unemployment

11:08am

Tue June 18, 2013
City Visions: June 24, 2013

Bridging the Opportunity Divide in the Bay Area

What happens to young people in the Bay Area with no college degree? How can they navigate a labor market that demands high tech skills without adequate education or training? Producer and guest host Victoria Thorp and guests explore new strategies for addressing the opportunity divide in the Bay Area.

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5:42pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Shrinking the skills gap for unemployed young adults

Year Up alumnus Breyana Scales at colorful entrance to offices of video game giant Zynga.
Sayre Quevedo, Youth Radio

Even with almost 13 million Americans out of work, companies still complain that they have open positions that go unfilled because they can’t find the right talent. One organization thinks it’s found a solution to the skills gap problem. It’s helping young people who have a high school diploma or GED find jobs in growing sectors of the economy like technology and high finance.

Two years ago Breyana Scales says she was stuck between a dead end job painting kids’ faces at a theme park while trying to get through college.

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4:40pm

Thu July 19, 2012
Cops & Courts

Looking for work with a criminal record

With a Presidential election looming, the issue of the day is still the economy. California has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation, and that just counts people who are actively looking for work. It doesn’t include those who’ve been looking longer than four weeks, or the folks who are so discouraged that they’ve given up altogether.

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1:30pm

Mon June 18, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Independent workers seek communal workspaces

Participants focus during a PHP basics workshop at Tech Liminal in Oakland.
Irene Florez

Instead of working alone, independent workers—freelancers, contractors, independent consultants and temps—are increasingly joining co-working spaces. These are collaborative work environments where independents can rent desk and meeting space down to the hour. Roughly like a gym membership, at co-working spaces, you pack your laptop instead of your sweats.

In Oakland, 2012 is the boom year for formally expanding the prevailing cubicle-centered notions of work and worker archetypes. By the end of the year, Oakland will have at least four formal co-working spaces. 

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2:00pm

Wed June 6, 2012
TURNSTYLE NEWS

The Not-Quite-Secret Weapon For Fighting Unemployment

Photo by Chaz Hubbard

When Shannon Mills left her job as the director of a nonprofit in Berkeley, California about five months ago, she didn’t know what her next job would be. After freelancing for awhile, she decided to hunt for something more permanent.

“I started putting in applications and you know how the job market is …it was just crickets on the other end. People weren’t even telling me thank you for applying,” she said. That routine can become demoralizing. Mills switched up her strategy, migrating her search for work to TaskRabbit.com.

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