If these workers do not return to the labor market, their absence may alter the country’s budget picture. “One of the biggest problems we face with the baby-boomer bulge in retirement is having enough workers behind them to pay their bills,” says Harry Holzer, a professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.
Melissa Block talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at the National Review. They discuss jobs numbers, and Guantanamo.
By 2018, according to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 68 percent of jobs in Massachusetts will require a career certificate or college degree. Currently, only half the Commonwealth’s adults hold an associates degree or higher. When business leaders are unable to fill their job openings with the local workforce, they will look elsewhere to hire and grow their businesses.
A bi-partisan Senate immigration policy plan has won support of many key political leaders. But some within the African-American community say it could hurt low wage black workers. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the issue with Harry Holzer of Georgetown University; and Lesley Jordan, a food industry worker from Los Angeles.
The policy mystery of our time is why politicians in the United States and across much of the democratic world are so obsessed with deficits, when their primary mission ought to be bringing down high and debilitating rates of unemployment.
Audie Cornish talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss Syria, the immigration reform bill and the opening of George W. Bush's Presidential Center.
By 2018, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related occupations are projected by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce to amount to 8.6 million jobs, or 5.3 percent of this nation’s total positions.