Theologian Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, the author of 30+ books, joins us to promote his recent work Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation.
The Executive Editor of American Hunter Magazine and New York Times Best Selling Author Frank Miniter talks with Jim about his most recent book The Future of the Gun. He and Jim discuss gun rights, what's happening right now in Ferguson, MO., training courses for gun owners, etc...
Also, Kristi Williams with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development stops by the studio to discuss the new Louisiana Job Connection website http://louisianajobconnection.com. She describes the newest website as a "dating site" which seeks to match the right job seeker with the right employer looking to hire.
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.
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.
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.
So companies need enough people to get the job done. But those workers must have specific skills.
In this line of work, as with other U.S. industries, there's a skills gap.
Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 11:00 pm
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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. business leaders and urged them not to overlook qualified job applicants just because they've been out of work for a while.
Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 8:22 am
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.
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.