The job outlook doesn't look terrific for the coming year, at least according to statistics published by the American Management Association (www.amanet.org). Nearly two-thirds of business execs surveyed forecasted that their U.S. workforce would either remain the same or decrease in 2003. On average, those who reported a downsizing estimated a loss of 7.8% of their workforce. Top reasons for eliminating jobs: Organizational restructuring (44%); Lower demand for products (40%); and improved efficiency (31%). There's good news, though: 89% of execs say that they plan to give raises and bonuses to their employees this year.
Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) is partnering with Local Motors to develop technology that will 3D-print an entire production-model car. A second deal with Cincinnati Inc. will develop a huge, very fast commercial 3D printer.