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Tariffs may help certain industries, but their broader impact on middle- and lower-income consumers is generally harmful. Reuters/Lawrence Bryant

How Trump’s trade war affects working-class Americans

The president says he's fighting his trade war because a generation of free trade has failed working-class Americans. An economist explains why tariffs will only make things worse.
Automation has replaced workers in mining and industry, including the steelworks at Port Kembla, but most Australians are more worried about jobs going overseas. Dean Lewins/AAP

Australians worry more about losing jobs overseas than to robots

Most Australian workers are fairly relaxed about their own job security, but they do worry about the risks of poor management and outsourcing to cheaper labour.
Some students don’t have any meaningful contact with the workplace until their 20s. That’s too late. from www.shutterstock.com

Why school kids need more exposure to the world of work

Schools can't equip students with all the skills they need once they start work, especially STEM and digital skills. Here's one way they can better prepare their students for life after school.
About 12.7 percent of Americans lived below the poverty line in 2016. StanislauV/shutterstock.com

Why the war on poverty in the US isn’t over, in 4 charts

A White House Council concluded that the war on poverty is "largely over." But, while poverty among seniors has declined, poverty among adults and children as changed little over the last 40 years.
Gig platforms don’t have a large share of the labour market yet. Mavis Wong

Australian jobs aren’t becoming less secure

There is very little evidence that overall labour market insecurity is getting any worse. Trends are stable for rates of casualisation, churn, self-employment and multiple job holders.
While the federal government promotes the employment of older people through the jobactive network, in practice it’s not working well for them. Australian Government/jobactive

Employment services aren’t working for older jobseekers, jobactive staff or employers

A two-year study finds dissatisfaction with current arrangements, but also identifies small changes that can make a big difference in helping to find suitable jobs for older workers.
Jobs that are ‘IT intensive’ have shown dramatic growth, new research shows. Mark Agnor/www.shutterstock.com

Students need IT skills to compete in the new economy

More students must acquire IT skills in order to secure jobs with upward mobility, according to a researcher who developed an index that shows a dramatic growth in 'IT intensive' jobs.
Disappearing from a high street near you. www.shutterstock.com

Why are Britain’s jobcentres disappearing?

A long read on the decimation of British jobcentres – and why it puts the rollout of Universal Credit at risk.
Suzanne Phillips and Adish Gebreselase are seen at Splitt Ends Unisex Hair Design, a storefront salon in Halifax that Phillips sold to the Eritrean immigrant last year. (Kelly Toughill)

How newcomer entrepreneurs are making a difference in Atlantic Canada

Provincial governments in Atlantic Canada have been trying to encourage immigrants to become entrepreneurs for more than a decade. Some are boldly answering the call.

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