Trump steel tariffs bring job losses to swing state Michigan

CHICAGO(Reuters) – President Donald Trump promised a new dawn for the struggling U.S. steel industry in 2016, and the lure of new jobs in Midwestern states including Michigan helped him eke out a surprise election win.

FILE PHOTO: An entrance to the U.S. Steel Great Lakes Works plant is seen in Ecorse, Michigan, U.S., September 24, 2019. Picture taken September 24, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo

Four years later, Great Lakes Works – once among the state’s largest steel plants – has shut down steelmaking operations and put 1,250 workers out of a job. A year before the June layoffs, plant owner United States Steel Corp called off a plan to invest $600 million in upgrades amid deteriorating market conditions.

Trump’s strategy centered on shielding U.S. steel mills from foreign competition with a 25% tariff imposed in March 2018. He also promised to boost steel demand through major investments in roads,

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SC woman says technology gap became obstacle to finding new job

“I’m out here in a new world where there’s a lot of technology I don’t have access to,” Marianetta Smith said. “It’s a struggle in every area.”

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A 62-year-old Rock Hill woman said she was denied benefits, after losing much of her income because of the shutdown. To make matters worse, she said she struggled to compete in the virtual job market without the proper skills or resources.

Marianetta Smith said she wants to work and is actively looking for jobs, but she said it’s been tough without a computer in this virtual world.

“I’m out here in a new world where there’s a lot of technology I don’t have access to,” Smith said. “It’s a struggle in every area.”

Smith said she’s among those left behind in the pandemic. In fact, even the Zoom interview with WCNC Charlotte almost didn’t happen. 

After several hiccups with

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How to get a job as a remote work director at companies like Facebook

  • Companies like Facebook, Okta, and Quora are all hiring for a new type of role: director of remote work. 
  • As companies go remote for the foreseeable future, they’re looking for an executive to create a more structured remote setting. 
  • A strong remote work director should have experience in human resources and technology, and be able to manage productivity and teamwork as employees work from home. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The shift to remote work since the start of the pandemic has led companies to rethink the way they approach office life. At Facebook, it’s also created the need for a new job title: director of remote work. 

The tech giant listed a job opening for a director of remote work who would lead Facebook’s push “toward remote-first ways of working,” according to the job listing. 

This isn’t the first time a company has hired for such a

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Half of young women will leave their tech job by age 35, study finds

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Young women in tech aren’t staying in the industry. 


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Half of young women who go into tech jobs leave by age 35, according to a report out Tuesday from IT consulting firm Accenture and tech education organization Girls Who Code. 

The primary reason? Noninclusive company culture. Thirty-seven percent of respondents who said they’d left the industry listed this as their reason for leaving. 

The study, called Resetting Tech Culture, gathered information from 1,990 tech workers and 500 senior human resources leaders in companies employing people in technology jobs. It also gathered info from 2,700 college students. 

This type of attrition, the report says, is a blow to an industry that’s already struggling with a lack of diversity, with the proportion of women actually declining in the

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Job diary: I’m a ‘white hat’ hacker. Here’s what my job is like, and 5 things I think everyone should do to protect their personal information.

  • Frank Villani is a 53-year-old information security specialist based in New Jersey who’s worked in information technology for 24 years and IT security for 12 years.
  • He’s a ‘white hat’ hacker, someone who works on the inside of an organisation to protect its internet systems from ‘black hat’ hackers who want to violate computer security for personal gain.
  • For personal security measures, Villani says you should change your passwords every 45 days, be careful using public ATMs, pay in cash or credit cards at gas stations, and avoid using public WiFi unless it asks for credentials or consent.
  • This is his story, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers.
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My name is Frank Villani. In a nutshell, my job is to test what those of us in the industry refer to as IOT — ‘the internet of things’ that encapsulates anything connected to

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VR Pioneer Tony Parisi: Real-Time Technology Is Helping People Get the Job Done

Speaking via live stream at NewImages Festival on Thursday, Tony Parisi, global head of AR/VR ad innovation at Unity Technologies, and one of virtual reality pioneers, made his point clear: real-time technologies that entertain us today will be used to help us work and communicate in the future.

During his keynote speech “The Real-Time Revolution Is Here,” Parisi noted that while VR is reinventing storytelling, it’s also being used to help people learn, train, build and be productive, and with AR, digital content can be seamlessly integrated into the real world. “These two technologies taken together, they are the future. It sounds like a far-flung future, but the fact is that it’s all happening today,” he said.

The world is changing, he said, moving from content that’s still, static and asynchronous into real-time, dynamic, high-production value 3D graphics. “There are very few people using digital devices today who did not

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Real-Time Technology Is Helping People Get the Job Done

Speaking via live stream at NewImages Festival on Thursday, Tony Parisi, global head of AR/VR ad innovation at Unity Technologies, and one of virtual reality pioneers, made his point clear: real-time technologies that entertain us today will be used to help us work and communicate in the future.

During his keynote speech “The Real-Time Revolution Is Here,” Parisi noted that while VR is reinventing storytelling, it’s also being used to help people learn, train, build and be productive, and with AR, digital content can be seamlessly integrated into the real world. “These two technologies taken together, they are the future. It sounds like a far-flung future, but the fact is that it’s all happening today,” he said.

The world is changing, he said, moving from content that’s still, static and asynchronous into real-time, dynamic, high-production value 3D graphics. “There are very few people using digital devices today who did not

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Job security, finances strongly related to increased anxiety during pandemic — ScienceDaily

In mid-April 2020, the national unemployment rate reached 14.7 percent — the highest since the Great Depression. Forty-one million American workers filed for unemployment between February and May of 2020.

Unprecedented unemployment rates don’t just have an impact on the unemployed, though. For people still employed during the COVID-19 pandemic, job insecurity and financial concern are associated with greater symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to findings from the UConn School of Nursing published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, or JOEM.

“The impact the virus and the pandemic is having on the economy and employment is not surprisingly taking a big toll,” says Natalie J. Shook, a social psychologist, associate professor in the School of Nursing, and principal investigator for the study.

The findings are part of a year-long examination of how behavior and social attitudes change, and what factors influence those changes, when

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How to land a remote job at Dell, Salesforce, and other top companies

  • The range of remote jobs is broadening thanks to the massive shift in working from home during the pandemic.
  • Major global tech companies including Dell Technologies, SAP, Salesforce, and Twitter are increasingly hiring remote employees.
  • To find these remote roles, experts recommend doing a quick keyword search — remote, virtual, work from home, etc. — to learn more about companies that value remote-work culture. 
  • Be upfront on your resume and in your video interview that you are actively seeking remote roles. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Not long ago, getting a job at a big tech company meant you had to live in one of the tech hubs such as Silicon Valley, Seattle, New York, or Boston. Even if you planned to work from home most or all of the time, you would likely need to be located near to the company’s offices, or at least in the

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Finding A New Job Is Hard, But New Tech Can Change That

How do you share your talents, abilities, knowledge, and achievements? It isn’t always easy to communicate what we can do through a résumé or job application. We all accumulate learning, skills, and experience as we travel the road of life. The challenge is conveying this experience effectively to take advantage of the opportunities presented to us as we strive to meet our personal potential. The challenges created by our byzantine processes of communicating information around achievements cause real problems for everyone—and serve as significant barriers to opportunity for many.

But emerging technology can give us ownership of our verified learning achievements and allow us to seamlessly share our

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