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U.S. employment rates show the extent of the red - blue divide

How well is the U.S. economy faring during the time of COVID-19? Such a question is of particular importance during election season. A series of reports demonstrate the variations in economic and social data.

Signs of an employment bounce in key U.S. states

There are some signs that the U.S. economy is beginning a recovery, albeit a fragile one. This is signalled in terms of jobs growth, although the employment pattern is not evenly distributed as new data reveals.

Op-Ed: How to make work safe? Developing a COVID-19 risk assessment

Many workplaces are putting into place COVID-19 risk assessments to help to bring employees back to work. What needs to be included is ways to make the workplace safe and rules for employees to follow, based on sound scientific advice.

China's young jobseekers struggle despite economic recovery

Cheng - Biology student Ma Jingjing wandered the hall of a job fair in central China among other young Chinese hoping to find work in an economy crushed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Jobless and desperate: the post-lockdown reality for many

Paris - Many workers' lives have been abruptly upended by the coronavirus pandemic, as job losses in tourism, air travel, food and drink or other industries hit those both on fixed contracts and in the informal sector.

Op-Ed: How the U.S. is fighting wage garnishment during COVID-19

More than one-in-four U.S. citizens with a credit report have at least one debt in collection, according to a CFPB report. This number is expected to rise as people continue to get laid off and experience other types of income losses.

Trump to extend US work visa freeze to year-end: White House

Washington - US President Donald Trump will prolong a ban on US employment permits to year-end and broaden it to include H-1B visas used widely in the tech industry, the White House said Monday.

Trump declares America back after good jobs report

Washington - President Donald Trump declared the US economy in "rocket" mode Friday after data showed a surprising recovery in the coronavirus-ravaged jobs market -- lifting his own sinking reelection chances in the process.

Post-COVID-19 security predictions: Where are we heading? Special

What will the future of work look like? One thing appears certain is that the future of work has changed, particularly with remote working and security. A number of experts provide their thoughts to Digital Journal. This is the first in a series.

What is the future work, in the post-COVID world?

Coping with the coronavirus on a day-to-day basis, both from the health and economic perspective, is a preoccupation for most people. But what will the post-coronavirus world look like? How will businesses seek to organize their practices?

Help wanted: Jobless China workers await relief

Shanghai - Life is never easy for China's nearly 300 million migrant workers, but with the coronavirus zapping jobs at a historic clip, unemployed factory labourer Wei Guikun is at his wits' end.

COVID-19 employment related lawsuits have begun

It was perhaps inevitable that COVID-19 would start to spill over into employee relations and employment law. Legal trends suggest that employer-related litigation in relation to the viral pandemic is starting to rise.

Rising unemployment from virus fight threatens China's poverty targets

Bejing - Although China is claiming success in its battle against the coronavirus, millions have lost their jobs in the economic fallout, throwing into jeopardy an ambitious target to eradicate poverty this year.

Coronavirus: Helping the unemployed transition to digital jobs

The coronavirus pandemic that sent shock-waves through the economy, resulting in rising unemployment. The employment market is also undergoing restructuring.

'What will I live on?': Crisis-hit Europeans seek state aid

Berlin - Thousands of self-employed people across Europe have found themselves without work from one day to the next as governments ordered shops shut, events cancelled and gatherings banned to stem contagion of the novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus fallout revives talk of 'universal basic income'

Stockton - The scoffed-at idea of paying everyone a basic income as machines take people's jobs is getting a fresh look as a possible remedy for economies cratered by the coronavirus pandemic.

How U.S. workforce is responding to technology skills gap

There is a cyber-skills gap in many developed economies. A recent study has highlighted the lack of appropriate skills, like coding, in the U.S. However, the poll also reveals that the workforce acknowledges this, indicating a provision gap to be filled.

Digital lifeline for refugees in Bulgaria -- and beyond

Sofia - Single mother-of-two Sara Faizi from Afghanistan faced a dead end when she arrived in Bulgaria in 2018: the former bank branch operations manager needed a job but neither spoke the local language nor had any contacts.

Q&A: Data and the truth behind 'OK boomer' in the workplace Special

“Ok, Boomer” replies have become the universal, meme-able Millennial and Gen Z response to any type of unliked commentary from Baby Boomers. How is this affecting workplace relations? An employment psychologist looks into the issue.

Looking into the truth about modern workplace environments

Olivet Nazarene University recently surveyed 2,009 U.S. based workers regarding their satisfaction with their current office environment and how it contributes to their happiness and productivity. We look at the results.

Q&A: Second chance hiring for ex-cons with new technology Special

Every year, the U.S. economy loses over $80 billion in GDP from refusing to hire people with minor offenses or wrongful convictions. Tom Miller of ClearForce explains how technology can give potential employers piece of mind.

Push for electrification results in auto layoffs

With the recent news that Audi is cutting 9,500 jobs and investing the savings in electric vehicle pursuits, Lux Resarch analyst Christopher Robinson sees these activities as an inevitable part of the coming of the electric car.

Q&A: How to match job candidates on the autism spectrum Special

The companies SAP.iO and Daivergent are collaborating on a process that matches job candidates who have been identified as being on the autism spectrum. This is through the Daivergent for Autism Recruiting solution.

Indonesia ministries ban pregnant, LGBT job seekers: report

Jakarta - Several Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled, or LGBT job hunters in favour of what one called "normal" applicants, the Ombudsman said Friday, slammed as "arbitrary and hateful restrictions" by a rights group.

Q&A: Collaboration technologies bring holiday cheer to workers Special

Collaboration technologies are changing the way we work and systems enable businesses to maintain continuity and for employees to spend more time with their families, especially over the holiday season.

The cost of employee time making tea at work revealed

Most workers enjoy a cup of tea at work, whether it is a morning pick me up or an afternoon boost. The average person is likely to drink two or more cups per day. The brewing, stir and measuring time adds up, but what are the costs?

Artificial Intelligence driving the ‘next generation’ of jobs

The adoption of artificial intelligence employers will significantly change the U.K. job market over the coming years. More widely, it is expected that AI will create 133 million new jobs globally.

Final puffs for France's last tobacco factory

Sarlat - Gerard Chanquoi looks sadly at the conveyor belts of France's sole remaining tobacco processing factory as they whirl for the last times ahead of its final closure, a victim of changed economic times and a different public health landscape.

Asylum requests down in developed countries: OECD

Paris - Developed countries received sharply fewer asylum applications last year, a report said Wednesday, as the world remains gripped in a migrant crisis fuelled by wars and economic hardship.

Is the U.S. facing a student debt crisis?

Nintex, a global enterprise technology company, released a report — The GenZ Effect on the U.S. Workplace — that comprises data from Gen Z and business decision makers. The report also reveals information about the extent of student debt.
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