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US Labor Secretary on Long-Term Unemployed – It keeps me up at night because their stories are so compelling

Perez said the plight of the long-term unemployed – or those without work for at least 27 weeks — is the one issue that has caused him to lose sleep. He has met with many such workers since becoming Labor Secretary about a year ago. “It keeps me up at night because their stories are … Continue reading

US – It takes people much longer to get back to work today than it did six or seven years ago

More than 3 million U.S. workers remain among the long-term unemployed – those who have been jobless for 27 or more weeks. Their numbers have been falling as the economy picks up, but experts say getting back to work has been tougher in the wake of the most recent recession than it was following the economic … Continue reading

US – Employer access to social media passwords legislation

Increasing numbers of Americans use social media both on and off the job. Recently, some employers have asked employees to turn over their usernames or passwords for their personal accounts. Some employers argue that access to personal accounts is needed to protect proprietary information or trade secrets, to comply with federal financial regulations, or to prevent … Continue reading

Employment Rate in Canada and the United States since the Last Recession – Both flat

The employment rate corresponds to the percentage of the working-age population that is employed. It allows the interpretation of employment growth in relation to population growth. Employment growth that is greater than population growth can be indicative of an improvement in the state of the labour market. The employment rate increases (decreases) when employment growth … Continue reading

Wages in US – Post Great-Recession wage declines were especially pronounced for maids and housekeeping cleaners, home health aides, personal care aides, food preparation workers and restaurant cooks

[The National Employment Law Project has] calculated the percentage change in real median hourly wages from 2009 to 2013 for 785 occupations, which were grouped into quintiles, each representing approximately one-fifth of total employment in 2013. The labels in Figure 1 show the 2013 median hourly wage for the lowest- and highest-paid occupations within each … Continue reading

Europe – Facing a fresh downturn

Six years after being struck by economic crisis, Europe is facing a fresh downturn, with few new ideas on the table for reigniting growth and deepening political divisions over the austerity policies that many blame for worsening the malaise… “Europe is at risk of secular stagnation,” said Lawrence H. Summers, a former United States Treasury … Continue reading

Youth in US – Worse than in 1980s for job and pay

Young people of all races and ethnicities were not employed in 2013 at the rate they were a generation ago, according to data reported today by the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the Education Department. Americans aged 20 to 24 who did have jobs were paid $4,800 less in 2012 than they … Continue reading

US – Unemployment is falling but still historically high

Six years after the financial panic that nearly sank the U.S. economy, it’s the millions of Americans who aren’t working, or working less than they want to, who pose a challenge to policymakers and a are major contributor to Americans’ persistently sour feeling about the economy. Although the official unemployment rate was down to 6.2% … Continue reading

Labor Day in US – How the working man and woman are treated

According to U.S. government data, in the past 12 months the working people of America have received about the smallest share of national economic output since at least World War II. When you adjust for inflation, real median household income is down about 10% since the start of the millennium and is now lower than … Continue reading

Retired in US – Over half  went back into the workforce or started their own businesses poll finds

When planning for retirement, or how to live in retirement, it’s often helpful to consider what others have done or are doing. In February, an informal poll of roughly 400 RetiredBrains visitors revealed varied directions. It would seem that a life of leisure should lead the list; however this was in fact one of the … Continue reading

US – The “40-Hour” workweek is in fact 47 finds Gallup

Adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US (week ended Aug. 23) – Dropped again

The number of new applications for jobless benefits dropped again last week and remained near postrecession lows, the latest sign of improvement for the labor market. Initial claims for unemployment benefits fell by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 298,000 in the week ended Aug. 23, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was just below forecasts … Continue reading

US Official Unemployment Rate – The rise in nonresponse

A new academic paper suggests that the unemployment rate appears to have become less accurate over the last two decades, in part because of this rise in nonresponse. In particular, there seems to have been an increase in the number of people who once would have qualified as officially unemployed and today are considered out … Continue reading

US Map – 20 cities with less than 4% unemployment

Twenty metropolitan areas with unemployment rates below 4 percent Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Map: 20 US cities with less than 4% unemployment – Vox.

Hiring Gender Gap for Business Grads in US – 5 percentage-point in job offer finds BW

Women graduating from college with business degrees are less likely to get early job offers than their male counterparts, according to new data from Bloomberg Businessweek. The data show that 52 percent of female business majors who graduated this year had been offered a job by January, compared with 57 percent of male students. The … Continue reading

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