NPR Series: Looking Up http://www.kunc.org en Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can http://www.kunc.org/post/auto-parts-suppliers-hiring-fast-they-can <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength">Part of a series</a><p>Detroit automakers are creating thousands of new jobs amid a sales boom. And as they expand, their suppliers are racing to keep up, adding tens of thousands of new jobs.<p>At Bridgewater Interiors in Warren, Mich., for example, the pace is intense. Hundreds of union employees scurry to fill a growing list of orders. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 23910 at http://www.kunc.org Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can Optimism Rising Along With The Number of New Jobs http://www.kunc.org/post/optimism-rising-along-number-new-jobs <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength">Part of a series</a></em><p>As 2011 was winding down, consumer spirits were starting to rise. Now the momentum has carried into the new year, with polls showing consumer sentiment continuing to improve.<p>Economists say that negative factors, such as falling home values or rising meat prices, are nowhere near as important as the growth in jobs.<p>"People pay close attention to the jobless rate," said Carroll Doherty, an associate director at the Pew Research Center. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:47:00 +0000 23956 at http://www.kunc.org Optimism Rising Along With The Number of New Jobs Factories 'Reshore' Some Work From Overseas http://www.kunc.org/post/factories-reshore-some-work-overseas <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength">Part of a series</a></em><p>During the worst of the Great Recession, U.S. factory jobs were disappearing at a furious pace. As 2007 began, about 14 million Americans were working in manufacturing.<p>Three years and one frightful recession later, only 11.5 million were.<p>But since 2010, employment has been ticking back up, with companies adding about 400,000 jobs.<p>One reason for at least a small portion of that growth: the return of factory work from overseas. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:18:00 +0000 23891 at http://www.kunc.org Factories 'Reshore' Some Work From Overseas Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines http://www.kunc.org/post/record-high-food-prices-boost-farmers-bottom-lines <strong><strong><strong><strong><strong> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength"><em>Part of a series</em></a><p>Thanks to high commodity prices and surging productivity, U.S. farmers earned a net income of nearly $98 billion last year — a record, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute.<p>Those strong earnings are helping boost the demand for farmland. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 KCUR-FM: Frank Morris 23839 at http://www.kunc.org Record-High Food Prices Boost Farmers' Bottom Lines On Utah's 'Silicon Slopes,' Tech Jobs Get A Lift http://www.kunc.org/post/utahs-silicon-slopes-tech-jobs-get-lift Last year, Utah created jobs at a faster pace than any other state in the country — with the single exception of North Dakota. While the boom in North Dakota is being driven by oil and gas, the hot job market in Utah is being powered by technology companies.<p>Computer-system-design jobs in Utah shot up nearly 12 percent in 2011. Scientific and technical jobs jumped 9.7 percent. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:35:00 +0000 Steve Henn 23826 at http://www.kunc.org On Utah's 'Silicon Slopes,' Tech Jobs Get A Lift