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Striking McDonald's restaurant employees lock arms during nationwide "Fight for $15 Day of Disruption" protests. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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Wages Are Increasing, But What's Behind It?

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UCSF is laying off some of its IT staff and sending their jobs to a contractor with headquarters in India. Luciano Lozano/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Outsourced: In A Twist, Some San Francisco IT Jobs Are Moving To India

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Across the Ohio River from Powhatan Transportation Center — owned by Murray Energy — is a power plant that services mines in West Virginia. Jessica Cheung/NPR hide caption

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In Ohio Coal Country, Job Prospects Lie With Neither Coal Nor Trump's Promises

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President-elect Donald Trump tours the Carrier Corp. in Indianapolis on Dec. 1. The president of the union representing Carrier workers has challenged Trump's claims about how many of the plant's jobs will remain in the U.S. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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A man speaks with a potential employer Sept. 13 at a job fair in Hartford, Conn. Recent wage gains reflect the steady healing of the labor market since the worst of the Great Recession. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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(Left to right) Promoter Eddie Jaffe (center) watches Rubin "Hurricane" Carter sign a contract before a fight in 1964; Sharon Griggins; Eddie Arroyo weighs in at Arlington Park in Chicago; policeman Renault Robinson in 1970. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images; Courtesy of Sharon Griggins; Courtesy of Eddie Arroyo; Lee Balterman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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'Working' Then And Now: Sharon Griggins, Phone Operator

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Yay, It's Time For My Performance Review! (Said No One Ever)

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Customers use interactive kiosks to place orders at Eatsa, a fully automated fast food restaurant in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

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People attend the Independents' Day Festival in the Franklinton neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. The city has become a nearly recession-proof hub. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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A Diversified Economy Cushions Columbus, Ohio, From Downturns

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Kids bike on Selma Road in Springfield, Ohio. "Springfield is a rather typical small city that has grown poorer over the years," former mayor Roger Baker says. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

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Darren Holly steers coils of steel through Pentaflex, a manufacturer of parts for heavy trucks, in Springfield, Ohio. Maddie McGarvey for NPR hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally in Erie, Pa., last Friday. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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Bringing Back Manufacturing Jobs Would Be Harder Than It Sounds

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