Mon., Dec. 5
Is a Good Job Hard to Find?
Last Friday the U.S. Department of Labor announced that unemployment dropped to 8.6 percent, and job growth over the last three months has averaged 143,000 a month. But, what kinds of jobs are being created?
Today, four million Americans are working at minimum wage or lower. Many think these jobs can be a stepping stone to something better. Not so says economist Paul Osterman. In his new book, Good Jobs America, he argues that most workers get trapped in these low paying jobs. It doesn’t have to be this way- if employers adopt the right policies they can turn these low-wage jobs into good ones, he says. Today we examine what it means to have a good job and what needs to be done to create more of them.
- Paul Osterman: professor of human resources and management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Co-author of Good Jobs America: Making Work Better for Everyone
- Russ Davis: executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
- Steve Poftak: director of research and director of the Shamie Center for Better Government at The Pioneer Institute