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The Great recession and the Families in US – The most dramatic impact was on birth rates

The most dramatic impact was on birth rates, which dropped precipitously, especially for young women, as a result of the economic crisis. How do we know? First, the timing of the fertility decline is very suggestive. After increasing steadily from the beginning of 2002 until late 2007, birth rates dropped sharply. (The decline has since … Continue reading

Men Who Don’t Work in US – A Chart

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at The Rise of Men Who Don’t Work (and What They Do Instead) | The Big Picture. Related Posts Not Working in US – From the highest employment rates among developed nations to the bottom of the list POSTED BY MICHEL COURNOYER ⋅ DECEMBER 16, 2014 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT Working, … Continue reading

Gini Coefficients for EU member states (2013)

Gini coefficient The Gini coefficient is the most commonly used measure of inequality. It is based on the ‘equivalised’ disposable income of each individual country; 0 indicates total equality (everyone would dispose of the same income) and 100 complete inequality, where a single person would have all income. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read … Continue reading

Cloud Computing Jobs in US – 3.9 million jobs

There are 3.9 million jobs in the U.S. affiliated with cloud computing today with 384,478 in IT alone.  The median salary for IT professionals with cloud computing experience is $90,950 and the median salary for positions that pay over $100,000 a year is $116,950. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Where … Continue reading

South Korea – The benefit for employers of family-friendly workplace policies is unclear research finds

It’s no secret that a happy worker is a productive worker and a new analysis by scholars at The University of Texas at Dallas finds that family-friendly policies are beneficial for increasing productivity of employees. Yet the benefit for employers is unclear, since that may be offset by the same turnover rates. Family-friendly policies are … Continue reading

The Boomerang Employees in restaurants

The boomerang term is gaining in popularity as companies struggle to find talent. Former employees can be a great source of talent. They know the industry, the company, the policies and practices, etc. They know the good, bad and ugly … and still come back. I really liked the statistic in this infographic from the … Continue reading

Workplace Bullying in UK – Half of UK workers have been victims

If you’re aware of bullying at your workplace, or are a victim yourself, you’re not alone. According to a survey by CareerBuilder.co.uk, half of UK workers revealed that they have been bullied at work. The two most common ways workers report being bullied was being ignored, whereby comments have been dismissed or not acknowledged (41%), … Continue reading

Ireland – The proportion of families lacking one or more basic goods or services rose by almost one third

A SIX YEAR ESRI study involving almost 20,000 children has detailed the dramatic effect the recession has had on the economic vulnerability of families. The Growing up in Ireland study has continued interviewing two different groups of children, one of which was born in 1998 and the other in 2008. Both groups and their parents … Continue reading

Connected to the Workplace – Telepressure

“So the dad constantly texting coworkers from the sideline of a youth soccer game, the multitasking mom firing off work e-mails over Saturday morning breakfast and the steadfast employee sleeping with his company-issued smartphone by his pillow – these behaviours all point to the psychological state of workplace telepressure,” says Northern Illinois University, whose psych … Continue reading

The Gender Gap in US – Historically low between young male and female workers but growing

The wage gap between young male and female workers is historically low. The wage gap between young male and female workers is growing. Yes, both things can be true at the same time. Intergenerational economic inequality is declining: The gap between male and female wages among Millennials is lower than it was among boomers or … Continue reading

Grads with Debt in US – The burden of student loan repayment diminishes rapidly as earnings grow, but difficult in some fields finds Brookings

In this second economic analysis in the Major Decisions series, The Hamilton Project turns to the question of loan repayment. The analysis explores the relationship between earnings growth over one’s career and the relative burden of debt repayment across 80 majors. Specifically, we examine the share of monthly earnings needed to make monthly loan repayments … Continue reading

Illegal Immigration in the US – Making up 3.5% of the nation’s population finds Pew Research Center

The number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has stabilized in recent years after decades of rapid growth. But there have been shifts in the states where unauthorized immigrants live and the countries where they were born. Millions could receive relief from deportation and work visas from an executive order that President Obama is expected … Continue reading

US – To what extent is income being redistributed by government action ?

With changes like these in the distribution of the rewards of the American economy, the president and many on the left call for redistributing income from those at the top to those in the middle and bottom. But they seldom mention the extent to which income is already being redistributed by government action. In fact, … Continue reading

US – Suburban inadequate transit worsens unemployment

I took a look at the study report, which was published earlier this year by the Census Bureau’s Center for Economic Studies. More specifically, the research looked at a sample of 247,000 Midwestern lower-income “workers who have experienced an involuntary job displacement” because of mass layoffs, and how long they remained unemployed. The researchers also … Continue reading

Participation in Canada – 70 per cent of decline over the past year has been due to decreased female participation

Canada’s labour force participation rate — the percentage of people with a job — has been declining, and according to TD economist Brian DePratto, more than 70 per cent of that decline over the past year has been due to decreased female participation. Contrary to a popular theory, it’s not baby boomers retiring and leaving … Continue reading

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