Sun, 05/27/2012 - 05:32 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
Changes in the job market have meant fewer jobs for those with mid-level skills. Economists call the trend labor "polarization" and say it's forcing those in the middle to take jobs at lower pay.» E-Mail This» Add to Del.icio.us
By some estimates, private-sector employers added nearly 300,000 jobs last month, but it still feels like a bad job market for millions of Americans. Some job seekers are turning to temporary work to fill in the gap. Others are finding positions in the retail, health care and aerospace industries.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
A job training program has been helping older workers in rural Pennsylvania find jobs for more than four decades. Older workers are having an especially tough time finding work in the current job market.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Economists predict the job market rebounded in May -- adding about 500,000 jobs. The problem is that many of these jobs are temporary, the result of a surge in hiring for the U.S. Census.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
President Obama recently announced plans to spend nearly $100 billion in 2011 solely on job creation. The proposed budget is aimed at reducing the nation's employment rate of 10 percent. But in a new book, labor activist Gabriel Thompson explores the current job market and takes a look at some of the least-desired jobs that always seem available.
By most accounts, the U.S. job market is in feeble shape, but employers have posted about 3.4 million job postings at various career Web sites. That's about half the number of jobs that have been lost since the start of the recession in December 2007, enough to employ a huge chunk of the millions of people who've lost their jobs.
Since the beginning of the year, more than a quarter-million Ohio residents have lost their jobs. The state's 10 percent unemployment rate decreased recently. But that's because a stagnant job market forced more out-of-work residents to leave the market. And it just got worse. An Ohio-based office supply chain abruptly closed its doors.