Author: Nathan Cooper

Can We Recruit Meryl Streep and Her Supporters to Actually Do Something on Disability Employment?

Actress Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)   By: Michael Bernick We have a very vibrant and active “disability” (differently abled) community in California. But Ms. Meryl Streep, who presented herself as a champion for disability rights and employment in her recent Golden Globes Speech, has not been a participant in this community — at least in the 25 years I’ve been involved in disability employment. In fact, Ms. Streep and the journalists and activists...

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The 25 Bachelor’s Degrees With The Highest Salary Potential In 2016-2017

Photo credit: Shutterstock By: Kathryn Dill As college students head–or return–to campuses around the country, many will be faced with the dilemma of choosing a major. Which fields of study guarantee students healthy starting salaries that will continue to grow? As part of their 2016 – 2017 College Salary Report, PayScale asked survey respondents whose culminating degree is a bachelor’s, who graduated from schools in the U.S., work full-time in the U.S., and are not on active military duty to answer questions about their current employment and compensation. Here are the bachelor’s degrees with the highest salary potential: Shutterstock...

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Don’t Give Silicon Valley More H1B Visas

By: Chase Norlin In San Francisco a few years ago, my co-workers and I built a multi-million-dollar technology business without the traditional venture capital required to hire Silicon Valley’s “best and brightest.” With little money raised, we were forced to go in another direction. We hired interns and displaced workers from other industries, ambitious and scrappy types who had not gotten the chance to shine. Then we trained them on the job and gave them increasing decision-making authority. The results were inspiring: Emerge Digital Group revenue accelerated greatly, but equally dramatic was the transformation of workers into cutting-edge digital advertising...

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Record 95,102,000 Americans not in labor force; unemployment rate more like 30%

The reality of the unemployment situation inside the U.S. is much grimmer than any politician or bureaucrat would ever want to admit. By: Joseph Jankowski The “official” unemployment rate (U3) released each month is, to put it in the most straight-forward way possible, a completely misleading and politicized statistic. The U3 unemployment rate, which is one of 6 ways the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the amount of people out of work, is defined as the “total unemployed, as a percent of the civilian labor force.” This is the 4.7% number which came out today and the statistic that soon-to-be...

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Leaving for Las Vegas: California’s minimum wage law leaves businesses no choice

  By: Houman Salem California’s minimum wage jumped to $10.50 an hour at the start of the new year. As the founder of a small fashion design house and clothing manufacturer in San Fernando, I’m not a disinterested observer in this change. After two years in business, my company now has more than 150 clients from all over the world and 18 employees. It’s what’s known as a cut-and-sew house, part of the garment industry that generates about $17 billion in annual economic activity in Los Angeles County, including $6.9 billion in payroll, according to a 2016 industry report by the California Fashion...

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College student earns 4.0 GPA, then promptly drops out: ‘You are being scammed’

By Zach Cartwright Billy Willson, a student at Kansas State University, made an eloquent case against the modern college education system after earning a 4.0 GPA. In a viral Facebook post featuring a photo of himself flipping the bird at the Kansas State University sign, Willson laid out his case for why he was dropping out despite earning perfect grades in all of his classes this past semester. “YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will see it some day,” Willson wrote. “You are being put thousands into debt to learn things...

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President Trump and Fuller Employment

  Donald Trump greets attendees after a campaign event in San Diego, California, U.S. Trump said he would rescind “job-destroying” Obama administration environmental actions within 100 days of taking office and cancel a landmark international climate deal reached last year in Paris. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Donald Trump   By: Michael Bernick During the campaign, President Trump put forward several ideas for large-scale job creation/training initiatives. Each of these ideas should call forth far more discussion in the next few months, for each can hold promise if undertaken effectively. Further, in a type of Nixon-to-China...

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Government Workers Now Outnumber Manufacturing Workers by 9,977,000

By: Terence P. Jeffrey         (CNSNews.com) – The United States lost 9,000 manufacturing jobs in October while gaining 19,000 jobs in government, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Government employment grew from 22,216,000 in September to 22,235,000 in October, according to BLS, while manufacturing jobs dropped from 12,267,000 to 12,258,000. The 22,235,000 employed by government in the United States now outnumber the 12,258,000 employed in manufacturing by 9,977,000. Over the past year—from October 2015 to October 2016—manufacturing employment fell by 53,000, declining from 12,311,000 to 12,258,000. During the same period, government employment...

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Why Investing In Apprenticeship Makes Good Dollars And Sense

  Skilled employees at the BMW plant in South Carolina. (Image: SC Technical College System) By: Nicholas Wyman  In a highly polarized election cycle, it is hard to find a topic on which presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump agree. But there is at least one area of common ground: both candidates know that the strength of the economy depends on getting more people into good jobs. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Whether it’s creating more jobs or filling the millions of job vacancies that exist, tackling unemployment depends on effective training and education. As Clinton stated in her acceptance...

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A Job In Security Leads To Job Security

By: Paul Curran Developers who focus on secure development skills find themselves in high demand. Developers who choose to augment their knowledge with secure development skills will find themselves in the most in-demand career field as the growth in cyberattacks forces organizations and governments to strengthen their cyber war chests with more advanced tools, increased budgets, and larger teams. A quick glance at the astronomical budgets that governments and Fortune 100 companies are allocating toward cybersecurity provides a glimpse into the extreme challenges organizations face because of the increase in cyberattack sophistication and volume. J.P. Morgan has increased its...

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