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India – Proposition of a textile policy to create 35 million more jobs

An expert panel constituted by the government on Monday submitted the draft of the new National Textiles Policy, which aims to achieve $300 billion exports by 2024-25, and creation of additional 35 million jobs by attracting investments. The blueprint termed as the draft ‘Vision, Strategy and Action Plan’ to revitalize the textiles and apparel industry … Continue reading

US – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – FAQ

The following Frequently Asked Questions are drafted in the context of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs that are administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). GENERAL QUESTIONS Q. What programs are authorized by WIOA? WOIA authorizes key employment and training programs and the American Job Center (referred to as One-Stop Center in … Continue reading

US – Reducing unemployment

The U.S. labor market is still a long way from healed. The unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009, is misleading: Long-term unemployment accounts for a much bigger share of the total than usual. Millions who would like full-time jobs are having to work part time. And millions more have given up … Continue reading

Maternity protection – A large majority of women workers, around 830 million, are not adequately covered in practice, mainly in developing countries

Most countries have adopted maternity protection provisions since 1919, when the ILO adopted the first Maternity Protection Convention, yet at least 830 million women workers still don’t have adequate protection, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report. In its report, Maternity and Paternity at Work: Law and practice across the world, the … Continue reading

US – Federal Reserve has reduced unemployment by 0.13%

A paper written by two staff members of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta tried to quantify what all the Fed’s new money creation and related measures have accomplished. They conclude that unemployment today would be 0.13% higher without the radical measures and 1.0% higher if nothing at all had been done. Chosen excerpts by … Continue reading

Labour and social protection institutions are important ingredients of economic growth, quality jobs and human development writes ILO in its World of Work Report 2014

Labour and social protection institutions are important ingredients of economic growth, quality jobs and human development (Chapter 6). It is not possible to achieve economic diversification without active measures to tackle low product- ivity in agriculture and small and medium-sized enterprise, poor working condi- tion traps and high rates of informality. Sustained, strong growth is … Continue reading

The EU priority to youth unemployment – Only France had received an approval

A Youth Guarantee scheme, inspired by the national scheme in Finland, will be introduced by each EU country according to its individual need. It will apply to young people who are out of work for more than four months. It aims to give them a real chance to further their education, or get a job, apprenticeship … Continue reading

US – The Employment Situation in June as seen by The White House

KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS 1. The private sector has added 9.7 million jobs over 52 straight months of job growth. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 288,000 in June, mainly reflecting a 262,000 increase in private employment, which is above the 203,000 per month … Continue reading

Danemark – A solid safety net

While the gap between the wealthy and everyone else is widening in much of the industrialized world, a large chunk of Danes remain firmly middle class. Forty-two percent of the working population of 4.6 million have annual disposable incomes between 200,000 and 400,000 kroner $36,700-$73,300. Just 2.6 percent earn more than 500,000 kroner a year … Continue reading

Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada – No inspection has been done

Not one Canadian employer of temporary foreign workers has been inspected to date despite a Conservative government promise to do so during last year’s initial overhaul of the controversial program.  Now, with additional changes to the program to be announced Friday, questions are swirling around why Ottawa has been so slow to act on a … Continue reading

Canada – Temporary Foreign Workers program will include cap and heavy fines

Changes to the temporary foreign workers program will include a cap on the number of workers coming to Canada for low-wage jobs, and heavy fines for employers who break the rules, CTV News has learned.  Employment Minister Jason Kenney will announce the changes during a news conference Friday. The limit on low-wage workers will apply … Continue reading

Higher Education and Employability in Europe – Using labour market information systematically in policy planning is relatively rare report says

Besides a few exceptions (Bulgaria, Croatia, Portugal and Liechtenstein), labour market forecasting exists at national and/or regional levels in most European countries (14). As Figure 4.2 shows, labour market forecasts are conducted in an ad hoc manner in 10 countries, while there is a regular, established system in 13 countries. In Lithuania, a regular labour … Continue reading

Minimum Wage Earners in US – Who are they ?

All the statistics here apply to those who would be affected by the proposed increase to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. The analysis also includes a number of workers making slightly above $10.10, who, history suggests, would receive a raise if the minimum wage were increased. Minimum-wage workers are older than … Continue reading

France – The first EU country to receive funding from the Youth Employment Initiative

France has become the first EU country to receive funding from the Youth Employment Initiative YEI to tackle unemployment among young people. The European Commission will make funding available so that France can receive €620 million from the YEI and the European Social Fund ESF.  The money will go towards helping young people who not … Continue reading

India – Labour-intensive jobs need to grow

Growth for employment creation needs to be given priority over everything else. The number of voters has gone up by a hundred million between 2009 and 2014. In other words, something like 20 million people are entering the job market each year. Add to that the need to move employment from the agricultural to the … Continue reading

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