Are we entering a new golden era for American workers? For a couple of years now, workers’ median earnings have been consistently rising at a rate not seen in years. This may seem unexpected following decades of wage stagnation, when the good jobs of an earlier industrial and manufacturing e...
[caption id="attachment_7819" align="alignright" width="400"] The decline of the summer job.[/caption] Summer is finally drawing to a close, and on average, American teenagers who wanted jobs found it a little easier to land one than teens in recent years. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.3%...
Up until recently, most teenagers had summer jobs. But things are different now. In fact, the number of teens who land summer jobs has fallen for decades, and just reached its lowest point ever. NPR host Kelly McEvers interviewed Ben Steverman, who has been covering the trend for Bloomberg. A summar...
What are the jobs of the future? How many will there be? And who will have them? In the award-winning book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future   Martin Ford argues that as technology continues to advance and machines increasingly tend themselves, fewer humans will be ...
In his recent book, The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality, Justin Gest reminds readers that it wasn't so long ago that the white working class occupied the middle ground of American and British politics and society. But in recent years, members of t...
Jobs requiring less education run a high risk of automation, according to the PwC report. Yet U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin believes the prospect of robotics replacing American jobs is so remote “it’s not even on my radar screen.” Over one third of U.S. jobs may be at “high risk”...
After 32 years at Boeing, engineer Dave Baine of Federal Way will be leaving the company in April. He was already preparing to retire when the Aerospace giant sealed the deal by offering him a buyout on his job last week. "It's better than a gold watch," Baine said with a smile. The buyout package ...
How should we address job loss caused by automation? Offer a universal basic income? Put the brakes on technological development? Cut back on the workweek? Provide more education — or change the very nature of education? Raise the minimum wage — or lower it? These questions are becoming more and...
You may have heard this week that Amazon.com will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store early in 2017 called Amazon Go. If successful, the  formerly online-only retailer would corner even more of our shopping dollars by siphoning business from traditional supermarkets and big-box stores. But why...
Boeing has taken a big leap into the new economy, where much of its factory work will be done by automated machines and robots. Some sections of the Everett facility will have massive machines but only a handful of people working alongside them. [caption id="attachment_6875" align="alignleft" width...