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One man’s retirement crusade to help Detroit and baby boomers

November 3, 2011

Randal Charlton (REUTERS/handout)Randal Charlton has had a long, colorful career with plenty of ups and downs. In his 71 years, he’s done everything from tending dairy cows for a Saudi sheik to starting a jazz club in Florida. And as a lifelong entrepreneur, he has bought and sold 14 different companies.

Gen Y out of work: What is corporate America doing about it?

September 30, 2011

Highly educated, sometimes entitled and incredibly humbled by the current labor market, Generation Y is hungry for work. But do employers understand this enormous and grossly underemployed demographic?

Eight ways older workers can enhance job security

September 8, 2011

Last week’s dismal unemployment report contained what looks like a glimmer of hope for older workers. The August jobless rate for workers over 55 was 6.6 percent – far below the 9.1 percent national average. The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate for older workers was down from 7 percent as recently as June, and it stands considerably below the 7.3 percent rate in August 2010.

Job creation: Fixing America with an infrastructure bank

August 5, 2011

We have iPhones, iPods and iPads. Why not an “iBank?”

This wouldn’t be an electronic gizmo that’s obsolete in a year, though. It would be a public-private partnership to bolster America’s infrastructure. It will create jobs, cut the deficit and repair what needs to be fixed all over the country.

Is the American Dream dead?

June 23, 2011

The American Dream lures people from all over the world, and it’s because of this possibility: If you come here and work hard, your kids will have a better life than you.

Is the man-cession finally over?

June 16, 2011

Good news, lads: things are finally looking up on the job front.

After taking a beating in the labor market during the financial crisis  — 5.2 million men saw their jobs evaporate between November 2007 and December 2009, compared to only 1.9 million for women — the tide is finally turning.

Is college worth the investment?

June 6, 2011

Is a college education worth it?  In the free market of ideas, maybe. In a labor market that can’t be sustained by wage growth or job creation, probably not. Another bubble may be bursting.

Why older workers are creating their own jobs

May 12, 2011

Deborah Ramsey went to work straight out of high school in the 1970s, working her way through the now-familiar rounds of layoffs, promotions and job changes at a series of banking, insurance and consulting companies in Philadelphia, her hometown. “I did my bit,” she recalls.

Entry-level job market best in 3 years

April 26, 2011

A job seeker walks the floor at a large career fair at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike SegarGood news, college grads: the entry-level job market is the best it has been in three years — but you may have to settle for less money and a position outside your preferred career path, a new report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows.

Dream jobs for the 20-something set

April 5, 2011

Laura Dodd REUTERS/Handout

How does someone go from having an interest in criminal law to penning a book about finding your dream job?