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There's no need to explain to Al Lubrano how deeply tight credit has wounded the economy. Lubrano, president of a metal components maker in Lincoln, R.I., said orders from his customers in the automotive, computer, and telecommunications industries have "dropped precipitously" in the past six weeks. "I'm going to have to lay people off," he said, if the economy doesn't improve. He's not alone. The government reported Thursday that factory orders took the biggest drop in two years in August as businesses cut back on purchases of large equipment and consumers spent less on autos, electronics, appliances and other goods. When manufacturing takes a hit, jobs get pummeled. More people than expected lined up at the unemployment lines last week, according to government data released Thursday, pushing claims for jobless benefits to a seven-year high. There's more pain to come, predicted Lubrano, if the House doesn't pass a $700 billion plan to buy bad assets from banks and other institutions to shore up the financial industry and eventually thaw frozen lending. Lubrano met with President Bush Thursday as part of a group of business representatives who favor the package approved by the Senate Wednesday night. "You're going to see jobless rates shoot up like you haven't seen in years" if the package doesn't pass, said Lubrano. His company, Technical Materials Inc., has about 200 employees and is already planning to reduce its workers' hours over the holidays. .

"Just this month, investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection, while Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. was bought by Bank of America Corp. Citigroup Inc. purchased Wachovia Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. scooped up Washington Mutual. "Thousands of more layoffs are expected to follow," said Karl Kuykendall, a regional economist at Global Insight, an economic forecasting firm. Economists predict a separate Labor Department report Friday on payrolls to reflect further weakness in the labor market. They predict the report will show that the nation's employers cut 100,000 jobs last month. That's on top of 605,000 jobs that were eliminated in the first eight months of this year. The report is expected to show that the jobless rate remains at 6.1 percent. The rate jumped above 6 percent for the first time in five years in August. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department said Thursday that factory orders in August plunged by 4 percent compared to July, a much steeper decline than the 2.5 percent drop analysts expected and the biggest setback since a 4.8 percent plunge in October 2006. The weakness was led by big declines in orders for aircraft, down 38.1 percent, and autos, which fell by 10.6 percent, the worst performance in nearly six years. Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, considered a good barometer of business investment plans, fell by 2.4 percent, the biggest setback in this category 19 months. It's an indication that businesses are slashing their investment plans in the weak economy, and growing credit strains are making it hard for companies to get loans to expand and modernize.

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Large manufacturers have started to see their customers pull back "just in the past few weeks," due to difficulties with credit, said Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist at MAPI/Manufacturers Alliance, a research group. The jobs and manufacturing reports disappointed Wall Street. The Dow dropped 348 points and the S&P 500 fell 47 points. The negative economic reports could also add pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut its benchmark interest rate in an effort to bolster the economy. Many economists think the Fed could even move before its next meeting Oct. 28. Credit markets, meanwhile, remained locked up as banks are wary of lending to each other, unsure of which might be the next to collapse. The London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, for 3-month dollar loans rose to 4.21 percent Thursday from 4.15 percent the day before. The LIBOR is the rate many banks charge each other for overnight loans and is used as a benchmark for trillions of dollars of auto, student and other consumer loans. Martin Regalia, chief economist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the higher short-term rates for banks make credit harder to get for everyone else. "When you build a dam upstream, you don't get any water downstream," he said. __

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