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Education – What is the future instead of rewarding seat time?

The founder of online-learning not-for-profit Khan Academy shares what an era of automation and artificial intelligence means for education. To understand the future of education, it’s interesting to think a little bit about the past of education. If you were to go back 500 years, very few people got an education. But those that did, … Continue reading

Jobs in US : a Chart – Employment is now 8.6% above the previous peak

This graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession, in percentage terms, compared to previous post WWII recessions.  Since exceeding the pre-recession peak in May 2014, employment is now 8.6% above the previous peak. Note: I ended the lines for most previous recessions when employment reached a new peak, although I continued … Continue reading

Minimum Wage in Ireland – A negative and statistically significant effect on the hours worked

On 1 January 2016, the Irish minimum wage (MW) increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour, an increase of approximately 6 per cent. Using data from the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) for the years 2015 and 2016, we estimate the effect of the increase in the minimum wage on the hours worked and likelihood … Continue reading

Unemployment in Europe, November 2018 – 7.9% (Euro Area), down from 8.0% in October 2018 and from 8.7% in November 2017 with 3.444 million young persons

The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.9% in November 2018, down from 8.0% in October 2018 and from 8.7% in November 2017. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since October 2008. The EU28 unemployment rate was 6.7% in November 2018, stable compared with October 2018 and down from 7.3% … Continue reading

Job Vacancies in Canada, QIII 2018 – up 83,000 (+17.8%) from the third quarter of 2017

There were 551,000 job vacancies in Canada in the third quarter, up 83,000 (+17.8%) from the third quarter of 2017. Over the same period, the job vacancy rate increased 0.4 percentage points to 3.3%. This was the eighth consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase in both the number of job vacancies and the job vacancy rate. The job vacancy rate represents the number … Continue reading

Caregivers in US – Why employers should support them

Everyone in the workforce will come face-to-face with the challenges of caregiving at one point during their career – some just may not realize it yet. Maybe they are caring for a loved one now, or have in the past, or anticipate needing to serve in this role one day. It’s an issue that can … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, December 2018 – Employment held steady in December and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6%

Employment held steady in December and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.6%. In the 12 months to December, employment increased by 163,000 (+0.9%), entirely driven by gains in full-time work (+185,000 or +1.2%). Over the same period, total hours worked rose 0.9%. Chart Unemployment rate, Canada Highlights In December, employment increased in Newfoundland and Labrador, while it fell in Alberta, New … Continue reading

Job Report in US, December 2018 – Employment increased by 312,000 but unemployment rose by 0.2 percentage point to 3.9 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 312,000 in December, and the unemployment rate rose to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, manufacturing, and retail trade. Household Survey Data The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage point to 3.9 percent … Continue reading

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is 100 years old

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder marks the start of the ILO’s second century of service to the world of work by recalling its first 100 years and pointing to the challenges that face us all in shaping the future of work we want. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at ILO100: The ILO Centenary … Continue reading

Their Minimum Wage in US, 2019 – Many States and Cities raise it

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 for a decade, but many states have a higher rate and some wage hikes will take effect this year. We’ve rounded up the latest news on what employers need to know for 2019. Here are SHRM Online resources and news articles from other trusted media outlets. Nineteen states increased their … Continue reading

Manufacturing Jobs in US – About where they were in October 1941

The big picture: There were 12.8 million manufacturing jobs as of October, up from the 11.4 million in March 2010, the nadir of the financial crash, according to the St. Louis Fed. But they are still a shadow of their modern 19.4 million-job peak in 1979, and right about where they were in October 1941, … Continue reading

Skills Assessment – Developing learning progressions

Developing learning progressions involves defining and conceptualizing the skills from a monitoring growth perspective, based in both theoretical and empirical work. The demand for understanding the growth of skills presents a perfect example where a general approach to monitoring growth, rather than the acquisition of skill, can be applied. It is not enough to understand … Continue reading

Higher Education – The cost of a unit of instruction differs markedly by discipline

A new IZA discussion paper by Steven Hemelt, Kevin Stange, Fernando Furquim, Andew Simon, and John Sawyer provides the most comprehensive overview of the costs associated with teaching across 20 fields based on a large and diverse sample of four-year colleges and universities from the Delaware Cost Study. The results show that the cost of a … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, November 2018 – Unemployment at 5.6%, the lowest since comparable data became available in 1976

Employment rose by 94,000 in November, driven by gains in full-time work. The unemployment rate decreased 0.2 percentage points to 5.6%, the lowest since comparable data became available in 1976. In the 12 months to November, employment grew by 219,000 or 1.2%, reflecting gains in full-time work (+227,000 or +1.5%). Over the same period, total hours worked were up 2.1%. Chart : Unemployment rate Chosen excerpts by Job … Continue reading

Job Report in US, November 2018 – Employment increased by 155,000

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing. Household Survey Data In November, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent for the third month in … Continue reading

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