Metals employment rises, but some still wary

Dec 09, 2013 | 08:49 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  metals industry employment, Douglas Handler, IHG Global Insight, manufacturing, motor vehicles, unemployment rate, Bureau of Labor Statistics, mining sector

CHICAGO — Metals industry employment rose in November, but some steel industry sources said they remain reluctant to hire now and in the future.

One steel service center operator said his orders are thin and he has production workers performing maintenance, and he doesn’t believe it’s just a seasonal effect.

Other industry participants cited uncertainty about the health-care law and its impact on labor costs, while still others said they expect another hit to business confidence when Congress reconvenes in January to deal with budget, deficit and debt ceiling issues.....

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