Jobs are the lifeblood for national economies and family budgets. The search for economic opportunity often drives people to move around the globe. The most educated and highly skilled workers are in demand, and immigration policies often reflect that priority. Less skilled would-be immigrants, however, are often subject to tighter restrictions – even in nations where native citizens refuse to take on harvesting, construction, cleaning or other difficult tasks. Advanced technology reduces the need for labor; employers also rely on outsourcing, contract workers and the internet for digital work, including tax preparation, X-ray analysis or graphic design. Nations fiercely compete for jobs while multinational corporations reduce labor costs to increase profits.

Europe Divided Over Immigration, Work Ethics

Aging, wealthy Europe turns on immigrants for a willingness to work for low wages
Pallavi Aiyar
June 5, 2014

Differing Approaches to Immigration on Two Sides of the Atlantic

Fierce opposition to immigration festers in US and Europe – the US political backlash will be less severe
Michael Mandelbaum
April 24, 2014

The US Economy Grows, But Jobs Don’t

Confounded by off-shoring and technology, macro-management does not produce job growth
Ashok Bardhan
March 13, 2014

Compete in the World? Yes, Indians Can

Indian workers perform well and earn top incomes in most places except India
Kishore Mahbubani
January 14, 2014

Easing One-Child Policy May Be Too Late

China’s one-child policy lifted living standards, but set a hard-to- reverse trend of demographic decline
Joseph Chamie
January 7, 2014

The Quest for Green Jobs

Global supply chains in solar panels cut costs, add jobs and limit pollution
Doaa Abdel Motaal
June 27, 2013

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China's Shrinking Workforce Affects Economic Transition, Expert Says

Size of China’s workforce declines for three straight years, and could delay shift to service economy
Coco Feng
November 23, 2016

In Your Phone, In Their Air

Demand is growing for lithium batteries, and pollution infiltrates Chinese villages with graphite factories
Peter Whoriskey
October 28, 2016

Hawaiian Seafood Caught by Foreign Crews Who Are Confined on Boats

US laws permit harsh conditions, low wages and crews of undocumented workers
Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason
September 16, 2016

Despite Fears, Mexico's Manufacturing Boom Lifts US Workers

US multinationals hire an extra 250 US workers for every 100 hired in Mexico
Natalie Kitroeff
September 2, 2016

Chronic Problems, Not Just Crises, Should Be a Global Health Priority

One report suggests that poor vision alone costs the global economy $3 trillion per year
James Chen
September 1, 2016

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