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7 key factors for US reshoring

After making the case for reshoring in a previous article, PwC identified 7 key factors influencing potential US manufacturing resurgence. Obviously, labor cost is one of those factors but not the only one. “Industrial manufacturers may increasingly rethink their U.S.


Re-shoring Gives Economic Hope to Manufacturers Offshore outsourcing has become one of the hot button political issues of the day. Especially in light of the U.S. economic downturn, there is a desperate need for more jobs for American workers, while


NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Natural Gas rising but still at near historical lows   |   06.27.16 – 5th winning season in the last 7 years – Natural gas prices rose Monday, pushing back toward the 10-month highs set last week as power-sector

Labor costs per employee international comparison

This great graphic was in a new report by KPMG “Competitive Alternatives Special Report: Focus on Tax“. It shows the labor costs of 10 large countries. Labor costs include wages and benefits. There are two parts of benefits, those that legally required

US labor costs flat in Q2 – Productivity up at 2.3%

Unit labor costs were flat in the second quarter, less than the 1.4 percent rise the government had initially estimated. U.S. workers were more productive from April through June than previously estimated while labor costs were unchanged. Productivity grew at

U.S. firms in China say their No. 1 fear is rising labor costs

U.S. companies operating in China cited rising labor costs as the biggest risk to their business in the country for the first time, the 2013 China Business Climate Survey Report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China, AmCham China,

US Labor Costs rise sharply in Q4

Labor costs rose at a 4.5 percent rate in the fourth quarter 0f 2012, the fastest gain since the first quarter of 2012. However, for all of 2012, labor costs were up a modest 0.7 percent. That compared to a

Brazilian Iron Ore and the Environment – Copyright, Posted by permission

Three U.S. companies that are leaders in their fields–Nucor in steel, Cargill in agriculture, and ThyssenKrupp Waupaca in iron castings–are three of the leading U.S. purchasers of Brazilian pig iron. What are these American leaders doing to ensure that the

Worker productivity slows as labor costs rise in the final months of 2011

Labor costs increased at a 2.8 percent rate in the fourth quarter. That’s lower than the 3.9 percent rise in the third quarter, but much higher than the initial fourth-quarter estimate of 1.2%. Growth in U.S. worker productivity slowed at

America’s Productivity Boom

Of the 19 economies tracked by the BLS, only Taiwan managed to improve its unit labor cost position more than the United States did. U.S. workers can be placed at a competitive disadvantage because of low labor costs abroad. This disadvantage