On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 2

Unemployment Rate Hits 6.9% As Manufacturing Adds 38,000 Jobs.  IndustryWeek 11/6

“The U.S. jobs market continued to improve in October. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported November 6 that the U.S. economy added 638,000 new nonfarm jobs and the unemployment rate fell a full percentage point to 6.9%. . . .”

Micro 3D printing: When tiny parts mean big impact.  Smart Industry 11/4

“Most conversations around additive manufacturing have focused on printing larger and larger parts, yet many of the world’s products are actually getting smaller and smaller. Think of all the tiny parts that are nestled into the handheld electronics we use on a daily basis, for example, or within the devices that make new forms of microscopic exploration and implantation possible in the medical field. . . .”

US trade deficit falls to $63.9 billion in September.  AP 11/4

“The gap between what the U.S. sells and what it buys abroad fell to $63.9 billion in September, a decline of 4.7%, from a $67 billion deficit in August, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. September exports rose 2.6% to $176.4 billion, pushed higher by the food and beverage category, where shipments worth $12.9 billion were the highest since July of 2012. Soybean exports rose 63% in September. . . .”

Automation upgrades warehouse execution systems to essential status.  Supply Chain Dive 11/3

“Robotic arms, autonomous goods-to-person systems and knots of electric conveyor systems attract a lot of attention in the world of warehouse automation. But behind the scenes is technology controlling automation. And in recent years, a new kind of software emerged to help orchestrate automation: the warehouse execution system, or WES. . . .”

Training in the Age of COVID-19.  Quality Magazine 11/2

“The U.S. manufacturing industry’s skilled labor shortage has been widely reported in the past decade. Millions of jobs became vacant due to the retirement of baby boomers and economic expansion. Until recently, experts predicted that half of these open positions would remain unfilled due to the fact that fewer than 10 percent of high school and college graduates annually enter the manufacturing field. . . .”

How to protect backups from ransomware.  CSO 11/2

“Despite a recent decline in attacks, ransomware still poses significant threats to enterprises, as the attacks against healthcare organizations demonstrated this month. It is also becoming more capable. In particular, ransomware writers are aware that backups are an effective defense and are modifying their malware to track down and eliminate the backups. . . .”