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Education of Immigrants in EU – One third have a degree

An important dimension of migrant integration into host societies is the level of educational attainment. In 2020, just over one third (35.6%) adult migrants (aged 25-54) who were born in another EU Member State had a tertiary level of education. This rate was lower for migrants who were born outside the EU (29.6%). By contrast, … Continue reading

Unemployed during Covid in US – Most have considered changing occupations

About half of U.S. adults who are currently unemployed and are looking for a job are pessimistic about their prospects for future employment. A new Pew Research Center survey finds that about half of U.S. adults who are currently unemployed, furloughed or temporarily laid off and are looking for a job are pessimistic about their … Continue reading

An economy-wide labor shortage in US ?

Monthly job-growth over the past 3 months has averaged 540,000, a pace that would see the economy hit pre-covid measures of labor market health by the end of 2022. While recovery can’t come soon enough for U.S. workers, if we do hit this target of pre-COVID labor market health by the end of 2022 it … Continue reading

UI Claims in US (as of January 23, 2021) – 18 million above where they were a year ago

Figure A shows continuing claims in all programs over time (the latest data are for January 23rd). Continuing claims are currently more than 18 million above where they were a year ago. The large increase in continuing claims in the most recent data was due to increases in PUA and PEUC. This is likely workers … Continue reading

Workforce Training for Job Recovery – An Opportunity Account

In this analysis, we examine the impacts of the pandemic recession across different dimensions, including employment, labor force participation, and the need to switch industries. This analysis provides texture and evidence to the emerging understanding that women and people of color, working in the service industry, have been the most negatively affected. The challenge of … Continue reading

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) – About $188,000 per job per year

In the Trudeau government’s recent mini-budget, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland threw so many large numbers at us that Canadians might be forgiven for missing some important announcements. Here’s one number to bear in mind: $99.6 billion. That’s the new projected cost of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) through June. CEWS is now the largest … Continue reading

Covid and Young Adults in US – 52% are living with their parents

The share of 18- to 29-year-olds living with their parents has become a majority since U.S. coronavirus cases began spreading early this year. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ 52% of young adults in US are living with their parents amid COVID-19 | Pew Research Center

Immigrants in US – Key charts and facts from 1980 to 2018

Key charts and statistics about immigrants in the United States from 1980 to 2018. Source: Immigrants in America: Key Charts and Facts | Pew Research Center

Covid – Will it accelerate automation?

Less globalisation, more automation: the economic crisis induced by pandemic is likely to encourage a surge of labour-replacing technology. That will be disruptive, unequal and challenging for workers.Workers in developing countries are already jittery with worries ranging from “rebound” outbreaks and lay-offs to the onset of cabin fever. As if workers don’t have enough on … Continue reading

Productivity and Wages in US – They aren’t keeping up

While net productivity has continued to increase by an expected 70%, hourly compensation in the country is less than a fifth of that at just 12%. The growth in productivity has more than doubled that of hourly compensation for U.S. workers since 1948. With net productivity in the country growing by roughly 253 percent in … Continue reading

Wage Growth in US – The Illusion

Despite a sharp spike in unemployment since March 2020, aggregate wage growth has accelerated. This acceleration has been almost entirely attributable to job losses among low-wage workers. Wage growth for those who remain employed has been flat. This pattern is not unique to COVID-19 but is more profound now than in previous recessions. This means … Continue reading

Covid and Self-employed in Canada – Those who also had T4 earnings before the pandemic are in a better position

A new study looks at the degree of reliance on self-employment income by self-employed individuals with and without additional T4 earnings (wages and salaries for which an individual receives a T4 slip) and how this may affect their ability to deal with the post-COVID-19 financial strain. The presence of T4 earnings in the total income … Continue reading

US immigrants – Key findings by Pew Research Center

Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting for about one-fifth of the world’s migrants. Key findings about The United States has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Today, more than 40 million people living in the U.S. were born in another country, accounting … Continue reading

From Temporary Foreign Workers to Permanent Residents – The two step process presents both advantages and risks

In a two-step immigration selection process, temporary foreign workers are first selected by employers for a temporary job, and some qualified temporary foreign workers then become economic immigrants. The details of this selection process vary among countries. For example, in the US, the temporary workers are typically sponsored by the employers in their bid to … Continue reading

COVID and Furloughed Workers in UK – Millions have returned to work but …

This morning, HMRC published its latest round of statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS). For the first time, we have a time series of the number of furloughed workers, as opposed to the cumulative total, meaning we can see how use of the scheme has evolved since the start of April. Here are … Continue reading

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