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Global Unemployment – To rise modestly in 2017 says ILO

The global unemployment rate is expected to rise modestly from 5.7 to 5.8 per cent in 2017 representing an increase of 3.4 million in the number of jobless people, a new ILO report shows (table 1). The number of unemployed persons globally in 2017 is forecast to stand at just over 201 million – with … Continue reading

Low-Wage Earner in EU – 1 out of 6 employees

The proportion of low-wage earners among employees amounted to 17.2% in 2014 in the European Union (EU). This means that they earned two-thirds or less of their national median gross hourly earnings. There are large differences between genders and age groups regarding the proportion of low-wage earners. In the EU in 2014, 21.1% of female … Continue reading

Employers Skills Needs in Wisconsin – Work ethic is the most important

Wisconsin and the nation are struggling with how to address persistent unemployment and an economy recovering too slowly from the Great Recession of 2008. While economists point to a host of reasons for sluggish growth, including low aggregate demand, outsourcing, spending cuts, and so on, some argue a principal culprit is the “skills gap.” Based … Continue reading

Higher Education or VET in Australia

  Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  The skilled labour market: a pictorial overview of trends and shortage 2015-16

Universal Basic Income in US – The Economic Security Project (ESP) commits $10 million over the next two years “to explore” it

The Economic Security Project (ESP)—a loose coalition of technologists, investors, and activists—announced on Dec. 8 it’s committing $10 million over the next two years “to explore how a ‘basic income’ could…ensure economic opportunity for all” in the US. More than 100 people, ranging from the head of top Silicon Valley startup fund Y Combinator to … Continue reading

PISA – What has happened to Finland’s schools?

That’s a question educators around the globe are asking in the wake of the latest results of an ongoing study that measures academic achievement in 73 countries.  For much of the 21st century, Finland has been one of the very top performers in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an ongoing study administered every … Continue reading

Manufacturing Jobs in US – About 157,000 U.S. workers quit in October, the highest level in more than eight years

About 157,000 U.S. workers quit a manufacturing job in October, the highest level in more than eight years and a reminder of the massive churn across the labor market. Falling factory employment has been running theme of 2016, and President-elect Donald Trump has made those jobs a priority. Underneath the long-term slide in employment is a more dynamic … Continue reading

OECD PISA – Singapore tops latest global education survey

Singapore outperforms the rest of the world in the OECD’s latest PISA survey, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems. The top OECD countries were Japan, Estonia, Finland and Canada. The OECD’s PISA 2015 tested around 540,000 15-year-old students in 72 countries and economies on science, reading, maths and collaborative problem-solving. The … Continue reading

Job Report in Canada, Novembre 2016 – Unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points to 6.8%

After two consecutive months of notable increases, employment was little changed in November (+11,000 or +0.1%). With fewer people searching for work, the unemployment rate fell by 0.2 percentage points to 6.8%. Compared with November 2015, overall employment rose by 183,000 (+1.0%), with the number of people working part time increasing by 214,000 (+6.4%). Over the same period, the total number of hours worked … Continue reading

Job Report in US, November 2016 – Unemployment has returned to its level of August 2007

The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 178,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care. Household Survey Data In November, the unemployment rate decreased by 0.3 percentage point to 4.6 percent, and the … Continue reading

Unemployment in Europe in October 2016 : 9.8% (Euro Area), 4.169 million young persons (EU28)

The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 9.8% in October 2016, down from 9.9% in September 2016 and from 10.6% in October 2015. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since July 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 8.3% in October 2016, down from 8.4% in September 2016 and from 9.1% … Continue reading

Earnings in US – The more you learn, the more you earn

The data, from the 2015 American Community Survey, continue to show that the more you learn, the more you earn. In 2015, median earnings for adult workers without a high school diploma were approximately $21,000 compared with $67,000 for those with a graduate degree. Workers with “some college” or an associate’s degree—the most common level … Continue reading

Duration of Working Life in EU in 2015 – Up by 1.9 years compared with 2005

The expected duration of working life in the European Union (EU) stood at 35.4 years on average in 2015, up by 1.9 years compared with 2005. In detail over this 10-year period, duration of working life has increased more rapidly for women (32.8 years in 2015 compared with 30.2 years in 2005, or +2.6 years) … Continue reading

The Gender Employment gap in Europe – Women’s participation rates are still systematically lower than those of men

Women’s labour market participation in the European Union has increased over recent decades. In 2014, women comprised almost 46% of people active in the EU labour market. Nevertheless, women’s participation rates are still systematically lower than those of men in almost all Member States. This report explores the main characteristics and the evolution of gender … Continue reading

Calling in Sick – The craziest excuses

While calling in sick, when you are feeling just fine, is not a new phenomenon in the office, slightly less workers say they have done it over the last 12 months, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. Slightly more than a third of workers (35 percent) said they have called in to work sick when … Continue reading

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