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Charlie Hebdo – There is one big element missing from the discussion: unemployment

The deaths of those working at Charlie Hebdo have resulted in a great deal of soul-searching in Europe. Here in Brussels, which had its own moments of anxiety following Charlie Hebdo, there is a focus on what causes radicalization and what can be done to prevent it. A lot of the discussion is on better … Continue reading

US – The Wage Stagnation in charts

Wage stagnation for the vast majority was not created by abstract economic trends. Rather, wages were suppressed by policy choices made on behalf of those with the most income, wealth, and power. In the past few decades, the American economy generated lots of income and wealth that would have allowed substantial living standards gains for … Continue reading

Walmart’s Raise – Could it raise the floor for the entire labor force ?

Remember when Walmart got panned for running a Thanksgiving food drive for its own employees—overlooking the irony of demonstrating noblesse oblige by asking customers to subsidize the workers the company itself impoverished? The retail giant took a more strategic approach last week when rolling out its latest do-gooder scheme: raising its base wage incrementally to … Continue reading

Unemployment leads to 45,000 suicides every year study finds

One in five suicides around the world is caused by this and the figure is rising.  Unemployment is linked to 45,000 suicides around the world each year, a new study finds. This represents around one in five of the total number of global suicides. The research, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, gathered data from 63 … Continue reading

US – Alternative entrepreneurship measures indicate that entrepreneurship is back to pre-crisis levels Boston Fed finds

In recent years, it is argued, the level of entrepreneurial activity in the United States has declined, causing concern because of its potential macroeconomic implications. In particular, it is feared that a lower rate of firm creation may be associated with lower productivity growth and, hence, lower economic growth in the coming years. This paper … Continue reading

Texas – Largely responsible for net job increase since 2007 AEI finds

It’s a pretty impressive story of how job creation in just one state – Texas – has made such a significant contribution to the 1.169 million net increase in total US employment (+1,444,290 Texas jobs minus the 275,290 non-Texas job loss) in the seven year period between the start of the Great Recession in December … Continue reading

Chinese Emigrants – A Map

Approximately one-quarter of all Chinese emigrants settle in the United States, with other popular destinations including Canada (896,000), South Korea (657,000), Japan (655,000), Australia (547,000), and Singapore (457,000), according to mid-2013 estimates by the United Nations Population Division. Around half of Chinese immigrants obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States (also known as receiving … Continue reading

The Aging Global Workforce – The productivity challenge could be do-able McKinsey finds

The world is aging, and that matters for growth. In the past, an abundant and growing labor pool was a powerful engine of the world economy; today, the number of workers is starting to decline in many countries. This leaves no alternative but for companies, individuals, and governments to work in smarter ways. In an … Continue reading

Inequalities in US – All 50 states have experienced widening income inequality in recent decades EPI finds

Economic inequality is, at long last, commanding attention from policymakers, the media, and everyday citizens. There is growing recognition that we need an inclusive economy that works for everyone—not just for those at the top. While there are plentiful data examining the fortunes of the top 1 percent at the national level, this report uses … Continue reading

Immigration – The points system is dead

Canada in January 2015 is set to launch a revamped immigrant selection system known as “Express Entry,” after extensive preparations throughout 2014. After several years of upheaval in Canadian immigration policy, this moment marks the end of a quietrevolution: the demise of the traditional points system worldwide. Rather than giving permanent residence to any immigrant … Continue reading

By 2030, many of the world’s largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs Rainer Strack says

It sounds counterintuitive, but by 2030, many of the world’s largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs. In this data-filled — and quite charming — talk, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests that countries ought to look across borders for mobile and willing job seekers. But to do that, … Continue reading

US – Understanding social mobility

Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves explores inequality and opportunity in America with Legos, using them to explain the chances for economic success of Americans born at the bottom of the economic ladder. Reeves shows the chances that the poorest fifth of Americans have to rise to the top, based on their race, the marital status of … Continue reading

US – A major slowdown in real wage growth

[T]he data of figure 1 clearly document a major slowdown in real wage growth. It is largely the product of poor productivity performance over the past decade, but that may not be surprising in view of the enormous economic losses that were precipitated by the financial crises. Nor is it unprecedented if the ICT revolution … Continue reading

The Jobs Gap in US – With job growth at a healthy level of 300,000 a month, employment will be back at prerecession levels around the time of the 2016 election

After months of disappointing job reports, the country is finally seeing some promising numbers as the fragile recovery grows stronger. But a number of challenges continue to hold many poor and middle-class Americans back. Here are ten facts to keep in mind for 2015 and beyond. 1. Because the population and labor force are growing, … Continue reading

Workplace – The open-office trend is destroying it

Despite its obvious problems, the open-office model has continued to encroach on workers across the country. Now, about 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association. Silicon Valley has been the leader in bringing down the dividers. Google, Yahoo, eBay, Goldman Sachs and American Express are all … Continue reading

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