How Long Can This California Employment Expansion Last?

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

Since February 2010, California has been experiencing near-steady monthly job growth, with a net gain of over 2.3 million payroll jobs from early 2010 through October 2016. How does this lengthy job expansion compare to previous expansions in California? How long can it continue?

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President-Elect Trump and California Employment

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

What will Donald Trump’s election mean for California employment? Let’s start with a caveat: it is too early to tell in any detail. Trump has never held office, and we don’t yet know how his employment policies will play out. Certainly, the dire warnings in the past two weeks by the CNN and MSNBC commentators […]

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Career Technical Education: What It Can and Cannot Do in Building a Next Middle Class in California

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

At community colleges throughout California, Career Technical Education (CTE) is attracting sharply increased funding and growth. Focused on training for the “new technician” jobs, CTE offers promise of building a new middle class. Is this so? How widespread an impact can CTE have? What are these “new technician” jobs? How many “new technician” jobs really […]

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The Jobs Perplex: California, Labor Day 2016

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

As we come to Labor Day 2016, we find ourselves with the following Jobs Perplex: With the main employment numbers being so positive nationwide—the unemployment rate low and payroll job growth high–why is dissatisfaction and anxiety about employment so widespread? Here in California, the most recent state unemployment rate for July 2016 is 5.5%, among […]

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Why California Needs to Reconsider Our Own Paths of Globalization

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

Though it has been little more than a month since its passage on June 23, Brexit already is fading in the rear mirror in American policy discussions. We should not let it disappear so easily, for it has lessons for the United States and for us in California . Brexit not only laid bare the […]

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“Grace and Frankie” and Growing Old in California’s Job Market

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

As we note from time to time on Fox & Hounds, popular culture often can help us think about employment issues, shedding light on emerging job market dynamics and spurring discussion. Grace and Frankie is the Netflix comedy-drama series, launched in May 2015, that released its second season of 13 episodes last month. Lily Tomlin […]

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The Neurodiversity Movement Finds a Friend in Microsoft, But Tough Questions About Employment Lie Ahead

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

The neurodiversity in employment movement came to our state last week. On the morning of June 6, over 200 neurodiversity advocates from around the country gathered at the Microsoft campus in Mountain View, for the “Neurodiversity in the High Tech Workforce” conference. The event demonstrated the growing heft of the movement, while also indicating some […]

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Bernie Sanders’ Attacks On The 1% Raise Important Question: Who Does Productive Work Today?

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

(This posting is an edited version of a posting that appeared yesterday in Forbes, on a central employment issue raised by Bernie Sanders’ current campaigning in California). Over the past week of campaigning in California, Sen. Bernie Sanders has continued to denounce the power of the wealthy to influence American government, declaring in Long Beach […]

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Workpop and the Internet Job Placement Competition of 2016

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

Faster, faster; smarter, smarter, smarter, the competition among internet job placement companies intensifies in 2016. Hundreds of companies will be entering and exiting the field this year, as they compete promising greater success for job seekers, and/or a better hiring process for employers. Workpop (www.workpop.com), based in Santa Monica, is one of the fastest growing […]

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Gee, Officer Krupke

Michael Bernick
Former California Employment Development Department Director, whose newest book is The Autism Job Club (with R. Holden).

It is valuable from time to time to be reminded of how our public workforce system in California and nationwide—the system of job training/counseling/placement—has improved over the past few decades. This past week, while in New York, I was reminded of two failed workforce policies that held sway in 1960s and 1970s, and how they […]

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