Author: Chase Norlin

Six jobs are eliminated for every robot introduced into the workforce, a new study says The threat of robots taking our jobs is very real.

Job-stealing robots aren’t some distant scenario that’s unlikely to cause problems for another “50 to 100 years” from now, as Donald Trump’s treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said in an interview last week. New research released from the National Bureau of Economic Research yesterday shows that between 1990 and 2007, when one or more industrial robots were introduced into the workforce, it led to the elimination of 6.2 jobs within a local area where people commute for work. The report, which was authored by economists Daron Acemoglu of MIT and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University, found that the wages of...

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Why Germany Is So Much Better at Training Its Workers

At last, unemployment is easing. But the latest low rate—hovering below 6 percent–obscures a deeper, longer-term problem: “skills mismatches” in the labor force, which will only worsen in years to come. According to the most recent figures, 9.3 million Americans are unemployed, but 4.8 million jobs stand empty because employers can’t find people to fill them. With new technology transforming work across a range of sectors, more and more businesses are struggling to find workers with the skills to man new machines and manage new processes. One solution has enchanted employers, educators, and policymakers on both sides of the...

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Job Shadowing Is Effective On-the-Job Training

Job shadowing is a type of on-the-job employee job training in which a new employee or an employee desiring to become familiar with a different job, follows and observes a trained and experienced employee. Job shadowing is an effective form of job training for certain jobs. Job shadowing allows a student, employee, or intern to gain comprehensive knowledge about what an employee who holds a particular job does every day. Job shadowing provides a far richer experience than reading a job description or doing an informational interview during which an employee describes his or her work. Job shadowing allows...

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You’re Fired

60 Minutes investigates how some businesses have fired American workers and replaced them with cheaper labor: temporary, foreign workers with H-1B visas. Bill Whitaker reports....

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Let’s help intermediaries expand US apprenticeships

Thanks to funding from Congress and leadership by the Obama administration, the US Department of Labor issued a grant announcement requesting proposals from national intermediary organizations to expand apprenticeships in the United States.  Intermediaries stand between the government and private individuals, families, and employers. Since the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville published Democracy in America, the United States has been well known for its rich array of intermediating institutions, from churches to local charities to business associations. Nearly every country with a large-scale apprenticeship system relies heavily on intermediary organizations. Even in Germany, where apprenticeships are widespread and employers...

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Minimum wage hikes are causing businesses to cut jobs

In January, 19 US states raised their respective minimum wages. Washington was among the most generous, hiking by $1.53 (bringing it to $11 per hour). Arizona got an increase of $1.95—their “bottom rung” now sits at $10 per hour. In all, 4.3 million workers are slated to receive a hike as they earn less than the new minimum wage in their respective states. Well, that’s what’s meant to happen. Judging by the fallout from recent hikes, it seems things aren’t going according to plan. Minimum Wage Massacre In February, Wendy’s CEO Bob Wright said the firm expects wages to...

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Transmosis VP Sales, Andrew Moy will be speaking about the shortage in the cybersecurity workforce in Las Vegas, NV. FACING THE CYBERSECURITY WORKFORCE SHORTAGE According to a recent Cisco report, there are over 1 million cybersecurity jobs unfilled, which is projected to rise to 6 million by 2019.  The problem is two-fold: filling the current gaps while preparing the next workforce generation. The solution requires that the public and private sectors work together to create clear career paths in cybersecurity. In order to recruit and retain skilled personnel, together they must incorporate a variety of employment tools and resources....

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I Can’t Fill My Security Head Count. What Can I Do?

(This article originally appeared on SCMagazine.) The talent deficit in cyber security is real. Teams are understaffed and recruiters are getting desperate. There’s simply too much work to go around. I’ve circled the globe talking with hundreds of organizations and having an open headcount is a universal topic. Sure, when a job is posted many applicants often apply, but the disconnect between the available candidates and the requisite skill sets, hunger, and knowledge is a large one. We must figure out what can be done to help fix this situation if we want any hope in creating cyber resiliency. The first thing to...

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How the Market Creates Jobs and How the Government Destroys Them

The Creation of Jobs If the media tell us that “the opening of XYZ mill has created 1,000 new jobs,” we give a cheer. When the ABC company closes and 500 jobs are lost, we’re sad. The politician who can provide a subsidy to save ABC is almost assured of wide spread public support for his work in preserving jobs. But jobs in and of themselves do not guarantee well, being. Suppose that the employment is to dig huge holes and fill them up again? What if the workers manufacture goods and services that no one wants to purchase? In the...

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When Nathan Kecy graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire a decade ago with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he found himself with about $10,000 in debt and few clear career options. He first found work as a door-to-door salesman (“a pyramid scheme,” he recalls) and then in telemarketing. Finally he landed a job as an infrastructure specialist for Datamatic, a Texas-based water-meter-technology company. He was traveling across the country installing meters, making a decent salary. But he lost his job after the company restructured in 2012, he said, and soon he found that his skills weren’t easily...

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