Manufacturing needs workers. Chicago has plenty. Where’s the disconnect?

Dec 11, 2019
A high rate of unemployment persists in some parts of Chicago, despite a worker shortage in manufacturing.
Production supervisor David Casarrubias monitors a fabric-cutting machine at Freedman Seating company in Chicago.
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Wisconsin may not get the high-tech jobs it expected

Feb 6, 2019
Foxconn changed its plans for a plant in Wisconsin, then changed them again.
Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn has been planning to build an enormous factory in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
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Keeping jobs in the U.S. just doesn't make sense for Carrier's bottom line

James Briggs from the Indianapolis Star gives an update on the layoffs at the furnace and air conditioner factory.

Ford moving compact car production to China

Jun 21, 2017
Starting in 2019 Ford will export small cars from China to the U.S.
Focus compact cars are offered for sale at a dealership in Chicago, Illinois.
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U.S. job growth cools, unemployment rate falls to 4.5 percent

Apr 7, 2017
U.S. employers added 98,000 nonfarm payrolls in March, far fewer than forecast, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday. Economists had expected the US economy to add 180,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate fell to a post-crisis low of 4.5%, and the number of people who were working part-time […]
 U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledges auto workers at the American Center for Mobility March 15, 2017 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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Laid-off aluminum workers look to retraining

Feb 16, 2017
Some are learning to become auto mechanics at Wenatchee Valley College as part of the government-supported program.
Alcoa's aluminum smelter in Wenatchee, Wash., idled since early 2016, was built in 1952. It's adjacent to the Rock Island Dam, built in the 1930s to produce hydroelectric power.
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Surging dollar complicates Trump job-creation plans

Nov 16, 2016
The rising dollar makes U.S. products more expensive.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sits down with a group of invited small business owners for a round table meeting at the Staybridge Suites on November 1, 2016 in Altoona, Wisconsin. 
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In an Ohio community, division over a Trump presidency

Nov 16, 2016
Race, immigration and moral issues are wedges in Montgomery County, Ohio.
Fuyao Glass America, a Chinese automotive glass company, started production in a former GM plant in 2015 in Dayton, OH. But the jobs require more skills, for less pay. 
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