unemployment http://wrkf.org en A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment http://wrkf.org/post/lost-generation-workers-cost-youth-unemployment It makes some sense that young people might work less than their older counterparts. They are figuring out their lives, going in and out of school and making more short-term plans.<p>But a whopping 5.8 million young people are neither in school nor working. It is "a completely different situation than we've seen in the past," says Elisabeth Jacobs, the senior director for policy and academic programs at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.<p>"It's a big deal. ... Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:11:00 +0000 Will Stone 28808 at http://wrkf.org A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them http://wrkf.org/post/playing-matchmaker-empty-jobs-and-those-seeking-them The easiest time to get hired at one of the seven oil refineries in the Los Angeles area is during what's called a turnaround. These breaks, when the refineries are shut down for routine maintenance, are incredibly labor-intensive. And refineries want to get them done as quickly as possible.<p>So companies need enough people to get the job done. But those workers must have specific skills.<p>In this line of work, as with other U.S. industries, there's a skills gap.<p>The unemployment rate is down to 6.3 percent, but that's partly because 800,000 people dropped out of the labor force in April. Sat, 03 May 2014 22:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 26095 at http://wrkf.org Playing Matchmaker To Empty Jobs And Those Seeking Them Obama Pushes Employers To Consider The Long-Term Jobless http://wrkf.org/post/obama-pushes-employers-consider-long-term-jobless Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The U.S. Labor Department says there are nearly four million people in America who've been unemployed for six months or more. That number has remained stubbornly high, even as the overall unemployment rate has fallen. Yesterday, President Obama met with U.S. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 22021 at http://wrkf.org Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs http://wrkf.org/post/starbucks-latest-company-aiming-help-vets-land-jobs In recent years, companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart to Boeing have announced special hiring programs for veterans. Seattle coffee giant Starbucks is the latest.<p>All of these companies are trying to bring down a stubbornly high unemployment rate for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But to succeed, companies have to take the time to understand the skills of service members.<p>For 37 years, Carrol Stripling served in the U.S. Army, both active duty and reserves, mostly as a paralegal. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:05:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 18431 at http://wrkf.org Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs