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Youth in US – Uncertainty about job outcomes is a barrier to enrollment in postsecondary education FED finds

In 2013, the Federal Reserve Board’s Division of Consumer and Community Affairs began exploring the experiences and expectations of young Americans entering the labor market. Staff reviewed existing research and engaged external research and policy experts to identify the potential economic implications of these labor market trends on young workers. This initial exploration raised several … Continue reading

Private Employer-Based Health Insurance in US – Paying more but getting less protective benefits

Looking at trends in private employer-based health insurance from 2003 to 2013, this issue brief finds that premiums for family coverage increased 73 percent over the past decade—faster than median family income. Employees’ contributions to their premiums climbed by 93 percent over that time frame. At the same time, deductibles more than doubled in both … Continue reading

Low Income among Immigrants in Canada – Declined significantly in the 2000s, but not relative to Canadian-born

During the 1980s and 1990s, immigration was associated with the rise in low-income rates and family-income inequality in Canada. Over the 2000s, there were significant changes in the labour market and in immigrant selection. This paper focuses on the direct effect of immigration on the change in low income and family-income inequality over the 1995-to-2010 … Continue reading

Youth and the Job Market – Lack of higher education in developing countries, over-education in advanced economies writes ILO

Youth with post-secondary education living in middle and low-income countries have a much higher chance of finding a decent job than those with only secondary or primary education, says a new ILO publication Is education the solution to decent work for youth in developing economies? . Building on the results of school-to-work transition surveys conducted in … Continue reading

Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean – Has continued to fall but will rise from 2015 says ILO

The International Labour Organization (ILO) today reported an unusual pattern in the urban unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean during 2014, which continued to fall despite the economic slowdown. However, the Organization warned that slow growth has begun to impact the labour market. “There are warning signs,” said Elizabeth Tinoco, ILO Regional Director … Continue reading

Gender Gap in 2014 – The world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace says the World Economic Forum

The Global Gender Gap Report 2014 emphasizes persisting gender gap divides across and within regions. Based on the nine years of data available for the 111 countries that have been part of the report since its inception, the world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace. According to the Global … Continue reading

US Federal Government – Internet resources for internships, fellowships, and other work experience opportunities

This report describes Internet resources on major internship, fellowship, and work experience programs within the federal government. It is intended as a selective guide for students of all levels: high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate. The federal government offers many opportunities for internships, fellowships, and work experiences. However, there is no single centralized source for … Continue reading

Automation, jobs, and the future of work – There’s always painful dislocation

The topic of job displacement has, throughout US history, ignited frustration over technological advances and their tendency to make traditional jobs obsolete; artisans protested textile mills in the early 19th century, for example… A conversation Reid Hoffman: If you look at most of the automation, it comes down to man–machine combinations. And all productivity means … Continue reading

Retiring and Health Care in US – Only one in five have taken one or more steps to prepare

The overwhelming majority (86%) of baby boomers express concern about the  affordability of health care in retirement, but very few pre-retirees admit they have taken financial steps to prepare for health care costs in retirement, according to a study released today by Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP). The Health, Wealth and RetirementSM study, which surveyed more … Continue reading

4-Year Degrees in US – The vast majority of full-time college students do not graduate on time

In their latest report, Four-Year Myth, Complete College America and its Alliance of States reveal that the vast majority of full-time American college students do not graduate on time, costing them and their families tens of thousands of dollars in extra college-related expenses, as well as lost wages from delaying entry into the workforce. The … Continue reading

The Class of 2015 in US – Employers expect to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates

Employers expect to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2015 for their U.S. operations than they did from the Class of 2014, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Employers taking part in NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 survey cited company growth and attrition … Continue reading

Disabled in Canada – The employment rate aged for 25 to 64 was 49% in 2011 compared with 79% for those without a disability

The employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities was 49% in 2011, compared with 79% for Canadians without a disability. Among those with a ‘very severe’ disability, the employment rate was 26%. Canadians with disabilities include those with a physical or mental disability related to seeing, hearing, mobility, flexibility, dexterity, pain, learning, development, psychological/mental disorders or memory. More than two … Continue reading

Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry in US – Two-thirds of women and half of men surveyed had experienced some form

With more than 11 million employees, the restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the country. It is also the single-largest source of sexual-harassment charges filed by women with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Women occupy most of the financially precarious restaurant jobs; more than 70% of servers … Continue reading

Wages in UK – Weekly earnings for full-time employees annual growth: the smallest since 1997 and decreased by 1.6% in real terms finds ONS

Key points In April 2014 median gross weekly earnings for full-time employees were £518, up 0.1% from £517 in 2013. This is the smallest annual growth since 1997, the first year for which ASHE data are available. Growth has been slower since the economic downturn, with the annual increase averaging around 1.4% per year between … Continue reading

Low Pay in UK – 236,000 jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage finds ONS

This release presents statistics on the number of jobs with pay less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in the UK. The NMW is a minimum amount per hour that most workers in the UK are entitled to be paid. There are different rates of NMW depending on a worker’s age and whether they are … Continue reading

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