Category Archives: Jobs

Employers Butthurt By Having To Pay Hard Workers A Middle Class Wage

Of course, they wouldn’t put it that way (boldface mine): For decades, bosses at publishing houses, glossy magazines, consulting firms, advocacy groups, movie production companies and talent agencies have groomed their assistants to be the next generation of big shots … Continue reading

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About Those Unemployment Numbers…

A couple weeks ago, the economics bloggysphere had worked itself into high dudgeon over extreme claims about what the ‘real’ unemployment rate might be. But this is very disturbing–and it’s real (boldface mine): The most recent report puts the white … Continue reading

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Vox Grows Up And Becomes A Gentry-Class Organ

Just the same old Wor-Shing-Tun Shuffle, only with a slightly different flavor. It started when Ezra Klein made serious bank on giving lectures to insurance groups–while he’s a self-styled policy expert on healthcare. Now his partner-in-life and New York Times … Continue reading

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Wages And The Supposed STEM Shortage

If you’re the kind of person who believes markets provide reasonably good signals, then it’s safe to say there really isn’t a shortage of STEM workers. And the market for STEM workers is good–if you’re hiring (boldface mine): Like other … Continue reading

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I, For One, Welcome Our Robotic Overlords

A recent Atlantic article is the latest installment in ‘the robots are taking all our jobs’ genre. It’s pretty good, but I’ve never entirely understood the concern. I’ve always viewed this as an opportunity: In 1900, about half of the … Continue reading

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Once a Nation of Secretaries, Now a Nation of Truck Drivers

Over at NPR, there’s a map with the most common job by U.S. state from 1978 to 2014. What interesting is that, in 1978, we have a geographically diverse workforce: By 1988, secretaries seem to be skyrocketing: Then, from about … Continue reading

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NIH Is Unclear If It Should “Dial Up or Down Our Training Pipeline”

So sayeth NIH director Francis Collins: I would argue that we don’t know. Quite surely our biomedical research work force study a couple of years ago did show that only about a quarter of the people that we trained ended … Continue reading

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