Unemployed workers go back to school to get back to work

Feb 11, 2021
One in three unemployed workers has pursued more education or job training while out of work, the Pew Research Center says.
A woman covers her face, pausing while filling out a job application in San Francisco.
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How people without college degrees can find higher-paying jobs

Feb 4, 2021
Half of workers could earn more for similar work, says Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker.
There's a real "need to rescale and upskill people for the new economy that's going to be coming post-pandemic," says Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker.
Courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

The homebuilding industry still needs thousands of workers, and it's looking in new places to hire

Sep 17, 2020
A training program for high school students in the juvenile justice system aims to expand the pool of candidates for entry-level jobs.
A construction worker roofing an apartment complex in Uniondale, New York. Construction, generally considered essential, has continued in the pandemic.
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Costly incentives secured Detroit a new auto plant. Will Detroiters get the jobs?

Sep 18, 2019
Detroit officials have been trying to prepare residents to get jobs at the new plant.
The Fist memorial, a sculpture by artist Robert Graham honoring heavyweight boxing champ, Joe Louis is seen near the General Motors world headquarters building, at Woodward and Jefferson Avenues March 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.
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The Trump administration leans on companies to do a better job of training workers

Jul 19, 2018
Today, surrounded by executives from some of the country’s best-known companies, President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating the National Council for the American Worker, aimed at developing a stronger workforce. The strategy is heavy on pledges, committees and advisory boards. But who’s going to foot the bill? Click the audio player above to […]

Can refugees and former inmates help fill the labor gap in Arizona?

Dec 30, 2016
Home developers are having a hard time keeping up with demand, stalling housing market growth in the area.
Nasrullah Shinwari works with Austin Electric to add electrical wire to a five-bedroom house before drywall is added.
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Masonry restorers-in-training learn how to hold New York together

Dec 28, 2016
In New York City, masonry restorers are always in demand. The law requires regular inspections of large buildings, to stop stone and brick from coming loose and killing people.
Graduating interns in masonry restoration cut the ribbon on the Borden Mausoleum
Ilya Marritz

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Texas program helps fill the ranks of construction management jobs

Dec 26, 2016
There's a construction boom in North Texas.
Jesse Johnson, (wearing hat), a student in construction management, at the Preston Hollow home job site.
Bill Zeeble

Skills training is having a moment

Aug 18, 2016
Alternatives to the four-year college degree get a boost.
Hillary Clinton tours Futuramic Tool & Engineering before giving a speech there on the U.S. economy August 11, 2016 in Warren, Michigan. 
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Georgia school focuses on skills local employers say they need

Apr 1, 2016
The school wants kids in high-skill, high-demand and high-pay jobs.
The shop room for automotive classes at Carroll County College and Career Academy.
Molly Samuel