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Registered apprenticeships are having a moment. The Biden administration wants there to be more.

Sep 29, 2023
The programs meet Department of Labor standards and have been around since the 1930s.
Amber Riskey operates a skid steer as part of her work for a paving company in the Milwaukee area. She's on her second registered apprenticeship.
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The freelance economy has grown since the start of the pandemic

Dec 8, 2021
Upwork's latest study found that amid the Great Resignation, more professionals are considering freelance work in the future.
Marketplace's Chris Farrell discusses the future of work and who stands to benefit the most from it.
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Infrastructure plan highlights shortage of skilled workers

Jun 28, 2021
The job-creating infrastructure package is being debated at a time when millions of skilled blue-collar workers are nearing retirement.
President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan would make roughly a trillion dollars available to repair roads, bridges and other systems.
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Limits on work visas could send more jobs overseas

Jun 23, 2020
Trump's executive order restricting foreign workers could have unintended economic effects.
A medical scientist runs a test at a University of Washington lab. The H-1B visa freeze affects jobs in science-related as well as other fields.
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Business schools raise alarm about H-1B visas

Oct 15, 2019
There are fewer international students, a letter to Congress and the Trump administration says, and that could have long-term economic implications.
The dean of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University said there were 13% fewer international students in the U.S. last year. Above, the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina.
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Foreign workers with advanced degrees from American schools may have an easier time getting work visas

Feb 1, 2019
The Trump administration is retooling the lottery for H-1B visas.

New survey finds trade skill jobs least desirable among students

Jun 1, 2017
Thousands of high school seniors graduating this month will begin the process of choosing a career, or at least thinking about one.  The Boy Scouts of America, through its coed career development program, aims to align those choices with future in-demand jobs. But a new BSA survey produced a surprising result — young people aren’t […]

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With full employment in view, who’s still looking for work?

Mar 10, 2017
We’re getting awfully close to what economists call full employment. It means that unemployment is low enough that everyone who wants a job can pretty much find one. So if you push the unemployment rate a whole lot lower, you start to get imbalances in the economy, like acute labor shortages in some sectors and […]

Low unemployment in New Hampshire creates a labor shortage

Dec 12, 2016
Companies in the state are finding it hard to attract skilled and unskilled workers.
Derek Barka is senior director of technology at SilverTech, a digital marketing firm based in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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Stopping German students in their tracks?

Apr 8, 2015
Germany's controversial sorting system determines early on who goes to college.