On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of March 18

“The light is a little too dim for Carolyn Lee, executive director of the  Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM.) She wants the industry to shine a brighter light on itself and attract the recognition it deserves. . . .”

U.S. labor market solid; manufacturing sector slowing.  Reuters 3/21
“The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to still strong labor market conditions, though the pace of job growth has slowed after last year’s robust gains. . . .”

Fed holds line on rates, says no more hikes ahead this year.  CNBC 3/20
“The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to hold interest rates steady and indicated that no more hikes will be coming this year. . . .”

Hackers eye the factory floor.  Roll Call 3/20
“Factories across the world are increasingly switching to internet-connected sensors, monitors and other devices to operate and supervise their manufacturing operations more intensely. But the proliferation of such equipment is posing new cybersecurity risks. . . .”

U.S. Trails Europe in Technology and Data-Science Skills Ranking.  Bloomberg 3/19
“The world’s largest economy doesn’t stand so tall in a global ranking of technology skills. For the leaders, look to Europe. . . .”

U.S. factory orders barely rise; shipments fall further.  Reuters 3/19
“New orders for U.S.-made goods rose less than expected in January and shipments fell for a fourth straight month, offering more evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing activity. . . .”

Why Reporting All Incidents Matters.  EHS Today 3/16
“The concept of incident reporting has been around for quite some time now. Though it was designed to improve safety in the workplace, there are still a number of reasons employees refuse to comply avoid this. Management and frontline workers need to understand why reporting an incident makes a big difference in the safety, efficiency and overall well-being of the organization and its members. . . .”