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Millennials in US – Less likely to be living independently of their families

Five years into the economic recovery, things are looking up for young adults in the U.S. labor market. Unemployment is down, full-time work is up and wages have modestly rebounded. But, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, these improvements in the labor market have not led to more … Continue reading

Learning – 3 myths about the brain

Misconceptions about the brain are embedded in corporate training programs and could be sabotaging their effectiveness. Companies should reevaluate them in light of the latest scientific insights. Myth #1: The critical window of childhood Most of us have heard about critical learning periods—the first years of life, when the vast majority of the brain’s development … Continue reading

Apprenticeship – The benefits of employing older apprentices

The evidence firmly suggests those in later life want to continue working. A January YouGov poll showed that around half of non-retired over-50s want to still be working between the ages of 65 and 70, and only 15% of non-retired over-50s said they would want to stop work altogether between ages 60 and 65. “If … Continue reading

Immigration in Europe – It is old people everywhere who oppose immigration the most

The vast number of immigrants crossing the Mediterranean recently has been fueling anti-immigrant sentiment across Europe, adding even more challenges to the debate about immigration policies. The difficulty that surrounds agreement on immigration matters is also evident if we look at the current state of the European Union immigration policy; rather than a common policy, it is a collection … Continue reading

Employment Insurance (EI) in Canada – The current system is broken former chief actuary says

Only about 40 per cent of Canada’s 1.3 million unemployed people now receive benefits. And among those who do, the range of benefits given in the largest labour-market program in the country varies widely among regions. The current system is broken, said Michel Bédard, who co-wrote a paper to be released Thursday with economics professor … Continue reading

Vocational Education in US – Many still see it as something only low-income

Vocational education is changing, but many still see it as something only low-income, mostly minority students are pushed into and an option that upper class students and white students wouldn’t be encouraged to take. As academics and authors on national education trends point out, when our society devalues anything that isn’t academic prep work and … Continue reading

Gender Gap in US – The fields that women and man students choose during recessions

Graduating into a recession stunts the careers of the young men and women entering the labor market. But it turns out a lot of students don’t sit back and passively accept this outcome: Many students who see a recession during their early college years switch to majors with better job prospects. According to new research from Benjamin … Continue reading

Gender Gap at Retirement in US – The average total income of women over age 65 is just 55 percent of older men’s income

Democrats in Congress often lament the fact that full-time working women in the United States earn 78 cents for every dollar men earn, but less attention is paid to the much wider and harder-hitting income gap for women in retirement. According to a report Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released Thursday, the average total income of … Continue reading

Youth Unemployment in Europe – A chart

According to Eurostat, youth unemployment is still unrelenting across Europe. In March 2015, the most recent month where data is available for all 28 EU nations, Spain had the worst unemployment rate for people under 25 years of age, 49.9 percent. Greece was only marginally better off with 49.7 percent. You will find more statistics … Continue reading

Healthcare Occupations in US – 11.8 million workers in May 2014 with 2.7 million registered nurses, the largest occupation

In May 2014, there were 11.8 million workers employed in healthcare practitioner, technical, and support occupations. Among those, 2.7 million were registered nurses, the largest occupation. Anesthesiologists earned the most, with an average annual wage of $246,320. Among healthcare support occupations in May 2014, there were 1.4 million nursing assistants. The average annual wage for nursing … Continue reading

US – More than one in ten unemployed in 2014 were jobless for 99 weeks or longer

Share of long-term unemployed reached a record high in 2010 The long-term unemployed are people who have been looking for work for 27 weeks or longer.  After expanding for 3 consecutive years, the number of long-term unemployed reached a record high of 6.7 million—or 45.1 percent of the unemployed—in the second quarter of 2010. Since … Continue reading

Working From Home in UK – A third of people working from home received a contribution from their organisation

More than four in ten (43%) employees think that being offered the chance to work from home is the result of employers transferring workspace costs onto the employee, according to a report by Regus. The report found that only around a third of people working from home (35%) received a contribution from their organisation towards … Continue reading

Ph.D. – Is five years to finish a humanities doctorate—coursework, comprehensive exams, dissertation— speedy ?

Welcome to academia, where five years to finish a humanities doctorate—coursework, comprehensive exams, dissertation—is considered speedy. So speedy that a new program at my alma mater has raised hackles for encouraging graduate students to finish in a half-decade. (It also foists upon its postdocs what is possibly the worst job title in academia. More on … Continue reading

Learning a foreign language is a ‘must’ in Europe

Studying a second foreign language for at least one year is compulsory in more than 20 European countries. In most European countries, students begin studying their first foreign language as a compulsory school subject between the ages of 6 and 9, according to a 2012 report from Eurostat, the statistics arm of the European Commission. This … Continue reading

The Uberization of the economy

The tidal wave sweeping through the American economy has already reshaped the political landscape — from the rise of an anti-Wall Street movement on the left to the Tea Party on the right — and is sowing frustration among a large mass of voters. “Whether America will be America or not hinges on whether we … Continue reading

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