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.

An Uncertain Victory for China’s Workers

As employers debate the costs, the question remains whether employees will take advantage of the new labor law
Lyle Morris
June 24, 2008

Germany Deadlocked Over Immigration Policy

Foreign workers are needed to maintain prosperity, but many worry about diluting national identity
Dominic Sachsenmaier
August 22, 2003

Unpopular Globalization: Why So Many Are Opposed

Blaming globalization for workforce anxiety in the US and Europe is misguided
David Dapice
February 2, 2006

Knock, Knock…Who's There? Many Migrants!

Rising populations in the developing world and greying populations in the developed world are creating new pressures.
Joseph Chamie
August 5, 2003

IT Workers on the Move With Globalization

Emigration of technology workers from developing countries no longer seen as brain drain
Anthony P. D’Costa
April 9, 2008

The Lure of Protectionism in Ohio

Shutting the door may be easy, but openness and innovation would be more effective
Susan Froetschel, Morgan Robinson
March 3, 2008

Africa’s Rising Middle Class – And Why It Matters

DIY firms, not multinationals, may be best poised to handle the continent’s diversity
Tom Jackson
February 25, 2016

How Technology Could Unwind a Decade-Long Trend in Global Trade

Robots and automation will shrink supply chains for emerging economies and increase inequality
Luke Kawa
February 24, 2016

Your Job Is About to Get “Taskified”

About one third of US jobs could be organized into tasks for outsourcing, temp work by 2050
Mary L. Gray
February 18, 2016

AI and Robots Threaten to Unleash Mass Unemployment, Scientists Warn

Humans may have more leisure time, but how will they pay for activities and daily necessities?
Clive Cookson
February 16, 2016

As China’s Workforce Dwindles, World Scrambles for Alternatives

Factories invest in robots and other new technologies
Kathy Chu and Bob Davis
December 15, 2015