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Factory hiring, index point to stronger production outlook

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The U.S. manufacturing sector ramped up employment for a second consecutive month in January; the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the sector added 5,000 workers in January, building on a gain of 11,000 workers in December, according to an analysis by the National Association of Manufacturers.

"We hope this is a sign that manufacturers are starting to accelerate their hiring in light of a stronger demand and production outlook," said Chad Moutray, chief economist for NAM. "Today's report stands in contrast to the numbers throughout much of 2016. Last year, manufacturers were taking a more cautious approach, and as a result there are 46,000 fewer manufacturing workers today than one year ago, as global headwinds and economic uncertainties continued to take their toll on manufacturing activity."

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