Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 6529 posts for Job Market Monitor

Inequality in US – The average greenhouse gas footprint of the top 2% of the income distribution is more than four times that of those in the bottom quintile

This paper describes the creation of a database providing estimated greenhouse gas (GHG) footprints for 6 million US households over the period 2008-2012. The database allows analysis of footprints for 52 types of consumption (e.g. electricity, gasoline, apparel, beef, air travel, etc.) within and across geographic regions as small as individual census tracts. Potential research … Continue reading

CBC Radio-Canada : 400 more layoffs by March 2015

Faced with the loss of its NHL broadcasts and shrinking funding from the federal government, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. will cut another 400 jobs by March of next year, according to several reports.CBC President Hubert Lacroix reportedly told members of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) of the cuts, part of an ongoing campaign to reduce … Continue reading

The Political Stance of Monetary Policy in US – Janet Yellen on Inequality

No doubt there are some political risks here. But was she supposed to remain silent on inequality for her entire tenure? For the Chair of the nation’s most powerful economic institution to ignore one of most powerful economic trends of our time would be close to a dereliction of duty. Arguments are raging over the … Continue reading

Individual Character and Social Policy – Help people become more resilient, conscientious or prudent

Policies that ignore char­acter and behavior have produced dis­appointing results. If you can’t help people become more res­ilient, cons­cientious or prudent, then all the cash trans­fers in the world will not produce per­manent benefits.  Nearly every parent on earth operates on the assumption that character matters a lot to the life outcomes of their children. … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – Lowest level for 4-week moving averag average since May 6, 2000

In the week ending October 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 283,000, an increase of 17,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 2,000 from 264,000 to 266,000. The 4-week moving average was 281,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average. … Continue reading

Skills Gap in UK – Asking for help still stigmatized

There is still a stigma around asking for help to develop skills in the workplace, according to National Consortium of Colleges and Providers (NCCP) chairman Harvey Young.Young is spearheading the campaign For Business, For Life in an attempt to secure £50 million worth of training from the EU’s European Social fund. The UK government has … Continue reading

UK – Two thirds of parents do not feel the education system prepares their children for work

Two thirds of parents do not feel the education system prepares their children for work, according to a new survey. A poll of more than 3,500 adults by vocational body City & Guilds, published today, also finds 64 per cent do not believe children are being provided with what employers want, such as communication and … Continue reading

Overweight women – More likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs study finds

Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs; less likely to get higher-wage positions that include interaction with the public; and make less money in either case compared to average size women and all men, according to a new Vanderbilt study. “Starting when a woman becomes overweight, she is … Continue reading

Australia – Labor market remained subdued but had stabilized somewhat this year says RBA

Australia’s central bank said the labor market remained subdued but had stabilized somewhat this year, adding it had based its assessment on a range of data given the volatility in the official labor force survey.In minutes of its Oct 7 policy meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) also reiterated that the most prudent course … Continue reading

Spain – Graduating in law and so what…

Alberto Gracia earned the first law degree in his family six years ago. Since then, he’s worked briefly as a lawyer and mostly as a video-store clerk, flower-seller or ticket-puncher. Now he’s found a career he thinks will stick: hospital orderly. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Lawyer’s Only Job Hope … Continue reading

US – Pamela Skillings’ top 50 best job search sites

Here are 50 of the best job search sites, apps, and tools according to Pamela Skillings: 1) Dice.com                                         2) Crunchboard.com 3) Culintro.com 4) eFinancialCareers.com 5) JobsOnTheMenu.com 6) HealthcareJobsite.com 7) JobsInLogistics.com 8) mediabistro.com 9) JournalismJobs.com 10) SalesGravy.com 11) TalentZoo.com 12) TechCareers.com 13) Idealist.com 14) StackOverflow.com 15) USAJobs.gov 16) Behance.com 17) IEEEJob Site 18) VentureBeat.com 19) Mashable.com … Continue reading

The Digital Skills Gap – IT can only improve performance with the right training

You’d think that with the advance of emerging computer, nano, mobile — and now yes, even wearable — technologies, individual productivity would be soaring. Instead, of the more than 200 million adults in the US digital workforce, only one in ten consider themselves ‘very proficient’ with the digital tools they use every day. And research … Continue reading

Retirement in US – Saving for it is a formidable challenge for middle-class finds Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo did as much as it could to soft-pedal the findings of its fifth-annual Middle Class Retirement Survey, released Wednesday, but the horrific numbers speak for themselves.A formidable challenge? No kidding. More than a third of middle-class families aren’t saving anything in a 401(k), IRA or other vehicle, the survey found. For those 50 … Continue reading

Women and Motherhood in UK – Half of childless women would consider not starting a family for their career

Half of childless women are so concerned about the risk children pose to their career progression that they would consider not starting a family, according to research by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). The survey of 2,000 women from a range of business sectors, half with children and half without, suggests two-thirds (67%) are … Continue reading

United Arab Emirates – Migrant domestic workers trapped, exploited, abused says Human Rights Watch

Migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are beaten, exploited, and trapped in forced labor situations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UAE government, about to take up an influential new role in the International Labour Organization (ILO), has failed to adequately protect female domestic workers – many of … Continue reading

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