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U.S. Factories Power Past Global Tumult

Wall Street Journal (12/01/14) Kathleen Madigan

Foreign manufacturers are being affected by a global slowdown, but low oil prices have helped U.S. factories remain competitive. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing purchasing managers index fell to 58.7 in November from 59.0 in October. The new orders index increased to a three-month high of 66.0 from 65.8 and the production index dropped to 64.4 from 64.8. The exports index went up to 55.0 from 51.5 and the employment index slowed to 54.9 from 55.5.

Lawmakers Divided Over Renewing Tax Breaks

Wall Street Journal (12/01/14) John D. McKinnon; Siobhan Hughes

Congress is split over whether to renew a variety of expiring tax breaks and is only likely to renew them through 2014. It is unclear what will happen next to the roughly 50 tax provisions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid discussed a broad package that would have made permanent a few of the most popular business provisions such as the research credit but it was scuttled by the Obama administration for being too favorable toward business and not doing enough for low income people.

Free ASA Webinar Tomorrow—Tour the New ASA Website

Don’t miss tomorrow’s ASA webinar “Guided Tour of the American Staffing Association’s New Website,” 1–2 p.m. Eastern time. Hear from ASA staff about the new features and learn how you can access the information, data, and resources available to members on the association’s newly redesigned website.

All ASA webinars are free for ASA members, and most qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit