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Skills Gap in US – An employer-driven talent supplier recognition and certification system is needed US Chamber of Commerce says

There is no time to waste. The skills gap continues to worsen while government policies to improve employer responsiveness through accreditation reform continue to fall short. More employers and business and industry associations now see the need and opportunity to explore an employer-led solution during a time of growing debate on the role of government … Continue reading

College-Educated Immigrants in US – Has grown at more than twice the rate of U.S. born

The number of immigrants with higher education has grown at more than twice the rate of the same population among the U.S. born. Between 1990 and 2000, the college-educated immigrant population increased 89 percent from 3.1 million to 5.9 million, and a further 78 percent between 2000 and 2014 (from 5.9 million to 10.5 million, … Continue reading

Unemployment Insurance in US – The President’s proposal

The President’s proposal contains three core elements: Protecting Workers with Wage Insurance:  The President’s plan would ensure workers have access to wage insurance that would replace half of lost wages, up to $10,000 over two years. Displaced workers making less than $50,000 who were with their prior employer for at least three years would be … Continue reading

Foreign seasonal workers for in US – Would nearly double

The seasonal worker provision, sought by a coalition of industry groups that include hotels, restaurants, ski and beach resorts, construction companies and seafood processors, allows U.S. companies to bring in far more than the 66,000 workers a year that have been permitted to obtain visas in the past. The H-2B visa program does not include farm workers. The Departments of Labor … Continue reading

The 2015 job market in US before the last report

Overall, they will show a labor market that continues to recover from the Great Recession.  At the same time, a lack of progress on a number of fronts will suggest some serious longer-term problems, which existed before 2008 but were exacerbated by the recession and the slow (though steady) recovery since then. First, the good … Continue reading

US – In 2014, 87.4 million people 16 years and older neither worked nor looked for work

In 2014, 87.4 million people 16 years and older neither worked nor looked for work at any time during the year. Of this group, 38.5 million people reported retirement as the main reason for not working. About 16.3 million people were ill or had a disability, and 16.0 million were attending school. Another 13.5 million … Continue reading

Millennials in US in 2015 – The largest generation

Millennials continue to make headlines, including on our Fact Tank posts. Our research showed that this confident, politically independent generation not only overtook Generation X as the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, but also overtook Baby Boomers in population size – two big milestones that resonated with our audience. Source: Top Fact Tank data of 2015 | Pew Research Center

Wages in US – Man working full-time, year-round earned less in 2014 than in 1973 in real terms

The typical man with a full-time job–the one at the statistical middle of the middle–earned $50,383 last year. The typical man with a full-time job in 1973 earned $53,294, measured in 2014 dollars to adjust for inflation. You read that right: The median male worker who was employed year-round and full time earned less in … Continue reading

Jobless Claims in US – Near 42-year low

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, nearing a 42-year low as labor market conditions continued to tighten in a boost to the economy.Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 267,000 for the week ended Dec.19, not far from levels last seen in … Continue reading

US – Low participation is the main explanation for depressed employment rates among prime-age Americans

Low participation is the main explanation for depressed employment rates among prime-age Americans.  Participation rates are not only low in comparison to levels seen before the Great Recession, they are also now below those in other rich countries.  Charts 2 and 3 compare employment-to-population rates among 25-54 year-olds in seven OECD member countries (Canada, France, … Continue reading

US – How tight does the labor market have to get before wages really start heating up?

How tight does the labor market have to get before wages really start heating up? In Lincoln, Neb., average hourly earnings were stagnant until the unemployment rate crossed below 2.5% in the fall of 2014. Then, wages took off. Since last October, they gained as much as 10.9% from a  year earlier. The jobless rate … Continue reading

Minimum wage in US – If adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage of 1968 would be $10.90 today

If adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage of 1968 would be $10.90 today. That is a whopping reduction of the federal minimum wage by a third. It’s worth noting that the unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in 1968 with a higher real minimum wage. So the unemployment rate is higher today — at 5 percent … Continue reading

The Middle Class in US – Shrinking

The middle class shrinks The hollowing of the American middle class has proceeded steadily for more than four decades. Since 1971, each decade has ended with a smaller share of adults living in middle-income households than at the beginning of the decade, and no single decade stands out as having triggered or hastened the decline … Continue reading

The Skills Gap, Higher Education and the Workplace Readiness – The broken link

96% of Chief Academic Officers rate their institution as very / somewhat effective at preparing students for the world of work. 14% of Americans strongly agree that college graduates in this country are well-prepared for success in the workplace. 11% of business leaders strongly agree that graduating students have the skills ans competencies their business … Continue reading

Occupational Outlook in US – The fastest growing occupations

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the civilian labor force in the United States numbered 155.9 million in 2014, and that’s expected to grow to 163.8 million by 2024. What are America’s fastest growing occupations going to be during that time frame? Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  America’s Fastest Growing Occupations … Continue reading

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