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Insourcing: American Lose Jobs to H-1B Visa Workers

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

If a company is done with an employee, guest workers often find themselves stranded in the U.S. without a job. After five years as an H-1B, employers are required to start paying social security, so the worker becomes less attractive. When the job is over, so is the visa, making them into illegals. Their staffing company may h

Bumps In The Road? What To Watch For In Friday's Jobs Report

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 07.07.2016 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

The recent "Brexit" vote and a weak jobs report last month sent shock waves through financial markets in June. What should we be watching for in this Friday's monthly jobs report?

U.S. Economy Stalls As GDP Grows 0.5% In First Quarter

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.28.2016 | Business

WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth braked sharply in the first quarter to its slowest pace in two years as consumer spending soften...

Why On-Demand Technologies Are Good for Productivity

David Hale | Posted 04.18.2016 | Technology
David Hale

The latest Labor Department numbers are in, and they confirm the health of the labor market. Impressively, initial jobless claims are the lowest they ...

Behind the Curve?

Michael Farr | Posted 04.07.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

The best advice we can offer equity investors during the course of this transition is to stick with quality, balance-sheet strength and strong management teams. There will come a time to get more aggressive, but the wait may be longer than most think.

Political Violence: It's the Economy Stupid

Michael Farr | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Getting away from D.C. every so often helps with perspective. Life inside the Beltway can cloud one's views and lead to an inflated sense of axis mun...

March Madness Lesson: How 'And One' Can Boost Your Career

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 03.16.2016 | Education
The University of Central Florida Forum

Your skill portfolio can be made up of a great combination of a college degree and the various certifications necessary to land any job and make yourself an invaluable asset to your company and yourself.

What's So Bad About a Little Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Ever since the global financial crisis central bankers across the globe have become increasingly fearful about the prospect of widespread deflation. ...

What's Going on in Retail?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

CNN.com recently published an article (Store closings are the hottest trend in retail) about the rash of retail store closings in recent months. As t...

Friday's Jobs Report: What's Happening with Hiring?

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 03.01.2016 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

Last month, a weak jobs report dropped a bombshell on financial markets, sending stocks reeling and sparking recession fears throughout the media. Tod...

Keep it in Perspective

Michael Farr | Posted 02.25.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

With the S&P 500 now down about 10% from its all-time high in May 2015, a certain level of fear has returned to the markets. Among the many concerns ...

3 Ways Salary Transparency Helps Business in Wake of Obama's Effort to Close Pay Gaps

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 02.04.2017 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

Last week, President Obama proposed a new rule that would require companies with more than 100 employees to report salary data by race, gender and eth...

Friday's Jobs Report: Signs of a Labor Market Slowdown?

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 02.02.2017 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

Outside of the labor market, it has been a rocky start to 2016. Disappointing corporate profits, plummeting stocks and weak industrial production all point to an economy that slowed sharply late last year.

These Tech Wizards Want To Pay People For Doing Absolutely Nothing

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business

Silicon Valley has helped hatch all sorts of disruptive new technologies, from robots that can make computer chips, to automated personal assistants, ...

Disability: A New Campaign Issue About Not-so-new Concerns

David Pettinicchio | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
David Pettinicchio

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently proposed increased early screenings and more resources for treating autism.

3 Ways the Fed Rate Hike Will Impact Job Seekers

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 12.15.2016 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

How will a Fed interest rate rise affect the job market? As with most things in the macroeconomy, it's complicated.

A Win for Businesses and Workers: 'Upskilling' Programs That Help Workers Earn Postsecondary Credentials Sweeping the Nation

Jim Gibbons | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

We have a skills supply-and-demand problem that hurts businesses. Even with millions of job openings in the United States, companies can't find worke...

Consumer Drive? Don't Hold Your Breath

Michael Farr | Posted 12.07.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

What is the true state of the US consumer? The Federal Reserve seems pretty confident that consumers have both the means (savings, disposable income,...

November Jobs Report: Are Labor Market Gaps Closing?

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 11.25.2016 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

With the Fed likely to raise interest rates at the upcoming December meeting, economists are watching the November jobs report closely. What's next for the labor market? Here's what we're watching for in Friday's report:

Where There's A Will There's a Way

Michael Farr | Posted 11.24.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

If the full extent of the budgetary problems are not well understood, how can we be in a position to address the problems?

The Trucking Industry Is Struggling, But Maybe Not For Long

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 11.15.2015 | Business

Trucking, the backbone of American commerce, is in a tough spot. There might be a future, a very long time from now, when long-haul drivers are replac...

What You Need to Know About the October Jobs Report

Chad Stone | Posted 11.05.2016 | Politics
Chad Stone

No one knows how tomorrow's October jobs report will affect Federal Reserve policymakers' views about whether to start raising interest rates in December. But here are some things to consider in assessing whether the job market is making the "continued progress toward maximum employment" that the Fed wants to see.

Fair Hiring Practices: Big Bang for Buck and Bipartisan Support

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Try to think of a policy idea that has the following characteristics: it costs almost nothing to implement; it has the potential to help millions of highly disadvantaged people raise their living standards; it is supported by both President Obama and the Koch brothers. You're envisioning the null set, right?

Are We in a Wage Growth Slump? Four Predictions for Friday's Jobs Report

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 09.30.2016 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

If we want to understand why America's wages are growing -- or not growing -- it's important to look beyond U.S. averages to specific industries.

How Much Do You Make? 3 Reasons Salary Transparency Can Be Good for Business

Dr. Andrew Chamberlain | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Dr. Andrew Chamberlain

When former Google employee Erica Baker began publishing co-workers' salary information on an internal spreadsheet, it didn't go over well with management, according to news reports of her recent Twitter confession.