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  • 5 Ways to Deal with Underemployment

    Many of us are familiar with unemployment, but how many of us understand what it is to be underemployed? When a person is underemployed, he or she is working at a level far below his or her skill set and experience. In today's economy, espcially for Gen Y workers trying to break into a full and competitive job market, underemployment is a valid concern. How can you deal with being underemployed?

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  • Self-Gifting to Give Holiday Sales Figures a Boost

    Retailers are hoping that when you make your list of who's naughty and nice, you put yourself in the "nice" column ... and reward yourself with something from one of the pre-holiday sales.

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  • Sperm Donors and Sugar Daddies: The New College Fund

    When I was in college, it wasn't uncommon to find me looking for clever ways to earn a quick buck. Many of my friends suggested plasma donation, which could have made me up to $200 richer, but I was too prissy for such things. This generation of college students might not be so squeamish. When it comes to paying for college, it could be that today's economy is forcing students and parents to get creative -- and a bit personal. 

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  • Holiday Gift Budgets Reflect Sluggish Economy

    The dishes are clean, the leftovers are long gone, and holiday excitement is in the air. Today is Cyber Monday, the day many websites have their own Black Friday-esque deals and steals. With holiday gift giving on our minds here at the PayScale office, we wondered how budgets have changed since last year. Would our users be spending more on gifts this year?

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  • 100 Best Jobs in America

    What makes a job great? Is it the salary you earn, the sense of meaning you feel from the work you do, or is it something else? PayScale teamed up with CNNMoney to create a list of the 100 best jobs in America. Read on to find out which jobs came out on top and why.

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  • Election Stats: What You Earn vs. How You Vote [infographic]

    How much do Romney and Obama supporters typically earn? PayScale surveyed its users and found there there is a very specific pay range where the two candidates trade the lead: $75,000 - $100,000 per year.

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  • Wages Are Rising: Time for Your Paycheck Checkup

    After quarter-upon-quarter of sad, recession-era wage news, we have something happy to tell you. According to the results of The PayScale Index for Q3 2012, we are two quarters into economy-wide wage increases for the first time since 2007.

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  • Middle Income Workers Feeling the Crunch

    By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com

    It came up in the recent presidential debate several times, with Mitt Romney saying, “Middle-income Americans have seen their income come down by $4,300. This is a tax in and of itself. I'll call it the economy tax. It's been crushing.” Certainly, the Great Recession is to blame for a lot of the recent income decline for middle-class Americans, but a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) suggests that this decline is part of a much larger trend toward increasing income inequality.

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  • Quantitative Easing: What Is It and How Does It Affect You?

    By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com

    Early in September, the Fed announced that they would be pursuing a third round of quantitative easing (QE3). There has been plenty of debate over how well the first two rounds performed and how this round is expected to perform, but I thought I would take the tack of trying to explain what quantitative easing is and how it affects the everyday American citizen.

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  • BLS Report Indicates Spike in Layoffs

    The most recent jobless claims report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals a troubling trend: layoffs are up, and they're growing at rates we haven't seen since 2007.

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  • Is Entrepreneurship the New 'Safe' Career?

    We've all heard the grim statistics about traditional first-year failure rates for small businesses, but in today's column for Inc., Erik Sherman argues that entrepreneurship can actually be more certain than traditionally "safe" jobs.

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  • Threat to Teachers' Job Security Looms Large in Chicago Strike

    By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com

    The Chicago teachers’ strike is continuing to drag on and may spell trouble for the Obama campaign. The Obama connections are numerous—Chicago, unions, Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan, just to name a few. But perhaps the biggest connection between Obama and this strike is what the teachers are fighting hardest—a teacher performance evaluation system based on student performance.

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  • Unemployment Realities: The Discouraged Worker Effect

    By Andy Ewing, PayScale.com

    The U.S. added about 96,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped by two-tenths of a percent in August, so why aren’t we happy? The numbers have been dissected elsewhere, but I wanted to focus on explaining the so-called “discouraged worker effect” and alternative measures of underutilization of labor.

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