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Closing the Factory Doors

For two centuries, countries have used low-wage labor to climb out of poverty. What will happen when robots take those jobs?

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Protect Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Robots can actually create jobs — if countries get their trade policies right.

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Facing the Future of Work

FP’s editor in chief introduces our July issue on how to adapt to robots, AI, trade wars, and an aging world.

A worker tests the quality of molten iron at a furnace in the production area of the Zhong Tian (Zenith) Steel Group Corporation in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, China on May 12, 2016.

Steeling for a Fight

Trump's threatened tariffs won't hurt China. They'll goad the EU to retaliate and could spark a global trade war that won't end well for anyone.

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U.S. Will Renegotiate NAFTA, Talks Could Begin In August

Newly-minted U.S. trade negotiator Robert Lighthizer said the goal is to revamp, not scrap, the trade deal. He wants to wrap up the talks this year.

Rolls of wire are seen outside Johnstown Wire Technologies that produces wire and rod primarily for the transportation and construction industries,on September 8, 2016, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 
The White House race could be decided in the Rust Belt -- a vast, decaying former industrial powerhouse in the US Midwest and Northeast where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are battling for the support of working class white voters.
Johnstown, a former steel capital tucked away in a valley, is symbolic of the discontent that exists among the working class towards the Democratic Party. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Steel Tariffs Are a Surefire Way to Hurt the Rust Belt

Tariffs would raise costs for steel-consuming industries, potentially killing a "massive amount of jobs."

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The Apprentice, But for Real: How Some Companies Close the Skills Gap

Facing a shortfall of skilled labor for advanced manufacturing, some U.S. companies are stealing a page from the European playbook.

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Trump Accuses Clinton of Betraying American Workers

Trump outlines an protectionist American economic policy and promises to bring back long-lost manufacturing jobs.

GUANGAN, CHINA:  Workers assemble goods at a Hong Kong-China joint-venture factory manufacturing wigs and other hair products for export to Africa, Europe and the Americas, as well as the domestic market, 22 August 2004 in Guangan, in southwest China's Sichuan province. China is facing increasing pressure to create employment at a time when jobs are being wiped out at an unprecedented rate as state enterprises downsize and agriculture offers too few opportunities for work. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN  (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Did China Trade Cost the United States 2.4 Million Jobs?

In a charged election year, with China suspicion running high, it becomes even more vital that analyses be well-conceived.

Worker prepares the collaborative dual-arm robot YuMi at the Swiss automation group ABB booth at the Hannover Messe industrial trade fair in Hanover, central Germany on April 13, 2015. India is the partner country of this year's trade fair running until April 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZ        (Photo credit should read TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The Brainbelt Awakening

It’s time to stop championing the "lonely heroes" of innovation like Apple, Google, and Amazon and rally around the ingenuity of the world’s waning industrial communities.

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U.S. and Chinese Stocks Off to a Very Bad Start to 2016

U.S. and Chinese stocks get bludgeoned on the first trading day of 2016.

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Mapped: Bangladesh Still Has a Garment Factory Problem

A new report released by NYU found that 3 million garment workers in Bangladesh remain at risk.

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