TradeVistas | Middle-Skill jobs include road construction

The Secret Life of Roads – and the Future of U.S. Middle-Skill Jobs

Millions of “middle-skill” jobs – well-paying jobs that require post-secondary education and credentials but not a four-year degree have remained steadily in demand among employers. The U.S. federal government could also help create millions of new middle-skill jobs by passing an infrastructure bill.

TradeVistas | survey finds Nebraskans support trade but trust in media and trade policy is low

Nebraskans Support Trade But Trust in Media and Washington Is Low

Nebraskans appreciate trade’s role in the Nebraska economy. U.S. agricultural exports have a positive impact. But trust in the media and D.C. is low.

TradeVistas | Kearney Reshoring Index tracks if American companies are bringing manufacturing back

Can We Measure Whether “Re-Shoring” is Real?

The Kearney Reshoring Index shows if trade tension with China and COVID-19 pushes American companies to bring manufacturing “back” to the United States.

TradeVistas | UK public engagement on trade

UK Takes a Proactive Approach to Public Engagement on Trade

The UK has provided an example of how to reinvent the process of public engagement on trade to prepare for the upcoming U.S-UK trade negotiations.

TradeVistas | immigrants fill critical global healthcare jobs like nursing

Developed Countries are the Largest Importers of Healthcare Professionals

Living Longer Personal and home health aides, registered nurses, and medical and nursing assistants are among the fastest growing occupations in the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1.2 million new personal and home health aide positions – and the need for another 372,000 registered nurses – by 2028. Due to the shortage of qualified healthcare workers, immigrants held 15 percent of all registered nursing positions in the United States in 2016. On April 22, President Trump signed an Executive Order to pause immigration due to COVID-19, but exempted physicians and nurses. This is not uncommon in developed countries with a growing aging population who are living longer. About eight percent of nurses in Canada are foreign-trained, […]

TradeVistas | COVID-19 is adding to the concerns about America’s shortage of farm guest workers

A Shortage of Farm Guest Workers Could Threaten America’s Harvest

Immigrants play an increasingly crucial role in our food system. Travel restrictions and government closures due to COVID-19 are adding to the concerns about America’s shortage of farm workers who use the H-2A visa.

TradeVistas | jobs in service industries have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic

Young Workers Will Be the Long-Term Casualties of COVID-19

Jobs in service industries have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. As economies recover, the long-term plight of young workers will need attention.

Port of Virginia drives coffee trade in Suffolk VA

Port of Virginia Put Suffolk on the Coffee Map

Suffolk is the most caffeinated city east of the Mississippi thanks to booming coffee trade through the nearby Port of Virginia. Here’s a look at how trade drives economic development in this flourishing coffee cluster.

Amused teen girl using tablet in the science studio

The Maker Movement Can Flourish Thanks to Trade

We long ago stopped having to make everything we need: forging tools, handcrafting shoes from hides and weaving textiles for clothing. The expansion of global trade is affording us the opportunity to rediscover and reinvent the art of “making” itself, which could in turn profoundly impact what we make and what we trade.

Human Hand And Robot Making Fist Bump

Automation Won’t Destroy Trade — It Might Even Boost It

Many industry observers are sounding alarms about the looming impact of automation, robots and 3D printing, which they fear will destroy jobs, disrupt value chains and maybe even reduce the need for international trade. But data and evidence don’t support the hype.