Trump Fans or Not, Business Owners Are Wary of Warren and Sanders

Beri Fox, president and chief executive of Marble King in Paden City, W.Va., possibly the last American manufacturer of toy marbles, said she had not yet focused on the candidates’ overall plans, just “bits and pieces.” Making sure American companies can compete with China is a priority for her, said Ms. Fox, who employs 28 people. She hopes that Mr. Trump’s confrontational approach on trade will work in the long run, but also feels that Mr. Biden cares deeply about domestic manufacturers. She has not decided whom to support for…

After a Decade of Hiring, Plenty of Jobs but Raises Are Tiny

“As rosy as the numbers look from a high level, there’s still pain out there, jobs cuts that are happening, industries that are struggling and people losing their jobs,” he said. Because the company’s survey tracks layoff announcements, Mr. Challenger said, it’s “a bit more forward looking” than the Labor Department’s figures. Plans can change, he noted, but the results “point to sentiments, if they think they’re going to cut.” Boeing, as well as the aerospace industry on the whole, is still reeling from the aftermath of two accidents that…

Steel Hub’s Comeback Preceded Trump, but He Benefits

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Just a few blocks from the rusted 16-story blast furnaces that once fired hulking steel beams for the Hoover Dam and the Golden Gate Bridge, OraSure Technologies each day produces thousands of thumbnail-size pads made to spit on. These oral swabs, part of a home H.I.V. test kit, are products of a matrix of manufacturers, financial companies and health care institutions powering the Lehigh Valley’s $41 billion economy. The region’s success distinguishes it from onetime industrial dynamos in the Northeast and Midwest that have struggled to replace…

September Jobs Report: Unemployment Hits New Low, but Signals Are Mixed

■ 136,000 jobs were added last month, the government reported on Friday. Analysts surveyed by MarketWatch had expected a gain of about 147,000. ■ The unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, the lowest in a half century and down from 3.7 percent the month before. ■ Average hourly earnings were little changed after growing by 0.4 percent in August. The year-over-year gain was 2.9 percent. The Takeaway The cavalcade of payroll gains continued for the 108th month in September, pushing down the jobless rate to a 50-year low and countering anxieties…

Economic Antidote for a Shrinking America: Immigrants

MIAMI — After finishing a particularly satisfying dinner at a Coral Gables restaurant with his wife, Pedro Martinez quietly slipped around to the back alley where the kitchen is. “Whatever you’re making, I’ll give you a raise,” Mr. Martinez whispered when the back door swung open. An executive at 50 Eggs, a restaurant group based in Miami, he is always ready with a stack of business cards for occasions like this. More immigrants have streamed into South Florida than to most American cities, and for decades, employers have relied on…