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The Most Dangerous Jobs in 2015

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The most dangerous jobs in the U.S. belong to lumber workers, fishers and pilots according to updated data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Interestingly, while refuse collectors have high risk jobs, police are lower on the list and firefighters don't make the top group at all. Maybe it's time to rethink what creates risk and how to protect workers in all professions. 
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Sanders’ fuzzy math on ‘enormous jobs losses’

Sanders’ fuzzy math on ‘enormous jobs losses’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Democratic presidential hopeful earns Four Pinocchios for adding one and one and getting three.
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I like Bernie Sanders, but that doesn't make him immune from criticism. If we don't end sequestration, the actual job loss, which is actually jobs not added, will be more likely around 300, 000. Of course, the lowered incomes of those workers might reflect in additional job loss for others; however, the economy is improving and there may still be good job gains, which would offset that effect. The real issue is whether the jobs lost, those 300, 000 or so, reflect work that needs being done. If we are talking infrastructure repairs and processing VA claims and similar important government services, then the sequester should be lifted. If we are talking the number of salmon counters in Alaska and the number paper pushers in the Department of Education, well maybe cutting back is a good thing. Therein lies the real problem with sequestration: it hits the worthwhile jobs and the waste with equal ferocity. What we really need is government overhaul, and that requires a real, centralized effort based on bipartisan criteria—something our two political parties lack the will to work towards. Meanwhile, shame on Bernie Sanders for resorting to the fuzzy math of politics instead of maintaining his integrity. I hope he'll have a strong conversation with his staff about vetting such numbers.

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5 cautionary signs tucked into April's jobs report

5 cautionary signs tucked into April's jobs report | Upsetment | Scoop.it
At first glance, Friday's U.S. jobs report suggested that the agonizingly slow 5-year-old economic recovery had burst into a full sprint. Yet several cautionary signs emerged from the report, starting with that spectacular plunge in the unemployment rate. The government uses two surveys for the jobs report. The job gain comes from a survey of businesses, the unemployment rate from a survey of households. Yet the household survey, in calculating unemployment, found that 73,000 fewer people had jobs. Why did the unemployment rate sink? Because 806,000 fewer people were in the workforce. The unemployment rate typically drops when fewer people seek work: "When you have a robust economy, you don't get these mixed messages," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former head of the Congressional Budget Office and now president of the conservative American Action Forum. If those 543,000 people combined had all started looking for work in April, the unemployment rate would be 6.6 percent â€" a dip from March's 6.7 percent, rather than the plunge to 6.3 percent. "Firms are hiring again, but we still need wages to rise faster if the economy is to really accelerate," said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economics.
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The economy is not doing better but not as well as it should be. Perhaps all those tax breaks and protections for big business and the wealthy really don't work. Perhaps overspending on defense instead of putting money into education and infrastructure is not the way to economic growth. Just perhaps.

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Snapshot of a broken system: How a profitable company justifies laying off 1,400 people & moved their jobs to Mexico

Snapshot of a broken system: How a profitable company justifies laying off 1,400 people & moved their jobs to Mexico | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When a Carrier air conditioner factory was closed, and its jobs outsourced, it wasn't because of financial hardship VIDEO
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Marx had it wrong. It isn't that workers have become alienated from their jobs but that management and ownership have become alienated from their companies. Once the goal of corporations was to allow shared risk and shared investment towards the making of products that in turn would sell at a profit; but the current goal of capital is more capital through the Ponzi scheme that is the stock market. The actual product no longer matters, and that is the best argument for Democratic Socialism. 
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These Are the 10 Happiest Jobs in America

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Jobs site CareerBliss has released a list of what it claims are the 10 happiest careers in the U.S., based on data from over 25,000 reviews submitted by its users.

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What about authors? I mean just think how much fun we have waiting for our next rejection slip, wondering if we can afford hotdogs or hamburgers with our next royalty check.

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