JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Published 5:48 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 Octavous Crosby, 36, has been on an upward trajectory with a steady paycheck — and no student loan debt — since entering the construction trades nearly two decades ago. Crosby, who grew up on Detroit's east side, started off as an apprentice carpenter for his employer, construction company Barton Malow, and proceeded to become a journeyman, foreman and most recently a superintendent. Superintendent is a top supervisory position in the commercial construction trades with an annual earning potential of $60,000 to $150,000 in metro Detroit, according to The Birmingham Group, a Berkley-based construction recruitment firm. "It’s not a job for me. When I come to work every day, I enjoy it," said Crosby, who graduated from the Detroit vocational high school, Randolph Career Technical Center. Detroit-based Bedrock … [Read more...] about High demand for new construction trades workers in Detroit
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by ByJack Ewing Oct. 26, 2018 President Trump has said he started a trade war to create jobs in America. But foreign carmakers that employ thousands of workers in the United States are gauging whether tariffs, the main weapon in that war, may compel them to shift jobs to, of all places, China. Carmakers’ early hopes that congressional Republicans who favor free trade could restrain Mr. Trump have faded. Instead, manufacturers are girding for a protracted period of conflict that will disrupt supply chains and change the companies’ calculations about where to expand and where to cut back. BMW, the largest exporter of cars from the United States, has already moved some production of its popular X3 sport utility vehicle — once made exclusively in Spartanburg, S.C. — to a factory … [Read more...] about Trump’s Trade War May Create New Auto Jobs. In China.
Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018 McConnell Trapp has a special set of skills. He can hack into cars and control aspects of them from his computer. Trapp, 39, who has a law degree and speaks Japanese fluently, started hacking cars about 16 years ago. He used a computer, some various vehicle spare parts, a turbocharger and the help of few good friends to increase the 120 horsepower normally found in a 1995 Honda Civic sedan to almost 300 hp. "It was a lot of trial and error," said Trapp, who admitted he "blew up a lot of engines." Today, Trapp is director of Speed Trapp Consulting in Troy. He works as a legal "techno" consultant. He is one of the good guys who uses his ability to infiltrate car computer systems and uncover potentially dangerous flaws that would make them vulnerable to someone with malicious intentions. But if he were a bad guy, he knows how he could compromise several … [Read more...] about Carmakers struggle to hire hackers, the hottest job in the industry
AS MANY as 860,000 British jobs in the car industry could be at risk due to uncertainty over a final Brexit deal. The Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today called for the Government to speed up their decision after figures showed investment in the industry had halved in the last year. And despite the car manufacturing sector generating a record £82billion in 2017 and an eighth consecutive year of growth, the drop in investment is threatening to slash jobs. The SMMT said that due to uncertainty on the industry's position after Britain leaves the EU, just £347.3million was spent on new models, factories and equipment in the first half of this year, compared to £647.4million in the same period last year. The industry body said car companies needed a clear picture on what the post-Brexit sector will look like to let them plan for the future. If car manufacturing doesn't remain within the EU customs union, thousands of jobs could be at risk, the SMMT … [Read more...] about More than 850,000 jobs in UK car industry at risk thanks to ‘Brexit uncertainty’ – as investment HALVES in 12 months
U.S. employers stepped up hiring modestly in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, evidence of the economy's resilience amid the recent stock market chaos and anxieties about a possible trade war.Job growth amounted to a decent 164,000 last month, up from an upwardly revised 135,000 in March, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate fell after having held at 4.1 percent for the prior six months largely because fewer people were searching for jobs.The overall unemployment rate remained, as in recent months, the lowest since December 2000. The rate for African-Americans — 6.6 percent — is the lowest on record since 1972.Many employers say it's difficult to find qualified workers. Even so, they haven't significantly bumped up pay in most industries. Average hourly earnings rose 2.6 percent from a year ago.An encouraging sign for the economy is that the pace of hiring has yet to be disrupted by dramatic global market swings, a recent pickup in … [Read more...] about Employers add 164,000 jobs in April, as unemployment rate falls to lowest since 2000