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Employment Insurance in Canada , January 2015 – Virtually unchanged from the previous month

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits totalled 496,600 in January, virtually unchanged from the previous month. Compared with January 2014, the number of beneficiaries decreased by 14,200 or 2.8%. In January, four provinces had more beneficiaries compared with a month earlier: Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. In contrast, there were fewer beneficiaries in British … Continue reading

The 16 skills students require

Today’s fast-changing world requires students with “twenty-first-century skills.” All too often, however, students in many countries are not acquiring these skills. Innovative education technologies such as adaptive learning platforms and interactive games are beginning to show potential for helping address skills gaps. Delivering on the potential of technology will ultimately require effective collaborations among many … Continue reading

Temporary Workers in Switzerland – Better qualified and earning more

Temporary workers in Switzerland are now significantly better qualified and paid compared with four years, according to Swiss Staffing, the Swiss Federation of Staffing Companies. The survey, conducted by private research institution gfs-Zurich on behalf of Swiss Staffing, interviewed 1,000 people who had worked in a temporary capacity over the past year. The study was … Continue reading

The economic benefits of immigration

The economic benefits of immigration may be the ­most ­settled fact in economics. A recent University of Chicago poll of leading economists could not find a single one who rejected the proposition. (There is one notable economist who wasn’t polled: George Borjas of Harvard, who believes that his fellow economists underestimate the cost of immigration … Continue reading

Minimum wages in the EU

Originally posted on European Parliamentary Research Service:
Written by Verena Kern Several EU Member States have recently implemented adaptions to their wage policies. The most debated change was the introduction of a national minimum wage of 8.50 € per hour in Germany from 1 January 2015. Minimum wages are common globally with different systems in…

Volkswagen in Russia – To cut working hours and jobs

Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) will reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its Russian car plant, the German car producer said on Monday, to try to cut costs in a market downturn. via Volkswagen to cut working hours, jobs at Russian plant | Reuters.

US – The unemployment rate for veterans declined to 5.3 percent in 2014

The unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001–a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans–declined by 1.8 percentage points over the year to 7.2 percent in 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate for all veterans, … Continue reading

Sharp – To cut 6,000 jobs

Japan’s loss-making Sharp Corp (6753.T) intends to cut 12 percent of its workforce in a global restructuring expected to cost more than $1.7 billion, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday.  The job cuts will total around 6,000, half of which would come in Japan through early retirement while the rest would be … Continue reading

Yahoo in China – To cut “around 350″ jobs while closing

Internet giant Yahoo is closing its China office as part of a worldwide consolidation aimed at cutting costs.  The Beijing research centre is Yahoo’s only remaining physical presence in the country after it sold its Chinese operations to Alibaba in 2005. A spokesperson said “around 350 jobs” would be eliminated. “We are constantly making changes … Continue reading

Microsoft’s Training Centre in BC – Mostly foreigners

A majority of workers at a new Microsoft Canada training centre in Vancouver would be drawn from the ranks of foreigners, according to draft plans obtained under British Columbia’s freedom of information laws. Both the federal and provincial governments have praised the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre as a project that will boost the B.C. economy and create … Continue reading

The Labor Force Projections in US – A Map

From 2010 to 2030, patterns of labor force participation will change across regions of the United States. In some regions, the primary demographic effect will be changes in age structure, which will drive declines in labor force participation rates. In other regions, in-migration and changes in the racial and ethnic composition of the adult population … Continue reading

Employment up by 0.1% in Euro Area and by 0.2% in EU28 in fourth quarter of 2014

The number of persons employed1 increased by 0.1% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.2% in the EU28 in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the third quarter of 2014, employment increased by 0.2% … Continue reading

 Job vacancies in Canada in December 2014 – 5.0 unemployed people for every job vacancy down from 6.2 a year before

Canadian businesses reported 233,000 job vacancies in December, up 30,000 compared with 12 months earlier. For every job vacancy, there were 5.0 unemployed people, down from 6.2 in December 2013. This decline in the ratio was the result of both fewer unemployed people and more job vacancies. Unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio declines in four provinces In Nova Scotia, there were 6.6 unemployed people for every job vacancy, down from 10.6 in … Continue reading

Retirement in US – Nearly 40 million working-age households (45 percent) do not own any retirement account assets reports finds

A new research report calculates that the U.S. retirement savings crisis continues to worsen, and that the typical working household still has virtually no retirement savings. When all households are included— not just households with retirement accounts—the median retirement account balance is $2,500. The median retirement account balance was $3,000 for all working-age households as … Continue reading

US Academic Job Market in Humanities – The number of positions advertised at least 30% lower

In an effort to place the job advertisements in the broader context of the humanities field, staff members at the Humanities Indicators gathered up the numbers reported by the larger societies back to 2001. The following chart summarizes data reported by the largest disciplinary societies in the humanities and highlights a pattern of decline among … Continue reading

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