The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Politics

February 13, 2013

Obama starts policy campaign with manufacturing in N.C.

(Continued)

His advisers say the proposals will not add to the deficit, only reallocate money already in the budget.

Obama's challenge to revive a struggling middle-class economy is a big one here and in other states where manufacturing jobs have migrated overseas or been replaced by technology.

In North Carolina, the unemployment rate is 9.2 percent, more than a point above the national average. State lawmakers said this week that they will cut unemployment benefits, given such costs' drag on public finances. Other states are doing the same.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only three job categories showed declines in Asheville's workforce over the past year: manufacturing; government; and the mining, logging and construction sector.

About 8 percent of Asheville's labor force works in manufacturing. Those jobs have declined by 2.2 percent over the past year, and only the logging, mining and construction sector lost more. Obama advisers say a weak fourth quarter nationally may have played a part in the local manufacturing decline.

Obama chose the Linamar factory in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina as a parable for what he hopes will be America's manufacturing rebirth. His advisers say he is seeking to build on the 500,000 manufacturing jobs the national economy has created in the past three years, something they say few predicted.

Linamar, which is based in Canada, makes heavy engine parts and components, several of which dangled above the stage where Obama spoke Wednesday afternoon after shedding his suit jacket and rolling up his sleeves.

The White House said that in 2011 Linamar expanded its U.S. operations here using a closed Volvo Construction Equipment plant where 220 people had worked until it was shuttered the previous year. Since then, Linamar has hired 160 workers with plans to hire 40 more by the end of the year. The company has plants in China, Mexico and other countries competing for manufacturing jobs.

Text Only
Politics
  • With 1 week to go, Sanford subject of attacks

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford can’t seem to escape attacks on the extramarital affair that derailed his political career, which he hopes to revive in a special congressional election that is now a week away.

    May 1, 2013

  • Bombing shifts Mass. Senate race before primaries

    BOSTON — Even before the explosions, polling suggested that Massachusetts voters weren’t excited about the looming special election to replace former U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

    April 28, 2013

  • In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites

    WASHINGTON — America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.

    April 28, 2013

  • Senate Democrats put off vote on Labor nominee

    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have delayed a confirmation vote on Labor Secretary-nominee Thomas Perez after Republicans threatened to use a separate hearing to criticize his handling of a whistleblower case.

    April 24, 2013

  • Sen. Baucus' decision to retire sets stage for majorlegislative changes

     Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., one of the most influential congressional figures of his era, announced his intention Tuesday to retire, a move that could produce sweeping changes in the political and legislative landscape over the next two years.

    April 24, 2013

  • Senate friendship born of tragedy beat partisanship

    These days, most dispatches from Washington focus on petty partisanship, posturing, impasses and a political culture that rewards confrontation.

    April 22, 2013

  • Rubio rising

    If Marco Rubio helps pass comprehensive immigration reform, he will have accomplished more as a senator than Barack Obama did.

    April 22, 2013

  • Gun Bill's Failure May Help Immigration Legislation

    WASHINGTON — Here's an odd political reality: The collapse of the gun bill in the Senate last week may well make the passage of immigration reform legislation slightly easier.

    April 21, 2013

  • Senate Planning Vote on Internet Sales Tax

    WASHINGTON — The days of tax-free online shopping could finally be numbered.

    April 21, 2013

  • Advocates of Immigration Reform Fight Back Against Push for Delay

    WASHINGTON — The Senate's leading supporters of overhauling the nation's immigration system sought Sunday to blunt a conservative effort to slow the pace of debate over their bill, saying the Boston Marathon bombings are a reason to move quickly to make changes.

    April 21, 2013

Featured Ads
Politics Video