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Canada – Business entry rate declined from 24.5% to 13.1% from 1983/1984 to 2011/2012 finds StatCan

Firm entry and exit are an important source of dynamism that is essential to a well functioning economy. The entry of new firms is an important source of productivity growth and technology adoption while exit removes less productive firms. Based on a new set of linked, experimental data for the period 1983/1984 to 2011/2012, Canada’s … Continue reading

US Monetary policy – The labor market has yet to fully recover says Yellen

In the five years since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has made considerable progress in recovering from the largest and most sustained loss of employment in the United States since the Great Depression.1 More jobs have now been created in the recovery than were lost in the downturn, with payroll employment in … Continue reading

US – The job market in one chart

When the Fed commenced rate hiking cycles in 1994, 1999 and 2004, the involuntary part time labor share was materially lower, while the prime age employment ratio was significantly higher. To wit: the prime age employment ratio stood at 78.9%, 81.4% and 79.1% as each of the last three tightening cycles got underway.  In July the … Continue reading

US – Employers are no longer investing resources in training

Yesterday my colleague, Matthew Philips, raised an interesting question about the skill gap, pointing to new research that claims the problem is not that workers are unqualified, but that companies’ expectations have changed: They are no longer investing resources in training their staff. It’s not hard to see why. Training is expensive, and Philips notes … Continue reading

Cost Competitiveness – The old worldview now appears to be out of date

For the better part of three decades, a rough, bifurcated conception of the world has driven corporate manufacturing investment and sourcing decisions. Latin America, Eastern Europe, and most of Asia have been viewed as low-cost regions. The U.S., Western Europe, and Japan have been viewed as having high costs. But this worldview now appears to … Continue reading

Europe – Nobel economists say policy blunders pushing it into depression

An array of Nobel economists have launched a blistering attack on the eurozone’s economic strategy, warning that contractionary policies risk years of depression and a fresh eruption of the debt crisis. “Historians are going to tar and feather Europe’s central bankers,” said Professor Peter Diamond, the world’s leading expert on unemployment. “Young people in Spain … Continue reading

Europe – The recession is really a depression

Eurozone GDP still hasnt gotten back to its 2007 level, and doesnt look like it will anytime soon. Indeed, it already wasnt clear if its last recession was even over before we found out the eurozone had stopped growing again in the second quarter. And not even Germany has been immune: its GDP just fell 0.2 percent … Continue reading

Economics 101 – The three types of unemployment

Economists often refer to three types of unemployment: “frictional”, “cyclical” and “structural”. Cold-hearted economists are not too worried about the first two, which refer to people moving between jobs and those temporarily laid-off during a downturn. The third kind refers to people who are excluded—perhaps permanently—from the labour market. In econo-speak, structural unemployment refers to … Continue reading

Cisco – To cut 6,000 jobs

Cisco will cut its worldwide staff by 6,000 in the coming months as it battles against slow growth, particularly in emerging markets, where the demand for high-end switches and routers don’t have such high demand. The company hasn’t revealed which roles will be affected, nor in which territories, but it says the action had to … Continue reading

Deere – To cut over 600 factory jobs

Agricultural machinery maker Deere & Co. (DE: Quote) said it would reduce the size of its manufacturing workforce at some agricultural equipment factories in response to current market demand for its products. The action would place more than 600 employees at four locations on indefinite layoff. via Deere To Cut Over 600 Factory Jobs At … Continue reading

Growth in Europe vs US – It’s getting worse

Economic growth in Europe came in at zero in the second quarter of 2014. That’s better than being in recession. But it’s not the growth that Europe — with its huge unemployment rate of 12 percent, or roughly 19,130,000 people out of work — needs. The eurozone (below in blue) has been in a depression … Continue reading

Canada’s False Job Report – EI claims on hold while StatCan fixes error

Statistics Canada’s decision to pull its latest jobs report forced officials to put employment insurance claims on hold and triggered a flood of speculation from economists as to what Friday’s updated numbers will reveal. Approvals for EI claims are partly based on regional unemployment rates, but officials say staff will be able to manage the … Continue reading

UK – Employment rate for people aged from 16 to 64 near record high but regular pay annual growth rate lowest on record

Key Points for April to June 2014 Comparing the estimates for April to June 2014 with those for January to March 2014, employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes continue the general direction of movement over the past two years. There were 30.60 million people in work, 167,000 more than for … Continue reading

Jobs Openings in US in June 2014 – Increased to 4.7 million, highest since 2001

Jobs openings increased in June to 4.671 million from 4.577 million in May.   This is the highest level since February 2001. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  Calculated Risk: BLS: Jobs Openings increased to 4.7 million in June, Highest since 2001.

US – Headcount additions remain highly targeted in the face of ongoing skills gaps and rising wage pressure says PwC

In the first quarter of this year, 63% of Trendsetter companies told us they’d add staff in the next quarter, the highest level we’ve seen in several years. So we weren’t particularly surprised when the US Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that June’s unemployment rate had dropped to 6.1%. In fact, average unemployment in 2Q14 … Continue reading

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