ASA Skills Gap Index: Top Hard-to-Fill Jobs by Sector

February 23, 2017 Most Difficult-to-Fill Occupations in Each Sector The American Staffing Association’s Skills Gap Index has identified the hardest-to-fill occupations in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2016. The two hardest-to-fill jobs in each staffing industry sector are Engineering, information technology, and scientific Computer and information research scientists Information security analysts Health careRead More

Attracting, Retaining Talent Is No. 1 Concern in ‘Future of Work’ Survey

Feb 14, 2017Laura Putre | IndustryWeek Talent management is the most pressing issue for human resources leaders at some of the largest U.S. companies, a new survey finds. A survey by the law firm Seyfarth Shaw of 717 in-house legal and business leaders between December 2016 and January 2017--in a cross section of industries including manufacturing—mentioned the “war forRead More

US Factory Output Rose In January For Second Straight Month

by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer   WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturers cranked out more steel, machinery and electronics last month as factories appear to be rebounding after two years of stagnation. Factory output rose 0.2 percent in January, its second straight increase, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday . While modest, the gain isRead More

Small Business Optimism Index Surges by Most Since 1980

Jan 10, 2017Bloomberg Optimism among America’s small businesses soared in December by the most since 1980 as expectations about the economy’s prospects improved dramatically in the aftermath of the presidential election. The National Federation of Independent Business’s index jumped 7.4 points last month to 105.8, the highest since the end of 2004, from 98.4. WhileRead More

Free Market for Education? Economists Generally Don’t Buy I

The odds are good that privatizing education will be part of the agenda for President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration. The Republican platform calls for increasing the role of banks in giving out student loans. And Mr. Trump and the platform advocate an expansion of both vouchers, which enable students to attend the private school ofRead More

The Complex Mess of Health Insurance

The Kaiser Family Foundation is one of the best sources of information on health care, and it recently convened some focus groups in the Midwest and Pennsylvania. These groups included people who received health insurance through an Obamacare exchange and who also voted for Donald Trump. You can read about the results in an Op-EdRead More