Cybersecurity Quest Sends States to Vets, Students and Women

Hiring and keeping qualified IT staffers, particularly cybersecurity experts, is a serious problem for states.

The Disappearing Right to Earn a Living

Want to become a florist in Louisiana? A home-entertainment installer in Connecticut? Or a barber anywhere? You’re going to need a license for that—and it’s going to cost you.

Sexual Harassment Training Lacking in Many Statehouses

In most states where state lawmakers are facing allegations of harassment, lawmakers haven’t been receiving regular anti-harassment training. But that will change soon.

Public Service Reformers to Unions: Get On Board

Civil service reform is vital, but “it can only be done with the cooperation of the unions.”

Could a Local Tax Fix the Gig Economy?

A group in New York is calling for a fee on all gig-economy transactions in order to provide workers with benefits like paid sick leave.

Trump's Coal Promises Have Miners Rejecting Alternate Career Training

Too many Pennsylvanians expect a "coal comeback" as the industry dies, which will inevitably lead to unemployment.

How Much Every State’s Annual GDP Will Increase If Dreamers Stay

California would see, at minimum, an extra $6.1 billion a year if Congress passes the bipartisan Dream Act, and other states' gains are significant—especially as Dreamers get their degrees.

California Wildfires Threaten Wine Industry

Businesses that account for the majority of Napa County’s economic output and employ almost half its workers by the thousands are at risk.

Will the Supreme Court Unravel Public Employee Unions?

The conservative justices seem eager to deal a fatal blow to one of the major constituencies of the Democratic Party.

The Immediate Need to Close the Daunting Cyber Workforce Gap

States have to think creatively to attract and retain the talent they need to respond to cyberattacks and other threats.

If States Are Going to Be Agile, CIOs Need to Get Their Workforces Onboard

“If agile is going to work, it’s going to be because of the team, not the management,” according to Denis Goulet, New Hampshire’s CIO and Department of Information Technology commissioner.

Federal E-Verify Law Would Mean Major Changes for U.S. Employers

Seven states in the South and two in the West already require private employers to use E-Verify, but enforcement has been inconsistent.

How D.C.’s Workforce System Ditched Its ‘High Risk’ Federal Designation

“Our turnaround has been focused on people,” said the director of the District of Columbia’s Department of Employment Services.

Creative Workforce Programs Aim to Stave Off Economic Decline in Maine

Public officials and business leaders worry about a demographic implosion and lagging educational achievements that put the state’s economy at risk.

How St. Louis Workers Won and Then Lost a Minimum-Wage Hike

After a Missouri law took effect on Monday, the wage floor in the city was reduced to $7.70 per hour after three months at $10 per hour—the latest case of a state cracking down on a city that had enacted a progressive policy.

‘Ban the Box’ Laws May Be Harming Young Black Men Seeking Jobs

Several recent studies have found that black men, even those without a criminal history, are less likely to get called back or hired after a ban the box law is put in place.

Economists Still Can't Decide Whether the Minimum Wage Is a Good Thing

Economists have been debating the merits of the minimum wage for more than a century.

More Employers May Be Using Temps to Skirt Immigration Laws

States that have required private employers to use E-Verify have seen especially dramatic growth in the number of temporary workers. Experts say that’s no accident.