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  • Who Are the Shrinking Middle Class?
    The PEW Charitable Trusts defines middle class households as "those making between 67 percent and 200 percent of the state's median income." There is a lot riding on that definition, however. If the state's median income is low and the cost of living is high, many families who fit the definition of "middle class" may not have access to things we often associate with being middle class, including education, owning a home, or even just a savings account. The bad news is that, by various measurements, the middle class in every state is shrinking.
  • 7 Reasons You Must Take a Vacation, Even If You 'Can't'
    Many people find it difficult, if not impossible, to take the vacation time that is coming to them and get away from the office for a while. There are always a million reasons why "taking a vacation is impossible right now." Work is too busy, you have a presentation/meeting/client on the horizon that you can't miss, etc. Some folks even proudly proclaim, "Oh, I never use my vacation time," as if that's a good thing. But, in a lot of ways, it's not. Maybe this list of reasons that you simply must take a vacation, even though you "really can't right now" will help to convince you.
  • How Hollywood's A-List Actresses Fight for Women's Equality
    Who better to bring awareness to a vital cause like women's equality than Hollywood stars? We'll take a look at how some of Hollywood's most revered actresses are speaking out about the inequality women face on- and off-screen, and the role the media plays in perpetuating this unconscious bias.
  • Ask4More: 5 Salary Negotiation Tips for Working Women
    Get your negotiation hats on, ladies, and let's narrow that gender wage gap together. Here are five tips to help you negotiate a fair and equal wage that you definitely deserve … unless, of course, you're satisfied with making roughly 20 percent less than a man for no good reason. Yeah, we didn't think so, either.
  • The 4 Easiest Jobs to Keep
    Unemployment data can be misleading. One figure alone cannot paint an accurate picture of the current job market because so many variables come into play when trying to really understand the issue. Depending on education, professional experience, location, and industry, the employment picture can look very different.
  • The High Cost of College Is Leaving Many Students Out in the Cold
    College should be one of the most memorable times in a person's life, not a time of financial stress, anxiety, and hopelessness. However, with the rising cost of attending college and student loan debt more than quadrupling over the past two decades, obtaining a degree is proving to be a strain, especially for students who are financially burdened. One group of low-income students from Columbia University is using social media to shed light on the dismal realities of being a poor student in one of the most prestigious and expensive Ivy League schools in the nation, with a Facebook page entitled Columbia University Class Confessions.
  • The 4 Hardest Jobs to Keep
    Although the unemployment rate (and maybe the economy in general) is improving, the change has been slow and somewhat inconsistent. The unemployment rate is different depending on the region or city in question, and varies quite dramatically by race, gender, and age, as well.
  • 3 Things Millennials Want, 3 Things They Could Do Without
    Born between 1980 and 2000, Millennials are the largest generation group in US history, comprising roughly 75.3 million of the nation's population and surpassing even the Baby Boomer generation. Needless to say, it's important to understand how this crowd thinks and functions, seeing the tremendous impact they have on the workplace and how it will evolve in the very near future. Here's a list of three things Millennials want in their lives, and three things they could simply do without … for now.
  • Ivar's Restaurants Up Minimum Wage Ahead of Seattle's $15 per Hour Mandate
    Ivar's, a seafood chain based in Seattle, deals a little differently with the usual problems facing restaurants. For example, most companies, faced with the challenge of generating PR, just whip up more creative ads. A few years ago, Ivar's did that ... and then put them at the bottom of the ocean. The organization put out the rumor that their late founder, Ivar Haglund, had placed billboards under Puget Sound. The signs, which were supposedly placed in 1954, bore slogans like: "Ivar's Chowder. Worth surfacing for. 75¢ a cup." Ivar's latest trick is no hoax: while some business owners have protested Seattle's minimum wage hike to $15 an hour minimum wage, the restaurant is rolling out a new, higher wage structure to staff before the phased deadlines.
  • Highest Unemployment Rates by City
    To sum up the current unemployment status with just one number would be unfair. (Although, if we did, it would be 5.5 percent. Things are definitely looking up!) But unemployment data can't be boiled down quite that easily. Unemployment may be the lowest it's been in quite some time, overall, but the rate varies so widely that one number alone can't tell the tale. States and regions experience different economic realities, and the unemployment rate varies greatly by ethnicity as well.
  • Is Your Salary About to Increase?
    If you're looking for some good news about the economy after last Friday's lackluster jobs report, try this on for size: the latest data indicates that more Americans are quitting their jobs, which means two things: 1) an immediate boost in pay for many workers voluntarily hopping from one job to another, and 2) an increased sense of confidence that workers can find a better job somewhere else. All of this could finally translate to an increase in wages, even for employees who stay put.
  • Minority-Serving Community Colleges Receive Less Funding
    Inequality is perpetuated in sneaky, hidden, ways. We've moved past some of the more obvious forms of oppression -- at least, on a good day -- but more subtle practices and policies continue to have a big impact.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 126,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Unchanged at 5.5 Percent
    This morning's report from the Department of Labor was a relatively grim one, reflecting 121,000 fewer jobs added than predicted by economists, and the lowest job creation numbers since December 2013. Employment rose by 126,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 189,000 Jobs in March
    Private companies added 189,000 jobs last month, according to this morning's ADP National Employment Report, fewer than the 225,000 predicted by economists and the lowest gains in over a year.
  • A Shortage of Substitute Teachers Causes Big Problems for Schools
    Sometimes, making progress in one area leads to new problems in another. The improved unemployment rate may be causing some difficult adjustments for schools, for example, as subs move toward full-time employment in greater numbers.
  • Could WeWork Work for You?
    A major shift is happening in the American workforce. The rise of the independent worker is shaking up the way companies and individuals operate. By 2020, freelancers are expected to grow from 7 percent to 16 percent of the workforce. Now, new businesses are cropping up to meet the needs of these workers and help them continue to intentionally blur the lines between work, life, and play.
  • Too Much Work Is Making Us Sick
    A recent report found that increasing workloads for employees puts their health at risk in a variety of ways. While the report examined workers in Germany, the results are relevant to workers in both Europe and North America, because we are seeing the same trends in so many of the world's developed countries. Too much work is making us all sick.
  • Mapping College ROI: Payscale's 2015 College ROI Report by State
    No doubt, there is more to be gained from college than just a good job. People are always giving college students advice about how to maximize this invaluable experience. But, these days, it pays to be practical as well. Soaring student loan debt is crippling graduates, their parents, and the economy. Payscale's College ROI report was created to help students and families factor in ROI data when selecting a college.
  • BLS Jobs Report: 295,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Falls to 5.5 Percent
    Economists predicted gains of 240,000 jobs for February, but this morning's release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics beat expectations with 295,000 jobs added, and an unemployment rate that declined 0.2 points to 5.5 percent -- the lowest in six and a half years.
  • ADP Jobs Report: Private Sector Added 212,000 Jobs in February
    Private payrolls added 212,000 jobs last month, according to this morning's ADP National Employment Report. That's slightly fewer jobs than the 220,000 predicted by economists and the slowest growth in the past six months.