If you're reading this and think that young adults should simply work their way through school with a summer job or forgo higher education entirely, know this: That is not how our economy works anymore.
What we expect and what we need from Davos and from a gathering of such pre-eminent leaders is visible proof of their collective intelligence, of their capacity to innovative and proactive cooperation.
An important nuance in the jobs-higher education link is the impact on young people. In today's America, twice as many youth are unemployed than adults. The number is even higher for young men and women of color.
Jobs. We all need them. Are you interested in creating jobs? I am too! Not in the traditional way, but in the literal one. Below are some jobs we need to create to make the world a better place at home and in the office.
Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, I think there are some undeniable truths regarding our economy that need to be addressed before we reach the next phase of robust and sustainable economic growth.
No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.
Collectively, we need to prioritize youth employment in the MENA region as both a social and economic imperative, and recognize its momentous power: to throw the region into discord, or to elevate it to new levels of dynamism.
Does self-discipline today really pay off later in life -- in jobs, paychecks, promotions and bonuses, professional prestige and wealth? Surprisingly, given the importance of employment to well-being and the global economy, the link between self-control and job success has not been thoroughly studied. Until now.
The president recently announced a plan to make two years of community college and technical school free to responsible students, which underscores a serious problem that not only affects unemployed youth, but small business owners, as well.
Today, as he makes his sixth State of the Union speech, the president faces a solidly Republican Congress, and he never has to face the electorate again. So we are seeing a stronger and more forceful president than ever before. He is challenging Congress to act and outlining again the principles he ran on in 2008. This is Barack Obama unleashed.
We've finally emerged from the crash of 2008. We've had 58 consecutive quarters of job growth. Unemployment is declining. Productivity is up. Yet, most Americans aren't exactly high-fiving each other. Never mind the state of the union; the state of their households isn't great.
There are many positive signs in the US. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the 3rd quarter was up 5% on an annualized basis compared to the 2nd quarter (adjusted for inflation).
Free, high-quality public higher education. Expanded apprenticeship programs. Jobs that pay living wages. Workplaces that are free of discrimination. Strong union rights. Don't those sound great?
All in all, ever since his forceful response to the midterm elections, Obama seems to be getting more and more popular. In absolute numbers, of course, Obama still has a long way to go.
Got any good lawyer jokes? Here's one, "What do you call a law school graduate?" Sadly, the answer is increasingly becoming: "Unemployed."
Well, here we are at the start of 2015, and the unemployment rate has declined to 5.6 percent. Over the course of 58 consecutive months, the Obama economy has created 11.2 million private sector jobs.