Big Cities Are No Longer Lands of Opportunity for Middle-Skilled Workers

David Autor, a labor economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has a record of attacking the biggest and most important issues. He has raised alarms about disappearing middle-skilled jobs, pointed to the downsides of trade with China, warned about increasing industrial concentration and attacked the question of whether automation will kill jobs.

In a recent lecture at the American Economic Association meeting in Atlanta, Autor attempted to weave many of those threads together into a single story. Paraphrasing heavily, that story goes something like this: Forty years ago, Americans who didn’t go to college could move to cities and get good jobs in manufacturing or office work. But starting in about 1980, these jobs began to disappear, thanks in part to offshoring and automation. By 2000, manufacturing was in steady retreat:

Fortune

Virginia Senate supports $550M in Amazon incentives

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate has voted to support more than a half-billion dollars in incentives for Amazon.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the bill passed 35-5 on Monday would create $550 million in “post-performance” incentives for Amazon, based on job creation.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Frank Ruff, R-Mecklenburg, would establish a fund for state incentive payments for 25,000 high-paying jobs Amazon has promised to create in Arlington County, as well as an additional $200 million if the company later adds 12,850 jobs, The company wouldn’t receive the state money until four years after the jobs are created.

The Virginian-Pilot

South Korea’s Miwon Specialty Chemical Plans Plant in Columbia, South Carolina

South Korea-based Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. USA, a specialty chemical manufacturer of raw materials and subsidiary of Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd., plans to invest $19.5 million in a new production operations in Columbia, South Carolina.

The company is a global company with manufacturing plants in South Korea and Spain, as well as research and development centers in Austria, China, South Korea and the United States. Miwon began serving the ultraviolet and electron beam markets in 1983. Miwon Specialty Chemical’s new, 65,000-square-foot production facility in Richland County is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2020.

Area Development

Germany-based Kion Group Reportedly to Expand Production at Summerville, South Carolina, PlantAccording to the Wall Street Journal, Germany-based Kion Group AG, a forklift truck manufacturer, plans to expand its production at its plant in Summerville, South Carolina. The move is designed to avoid the U.S’s 25% tariff levied on forklifts imported from China. According to an interview with Kion’s CFO Anke Groth in CFO Journal, WSJ’s newsletter, “about half of the 3,000 vehicles that the Frankfurt-based company sells in the U.S. each year come from China, where Kion operates two forklift manufacturing facilities.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Germany-based Kion Group AG, a forklift truck manufacturer, plans to expand its production at its plant in Summerville, South Carolina. The move is designed to avoid the U.S’s 25% tariff levied on forklifts imported from China.

According to an interview with Kion’s CFO Anke Groth in CFO Journal, WSJ’s newsletter, “about half of the 3,000 vehicles that the Frankfurt-based company sells in the U.S. each year come from China, where Kion operates two forklift manufacturing facilities.”

Area Development

More strikes ahead? Teachers say they love their jobs but can’t pay their bills, poll shows

Teachers love their jobs, but they also say that they have the right, and the reasons, to walk out on them.

An exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll of teachers finds an extraordinary level of job satisfaction — if they could pick a career all over again, three of four would still choose teaching — but one that is being battered by broad complaints about the salaries and support they receive. By an overwhelming margin, they agree that public-school teachers have the right to strike.

Those attitudes nationwide could set the stage for more walk-outs like the one now underway in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest school district. On Saturday in Denver, public-school teachers began voting on whether to strike for the first time in a quarter-century. The teachers’ union and the district have been unable to reach an agreement on teacher pay. Oakland teachers plan to vote on whether to strike this weekend.

USA Today

UPS creates 575 new jobs in Houston at new Willowbrook facility

HOUSTON — A new UPS package delivery facility in the Wilowbrook area will bring 575 new full- and part-time jobs to the Houston, the carrier announced Thursday.

Now operating at full capacity, the new facility will significantly increase UPS’s delivery fleet serving Houston.

“The new Willowbrook package processing facility is yet another key addition to the UPS® network that connects businesses of all sizes and consumers throughout the world,” said Deryl Hill, president of UPS’s Red River District that includes Texas and Oklahoma. “UPS continues to increase its capacity in Texas to meet the expanding shipping needs of our commercial and residential customers across this fast-growing state.”

Khou.com

New jobs coming to Richland County

COLUMBIA,  S.C – 25 new jobs are coming to Richland County.

The Governor’s office says a manufacturing facility is locating to Richland County,  creating the new jobs.

According to a release, Miwon Specialty Chemical Co. USA, a manufacturer of raw materials will locate new production operations in Richland County.

The company’s $19.5 million investment is projected to create 25 new jobs, according to the Governor’s office.

AbcColumbia.com

Governor: Smyth County Machine to add 35 new jobs, invest $2 million

Governor Ralph Northam brought good economic news to Smyth County, Virginia on Tuesday- expansion plans for an existing business.

Smyth County Machine, LLC, is planning a $2.1 million upgrade to their facilities in Atkins, resulting in the creation of 35 new jobs, the governor announced.

A $200,000 grant in assistance funding from the Virginia Tobacco Commission helped secure the project for the company which provides products for an array of industries. The manufacturer began as a one-man operation in 1977 and has evolved into a major manufacturer and fabricator for mining, automotive, medical and environmental customers, the report said.

Wcyb.com

Cybersecurity startup bringing 50 new jobs to Peachtree Corners

OneLogin, a cloud-based identity and access management provider, will create approximately 50 new jobs in a new East Coast Growth Center in Peachtree Corners. Newly created jobs include positions in sales, sales development, sales engineering, customer success, business development, field marketing, tech support, and implementation consultants.

“Atlanta is a fantastic market for world-class talent, and we’re thrilled to open our new Growth Center here,” said Brad Brooks, CEO and President, OneLogin. “We’re excited to support customers in the region who are embarking on their digital transformation journeys with our leading Unified Access Management solutions, connecting customers with a simple and secure login.”

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Is Applying For Jobs Online Making You Miserable? A New Study Shows That You’re Not Alone

Is searching for a new job making you miserable? Over the last few years, I have heard growing complaints about how difficult it has become to submit résumés, suffer through the online application process and get feedback from companies.

The promise of adding so-called “cutting-edge” technology, artificial intelligence and sophisticated software to make the hiring process more efficient, according to the job seekers I speak with on a daily basis, is a complete bust. They lament that the process is insulting, demanding and a huge waste of time. Job seekers claim that it takes far too long to fill out applications, the questions are invasive and valid concerns are raised that the information inputted into the portals is sold off—violating their privacy. Critics of online job applications assert that the systems are clunky, have annoying glitches and randomly shut off midway through uploading their résumé and completing the application, requiring the candidate to try several more times until finally giving up and moving onto another job posting.  After all the time spent (or wasted), applicants claim that they are not even given a courtesy email response to confirm their résumé has been successfully submitted.

Forbes