Unbelievable Unemployment

For the week ending 9/15/18, initial unemployment claims fell to 204,000, their lowest level since 11/15/69, yes, 1969! The four-week moving average declined to 205,750, its lowest level since 12/6/69. Moreover, claims have been below 300,000 since 3/7/15, the longest period since record keeping began on 1/1/67. Lastly, there has been continuous net job growth … Read more Unbelievable Unemployment

Teacher Turned Carpenter Lives Out Dream to Build

After 20 years of teaching middle school language arts and elementary fine arts, Miriam Shuros decided to pursue her long-held dream of being a carpenter. “For many years, I have been interested in architecture design, blueprints, and houses,” Shuros shared in a personal interview with American Experiment. “No matter where I go, my favorite thing … Read more Teacher Turned Carpenter Lives Out Dream to Build

Dirtiest Man On TV Mike Rowe Takes On America’s Skills Gap Problem

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Part of the series “Supporting Today’s Workforce” As unemployment hovers near historic lows, over 80% of construction firms have reported they are having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire, while the U.S. Department of Education reports that there will be 68% more job openings in infrastructure-related fields in the next five years than there are people training … Read more Dirtiest Man On TV Mike Rowe Takes On America’s Skills Gap Problem

Minnesota, United States have a trade-worker shortage, survey says

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It’s a common refrain in the construction world these days: It’s a tough time to be an employer but a great time to be a carpenter, plumber or an electrician. A new Autodesk-AGC Construction Workforce Shortage Survey backs that up and provides additional details on which jobs are most difficult to fill and how employers … Read more Minnesota, United States have a trade-worker shortage, survey says