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The Future of American Jobs Is Taking Care of the Elderly

November 5, 2017 The future of work in the U.S. is uncertain. Artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and the move away from full-time employment are all factors that make it increasingly unpredictable. Yet there is one thing we do know. The U.S. population is getting a lot older, and that means more jobs caring...

For a Long, Successful Career, LinkedIn Says Nothing Beats a Liberal Arts Major

October 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Did you major in underwater basket weaving? That old joke about some college majors being far too niche to ever prove useful is not quite as ridiculous as it once seemed. As jobs in the world’s workforce become increasingly specialized, higher education—which, from the start, has always reflected of the...

This Is Now the Nation's Richest Urban Area

September 14, 2017 The thriving, technology-driven wealth of the Bay Area is the envy of the rest of America, with good reason. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, San Francisco tops the list of the 25 largest metropolitan areas by household income. The median household in the San Francisco...

Finding the Right City for Amazon's HQ2

September 12, 2017 Amazon has announced that it’s juggling a bunch of criteria in assessing the best location for a second headquarters after Seattle. But when you start crunching the numbers on its criteria for HQ2, it quickly becomes clear that two of the hardest of Amazon’s requirements to reconcile are low cost...

Legal Marijuana Is Not Staying Where It’s Supposed to in the U.S.

September 7, 2017 In 2012, voters in the US states of Colorado and Washington approved ballot measures that legalized the recreational sale of marijuana. The US federal government responded to this legalization in 2013 through the “Cole Memo” (pdf). The memo, written by then deputy attorney General James Cole explained that though marijuana...

Driverless Cars Will Make A Lot of Jobs Better, Not Destroy Them

August 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The rise of autonomous vehicles will almost certainly mean lost jobs for a large portion of the nearly 4 million people in the US for whom driving is the main part of their work. These truck drivers, taxi and Uber drivers, and bus drivers (broadly referred to as motor vehicle...

Economists Still Can't Decide Whether the Minimum Wage Is a Good Thing

August 22, 2017 Economics suggests the minimum wage is a bad idea. The job market, according to elementary economics, is like any other market. It works best if wages are set by supply and demand, not by any other factor, like government rules. Just as the government doesn’t set a minimum price for...

Manufacturing Won’t Bring Workers to the Midwest

August 17, 2017 When Foxconn announced last month that it would build a factory in Wisconsin, the state’s governor hopefully renamed the county where it would be located—Paul Ryan’s district—“Wisconn Valley.” “We believe this will have a transformational effect on Wisconsin just as Silicon Valley transformed the San Francisco Bay area,” he told...

'Ban the Box' Laws Are Hurting Black Applicants

July 24, 2017 Over the past decade, laws that limit the ability of employers to ask about a job applicant’s criminal record have become popular across the United States. More than half of US states have now implemented some form of this rule. These “ban the box” policies, named after the tick-box on...

It Pays to Keep Your Online Presence Thoroughly Up to Date

July 7, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The quality of your online presence has real-world consequences. That’s the lesson from new research about Spain, tourism, and Wikipedia. In order to understand the offline influence of online information, economists used city-level Spanish tourism data and Wikipedia’s various language editions in a clever experiment. They found that adding a...