CIRAS Digest: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • ICYMI, there are now more factory jobs out there than there have been in a long time. The headline on a Market Watch opinion piece: “What recession? Manufacturing jobs hit 7-year high.”
  • The headline on the Des Moines Register is different. The story cites continued problems related to agriculture and wonders: “Is Iowa heading for a recession?”
  • The Omaha World-Herald had a story over the weekend on Con Agra’s efforts to reexamine its manufacturing network. The headline references the fact that “change is coming, and more cuts could be in store.”
  • For some sustainability deep thinking: The Green Biz blog has an article saying (among other things) that the effort to detox manufacturing has been delayed because chemists haven’t been involved – and chemists are the only ones who can invent less harmful chemicals.
  • Not much new here, but if you want to feel somebody else’s pain, Crain’s Cleveland Business has a story on the fact that manufacturing firms are “fighting rising health care costs.”
  • And speaking of someone else’s pain…. The Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune has an opinion article authored by the president of the U.S. Business and Industry Council arguing that “slow permitting” is “devastating U.S. mining, manufacturing.”
  • One possible reason we might be talking about mining now. Business Insider notes that the record up-tic in manufacturing employment in January included job losses in mining, which has been “one of the (consistent) letdowns of the report.”
  • Meanwhile, Market Watch argues that our political pain is being inflicted by our own choices in what we expect from political candidates. The piece argues that the presidential political campaign has been “crazy” this cycle because GOP candidates aren’t talking enough about the economy. It’s not the main issue, the piece argues, because Republicans can’t reasonably argue that voters are worse off than they were eight years ago.

That’s it. Thanks for reading.

Follow us on Twitter @CIRAS_ISU for more information. Email eckhoffj@iastate.edu if you’d like to request certain content for CIRAS Digest.