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The Way We Work Now

On this Labor Day, Robert Siegel talks to Tony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, about how Americans actually labor at work. Carnevale says that though standing, lifting and carrying are required less at our jobs, one physical skill that's gone up is near vision.
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For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity

Unlike most other industries, the tech sector is experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. Growing demand for software is fueling a bidding war for developers and programmers, in particular, which means high salaries and other perks.
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Bumps On The Road Back To Work

Like some 14 million Americans, the people in our series The Road Back to Work started the year unemployed and searching for a job. Nine months later, all six of the St. Louis residents are working, but their struggles continue.
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Lack Of Transparency On Overseas Jobs Data

Major U.S. companies are asking for tax breaks in order, they say, to create more jobs. But the question remains whether they will create American jobs or move their money overseas. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post reporter Jialynn Yang about her recent article on the subject, and how difficult it is to find data on overseas vs. domestic hiring.
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In Labor Movement, A Rising Female Leader

On this Labor Day, roughly 12 percent of Americans are labor union members, as compared to 20 percent in the early 1980s. Amid economic uncertainty, unions strive to keep those they represent employed — all by agreeing to contracts loaded with concessions. This is a criticism lobbed at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Sandy Pope is the first woman to run for president of the Teamsters Union. She speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden about her work toward empowering labor unions.
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Avoiding Last Place: Some Things We Don't Outgrow

A recent paper finds that people near the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder often oppose policies that benefit those below them. The phenomenon, called "last-place aversion," makes sure there's always someone worse off than you.
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Youth Joblessness Creates Ripple Effect

While the overall unemployment rate is stuck at 9.1 percent, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds has been going up since February. Not having a summer or after-school job affects more than just a kid's wallet. It also has real consequences for his or her personal and economic development.
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Youth Joblessness Creates Ripple Effect

While the overall unemployment rate is stuck at 9.1 percent, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds has been going up since February. Not having a summer or after-school job affects more than just a kid's wallet. It also has real consequences for his or her personal and economic development.

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