Workforce Development News – May 6, 2019

By on May 6, 2019
How Difficult is it to Find a Job?

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How Difficult is it to Find a Job?

“Unemployed workers have slightly more trouble finding a job than they did at the peak of the last business cycle (in 2006) and have a much lower probability of finding a job than in 2000.”

Let’s Get Real about the Skills Gap and Start Solving It

“A lack of training and job security is at the root of manufacturing’s image problem.”

What If We Hired for Skills, Not Degrees?

“The last decade has seen widespread ‘degree inflation.’ But a growing movement of employers, workers and training groups offers a rebuke to a culture that exalts a bachelor’s as the gold standard for upward mobility.”

Where the Good Jobs Are

“For people without a college degree, finding work that offers decent pay can be a challenge. St. Louis is #5 on the list of metropolitan areas with the highest share of well-paying jobs for workers without a college degree.”

A Stronger Economy Means Stronger Job Seekers

“While jobs report numbers and the press paint a positive picture of employment, not everyone can find work, stay sharp, and move up in today’s labor market.”
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U.S. Unemployment is at its Lowest Since 1969, and There’s Still Room for Improvement

“The official rate of unemployment has a narrow definition, including only people who are actively looking for work. If you include ‘discouraged workers,’ ‘marginally attached,’ and those working part-time who would rather work full-time, the unemployment rate for April would be 7.3% (the lowest since 2001).”

If Unemployment Is So Low Then Why Don’t I Feel Better?

Falling labor force participation, stagnant wages, lower growth rates, and very high debt levels.

Rethinking Career and Technical Education

“Gregory Seaton explains how he came to support his daughter’s choice to participate in such a program and why others should, too.”

How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think of You

“Pay less attention to them and more attention to your values.”

How to Get People to Listen to Your Ideas

“The bad news: Your audience remembers only about one-fifth of what they hear. The good news: There are ways to change that.”

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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