Signs that Employee Activism is Growing

Union workers striking at General Motors and the ongoing push for a higher minimum wage may be a sign of a new era of worker activism. Workforce and labor expert Carl Van Horn says “even though profits of companies have been going up, people’s paychecks haven’t been going up accordingly.” Van Horn is the director […]

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With Jobless Rate Low, Why Aren’t Wages Up?

The U.S. labor market works generally on the law of supply and demand. When the unemployment rate is low, and businesses are hiring, employers generally hike wages to attract the workers needed to fill their open jobs. Even with the jobless rate at 3.9 percent in July, and more than 6.6 million job openings, wages […]

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Technology-driven worker dislocation: A persistent challenge in need of solutions

by Carl Van Horn, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development The potential impacts of robotics, artificial intelligence, and digital economy technologies on American workers raise alarming questions. Which occupations will survive? Which workers will be the winners and losers? Will jobs disappear? As we consider these […]

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NJ jobs: Jersey Shore employers put out help-wanted signs

Trade, transportation and utilities, a sector that includes retailers, lost 1,400 jobs last month. Rutgers University economist James W. Hughes said it could be a sign retailers in the digital age are hiring fewer workers for their bricks-and-mortar stores. Still, New Jersey has slowly but surely rebounded from the Great Recession, overcoming superstorm Sandy, Fort […]

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Sandy’s economic impact softens

For the most part, the state of New Jersey has “bounced back” from superstorm Sandy on an economic level, according to Dr. James Hughes and Marc Pfeiffer, of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. However, there are exceptions which pertain to individual homeowners or unforeseen circumstances, the professors […]

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One in Five U.S. Workers Laid Off in Last Five Years, Report Says

One in five U.S. workers, nearly 30 million people, say they were laid off from their jobs in the last five years, according to a new survey that highlights lasting scars from the spike in U.S. long-term unemployment following the last recession. While the extent of long-term joblessness has been discussed widely, including by top Federal Reserve officials, the survey […]

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Poll finds mounting frustration with economy

A new Rutgers University economics study paints a bleak picture of the economic recovery, finding that 20 percent of workers lost their job in the last five years. One in five, or 30 million people, have been laid off from a job since June 2009, according to a study released Wednesday from Rutgers’s John J. Heldrich Center […]

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Why your college major doesn’t always matter

Shortly before he died in 2011, Steve Jobs famously told President Obama that Apple would have located 200,000 iPhone manufacturing jobs in the United States, rather than China, if he could have found 8,700 qualified industrial engineers in the U.S. This exchange and others like it led to a widespread belief that American technology education […]

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