Category: Employment

Chart of the Week: What is this chart measuring?

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Mar 30, 2020
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment
Chart of the week now in presentation form with a chart, some questions and references. Enjoy!...

Interactive Monday: Fastest Growing Jobs since 1970

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Mar 08, 2020
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Interactive, Career, Employment
From Flowing Data comes a chart showing trends in job growth and decline over the past 4 decades. As you move the cursor over the graph, you can see what jobs correspond to the lines on the graph.  Here's a snapshot (click to go to the interactive chart) Questions: Three fastest growing jobs since 1970? Three jobs that have seen greatest decline?  What jobs were most impacted by the Great Recession of 2008-09? Have they recovered to their pre-recession levels? Focus on the last...

Question of the Day: What percent of job seekers lie during the hiring process?

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Mar 01, 2020
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Ethics, Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer: 78% Here were their five most common lies:  Mastery of skills they barely use (like Excel or a foreign language) - 60% Working at company longer than they did to omit another employer - 50% Having a higher GPA by 1/2 a point: 49% Title inflation: 41% Earning a degree from a prestigious university when they were a few credits short: 39% Questions: Do you think it's ok to lie about your skills if you really, really want a job? Does it depend on what you are lying about? What's the...

[Update] Question of the Day: What’s the current unemployment rate for 22-27 year-olds who graduated from a four-year college?

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Feb 24, 2020
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Career, Question of the Day, Economics, Employment
Answer: 3.9% Questions: What is the difference today in unemployment rates for those 22-27 year olds with a bachelor’s degree and those without?  What was this difference in 2010 following the Great Recession? Has the gap narrowed or widened between those with/without degrees? Why do you think that having a college degree impacts an individual’s probability of getting a job? Overall, what has been the trend in unemployment across all types of workers since 2010? Click here...

Interactive Monday: Career Outcomes by College Major

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Feb 23, 2020
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Career, Interactive, Employment, Paying for College
What are the employment prospects for the major that I am interested in?  How much can I expect to earn right after college based on my major? What earnings can I expect in the middle of my career? Will I need a graduate degree in the field I'm interested in?  These are just a few of the questions that students might ponder as they consider their college major. This interactive from the NY Fed provides this data and more on 70+ majors. Here's a sampling of the information provided...

Interactive Monday: Visualizing salaries for hundreds of occupations

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Feb 09, 2020
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Interactive, Career, Employment
A series of interactives from Flowing Data will help your students visualize how salaries vary between and within occupation groups. Useful for your career unit and also will work with math as it includes concepts such as median, percentiles and distributions. The first interactive ranks occupations by median salary and provides a sense of the number of people within an occupation by the size of the bubble (click below to go directly to the interactive which allows you to scroll over each bubble...

Interactive Monday: What's the Unemployment Rate in Your County?

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Jan 26, 2020
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Interactive, Employment
The Census Bureau puts out some great data visualizations on a county-by-county level here.  Here's the Employment Status visualization which measures Unemployment Rate here (click on map for interactivity):  Questions: Study the legend to determine how the shading corresponds to the unemployment rate. What are 2-3 patterns you see when you look at the map of the United States?  Are there specific states where you see that unemployment is extremely high or extremely low? ...

Reading List for January 10-12

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Jan 10, 2020
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Employment, Economics, Investing, Paying for College
Your (Financial) Health If you only have time to read one of these articles this week, make it this eye-opening piece from the Atlantic that digs into a research paper by economics from the St. Louis Fed on the college wealth premium—different from the income premium. (St. Louis Fed) And then find a few minutes for this important read on how mental health issues can severely mpact your financial health. (Business Insider)   Economics Is the Fed running out of tools to deal with a...

Chart of the Week: Manufacturing jobs require more skills!

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Dec 17, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Economics, Employment
From WSJ article:  Specialized job requirements have narrowed the path to the middle class that factory work once afforded. The new, more advanced manufacturing jobs pay more but don’t help workers who stopped schooling early. More than 40% of manufacturing workers have a college degree, up from 22% in 1991. “The workers that remain do much more cognitively demanding jobs,” said David Autor, an economics professor at MIT. Looking ahead, investments in automation will...

QoD: What is most trusted profession in America: Bankers, Nurses or High School Teachers?

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Oct 27, 2019
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Career, Question of the Day, Employment
Thanks to Sonia for finding this chart! Answer: Nurse  Questions: Why do you think that people have such high trust in nurses?  Many of the lower trust professions are finance-related (bankers, real estate agents, car salespeople). What is it about those jobs that leads to this lack of trust?  How can you protect yourself in situations where you are buying a car or house and don't trust the car salesperson or real-estate agent?  Here's the ready-to-go slides for this...

Visualization of the Week: How does your state compare on various economic factors?

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Oct 15, 2019
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Chart of the Week, Career, Employment, Insurance
Stumbled upon this visualization on the Census Bureau website which provides state level data on a variety of economic factors, including: Age (median) Commuting to work (mean travel time) Computer and internet access Education (percent of high school graduates) Employment status Health insurance coverage Household income Here's the map with commute times by state: Questions: Go through each of the economic factors listed for your state and list the data for your state (e.g., our state has a...

Reading List for September 6-8

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Sep 06, 2019
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Current Events, Advocacy, Investing, Cryptocurrencies, Paying for College, Career, Employment
Advocacy Liz Frazier pens a compelling piece for Forbes magazine listing five reasons personal finance should be taught in schools. She is preaching to the choir here, but perhaps her approach will get through to the general public, and one might find this a concise source of supporting arguments and statistics for your personal quest. Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz explains her efforts as President of the Charles Schwab Foundation to promote financial literacy (Yahoo Finance) An academic study out of...

Reading List for 4th of July Weekend

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Jul 04, 2019
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Personal Finance, Behavioral Finance, Economics, Investing, Credit Cards, Employment
Happy 4th of July!!  In case you aren't attending a cookout or don't like fireworks, you can get a jump on the weekend reading list! Personal Finance From Investopedia – how to “Declare you own Financial Independence.” Michelle Singletary offers some sage advice for how to handle a delicat situation—when a friend or loved one in financial dire straits asks to move in. (WAPO) Cincinnati’s Julie Heath compares Ohio to the National results from the 2018 Financial...

Reading List for June 21-23

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Jun 21, 2019
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Cryptocurrencies, Advocacy, Financial Literacy, Economics, Investing, Employment, Paying for College, Insurance
Happy Summer! It is officially here! And here is a list covering a wide range of topics for your reading pleasure this weekend.   Financial Literacy The US Treasury (specifically, the Financial Literacy and Education Commission) is calling for colleges and universities to require financial literacy classes. Looks like $1.5 trillion in student debt has some folks worried. (CNBC)  Here is the actual report. Does it help your students to hear about sports stars ultimately making better...

QoD: Can you name ONE of the top five highest paying summer jobs for teens?

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Jun 02, 2019
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Question of the Day, Career, Employment
Answer:  5. Landscaper (est. $2,200/month) 4. Delivery driver (est. $2,300/month) 3. Dog walker (est. $2,500/month) 2. Golf caddy (est. $2,500/month) 1. Lifeguard (est. $2,800/month) Questions: Do you have a summer job? If so, how did you get it? How would you describe the local job market for teens for this summer? What are the most popular jobs for teens?   What do you think are the benefits of having a summer job? If you have a summer job, do you have a savings goal for the...