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A new study by LinkedIn says Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and Norkfok, Va., have been losing more jobs than anywhere else among the nation's top 50 cities over the past year.
The thing about these three professions is that people in them are usually the last people to leave a town or city, simply because their jobs tend to be the most in demand and therefore the most stable, Berger tells Axios.
Democrats romped in the elections yesterday, but they still face a deeper problem in gerrymandering, the age-old practice in which the party in power artfully redraws political boundaries so its members can more easily win. Republicans have taken full advantage, and Democrats do the same when they're in control. But gaming and artificial intelligence researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they have a solution.
A game of alternating rounds of play, in which each political party takes its best shot at maximizing advantage in a districting map, is outlined in a new paper, by Wesley Pegden, Ariel Procaccia and Dingli Yu of CMU. How it works:
Procaccia says the system outperforms using an independent body to draw districts — the leading solution many propose at the moment — because independence can be subjective.
By next week, a St. Louis property developer called Commercial Development Company must decide whether it will buy a shuttered, 94-year-old GM assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. Whatever happens, the plant's prominence — and that of Janesville itself — in U.S. industrial history is past, vanquished by the same forces that have unraveled the fabric of so many storied manufacturing towns, and with it shaken up politics fundamentally.
This week, the Washington Post's Amy Goldstein won the FT/McKinsey Business Book of 2017 for Janesville: An American Story, her well-timed account — the result of six years of immersive research — of what happened when one company town went south.
Janesville is and isn't the story of Donald Trump's America: its middle class has been wrecked by the loss of well-paying manufacturing jobs, and their replacement by lesser employment in a distribution center that the town paid millions of dollars in incentives to attract. Yet, though Democrats stayed away in droves, the town voted for Hillary Clinton last year.
I chatted with Amy yesterday. Her top takeaway:
Go here for more of her thoughts after months of speaking about the book.
Thousands of inmate firefighters have been battling wildfires in California for $1 an hour. My colleague Stef Kight looks at the licensing rules that can keep them from getting jobs as actual firefighters when they're out of prison.
Katherine Katcher, founder of Root and Rebound, says the rules can put an "invisible prison" around people after they're released. Read more from Stef here.
Silicon Valley's working homeless (AP's Janie Has)
The GOP tax bill may lead to a brain drain (Axios)
America's retail apocalypse is only beginning (Bloomberg's Matt Townshend et al)
Students are checking the titans of AI (Quartz's Dave Gershgorn)
AI pioneer Geoff Hinton's new ideas (Wired's Tom Simonite)
China's "Singles Day" started in the 1990s as an excuse for lonely young men to buy gifts for themselves, rather than their non-existent girlfriends.
By the numbers: Oliver Wyman predicts that merchants on the Alibaba platform alone will gross $23 billion on Singles Day, or more than 6 times what Americans spent on last year's record-setting Cyber Monday. According to Goldman Sachs, these purchases will result 1 billion packages being delivered by more than 3 million delivery personnel.