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Economic data from August and September painted a picture of a U.S. economy that remains stuck in a slow-growth cycle, but which is strong relative to its primary global partners. Job creation remains solid given the duration of the business cycle; and related data on wage growth and household incomes suggest that U.S. consumers have less to be concerned about today than even two years ago. Activity by business continues to weaken – albeit slightly – as a strong U.S. dollar, political uncertainty and weak global demand are sources of worry.

Labor markets remain the best source of optimism about the economy. Employment grew by 156,000 jobs in September, according to the October 7 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After revisions were made to July and August job creation estimates, the September data meant that the monthly job additions during the third quarter averaged 191,000 – higher than the average of 171,000 for the full year to date.

As important as the jobs gained were the increase in average workers wages, which were up 2.6 percent year-over-year. Labor force participation also improved, with 444,000 more people entering the workforce. The average hours worked also jumped during the quarter. The September report showed a continuation of the upward trend in professional services and healthcare jobs, a possible end to the extended job losses in energy and further declines in manufacturing employment.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 12.13.16

BDO USA’s Summer 2016 Manufacturing Output newsletter is now available

BDO USA's Summer 2016 Manufacturing Output newsletter is now available

Inside this issue, the Manufacturing & Distribution leaders examine the top trends and issues shaping the industry's future, including:

Read full post  |  Posted by on 08.15.16

ACA and Employers: How Seasonal Workers Affect Your ALE Status

When determining if your organization is an applicable large employer, you must measure your workforce by counting all your employees.  However, there is an exception for seasonal workers.

Read full post  |  Posted by on 07.21.16

BDO Manufacturing Output Newsletter - Spring 2016

Take a look at the Spring 2016 Manufacturing Output Newsletter, which includes the following articles:

  • Sustainable Manufacturing Credits & Incentives to Know in 2016
  • Traditional Manufacturing vs. Advanced Manufacturing Infographic
  • R&D Tax Credit Enhancements Provide More Cash-Saving Opportunities for Manufacturers
  • PErspective in Manufacturing
  • How Low Can They Go? A Look at How Oil Prices Could Impact Manufacturers 

Read full post  |  Posted by on 04.14.16