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Are Aging Americans Too Old to Work?
Each workday, Marty Harwell, 66, sets the alarm for 5:15 p.m., giving himself enough time to grab a shower and something to eat before clocking in for his 7 p.m. night shift as a pediatric nurse working in home health care. The California man, who worked in the music industry for most of his adult […]
Why Americans Work More Than Their Foreign Peers
Americans work a lot. Nowhere near as hard or long as perhaps people in poor and developing countries, but more than workers in the world’s 30 wealthiest countries. In France or Denmark, employees with at least 10 years on the job can look forward to 25 days of vacation each year, while German employers are […]
Americans See Automation in Negative Light
Americans are increasingly leery about how certain technologies will affect their lives, according to a new report. The Pew Research Center surveyed Americans about their attitudes toward four areas of technology: workplace automation, driverless cars, robot caregivers, and computer algorithms that evaluate and hire job applicants. The study found that nearly three out of four […]
When Can Older Americans Expect to Retire? Maybe Never
Both of the leading presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton, 68, and Donald Trump, 69, are pushing 70, an age when most Americans traditionally contemplate retirement, rather than seek one of the world’s most stressful and demanding jobs. But Clinton and Trump could be on to something. More than half of older Americans are expected to keep […]
Trump Says American Dream Is Dead, Is He Right?
Donald Trump has famously declared that the American Dream is dead, but the majority of middle class Americans seem to disagree with the Republican presidential frontrunner. Sixty-three percent of people surveyed earlier this year believe they are living the American Dream. That finding suggests American optimism hasn’t been a casualty of the recession, despite a report that […]
Why US Isn’t Losing As Many Jobs to China
Sending American jobs overseas is a hot topic this presidential election year, with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton promising to get tough on companies that offshore U.S. jobs and Republican lead candidate Donald Trump vowing to boycott Oreos after the cookie’s manufacturer moved some of its production to Mexico. The truth is, however, for the second […]
America’s Fastest-Shrinking Cities Have This in Common
America’s population is growing, no more so than in the big metropolitan regions, which added 2.5 million people in 2015 alone, according to the US Census Bureau. Some cities are shrinking at a fast rate, however, with more residents moving away than are arriving. Most of these affected areas have low incomes, high crime, and […]
Are Kids Really to Blame for Women Earning Less?
A woman who works full-time earns almost $11,000 less each year than her male counterparts, a difference that adds up to nearly a half-million dollars over the course of a career, and nowhere is the gender gap more apparent than in rural areas of the United States, according to a Congressional report released this month. […]
What Most Prestigious US Jobs Have in Common…and It’s Not Money
The vast majority of American parents — 9-in-10 — would happily encourage their children to become a doctor, an occupation 90 percent of Americans see as prestigious. A new survey finds that doctors top the list of Most Prestigious occupations. Other professions that are held in high esteem include scientists, firefighters and military officers. The types of […]