Posts Tagged ‘Employment’

Aug
2013
5

Free Trade With Low-Income Countries Linked to Depressed Employment, Labor-Force Participation and Wages

  A recent look at free trade agreements by Professor Nancy Folbre explains the ill effects such agreements have on income inequality.  Her piece, “The Free-Trade Blues,” discusses the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership and how it will damage an already hurting U.S. manufacturing industry: The A.F.L.-C.I.O. has bitterly complained of...
Aug
2013
5

Construction Sector Recovery Seen as Regional, in Keeping with Overall Private Sector Trends

Construction Sector Recovery Seen as Regional, in Keeping with Overall Private Sector Trends
  Numbers released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) show that construction jobs grew in 185 of 339 metropolitan areas between May of 2012 and May of 2013. In 115 other metropolitan areas numbers decreased and in 39 others they remained stagnant, according to AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson, “It appears that the...
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Jun
2013
25

Construction Employment Up in 27 States in May, 32 States Over Last 12 Months

  According to new numbers released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), construction employment increased in a majority of states in the month of May. In Louisiana and North Dakota, employment hit all-time highs.  Despite these positive numbers, construction demand remains uneven and AGC officials are urging lawmakers to...
Jun
2013
20

New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of “Skills Gap” Theory, Calls It “Corporate Fiction”

New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of
  New numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that there were 3.8 million job openings in April of 2013.  Yet, the unemployment rate was at 7.5% that same month.  This disparity is often attributed to a “skills gap,” something which suggests companies are hiring but American workers are not qualified for ...