Category: Career

Question of the Day: How high did the unemployment rate spike for recent college graduates during the Covid-19 pandemic?

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Jan 17, 2022
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: 13.3% in June 2020 Unemployment rate of recent college graduates in the United States from January 2016 to September 2021 Questions: Are you surprised by this number? Why or why not? How do you think the unemployment rate of recent college graduates compares to those with no college education? Why? The pandemic affected job security for many Americans. What are some ways that you could prepare for unknown events affecting your financial wellbeing? (Good financial preparation won't...

Question of the Day; How many states are raising their minimum wage in 2022?

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Jan 04, 2022
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment, Research
Answer: 26 Questions: How is the minimum wage changing in your state? Here’s the data source with minimum wage data on all 50 states (most of the 50; a few have N/As). Are employers in your area paying more than the minimum wage for part-time jobs?  Most states now have set minimum wages far above the federal rate of $7.25. Why do you think legislators in DC have chosen not to raise the federal minimum wage?  Imagine you run a small business where most of your employees earn...

NGPF's Best of 2021: Product Releases and Updates

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Dec 22, 2021
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Behavioral Finance, Taxes, Career, Math, Economics, Professional Development
Our best ideas come from you and the top 10 list below shows how we maintained our focus in 2021 to build products and services that you need. Several themes emerge from the list:  You like our commitment to continually update our resources as the Career and Taxes updates scoring high on the list. You challenged us to think of ways to incorporate personal finance across the curriculum so we built a new Financial Algebra course and added to our Economics resources. Thanks to your efforts...

NGPF Best of 2021: Most Visited Unit Pages

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Dec 19, 2021
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Savings, Budgeting, Investing, Checking Accounts, Taxes, Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Career, Paying for College
Wondering what topics garner the most page views on the NGPF website? Taxes took the top spot this year dethroning Checking which held the top spot for several years. The curriculum team updates the taxes unit each year to reflect new tax tables and changes to the tax code. Here's the plan for 2022.  The Unit Pages are accessible by clicking these images on the home page: Why are these pages the most popular on the website?  Educators see all NGPF resources on a given topic (unit) on...

Reading List for December 17-19

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Dec 17, 2021
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Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Career
Economics The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee Meeting took place this week. Interest rates were not changed, but the taper in asset purchases was accelerated. (NYT Upshot) (NYT-Jeanna Smialek) (CNBC recap) Wholesale prices up a record 9.6% in November (year over year). (CNBC) Congress raises debt ceiling to avoid default. (CNBC) The Federal Reserve Bank of New York published its survey of Consumer Expectations. Check out the interactive graphics which break down expectations by all sorts...

NGPF's Best of 2021: FinCap Friday

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Dec 16, 2021
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FinCap Friday, Investing, Behavioral Finance, Paying for College, Savings, Career, Stocks
Every Friday during the school year, FinCap Friday, produced by Yanely Espinal, engages high school students. She produces a 2 minute explainer video with a Kahoot quiz with a no-tech version also available. Since it's launch in August of 2018, FinCap Friday quizzes have been played close to 2 million times! Here are the top FinCap Fridays produced in 2021: Crypto Going Global Until the Game Stops The Great Resignation Financial FOMO Pain in the Supply Chain So You Want To Be An Influencer?...

Question of the Day: What are the most popular ways for people to earn money through online gig platforms?

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Dec 12, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer:  Deliveries from restaurant or store Household tasks or running errands Driving for ride-hailing app Shopping for or delivering groceries  Questions: 30% of 18-29 year olds have earned money on these gig platforms. What do you think are the main reasons they do?  Do you think you might ever earn money this way. Why or why not?  What are the pros/cons of doing this type of gig work?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you...

Reading List for December 10-12

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Dec 10, 2021
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Economics, Cryptocurrencies, Career, Student Loans
Economics The biggest news this week is the bigger than expected increase in the CPI announced this morning. The 6.8% annualized increase last month is the largest since November 1982. (CNBC) A Wealth of Common Sense’s Ben Carlson looks at the relationship between inflation and interest rates in his latest piece. Will Government Bond yields now rise? Weekly initial unemployment claims drop to the lowest level since 1969. (Reuters) Excess savings from the Pandemic are now dwindling for...

Interactive: Age and Occupation

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Nov 04, 2021
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Interactive, Career, Employment, Math
This interactive from Flowing Data maps the age ranges for 529 different jobs. For math teachers looking to bring summary statistics to life, this may be what you are looking for as it displays min/max, 25th/75th percentile and median values. Here's the top of the chart with one highlighted job: web and digital interface designer (click to go to the interactive):    Each job has five numbers corresponding to the age of people with the job: the min/max, and the 25th and 75th percentile...

Interactive: Does a state's cost of living impact the minimum wage set by that state?

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Oct 20, 2021
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Economics, Career, Budgeting
While the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 hasn’t changed since July 2009, many states have gone ahead and independently made changes to their minimum wage levels. This interactive from Flowing Data shows the progression of these changes from 2008-2019.  When it comes to the minimum wage, states fall into four different classifications:  States with higher minimum wage than Federal  States with same minimum wage as Federal States with lower minimum wage than Federal (Federal...

Question of the Day: How much revenue do college sports generate for athletic departments each year?

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Oct 12, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Over $18 Billion! Questions: What are ways that college athletic programs might earn money? How do the student-athletes impact the amount of money that a program can bring in? Do you think that student-athletes should be able to receive cash payments or gifts for their collegiate athletic careers? Why or why not? Do you think that student-athletes should be able to negotiate endorsement deals? Why or why not? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question...

Reading List for October 8-10

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Oct 08, 2021
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Financial Literacy, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Student Loans, Career
Financial Literacy News A bill making financial literacy education mandatory in Ohio now sits on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature into law. Brian Page discusses this legislation on the Cleveland.com opinion page. Wharton Finance Professor calls for mandatory finance education in this Knowledge @ Wharton opinion piece. Read about the “Bridges to Wealth” program, founded by a Penn professor, and brining financial literacy into West Philadelphia that “levels the...

Question of the Day: What matters most to teens when making a clothing purchase: Brand, Price or Quality?

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Oct 06, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer:  Note: Teens ranked on 1-5 score with 1 being the most important.  Questions: Which of these factors matter most to you when making a clothing purchase? Why?  Would you have given a different answer if you were asked this question 5 years ago?  How would your answer change if considering a food purchase instead of clothing?  Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom. Behind the...

Top 5 Interactives Posts: Summer 2021

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Sep 29, 2021
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Interactive, Behavioral Finance, Budgeting, Career, Checking Accounts, Insurance, Savings
Each week on the NGPF blog, we highlight a new, engaging interactive. In each of these posts, we summarize the interactive, provide suggestions for classroom discussion, and include a complementary NGPF student activity or teacher professional development opportunity on the topic. Here are the 5 most popular interactive posts from the summer of 2021:  #1 Dark Patterns At Work: Do you ever feel like you are being manipulated on websites? Unfortunately, dark patterns are all too...

Question of the Day: What occupations are predicted to have the most new jobs in the next decade?

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Sep 19, 2021
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Question of the Day, Career
Answer: Behind the numbers: Bureau of Labor Statistics chart   Questions: The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects these occupations to have the most new jobs over the next decade. Why do you think these jobs are growing? How many of these jobs require education beyond a high school degree? What similarities/differences can you identify with this list? Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.   ...