Questions tagged [employment]

Most governments track how (un)employed their citizens are, and often aim to craft policies to create employment. Use for questions related to subjects like unemployment numbers and general policies aimed at creating or destroying employment.

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Do any US political parties support a reduced-hour work week?

John Maynard Keynes predicted the working hours would be reduced to 15 hours a week in 1930. Are there political parties in the USA that want to reduce the number of hours people work each week by ...
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Why do government employees get pension but not those in private sectors in the US? [closed]

What justifies or is the reasoning behind not providing pension for one group of people as a good thing and the exact opposite for a different group of people all at the same time ?
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How/why was the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation set at a flat $600/week?

A major provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was to give a $600/week payment (known as Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation or FPUC) to anyone ...
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Why doesn't the U.S. government cancel at least some existing work visas to decrease unemployment? [closed]

The U.S. economy is suffering from an unprecedented crisis/pandemic/unemployment. The American people need jobs right now. And still there are like 1 million or so foreign workers, temp workers, H1B, ...
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Is there mass unemployment in the USA or is there not?

When reading statements of Donald Trump, e.g. this Tweet, there is a better employment rate than ever in the USA right now. But many news sources in Europe report, that there is mass unemployment. ...
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Why is the lack of seasonal agricultural workers considered a problem given the high unemployment rate in every Western country?

Currently farmers in Western countries are warning governments that without foreign workers their fields will be impossible to harvest: “We are in need of a lot of foreign workers,” Eystein Ruud, a ...
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What is the current paid leave system in the United States given the COVID-19 outbreak?

The US has enacted law H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act which seems to mainly tackle elementary/secondary students' food availability, but also expanded FMLA among other things. I've ...
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What are the (bidirectional) flows of skilled workers between Australia and the UK, presently?

In relation to an Australian statement that there would be "brain drain" from Australia to the UK should a visa-free worker system be adopted between the two countries... Surely, both Australia and ...
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Is there a more recent estimate on the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia?

According to Wikipedia As of September 2016, the number of Syrians in Saudi Arabia is estimated to be 500,000 and consists mainly of temporary foreign workers. According to the United Nations High ...
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Is intra-EU movement/migration of EU/EUAA citizens a sizeable contributor to illegal work?

French president Macron has recently caused controversy with his contrast of extra-EU legal immigration and intra-EU illegal movements of EU/EUAA people: Last week, the right-wing French magazine ...
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What type of employees are “obliged to join a union as a condition of employment” in New York?

This is an excerpt from an article explaining why Amazon is reconsidering opening its headquarters in New York: New York is a pro-labor city, whereas Virginia is a right-to-work state where ...
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What fiscal backbone is there for employees who are now on “leave without pay” due to government shutdown?

Well considering a shutdown takes quite some time, it means there are lots of people with various skillsets who are literary thumbling thumbs. Just to wait till they can get their job back. Since not ...
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Do non-working, non-essential US Gov't employees get back paid for time not worked?

Essential employees who are working will receive back-pay when the Gov't reopens. What about the non-essential employees who are not working? Will they get back-pay even though they did not work ...
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What leverage do U.S. federal workers' unions have?

Federal workers in the United States are bound by law to not strike, and many union leaders claim their workers "believe in public service" and "they’re not just going to walk away". Given that ...
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Is there a “healthy” value / interval for unemployment rate?

A TV show depicting US politics features a fictitious big political program called AmericaWorks or AmWorks. Its goal is to greatly reduce unemployment (virtually to zero or "Universal Employment"). Of ...
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How many “Blue Cards” have EU countries issued?

The "Blue Card" is EU-level scheme allowing high-skilled non-EU citizens to work and live in any country within the European Union, excluding Denmark, Ireland and the United Kingdom, ...
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Are there EU countries that offer a path to citizenship for non-EU foreign workers?

In the US there exist "dual intent" visas, e.g. H-1B, which while being a temporary work permit, nevertheless can lead to a permanent residence rights ("green card", usually sponsored by the employer ...
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Are there statistics on the origin and length of stay of non-EU foreign workers in the EU?

According to Wikipedia In 2016, around 7.14% (15.885.300 people) of total EU employment were not citizens, 3.61% (8.143.800) were from another EU Member State, 3.53% (7.741.500) were from a non-EU ...
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Why is Hawaii's unemployment rate so low when they have such little economic freedom?

Hawaii's unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation (2.1%). https://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm Yet they are almost last in economic freedom (#48). https://www.freedominthe50states.org/...
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Why does the media workforce lean liberal or democrat

There is some evidence that the mainstream news media workforce leans liberal, or at least towards democratic party candidates. There are many examples. One from the 2008 general election: The ...
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Global policies on hiring ex-convicts

Spawned from this other SE question. In the United States it is challenging for ex-convicts to find gainful employment. A few states have gotten on board the Ban the Box initiative, referring to the ...
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Why is “creating workplaces” such a prominent promise in US politics?

Maybe because Russia had never that big unemployment rate, but if a politician in Russia would promise creating more workplaces, this would not help him a tiny bit. It would not be seen as his good ...
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Are any Presidency and national job number change correlations provably causal?

Aside from wartime, are there any Presidency and national job number change correlations that are widely agreed to be provably causal? Jobs go up, Presidents preen. Jobs go down, Presidents blame ...
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How replaceable are “career” bureaucrats by new administrations?

In the old days, when a new administration came into power, all the cronies of the previous administration would be fired and replaced with officials loyal to the new government. In modern times, this ...
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How many jobs were created during Obama's presidency?

This report on Wikipedia seemed to indicate that about 11 million jobs were created during Obama's term. But there seems to be some controversy in the numbers, like from this source: claiming 14 ...
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Has the way Unemployment is measured changed in the last 8 years?

Unemployment has been around 5%. I have a conservative friend who keeps claiming that this is untrue, and that the current administration is changing how unemployment is surveyed or calculated for ...
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How to explain that in Switzerland places with more work opportunities have higher unemployment quote?

This is really something I do not understand. I could unfortunately not find a picture of unemployment by district, but here is a picture of unemployment by Canton : The places with the most ...
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How can Norway have such a high public employment rate while keeping a low public spending?

Norway has one of the highest public employment rates (as a fraction of the total employment) in the "developed world" (around 30%, the highest in the OECD32 and about twice the average of the OECD32, ...
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Is there any notable political view which effectively deals with technological unemployment?

I thought of the recent and past trends of unemployment and I see a clear sign that the technological unemployment won't be smaller than it is now, it increases with time. Take these facts: ...
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What is an unpoliticized, transparent source (alternative to Gov't stats) for stats like Unemployment and Inflation?

The official government stats for Unemployment carry too much weight (value to the politicians) so there is a huge incentive to fudge them ( election related and just bureaucratic mistake) Is there ...
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Would reducing the maximum working hours also reduce unemployment?

In Brazil, the maximum working hours is 44 hours per week. Would reducing that to 40, 36, etc, reduce unemployment?
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Why is Sweden's employment rate so high?

Employment rates are usually a measure of employed persons divided by the working age population. Employed persons, in some definitions, seems to include disabled persons and others that differ from ...
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How is an employed person defined for OECD countries?

Employment rates are usually a measure of employed persons divided by the working age population. The working age population seems like a simple definition which is hard to misinterpret. However, ...
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How is the employment rate defined for OECD countries?

I have a few question about the employment rate. I'm sure there are different definition but maybe there is a general UN or OECD definition which can be used. I'm interested in precisely how it is ...