MAPI – Manufacturers Alliance Economic News and Reports

A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI.

Issues in Brief

New EEOC Pregnancy Guidance Requires Employers to Provide Light Duty and Accommodations
The EEOC’s guidance notes that some pregnant workers could qualify as having a disability as defined by the ADA, making them eligible for reasonable accommodations, including light-duty assignments. The timing of the guidance’s issuance is controversial, however.

Some Sunlight for the U.S. Labor Market
Nothing like starting off the fall season with a bit of confusion. Wall Street analysts, in their tendency to over-interpret monthly data, expressed disappointment with net growth in total U.S. payroll jobs of only 142,000 during the month of August. After a string of six months where employment gains were persistently above the 200,000 mark, they expected something much stronger.

Themes Driving Manufacturing Growth
Dan Meckstroth, Ph.D. recaps some general thoughts concerning the outlook for manufacturing during a recent radio broadcast.


Economic Update

Economic Roundtable: The Outlook Through 2015
In this video, six of our economists review the manufacturing outlook for key regions and explore what’s ahead for energy prospects in the United States. Cliff Waldman notes that “we are in a slow-growth world.”

U.S. Industrial Outlook: Growth Mode
Manufacturing is attracting significant investment in machinery and structures thanks to a faster pace of growth and widening backlogs. The level of housing starts, however, is well below what the fundamentals suggest is needed.

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