Want Fries With That Burger? Don’t go to a college that doesn’t at least teach you time-management skills

Time

Looking back over half a century on my college years, I remember absolutely nothing about the courses I took–130 vacuous credit hours. I can’t say it was my college’s fault. I had no clear idea about what I wanted to do for a living. I changed majors twice and took courses almost at random. I … Read more

Does $600 a Week in Additional Unemployment Stop People From Going Back to Work?

There are a lot of reactions to the now-expired additional unemployment benefits of $600 per week during the pandemic. The reactions range from the extra money was needed to try and hold lives and the economy together to opinions that the money stopped people from working. Howard Dvorkin, CPA and Chairman of Debt.com said, “There … Read more

A Very Nasty Tax Withholding Surprise for Anyone Unemployed

Concerned or worried couple reading.

The coronavirus pandemic has turned American employment upside down. While some may be proclaiming recent amazing job growth in our country, the overall numbers of people unemployed is still staggering. According to the federal government Bureau of Labor Statistics, numbers are huge. To help people suddenly unemployed, the government temporarily passed enhanced benefits that meant … Read more

States Where Expired Unemployment Benefits Will Hurt Most

The expiration of the $600 boost to unemployment benefits would leave millions of Americans without a vital source of income amid a global pandemic. As of this writing, nearly 32 million Americans are claiming unemployment insurance benefits, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some states — including Nevada and Hawaii — are more vulnerable … Read more

For Americans With Bills to Pay, Help Is on the Way. Sort Of.

April has arrived. Americans, hunkered down while a pandemic rages, face what to do about their mortgage, their rent payment, their credit card bill and their other debts. Local, state and federal governments have announced a variety of aid programs to help debtors through this dark period. But like the response to the coronavirus itself, … Read more

4 of the Fastest Growing Jobs for Seniors

It’s no secret: seniors are working at historic rates. Almost a quarter of seniors are now in the job market, up 18% from 10 years ago, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects this to increase over the next eight years. Relatedly, unemployment for seniors has dropped to an impressive 2.6%, below the national rate of 3.5%. At … Read more

How to Avoid Miscommunication in the Workplace

Today’s business word of the day is “miscommunication.” According to the unabridged English language version of the Collins English Dictionary, the definition of miscommunication is, “a failure to communicate effectively.” Related words from the thesaurus include “misperception” and “flounder.” While there’s a strong chance you already knew that on a basic level, you might not have … Read more

5 Jobs That Pay Well & Don’t Require a 4-Year Degree

Earnings for employees with only an associate’s degree are 28% — or $336 a week — less than what a typical bachelor’s degree holder makes, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Unemployment rates for those with an associate’s are also slightly higher. Still, you might consider skipping a four-year degree to avoid a large student … Read more

Minimum Wage Won’t Pay the Rent in These 16 cities

Rent prices have increased by 2% to 4% nationwide each year since 2011, according to CoreLogic. While gains in federal and state minimum wage rules have somewhat mitigated the bite for lower-wage earners in certain areas, it’s often not enough to compete with the rising cost of housing. Meanwhile, the population of renters has increased, … Read more

The (Modest) Rebound in Manufacturing Jobs

The United States lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2010, reducing the nation’s manufacturing employment base by nearly a third. These job losses and their causes have been well documented in the popular press and in academic circles. Less well recognized is the modest yet significant rebound in manufacturing jobs that has been … Read more

You May Be Losing Your Retail Store Job to an Online Retailer

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York just released the following article that I found fascinating. Its more support about how jobs are changing in America and why higher skilled workers, even in retail, are needed and better compensated. The big issue I often hear from people is one of victimization, and I get it. … Read more