U.S. builders and the subcontractors they depend on are struggling to hire fast enough to meet rising demand for new homes. Builders would be starting work on more homes -- and contributing more to the economy -- if they could fill more job openings. Read More »
The United States and other large economies cannot find enough skilled workers, engineers and other in-demand employees, according to an annual study on talent shortages.
The study, by staffing services giant ManpowerGroup, found that 34 percent of employers around the world report trouble filling jobs because... Read More »
By Parija Kavilanz
NEW YORK -- U.S. manufacturers, frustrated by a shortage of skilled American factory workers, are going abroad to find them.
Business for factories has surged recently, creating a huge demand for machinists, tool and die makers, computer-controlled machine programmers and operators. Read More »
As the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests show, many in America's middle class are angry about the uneasy economic circumstances in which they find themselves. Most typical wage earners have endured decades of stagnant wages even as costs for food, health care, housing and college tuition have continued to... Read More »
Laina Hall graduated college before she finished high school. As a child growing up in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, Hall knew she wanted to be a hairdresser. So she enrolled in community college to get herself trained, while studying the civil war and calculus during the day. Read More »
America has a self-image problem when it comes to the kinds of jobs we do. Travel to nearly any corner of the nation and you'll likely encounter people who believe Americans don't make anything anymore.
That's not true, of course, but in daily life it's often difficult to prove that we still do. Aside from a... Read More »
Skilled labor jobs can pay well, even very well. Yet, many young people feel the pressure to get a college degree and don't consider hands-on labor. Fortunately, a growing movement hopes to get younger workers enthused about building, fixing, and installing. Read More »
This week, 17 young American men and women will battle it out under 150,000 watchful eyes in a Thames waterfront conference center in London. It's the Olympics of skilled labor, and the U.S. team will competitively plumb, lay brick, make cabinets, wait tables, style hair, and repair cars against 55 other... Read More »
Productivity is the most important factor in the creation of new high value and high-paying jobs in America. When productivity rises, the cost of American goods and services become less expensive than those of other countries. As a result, exports grow and the standard of living rises because people can afford... Read More »
By Dawn Papandrea
Ever glance at a home or car repair bill and think to yourself, "I'm in the wrong line of work!"? If so, it's with good reason. Skilled tradespeople who can build, repair or maintain equipment that most lay people cannot do on their own can rake in the big bucks, especially if they build... Read More »
He gained fame by playing the wiseguy postal worker. But John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin on the NBC sitcom "Cheers," is nothing but serious now. The actor has found a second career as a social activist. His cause is America's skilled workers. He has advocated for them in documentaries like... Read More »
Ask most high school guidance counselors, and they'll tell you a college degree is your key to a decent paying job. But that's not necessarily always the case. While many jobs like lawyer, doctor, and professor still require degrees, Al Lee, director of quantitative analysis at Payscale.com, helped us pinpoint... Read More »
Larry Pittman is one reality star you love to watch on TV, but would never want to meet in person. If he's ringing your doorbell, it's not to bring you good news. More likely it's to repossess your car, boat or jet ski. Although people run the other way when they see the star of 'Repossessed!' coming, Pittman... Read More »
What do Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and entertainment mogul David Geffen have in common? Huge bank accounts and no student loans. These industry leaders are some of the most successful people in business and none of them has a college degree.
The belief that you need a college... Read More »
Blue collar workers tend to get a bad rap. Often unfairly associated with poor education and minimal abilities, most occupations that are classified as "blue collar" actually involve specialized skills, extensive training and technical know-how.
Unfortunately, the job market for these... Read More »