Better wages for service industry employment in Arizona didn’t lead to economic disaster. Quite the opposite. Hiring for that sector has moved ahead of every other.
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A look at the weakened employment picture for Canadians, especially younger ones, and what it means.
Un- and under-employed: the new ‘normal’ of precarious work
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Young people are the ones who will be most affected by artificial intelligence and robotics if the electro-technological super future arrives in the workplace in the fashion expected. With that in mind, there is a new report to direct you to from the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship called Future-proof: Preparing Young Canadians for the Future of Work.
The report is HERE and there was a CBC News piece last week covering it that includes 6:18 of audio and other links.
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Cross country check up: will you win or lose in an Uber-style sharing economy?
cbc.ca/radio [Podcast 1:53:00]
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Major bank reports about the state of the economy are part of Canada’s information landscape and pretty much always have been. They are designed to tell us, in rationalized detail, where things are at. The reports set us up for what to expect from the major players in the country’s economic existence. This last one is a bit of a doozy, though. Most new jobs created in Canada since the 2009 recession have been part time. Last year, every single one was. Is this good?
Four pages packed with bad things about the decline in the value of work to working people in Canada. What you’ve been hearing about crap, part time gigs with low wages, it’s all true. Welcome to the new Canada.
In focus. On the quality of employment in Canada
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Is work a forever thing? Probably, in the sense it just means doing stuff to secure our existence, yes, you can bet on work. Employment in a complex consumer-industrial society on the basis of some rationalized value system (like, oh, say the Protestant work ethic) that rewards individual merit and builds up community, well, that is turning out to be a whole other thing.
With deindustrialization, financialization, free trade agreements, and automation work may soon cease to exist at anything like the scale we in North America have come to know it. In this piece from Aeon a US academic asks us to get ahead of events and economics and free ourselves from our cultural perceptions. Tone and logic make this a really great piece. Statistics are used to bolster the author’s arguments and the title is nicely provocative to boot!
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