Foxconn...has shown willingness to make a huge investment in Wisconsin — in exchange for a similarly hefty commitment from the state... On the table is up to $3 billion in state tax breaks... As long as Foxconn keeps hiring U.S. workers at the new flat-screen manufacturing facility, Wisconsin would cut the company $200 million to $250 million a year for up to 15 years. That works out to a rough cost to the state of about $230,700 per worker, assuming the factory goes on to generate 13,000 jobs.

People who are able to keep their emotions under control, listen to others, and treat them fairly and authentically earn the respect of those they work with. They don’t intimidate, condescend, or hog the spotlight in order to attract their colleagues’ attention. Being approachable is actually a hugely undervalued leadership skill, but it’s one emotionally intelligent people find natural.

Historically, there is usually an uptick in 1099 work during tough economic times, and then W-2s resurge as jobs are added in recovery. But W-2 jobs did not resurge as usual during our recovery from the last recession; instead, the growth has happened in the 1099 column. That shift raises problems because the United States’ benefits structure has traditionally been attached to the corporation rather than to the state: the expectation was that every employed person would have a W-2 job.

The number of jobs created to make, sell and install solar panels in the U.S. grew at a record pace last year, and grew much faster than the overall American economy... Last year's solar market performance made 2016 the fourth consecutive year that U.S. solar jobs grew by 20 percent or more, the report found. It also made for some eye-popping figures, like how 1 out of every 50 new jobs, or 2 percent of new jobs, created in the U.S. in 2016 came from the solar industry.

So-called advanced manufacturing, which is highly specialized and requires a facility with computers, is actually expanding. The U.S. economy will need to fill 3.5 million skilled manufacturing jobs over the next decade...This is an industry that employs skilled and educated workers such as engineers and scientists ... Manufacturing output continues to rise in the U.S., and the average factory worker makes $180,000 worth of goods every year, more than three times what he produced in 1978.

ban-the-box policies decreased the probability of being employed by 5.1 percent for young, low-skilled black men, and 2.9 percent for young, low-skilled Hispanic men ... when employers cannot access an applicant’s criminal history, they instead discriminate more broadly against demographic groups that are more likely to have a criminal record ... discrimination is especially prevalent in the Northeast, Midwest, and West, where there is a larger pool of non-black applicants to choose from.

California’s multi-billion dollar restaurant industry...employs roughly one out of every 10 people in the state. Data show that of the 40,000 workers who submit wage claims annually about 10 percent are restaurant employees ... Collecting on a claim is rare. Unscrupulous employers can operate outside the law for years with few consequences, while others turn to legal loopholes and corporate shell games to avoid paying workers what they’re owed.

producing the constituents of an iPhone in the U.S. would add another $30 or $40 to the cost of the device. Initially...U.S. factories would be uncompetitive for most of these goods and run at low volumes, raising the differential with Asia even higher ... in this scenario a phone would be at most $100 more expensive, assuming that the raw materials that go into the components were bought on global markets.

Walmart ... is massive. With $482 billion in revenue, it sells more than Apple, Amazon and Microsoft put together, according to Fortune’s annual ranking of companies by revenue, released yesterday (June 6). It’s bigger than the No. 2 company, Exxon Mobil, and No. 3, Apple, combined ... Walmart has more than 1.2 million workers in the US and 2.3 million globally. It’s the third largest employer in the world, trailing only the U.S. Department of Defense and the People’s Liberation Army of China

Jobs in solar energy now outnumber jobs in coal mining and the oil and gas industry added together ... Solar may be taking away old jobs, but it’s offering new ones. That’s especially true for women. IRENA found that the renewable energy sector employs more women than oil, gas, and coal. In fact, the percentage of women working in solar is rising — up from 19 percent in 2013 to 24 percent of the estimated 209,000 solar jobs in the United States.