Tag Archives: employment

(1138) USA shopocalypse


Macy’s, Sears, Payless Shoes.  America’s favourite merchandise outlets melt into air.  Retail here in the greater Toronto Area has been overbuilt for a while now but nobody is calling it an apocalypse quite yet.  Unlike in the United States, where ‘retail apocalypse’ is a Wikipedia entry and daily reality.  While retail jobs were nothing special they were readily available, especially to women and youth.  Many an immigrant to North America held things together with mall employment, too.
Wikipedia: Retail Apocalypse
The retail apocalypse is suburban.  Cities will weather this concentrated downturn becasue they went through it 50 years ago. Their neighbours may not be so lucky
slate.com
What caused the retail apocalypse?
theweek.com
See also: (352) Mall living
image: Sarah Martin via Flickr/CC

(1110) Future-proof youth?


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.
Youth at risk of unemployment with future entry-level jobs replaced by automation
cbc.ca/news

image: Gloconda Beekman via Flickr/CC

(1071) Part time existence [TD Canada Trust report]


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?

Canada created lots of jobs last year. Almost all were part time: TD
globalnews.ca

(1073) Fu&k work

end-of-work
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!
Fuck work. Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?