Signs that some workers, especially in high tech, are willing to move for a job

May 18, 2018
A new survey out this morning of mobility in the American workforce finds that one in four job applicants would move to a new city for a new job, a higher salary or better career opportunities. The online employment site Glassdoor found that younger workers and men were more likely than others to relocate to […]

Labor shortage = labor shortage

May 17, 2018
The latest birth rate numbers are out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Americans, you are not being fruitful and multiplying. Last year saw the lowest number of births in 30 years. That dearth of babies has a lot of repercussions for the future — a smaller active labor force would mean […]

Should we be getting paid for providing data?

May 8, 2018
The data we generate daily could be seen as labor. "I do think people are starting to wake up to this," one researcher says.
A man reads a full-page advertisement, taken out by Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook to apologize for the large-scale leak of personal data from the social network on March 25, 2018.
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Canada's immigration system has created a labor shortage

May 1, 2018
Haitians, whose temporary protected status is ending in the U.S., are helping to solve the problem.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent walks onto a frozen lake that is split between Canadian territory to the right and the United States in 2006 near Norton, Vermont.
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Haitians with TPS help fuel Haiti's economy, one wire transfer at a time

Apr 17, 2018
Their protected status ends in 2019. If they have to leave the U.S., how might that affect Haiti’s economy?
Reynald Justance earns a living working in the kitchens at Disney World. He sends money to family and friends in Haiti at least once a week.
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Did women’s jobs help them during the recession?

Apr 9, 2018
Women work in professions that are more resistant to the business cycle and therefore more stable, one expert says.
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With low unemployment, a look at who is still standing outside the labor pool

Jan 5, 2018
The December jobs report, in the grand sweep of things — not month to month, but year to year and even decade to decade — shows the economy’s come a long way. Unemployment, at 4.1 percent, is now several points lower than it was before the Great Recession hit. We’ve had more than seven years […]

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Los Angeles is still the largest manufacturing hub in the country, but it lacks a skilled labor force

Oct 28, 2016
Goldbrecht Systems USA makes over-sized windows and advanced sliding glass doors in Culver City, CA.
Goldbrecht Systems USA employee Sonny Gonzalez prepares to cut a sheet of glass.
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Access to high-quality preschool remains unequal

May 12, 2016
While national numbers are up, not every state is increasing its funding for preschool.
Pre-K spending per child is up overall, but that's not the whole picture.
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