Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Green jobs grow four times faster than othersGreen jobs grow four times faster than others
Clean-energy jobs make up a small part of U.S. employment, but a new federal report shows they are growing much faster than other work, even healthcare. The nation had about 3.4 million green energy jobs in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday in its second annual and final look at this emerging category of employment. (More on why it's the last report later.)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
How to Fix America's Wealth Inequality: Teach Americans to Be CheapHow to Fix America's Wealth Inequality: Teach Americans to Be Cheap
Today, wealth equality is closely tied to income equality. But in the long run, it's all about thrift, frugality, and saving -- in other words, teaching a consumer nation a lesson in cheapness.
SEC Charges Illinois With Fraud Over PensionsSEC Charges Illinois With Fraud Over Pensions
For only the second time ever, the Securities and Exchange Commission is charging a state with fraud, for allegedly misleading investors about ...
Could This Robot Save Your Job?Baxter is billed by his makers as a "collaborative manufacturing robot." It can work alongside humans to do simple, repetitive tasks. While some analysts fear that automation like this will kill jobs, Baxter's inventor says such robots could preserve jobs by helping the U.S. remain competitive.
Are There Too Many Ph.D.s And Not Enough Jobs?Are There Too Many Ph.D.s And Not Enough Jobs?
Our country needs more people with science, math and engineering degrees — at least, that's the common refrain among politicians and educators. Yet new numbers show people with doctoral degrees in those subjects increasingly struggle to find employment.