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Monday May 8, 2017
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Much ink has been spilled describing the rapid pace of change in the U.S. labor market and the resulting disaffection and frustration it has caused low-income and working-class populations across the country. Already, because of automation, the U.S. manufacturing sector now makes 85 percent more goods than it did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers. This is just the tip of the iceberg: according to Oxford University, 47 percent of workers in America “are likely to be substituted by computer capital” in the years ahead. To keep U.S. manufacturing—and other key sectors of...
Tags: Future of Work, Student-Centered Learning, Federal Workforce Policy
Monday April 24, 2017
One trend to watch closely as we explore the future of work is the changing nature of the employer/employee relationship—particularly the fact that, legally, fewer people in the workforce can even be called “employees.” Independent contractors—or “1099” workers, named by the IRS form they file to report their income—make up a growing proportion of workers compared to prior years, with freelance accounting for nearly a third of all jobs added from 2010 to 2014. Hiring contract workers instead of employees has obvious benefits for businesses but also has drawbacks, which may disproportionately...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs
Thursday April 6, 2017
This is the second post of the Future of Work blog series.  Automation—the replacement of human labor with robotics or artificial intelligence—is poised to radically reshape our economy. This process is highly disruptive. Many jobs, even whole industries, may look completely different in the near future. For workers with the resources and information needed to keep up, automation can open up new jobs and increased economic opportunities. But for low-income workers, weathering the storm is going to be much harder. This is in no small part because the systems they rely on for retraining in the...
Tags: Economic Mobility, Employer Engagement, Equity, Future of Work, Labor Market Information
Monday March 6, 2017
As I enter my third month as JFF’s President and CEO, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that in order to advance JFF’s mission of helping all young people and adults attain quality credentials and employment, we must think about our strategies and solutions within the context that the rapid changes and economic trends—such as the growth in automation technologies and contract-based work arrangements—are bringing to the workplace and to the very future of work in our society. Almost 35 years ago, Hilary Pennington and Arthur White founded JFF to help: states bridge their workforce skill...
Tags: Future of Work, Addressing Employer Needs