Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 6513 posts for Job Market Monitor

US – The total number of positions in Communication advertised by institutions of higher education has more than doubled from 2009 to 2013

The National Communication Association (NCA) performs an annual analysis of college and university searches to fill academic positions in Communication. We collect job postings from three different outlets: the NCA Career Center, CRTNET, and Spectra. CRTNET is a disciplinary listserv where employers may post position announcements. Spectra is the NCA magazine. If a job was … Continue reading

EU – An ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses is needed says unions and corporate leaders

Leader of European Trade Union Confederation joins major brands, including Philips and Shell, calling for ambitious climate and energy package to create jobs and support businesses. Nearly a million potential jobs will be lost if EU leaders fail to agree strong climate and energy targets at a summit starting on Thursday, according to the head … Continue reading

Sweden – To stop attacking the unemployed and instead attack unemployment

Sweden’s new government is targeting a “paradigm” shift for job creation in the largest Nordic economy as it raises spending and scrapped plans for reaching the surplus target.  The new Social Democratic-led government today unveiled plans to spend almost 20 billion kronor ($2.7 billion) over the next two years to cut Scandinavia’s highest unemployment rate. … Continue reading

US – A good time to find a quality job says 31% in Gallup’s survey

About three in 10 Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job, essentially unchanged from September. The percentage of U.S. adults who say it is a good time to find a job remains at one of the highest levels measured since the 2008 financial crisis. Although the 31% of Americans with … Continue reading

Women In India – Education has not translated to equivalent gains in employment

Female enrolment in colleges leapt from 10 per cent of total admissions at the time of independence to 41 per cent in 2010.  However, this has not translated to equivalent gains in women’s employment. Indeed, in the past few decades, the percentage of urban and educated working women has been stagnant or even fallen. Overall, … Continue reading

35 years of unemployment benefits in US – Extended benefits unemployment rate by about one-third percentage point in the most recent recession

During the 2008-2009 recession, U.S. unemployment insurance (UI) benefits were extended to unprecedented levels, with UI duration increasing from 26 weeks—the regular duration—to as much as 99 weeks in some states, prompting a lively debate in policy and academic circles about the adverse effects of such extensions on the search behavior of job seekers and … Continue reading

The Ageing Europe – Worker mobility key to tackle EU demographic and skills challenges reports says

To address the effects of population ageing, the EU will need to close the gender gap and increase the participation of young and older workers in the labour market, but mobility and migration also have a key role to play. This is the main finding of the joint Commission-OECD report on Matching Economic Migration with … Continue reading

10 myths about migration in Europe

Writers from the Guardian, Le Monde, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung and La Stampa address some common claims about migration and assess whether they are true in their country. ‘They are taking our jobs’ ‘They deplete welfare budgets’ ‘They don’t integrate’ ‘They come here illegally’ ‘Where there are immigrants you’ll find crime’ ‘They dilute our values’ … Continue reading

A Career in Finance – For school leavers ?

What advice would you give to a school leaver interested in a career in finance who is unsure of whether or not to go to university? There are a lot of routes into a career in finance and a degree is just one of them. It’s certainly no longer the only option. Many of the … Continue reading

Grads in Canada – The expectation gap

Too many young people flounder around the margins of their chosen field, bouncing from unpaid internship to short term contract to coffee shop job. Youth unemployment continues to hover stubbornly around 13 per cent, only 2 per cent lower than its peak during the recession and double the national average. And the unemployment rate doesn’t … Continue reading

Swedbank – To reduce staff by 600-800 employees

Swedbank, the first large Nordic bank to report third-quarter earnings, aims to cut costs to 16 billion Swedish crowns (2.23 billion US dollar) by 2016 from a projected 17.6 billion in 2014. That includes reducing staff by 600-800 employees in Sweden, around 5 percent of total staff. “The door for new recruits will essentially be … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in US – Raising the federal minimum would save safety net programs billions

This issue brief examines the use of public assistance programs by low-wage workers and assesses how raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over three years—as proposed by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014, a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.)—could affect utilization rates, benefit amounts, and government … Continue reading

UK – Royal Mail Hiring 19,000 Seasonal Workers for Christmas

UK postal giant Royal Mail plans to hire around 19,000 seasonal workers to help sort its Christmas mailbag. The employer, which was privatised in late 2013, said temporary positions across a variety of shifts will be available between mid-November and early January 2015 and that the peak of the additional temporary work will be in … Continue reading

US – Amazon announces 80,000 seasonal jobs

Mike Roth, the vice president of North America operations, Amazon.com, said, “So far this year, we have converted more than 10,000 seasonal employees in the US into regular, full-time roles and we’re looking forward to converting thousands more across our growing network of fulfillment and sortation centers after this holiday season.”  “We’re excited to be … Continue reading

Monetary Policy in US – Underutilization of labor worse than the official statistics suggest

Federal Reserve policy makers are missing a key element as they assess the health of the labor market: data that includes whether those who are employed are overqualified for their job or would like to work more hours. As a result, the “significant underutilization of labor resources” that Fed officials highlighted last month as they … Continue reading

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