JOBS AND UNEMPLOYMENT: A PERSISTENT PROBLEM
Job market expanding, but so are the numbers of part-timers and workers earning lower wages: “While there continue to be signs that the economy may be on the verge of moving out of the sluggishness that has afflicted it ever since growth began again in the summer of 2009, the job front remains problematic.”
“Uncertainty about the future, managerial strategizing and technological gains have persuaded many employers not to put workers whose hours were reduced back on full-time status or to hire new full-time workers.” — Daily Kos 1/18/13
Union membership takes another hit in 2012: “Surprising no one who’s paying attention, the percentage of American workers belonging to a union fell once again last year, dropping from 11.8 percent in 2011 to 11.3 percent in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“Public sector workers are unionized at much higher rates than private sector workers … And of course unions are under fierce attack in both the public and private sectors, through legislation targeting public workers in states like Wisconsin and through the pitched warfare of intimidation and firings in retail stores and restaurants and factories.” — Daily Kos 1/23/13
NYC Mayor Bloomberg and NYC Speaker Quinn battle over jobless bias bill: “The latest battle is over a bill the Council plans to pass Wednesday that would make it illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone who is out of work or to post help wanted ads that invite only people with jobs to apply.” — New York Daily News 1/22/13
You shouldn’t need a job to land a job: “Having a job shouldn’t be a requirement for getting a job. But for many unemployed New Yorkers — even exceptionally qualified candidates, sometimes with decades of experience — that’s the message they’re getting from employers.
“The jobless are told in so many words: Sorry, if you’re not currently employed, or have been out of work for too long, we’re not interested. That’s if they get a response at all.” — New York Daily News 1/31/13
Employers hiring friends and friends-of-friends in increasing numbers: “Big companies like Ernst & Young are increasingly using their own workers to find new hires, saving time and money but lengthening the odds for job seekers without connections, especially among the long-term unemployed.
“The trend, experts say, has been amplified since the end of the recession by a tight job market and by employee networks on LinkedIn and Facebook, which can help employers find candidates more quickly and bypass reams of applications from job search sites like Monster.com.
“Some, like Ernst & Young, the accounting firm, have set ambitious internal goals to increase the proportion of hirings that come from internal referrals. As a result, employee recommendations now account for 45 percent of nonentry-level placements at the firm, up from 28 percent in 2010.” — New York Times 1/27/13