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Youth Transition from Education into Employment in UK – Essential skills and their critical importance and the emergence of the Skills Builder Universal Framework

The transition of young people from education into employment between the ages of 16 and 25 is always a challenging one. The pandemic has once again had a disproportionate impact on young people – both through disruption to education, and the oversized damage to the retail and hospitality industries that often act as a critical … Continue reading

Covid and Long-Term Unemployment in US – About four-in-ten unemployed workers had been out of work for more than six months

About four-in-ten unemployed workers had been out of work for more than six months in February 2021, about double the share in February 2020. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ Long-term U.S. unemployment rose sharply under COVID-19; Asian Americans hit hardest | Pew Research Center

Skills and Credentials in US – IBM’s letter to US Secretary of Education nominee Miguel Cardona and Secretary of Labor nominee Marty Walsh

IBM today sent the following letter to US Secretary of Education nominee Miguel Cardona and Secretary of Labor nominee Marty Walsh: To incoming Secretaries Cardona and Walsh, As you take office amid a global pandemic, I know you must be all too aware of the 11 million unemployed Americans and the 77 million students in … Continue reading

EI after Covid in Canada – Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts (UISA)

Notwithstanding the long history of unemployment insurance programs in Canada, as well as substantial modifications to the programs over time, employers, researchers, and even the current federal government continue to express concerns about the existing Employment Insurance (EI) system. Indeed, in the fall Throne Speech, Prime Minister Trudeau stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown … Continue reading

Job Report in US (February 2021) – Employment rose by 379,000 and and unemployment little changed at 6.2 percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 379,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The labor market continued to reflect the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In February, most of the job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, with smaller gains in temporary help services, … Continue reading

Recovery from Covid and Jobs in US – More jobs and more skills needed

Permanently displaced workers now total nearly 4 million and rising, with the heaviest concentration among fairly low-wage workers. Their skill sets and work experience will not immediately lead them to new jobs, and they face the prospect of long periods without work or lower wages than before, even if the overall labor market tightens. For … Continue reading

Immigration in Canada – Thousands of skilled workers invited to stay permanently

As we confront the pandemic’s second wave and chart a course for our recovery, attracting skilled immigrants—who bring the talents and skills our economy needs to thrive—is a central part of our plan. With travel restrictions limiting who can come to Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is pioneering new ways to engage those … Continue reading

Covid and Older Workers in UK – Age not seen as a priority diversity issue by the employers

Although the proportion of people aged 50 and over in the workforce has steadily increased over the past three decades, many older workers are not able to find the fulling work that they desire. When seeking a new role, age discrimination may be a significant barrier for older workers, as age is the least scrutinised … Continue reading

UI Weekly Claims in US (Week ending February 6) – 793,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week

In the week ending February 6, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 793,000, a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 33,000 from 779,000 to 812,000. The 4-week moving average was 823,000, a decrease of 33,500 from the previous week’s revised average. … Continue reading

Lifelong Learning Revolution in UK – House of Commons’ Education Committee recommends an Individual Learning Account

35.Even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the effects of an ageing population, automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution were already starting to significantly shake up jobs and skills. The growth of new sectors, such as green energy, will spur demand for new skills, making it vital for adults to be able to reskill and upskill … Continue reading

Essential Workers in US – About half of all workers in low-paid occupations

Using our colleagues Adie Tomer and Joseph W. Kane’s essential worker classification and 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we find that essential workers comprised approximately half (47%) of all workers in occupations with a median wage of less than $15 an hour. In 2018, 47.7 million U.S. workers were in occupations with … Continue reading

Job Report in US (January 2021) – Employment changed little (+49,000) and unemployment to 6.3 percent

The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 percent in January, while nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+49,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The labor market continued to reflect the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In January, notable job gains in professional and business services and in both … Continue reading

Productivity in US (Q4 2020) – Largest drop in 39 years

Nonfarm business sector labor productivity decreased 4.8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, as output increased 5.3 percent and hours worked increased 10.7 percent. (All quarterly percent changes in this release are seasonally adjusted annual rates, and show what the percent change would be if the … Continue reading

Job Recovery in US – At this rate of job growth, the economy is years away from a full recovery

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will release its latest jobs report on the state of the labor market for January 2021. The pandemic recession has caused immense damage to the health and economic well-being of millions of people for over 10 months. The economic pain easily extends to nearly 27 million workers in … Continue reading

UI Weekly Claims in US (week ending January 30) – 779,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the previous, still well above levels before the pandemic

In the week ending January 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 779,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 35,000 from 847,000 to 812,000. The 4-week moving average was 848,250, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week’s revised average. … Continue reading

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