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Job Recovery – When? and How?

I recently had a conversation with several members of the Workforce Institute Board of Advisers to discuss the impact of the global recession on hourly and low- wage workers. Unemployment in the US has continued to hover around 9.5% (9.6% in the September Bureau of Labor Statistics announcement).  Worldwide statistics are similar, with many regions reporting much higher rates.  The numbers of people who are underemployed or who’ve given up looking altogether swell those statistics significantly.

The participants in this conversation included:

  • Ruth Bramson, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Bob Clements, Senior Partner at the Axsium Group
  • Dr. Steven Hunt, Director of Business Transformation at SuccessFactors
  • Dr. Robert Yerex, Chief Economist at Kronos

We recorded our conversation, and you can hear their thoughtful responses to a couple of big and tough questions below.

1.  What do you think is the risk that the current prolonged recession will lead to the creation of  a permanent class of unemployed or underemployed people?

Click here to listen to our conversation about economic outlook for unemployed workers

2.  What will it take for organizations and government can do to improve the prospects for workers, and thereby for society?

Click here to hear our ideas about how organizations and governments can address the workforce impacts of a prolonged recession

What do you think it’s going to take to accelerate job growth?

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  1. ed vitalos #

    I would re-phrase the question to be ” What do you think is the risk that the current prolonged recession will expand the existing class of permanently unemployed or underemployed people created after downsizing and globalization in other sectors in the US economy, e.g. workers who used to e employed in certain sub-segments of manufacturing whose jobs that have already been eliminated and/or off-shored? US job destruction/off-shoring (a.k.a. “globalization”) is now happening in new segments of the economy, e.g. certain kinds of knowledge workers in fields like IT (operations, sales, other), Management consulting and other professional services.

    This goes way beyond the basic premises of free-trade and globalization as (1) off-shoring was supposed to apply primarily to blue collar jobs and (2) be accompanied by a shift of US workers to better, “knowledge-based” jobs. Now the sky is the limit as to what can be off-shored, including those nice “knowledge worker” jobs (.I speak from personal experience!)!!!

    September 13, 2010

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