Jobs, Data Skills and Labor Day

The Bureau of Labor Statistics middling monthly employment report in advance of the U.S. Labor Day observance again reflects the impact of technology and globalization on the American workforce and the resulting demand dichotomy that places the greatest emphasis on low-paying service jobs at one end of the employment spectrum and relatively high-paying technical jobs like database administrators on the other. The underwhelming job numbers for August released by the Labor Department on Friday (Sept. 2) were propped up by gains in the service sector, where 34,000 jobs were added last month in the sectors the bean counters label “food services and drinking places.” The sector has added 312,000 jobs so far this year, the government said. As the recruitment specialist CareerBuilder.com notes in a Labor Day survey, there are…


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