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      PERCspective: May 2017 Employment Situation

      The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment report for May 2017 showed slower job growth than expected for the nation as a whole. A closer look at the report, however, includes some bright spots, and some key insights and signals for the prospects of the U.S. plastics industry, according to Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Chief Economist Perc Pineda.
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      PERCspective: April 2017

      The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation figures for April show that the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) could lead to rate hikes from the Federal Reserve later this year, but these increases should be modest and shouldn’t pose a threat to the plastics industry in the near-term.
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      PERCspective: The April 2017 Employment Report

      The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported last week that the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs in April, a larger figure than many analysts expected. Employment in plastics experienced a very minor decline in April but according to Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Chief Economist Perc Pineda, the industry’s employment outlook is strong and the positive jobs report bodes well for consumer demand.
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      PERCspective on First Quarter 2017 GDP

      The advance estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) growth from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) came in at 0.7 percent for the first quarter of 2017. This is a slow start to the year for the economy, but according to Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) Chief Economist Perc Pineda, the latest figures don’t dim the prospects for growth in the U.S. plastics industry.
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      Snowzilla: No Match for Plastics

      I thought we’d be losing our minds by now, Day 6 of Snowzilla, the blizzard that dumped two feet of snow on the Washington, D.C. area. But we’re not, somehow?  How is that?  My husband, our two young sons and I are (literally) digging the mountains of snow outside.
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      The Best of 2016

      A lot happened in 2016 for both PLASTICS and the plastics industry. As we toast 2016 and say hello to 2017, here’s a look back at some of the past year’s biggest stories.
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      I Made That: CH3's Plastic Court

      "I Made That" is a series that showcases the people at plastics companies whose work goes into the products that consumers encounter throughout their daily lives. If you are interested in featuring your company's role in bringing a consumer product to market, please email stories@plasticsindustry.org.
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      How Will the Brexit Impact the U.S. Plastics Industry?

      The vote by 52 percent of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union—the so-called British exit (Brexit)—has sent shockwaves across global financial markets and ushered in a period of uncertainty for manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic.
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      On Father’s Day, Get to Know Some of PLASTICS' Family-Owned Member Companies

      Just like families themselves, no two family-owned businesses are the same. The plastics industry is home to many of these companies and in honor of Father’s Day, PLASTICS highlights some family-owned members.