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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

Teachers in US – Why do they quit?

Teaching, Ingersoll says, “was originally built as this temporary line of work for women before theygot their real job—which was raising families, or temporary for men until they moved out of the classroom and became administrators. That was sort of the historical set-up.” Ingersoll extrapolated and then later confirmed that anywhere between 40 and 50 … Continue reading

Immigration and Population in US – Four key trends

Four key trends. Immigrants have moved beyond traditional gateways. Native-born population has declined in Middle America. Immigration has driven population growth in the Sun Belt, Pacific Northwest, and Mountain States. Immigration has slowed population declines in Middle America. Map 4 illustrates the changes in foreign- and native-born populations and highlights areas where the growth of … Continue reading

Why U.S. Women Are Leaving Jobs Behind – NYTimes.com

As recently as 1990, the United States had one of the top employment rates in the world for women, but it has now fallen behind many European countries. After climbing for six decades, the percentage of women in the American work force peaked in 1999, at 74 percent for women between 25 and 54. It … Continue reading

US – The disconnect between productivity and wages, 1948–2013

Since 1979, hourly pay for the vast majority of American workers has diverged from economy-wide productivity, as shown in Figure D, and this divergence is at the root of numerous American economic challenges. Between 1979 and 2013, productivity grew 64.9 percent, while hourly compensation of production and nonsupervisory workers, who comprise over 80 percent of … Continue reading

California – 6.9 million who lacked insurance in 2012 were in a family with a full-time worker

Almost half of the 6.9 million Californians who lacked insurance in 2012 were in a family with a full-time worker, according to a new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The State of Health Insurance in California report also found that the number of adult workers with job-based health insurance declined between … Continue reading

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

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