and CMTC services. In addition, to the sales increases of $2.4M, cost savings amounted to over $600,000 and investment increases over $400,000.

“We’re honored to be working with the Orange County WIB to assist in job retention and growth. California’s manufacturers are critical to the economy and their initiative offers a significant benefit for the manufacturing industry in this tough economic period.”

California Manufacturing Technology Consulting™ (CMTC), a private, nonprofit corporation is partnering with local Southern California Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to assist in sparking job creation and retention with small and medium sized manufacturers. In partnership with the local WIBs, CMTC provided manufacturers lay-off aversion services and best practices on how to remain competitive in today’s economy.

“We’re honored to be working with the Orange County WIB to assist in job retention and growth. California’s manufacturers are critical to the economy and their initiative offers a significant benefit for the manufacturing industry in this tough economic period.” says David Braunstein, President and CEO of CMTC.

In Partnership with the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the OCWIB oversees Orange County's workforce development activities and establishes programs in response to the workforce needs of Orange County. They are responsible for assessing, developing, training and providing supporting services for unemployed and dislocated workers.

According to the updated numbers reported in August, 2010 by First Research, the California manufacturing industry includes about 44,300 companies with combined annual revenue of $491 billion. Manufacturing employs about 1.4 million with an annual payroll of $71 billion. It’s estimated that for every new manufacturing position created, four to nine jobs are added to the economy, making manufacturing job growth especially crucial.

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Regional Managers Offer Layoff Aversion Services to Help Businesses Retain Employees and Sustain Bus

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC)
Provides Free Business Assistance to Avert Layoffs

Regional Managers Offer Layoff Aversion Services to
Help Businesses Retain Employees and Sustain Business

PRLog (Press Release)– Nov 02, 2010 – Los Angeles – The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s (LAEDC) Business Assistance Department has secured a number of Layoff Aversion grants from the Southeast Los Angeles County (SELACO) Workforce Investment Board, South Bay WIB, Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority, Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network and most recently the City of L.A. WIB.

Through this funding, the LAEDC, in partnership with local communities, workforce investment partners, employers, and workers, will assist small and medium-sized businesses explore alternatives to layoffs through human resource solutions.

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Mass. unemployment rate falls to 8.4 percent

Mass. unemployment rate falls to 8.4 percent

Source: Boston Globe

The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped from 8.8 percent in August to 8.4 percent in September, the steepest drop since January 1976, state labor officials said this morning.

"The rate, which has been trending downward from the 9.5 percent rate in January and February, remains below the 9.6 percent national rate," the state's Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development said in a press release.

The preliminary September job estimates show 3,175,900 jobs in Massachusetts, a decrease of 20,900 jobs, the office added.

NJ jobs report the worst in 18 months

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NJ jobs report the worst in 18 months

The Record
E-mail: morley@northjersey.com
Source: northjersey.com

New Jersey lost 20,200 jobs in September, including 9,400 in the private sector, wiping out three consecutive months of private-sector gains and dimming hopes that an economic recovery is under way in the state.

The total loss, outlined in the monthly jobs report from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development Wednesday, was the biggest since March 2009.

The state has lost 62,400 jobs since June 2009, the official end of the recession, including 35,400 private-sector jobs.
Economists said the figures are particularly distressing because New Jersey has lost jobs even as the nation has added them. New Jersey has lost about 3,900 private jobs this year, while the U.S. added 863,000.

"It's a very discouraging report," said Joseph Seneca, an economics professor for Rutgers University. "New Jersey is not participating in the, admittedly weak, private-sector [national] job growth."

One reason may be that much of the national growth has been in manufacturing, which is only a small part of the New Jersey economy. Although the sector added 1,800 jobs in New Jersey in September, it has lost 1,400 for the year.

The state lost 10,800 government jobs in September, about 75 percent in local government and most of the rest at the federal level, according to the report. It also revised the August figures downward, reporting a loss of 1,100 jobs, instead of the previously announced gain of 500.
The revision, and the loss of 9,400 private-sector jobs in September, erased the gain of 7,700 jobs in June, July and August.

"The monthly report was certainly weaker than expected because the private sector drop was unanticipated," said Patrick O'Keefe, an economist with Roseland accounting firm J.H. Cohn. "We are now 15 months into a recovery and our private sector is still smaller than at the end of the recession."

"This has been a job-loss recovery," he said.

The state's unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent, from 9.6 percent, according to the report. But it added that the decline was largely due to "working-age residents leaving the labor force," rather than people finding jobs.

The state's unemployment rate is now slightly below the national figure of 9.6 percent.

National Employ Older Workers Week

Statement by US Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on
National Employ Older Workers Week

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement on National Employ Older Workers Week, which takes place September 19 - 26.

"This week we celebrate the continued contributions of America's older workers.  It is also a time to get word to every employer about the importance and benefits of hiring these seasoned professionals.  After all, experience — coupled with a solid work ethic and strong decision making skills — makes for excellent job candidates.  

"As for all other workers, the Labor Department is committed to the success of these vital members of America's workforce.  To help in that nationwide effort, we have more than 3,000 One Stop Career Centers — a full list of which is available at www.servicelocator.org. The centers offer such services as resume writing assistance, career counseling and even direct job placement — all free of charge.  In the current economic climate, leveraging these tools can help make the difference between getting a good, new job and facing long-term unemployment.  

"The department also recently launched a new online tool that helps older workers match their existing skills to new job opportunities.  The web portal is called "mySkills myFuture" and is accessed by going to www.myskillsmyfuture.org.  Visitors can easily find out what jobs they are qualified for, search local job listings or locate training opportunities to help them upgrade their skills.  

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New network seeks solutions to avoid layoffs, plant closings

State to help companies on verge of crisis
New network seeks solutions to avoid layoffs, plant closings

Wednesday, September 29, 2010  02:53 AM

By Tim Feran
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio has had its share of plant closings and worker layoffs. Hoping to provide an ounce of prevention, the state yesterday announced a program to help companies keep plants open and their workers on the payroll.

The Early Warning Network is an effort of the Ohio Department of Development's Workforce and Talent Division.

"The sooner we know a company is at risk, the more time we have to work out a solution," said Lisa Patt-McDaniel, director of the department. "It is vital to the state's economic success to anticipate company challenges before receiving a public layoff notice."

The network will be federally funded through the Workforce Investment Act, the department said. It blends a new effort, called the Retention Program, with two existing programs, the Labor-Management Cooperation Program and the Employee Ownership Center.

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The ‘missing’ warily return to the job hunt

The 'missing' warily return to the job hunt
With more seeking employment, jobless rate may continue to stay high

By Allison Linn Senior writer

The good news about even the weakest of economic recoveries is that it will lure more people back into the job market.

The bad news is that those people, who have been missing from official statistics showing how many people are unemployed, could keep the 9.6 percent unemployment rate from dropping as quickly as many would like.

The weak economy has been so hard on some jobseekers that they have stopped even trying to find work. Now, amid what is officially being classified as an economic recovery, economists expect that some of those "missing workers" will jump back into the job search.

“We have this pool of missing workers, and as jobs are created, they’re going to start coming in and then that keeps the unemployment rate from coming down,” said Heidi Shierholz, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, a labor issues think tank.

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