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    Economic Scene: Labor Wants to Make Nafta Its Friend. Here’s the Problem.

    Economic Scene: Labor Wants to Make Nafta Its Friend. Here’s the Problem.


    A demonstration against Nafta last week in Mexico City. The United States has begun renegotiation of the trade pact with Canada and...

    The A.F.L.-C.I.O. is pushing for a living-wage clause in the trade pact, but mandating Mexico’s standard of living is unlikely to save American jobs.
    China, Like U.S., Struggles to Revive Industrial Heartland

    China, Like U.S., Struggles to Revive Industrial Heartland


    PQI Industrial Technology Group opened an $18 million factory in Shenyang, China, last year, creating about 200...

    Shenyang boomed during the country’s go-go years. But when the investment binge fizzled, the city and its factories sputtered.
    A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.

    A 2:15 Alarm, 2 Trains and a Bus Get Her to Work by 7 A.M.


    Sheila James, a federal employee who works in public health, on her way to work in San Francisco, a commute that takes three...

    Like many in the housing-starved San Francisco region, Sheila James has moved far inland, gaining affordable space at the price of a brutal commute.
    Sharing the Pie: Trump Says More Jobs Will Help Race Relations. If Only It Were So Simple.

    Sharing the Pie: Trump Says More Jobs Will Help Race Relations. If Only It Were So Simple.


    President Trump talked about infrastructure at his news conference on Tuesday in Trump Tower, although this was overshadowed by his remarks about Charlottesville. With him were Steve Mnuchin, the treasury secretary, and Elaine Chao, the transportation...

    Racial attitudes don’t jump around with the economy, and well-being is about more than jobs.