Friday, May 4th, 2012
Only about 25 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds are currently employed, according to new information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which constitutes a drop of 10 percentage points from just five years ago. MSNBC.com has more:
With summer approaching and the job market showing signs of improvement, teens could have a better shot at getting hired than they have had in years. But it could take many more years for teens to resume working at pre-recession levels.
The April employment report, due out Friday, will offer more clues into how things will look in the coming months.
Part of the issue is that fewer teens either want to work or think they can get a job. The labor force participation rate, which measures both teens who are working and those actively seeking work, also has fallen sharply since 2000.
Image: Teenager at work, via Shutterstock.
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Friday, November 11th, 2011
A new report based on census data found that 51 percent of working women who had their first child between 2006 and 2008 received some sort of paid leave (maternity, sick, or vacation) from their employers. This number was up from previous data, with only 42 percent of women receiving similar paid leave between 1996 and 2000.
The report, Maternity Leave and Employment Patterns of First-Time Mothers, 1961-2008, uses census data to follow trends in women’s work experience before and after they have children. Key findings from the report include:
- Women are more likely to work while pregnant than they did in the 1960s. Two-thirds (66 percent) of women who had their first birth between 2006 and 2008 worked during pregnancy, compared with 44 percent who had their first birth between 1961 and 1965.
- Eight out of 10 (82 percent) working women who had their first birth between 2006 and 2008 worked within one month of their child’s birth compared with 73 percent of working women who gave birth to their first child between 1991 and 1995.
- Older mothers are more likely than younger mothers to work closer to the end of their pregnancies. Sixty-seven percent of mothers 22 and older worked into the last month of their pregnancy, compared with 56 percent of mothers less than age 22.
- Four out of 10 (42 percent) women received unpaid maternity leave. Both paid and unpaid maternity leave were more likely to be used after birth than before.
- Twenty-two percent of first time mothers quit their jobs – 16 percent while they were pregnant and another 6 percent by 12 weeks after their child’s birth.
- Women who worked during their pregnancy are more likely to return to work within three to five months compared with women who did not work before the birth of their first child.
- Eight out of 10 mothers who worked during their pregnancy returned to work within a year of their child’s birth to the same employer. About seven out of 10 of these women returned to a job at the same pay, skill level and hours worked per week.
- Two out of 10 mothers switched employers when returning to work. These mothers experienced greater job changes compared with mothers who returned to the same employer. One out of four was employed at a new job that had comparable pay, skill level and hours worked.
(image via: http://blogs.babycenter.com/)
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Friday, September 9th, 2011
In a year when many school districts have experienced teacher layoffs and spending cuts, President Obama’s new jobs bill, unveiled Thursday, pays particular attention to education.
The proposal would spend $25 billion to repair and modernize school buildings, and would give $35 billion to states to prevent the layoff of 280,000 teachers across the country.
“These are the men and women charged with preparing our children for a world where the competition has never been tougher,” the president said. “But while they’re adding teachers in places like South Korea, we’re laying them off in droves. It’s unfair to our kids. It undermines their future and ours. And it has to stop. Pass this jobs bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong.”
As for school buildings, the president would put people to work repairing roofs and windows, and installing science labs and internet access. “[T]here are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating,” he said. “How can we expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart?”
Leaders of the country’s two largest teachers unions—critics of the president in the past—liked what they heard. From the Huffington Post:
“We have for months been talking about jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told The Huffington Post. “We know that there needs to be a lifeline because the economy has not grown the way it should, and that is what this plan is about. It’s about putting people back to work, growing the economy, making sure how families feel stabilized.”
Parents, what do you think of these proposals to secure teacher jobs and update schools?
(image via: http://www.scpr.org)
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