Help wanted: The shrinking unemployment rate is making it harder for employers to find the workers they need. In a survey of chief executives of fast-growing companies, Coopers & Lybrand, the accounting and consulting firm, found 47 percent were having a hard time finding skilled, trained employees. The skills most needed -- and the hardest to find -- were in information technology, including programmers and systems and networking specialists. Salespeople with experience in specific industries were also hard to find.
Retread: Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Phelps Dodge Copper Co. built a dam out of more than 1,000 discarded tires southwest of Tucson, Ariz., to halt erosion in an 80-mile wash. The dam, 45 feet long, 35 feet thick and 6 feet high, is held together with plastic strapping and anchored with gravel.