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US 2.8 million are currently employed in temporary help services NELP finds

The employment services industry, which includes both temporary staffing agencies and more permanent employee leasing firms, is expected to rank among the fastest-growing sectors in the country in the next decade. Staffing work is one part of a larger story about the declining middle class in our country. More and more, major corporations are separating … Continue reading

Action is needed to secure future livelihoods in developed and emerging economies, says the OECD Development Centre – OECD

Securing Livelihoods For All: Foresight for Action, a report that uses a foresight approach to develop five possible livelihood landscapes for the world in 2030, shows that vulnerability and the risk of falling back into extreme poverty remain high in the face of a changing global context. In most developing regions, 80% of people feel … Continue reading

Baby Boomers in US – Held 11.7 jobs from age 18 to age 48, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The average person born in the latter years of the baby boom (1957-1964) held 11.7 jobs from age 18 to age 48, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nearly half of these jobs were held from ages 18 to 24. These findings are from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979; a survey … Continue reading

European immigration in UK – They cost to government £408.12 per second and contribute £463.35 per second in revenues

This report has been commissioned by Rapid Formations to develop a firm understanding of European migrants who choose to settle in the United Kingdom and assess whether they pose any impact on the UK’s economic stability. Overall, research suggests that migrants from the European Union pose a statistically significant net benefit to UK public finances … Continue reading

US – Large cities remain more unequal by income than the nation overall

This report updates a 2014 analysis that looked at levels of income inequality in the 50 largest U.S. cities, and examines in particular trends between 2012 and 2013, the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau. Like the earlier analysis, it focuses on incomes among households near the top of the distribution—those earning more … Continue reading

US – Trends in long-term unemployment

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 then, the number has gradually declined to 2.8 million (or … Continue reading

US – The number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent

Proximity to employment can influence a range of economic and social outcomes, from local fiscal health to the employment prospects of residents, particularly low-income and minority workers. An analysis of private-sector employment and demographic data at the census tract level reveals that: Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance … Continue reading

Raising Wages in US – Policies that work

As this paper explains, wage stagnation is not inevitable. It is the direct result of public policy choices on behalf of those with the most power and wealth that have suppressed wage growth for the vast majority in recent decades. Thus, because wage stagnation was caused by policy, it can be alleviated by policy. In … Continue reading

Canada – Substantial gap in salary compensation in favour of government or public sector employees CFIB finds

The broad public sector is a major employer in Canada. As a group, it employs 3.6 million Canadians—more than one job in five. Because the large share of these jobs are supported in whole or in part by tax revenues, it is certainly appropriate to question how representative and appropriate public sector salaries are in … Continue reading

Aging of Japan – The labor-market gap

Japan is the world’s oldest country—25 percent of its people are aged 65 or over. By 2040, that ratio is estimated to rise to the historically unprecedented level of 36 percent. The population of Japan nearly tripled in the 20th century, peaking at 128 million in 2010. But with a falling birth rate, one of … Continue reading

US – Participation and work schedules

With a working population in the range of 144 million, one tends to think of a rush of workers to their place of employment in the morning and a rush to home in the evening. But many parts of the work force do not fully participate in that diurnal work flow. Figure 6-2 provides fundamental … Continue reading

Training – The lack of effective metrics appeared to be a growing concern McKinsey finds

Executives around the world are striving to measure the impact of training and employee-learning programs on the performance of business. Half of those who responded to a McKinsey survey last year told us that they see organizational capability building as one of their top strategic priorities, but many said their companies could do better. When … Continue reading

Mobile Internet – Creates jobs for about 3 million people in the 13 countries BCG estimates

Revenues are only one part of the picture. The mobile Internet is a major job-growth engine as well. We estimate that it has created employment for about 3 million people in the 13 countries we studied. Many of these jobs are in Asia, where the manufacturing of mobile devices is centered. But the rapid growth … Continue reading

Mentoring – A tool for advancing the labour market integration of immigrants

Mentoring—an experienced individual coaching or advising a more junior partner or peer —is increasingly recognised in Europe as a tool for advancing the labour market integration of disadvantaged individuals. However, the scope, methods, and sustainability of mentoring efforts vary widely by national and local context, and depend on a variety of actors and conditions. This … Continue reading

US – Hourly wages for private-sector workers in data occupations 68 percent higher finds BLS

The growing importance of data in the economy is hard to dispute. But what does this mean for workers and jobs? A lot, as it turns out: higher paying (over $40/hour), faster growing jobs. In this report we identify occupations where data analysis and processing are central to the work performed and measure the size … Continue reading

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