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US – The total number of positions in Communication advertised by institutions of higher education has more than doubled from 2009 to 2013

The National Communication Association (NCA) performs an annual analysis of college and university searches to fill academic positions in Communication. We collect job postings from three different outlets: the NCA Career Center, CRTNET, and Spectra. CRTNET is a disciplinary listserv where employers may post position announcements. Spectra is the NCA magazine. If a job was … Continue reading

US – A good time to find a quality job says 31% in Gallup’s survey

About three in 10 Americans say now is a good time to find a quality job, essentially unchanged from September. The percentage of U.S. adults who say it is a good time to find a job remains at one of the highest levels measured since the 2008 financial crisis. Although the 31% of Americans with … Continue reading

35 years of unemployment benefits in US – Extended benefits unemployment rate by about one-third percentage point in the most recent recession

During the 2008-2009 recession, U.S. unemployment insurance (UI) benefits were extended to unprecedented levels, with UI duration increasing from 26 weeks—the regular duration—to as much as 99 weeks in some states, prompting a lively debate in policy and academic circles about the adverse effects of such extensions on the search behavior of job seekers and … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in US – Raising the federal minimum would save safety net programs billions

This issue brief examines the use of public assistance programs by low-wage workers and assesses how raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 over three years—as proposed by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2014, a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.)—could affect utilization rates, benefit amounts, and government … Continue reading

US – Amazon announces 80,000 seasonal jobs

Mike Roth, the vice president of North America operations, Amazon.com, said, “So far this year, we have converted more than 10,000 seasonal employees in the US into regular, full-time roles and we’re looking forward to converting thousands more across our growing network of fulfillment and sortation centers after this holiday season.”  “We’re excited to be … Continue reading

Monetary Policy in US – Underutilization of labor worse than the official statistics suggest

Federal Reserve policy makers are missing a key element as they assess the health of the labor market: data that includes whether those who are employed are overqualified for their job or would like to work more hours. As a result, the “significant underutilization of labor resources” that Fed officials highlighted last month as they … Continue reading

Unemployment in US – The largest drop in the rate between a presidential and midterm elections on records

Midterm elections often end up serving as a referendum on the president’s performance. Given this, I’ve been surprised not to hear Democrats more aggressively trumpeting the improving economy. After all, the unemployment rate has fallen by two percentage points since the last election, and at 5.9 percentage points it is far lower than many had … Continue reading

Job Report in US – Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 248,000 in September and unemployment down at 5.9 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 248,000 in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 5.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade, and health care. Household Survey Data In September, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.9 percent. The number … Continue reading

Poverty in the United States in 2013 – A Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report

In 2013, 45.3 million people were counted as poor in the United States under the official poverty measure—a number statistically unchanged from the 46.5 million people estimated as poor in 2012. The poverty rate, or percent of the population considered poor under the official definition, was reported at 14.5% in 2013, a statistically significant drop … Continue reading

Hours of Work in US – 32% Work 45 or more hours compared with 18% in Germany, and 4% in France

American employees put in longer workweeks than Europeans. They are also more likely to work at undesirable times, such as nights and weekends. This column argues that the phenomena of long hours and strange hours are related. One possibility for this is cultural – Americans simply enjoy working at strange times. Another, more probable explanation, … Continue reading

US – Long-Term unemployment does not harden into structural unemployment finds the Economic Policy Institute (EPI)

This paper finds that regardless of duration, involuntary job loss leads to significant and long-lasting economic damage to individuals and their families. Specific findings on microeconomic scarring include: Excess unemployment during the Great Recession will likely lead to long-run wage losses just for displaced high-tenure workers (those who had the same job for more than … Continue reading

US – The decline in the share of middle-skill jobs has largely been driven by technological advancements and outsourcing of jobs overseas

The labor market is extremely complex and it’s constantly evolving. There are two big themes we’ve seen in recent decades: 1) companies have increasingly outsourced tasks overseas and 2) companies have increasingly automated functions. These themes have been devastating for those at the middle-skill level. Wells Fargo Securities’ Eugenio Aleman and Anika Khan recently published … Continue reading

US – We should focus on the problems of real people says a Fed economist (on leave)

The U.S. job market remains far from full health despite recent progress, and requires active efforts by policy makers to help it heal, a Federal Reserve economist said Wednesday.Andrew Levin, currently on leave from the central bank while working at the International Monetary Fund, played down the idea that much of the weakness in the … Continue reading

US – 62 percent of employers think minimum wage should be increased finds CareerBuilder

- 55 percent of employers think a fair minimum wage is at least $10 per hour or more; 1 in 10 don’t think a minimum wage should be set – 53 percent of employers say a higher wage would increase consumer spending – All major industries surveyed support a minimum wage hike, including retail and … Continue reading

Participation in US – Much, but not all, of the decline since 2007 is structural says FED research

Since 2007, the labor force participation rate has fallen from about 66 percent to about 63 percent. The sources of this decline have been widely debated among academics and policymakers, with some arguing that the participation rate is depressed due to weak labor demand while others argue that the decline was inevitable due to structural … Continue reading

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