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Friday, October 28, 2011

Must-Read Findings You May Have Missed

We're edging toward more than 2 million unique visitors for the month of October, making it our second-best month of the year after August.

While we know many of our visitors are tracking the GOP presidential nomination race and President Obama's approval rating, here are 10 must-read stories from October you might have missed:

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Under-Reported Underemployment Findings

With so much editorial space devoted to the topic of unemployment in the U.S., I'm surprised that few have reported on the findings below.

In our story last week, our Jenny Marlar -- one of the brilliant minds behind Gallup's daily measure of unemployment and underemployment -- revealed the different realities faced by different groups.

Gallup estimates that 30% of 18- to 29-year-olds in the workforce are underemployed.  They are joined by 27% of blacks, 26% of Hispanics, and 25% with a high school education or less.  College graduates and postgraduates fare much better, but at 12% and 9%, respectively, want more work than they have.

As a reminder, Gallup defines these categories as follows:
  • A respondent is unemployed if he/she reports not being employed in the last seven days, while actively looking for a job in the last four weeks and being able to begin work.
  • A respondent is underemployed if he/she is unemployed or works less than 30 hours per week while wanting to work more than 30 hours per week.
For every group, the percentage underemployed is about double the percentage unemployed.  That means for every person who is not employed and looking for work, there is another person like him or her who is working some but less than they would like.  Any assessment of the U.S. employment situation is incomplete without taking this other type of job seeker into account.

At the national level, things are looking somewhat better recently, with unemployment and underemployment down sharply in early October.  Still, it will take sustained improvement across all groups and levels of underemployment to keep this trend going.

If you prefer to look at the silver lining, here's a look at who is employed to their desired capacity:

Gallup tracks underemployment and unemployment worldwide.  Check out our global data in our Global Employment interactive and learn other under-reported realities about the global war for good jobs in our CEO's new book, "The Coming Jobs War."

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Monday, October 3, 2011

"States of Mind" and Job Creation

The world needs 1.8 billion new, formal "good jobs."

That finding -- and new ways to think about creating those jobs -- are revealed in "The Coming Jobs War," a new book by Gallup CEO Jim Clifton.

The book is based on the same research you're used to reading about daily on Gallup.Com. And if you're still wondering if there's a master plan to all of the great data we collect worldwide, here's a great quote from the book that sums it up:

"Classical economics can't analyze your state of mind well because it records after-the-fact transactions and outcomes. But leaders need to know those states of mind because what creates behavior is decision, and what creates decision is a state of mind or intent. And intent decides the fate of the world."

We are systematically measuring "states of mind" everywhere on everything that ultimately leads to behavior that creates -- or destroys -- jobs and GDP.

Here are some key findings we've reported on that relate to the big ideas in the book:
The International Labour Organisation agrees with Gallup and Jim Clifton that the global economy is facing a major jobs shortfall. The simple truth is that jobs are created by people. That's why Gallup measures and reports on all of the states of mind that foster -- and impede -- sustainable job creation.

To stay on top of it, be sure to pick up "The Coming Jobs War" and to sign up for Gallup news alerts.

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