Professor Andrew Sum

Professor Andrew Sum, Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, discusses the Great Dislocation, its impact on all workers, especially older workers,  free trade, the relationship between productivity and wages, increasing financial inequality, and his recommendations for job creation.


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This is a topic which is near to my heart... Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?

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Howie Appel said:

I'm well over 50, in fact I'm 64 and living in Orlando, Florida. I'm a veteran as well. I am a former Corporate Recruiter and have been out of work since Feb 09. As a method of paying forward I review resumes for people and run ProNet Career Resources. Now I am seeking a way to survive. Not sure what to do.

Sue said:

Laura, please take a look at the site, where you will be able to find alternate unemployment charts at The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent for September 2011 (U3). The BLS reported an unemployment + underemployment rate of 16.5 percent for September 2011 (U6). Neither of these figures includes the 1,037,00 discouraged jobseekers.

Joan Freeman said:

Of the 11% do u know exactly how many workers age 45 & older are unemployeed. Many are no longer counted on the unemployment & virtually invisible!!

Joan Freeman said:

OPEN LETTER : To those who are being paid to protect us. EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Representatives Congress and the Supreme Court OLDER WORKERS NEED YOUR HELP IN LIFTING THE BURDEN a 2009 Supreme Court Ruling in the case of (Robert Gross Vs FBL, Farm Bureau Life) the 83rd Largest Company in the world has inflicted on older workers. Its PUBLIC RECORD that Clarence Thomas wrote a new law that nullified and ended the age discrimination portion of the 1967 EEO Act that protected women, ethnicity age discrimination, religion, disabilities. THIS RULING HAS INFLICTED inhumane hardships on older workers and clearly violated their civil and human rights. It allows biases in want ads that disqualify the unemployed, in the screening and interview process; and perpetuates long term unemployment. Age discrimination creates jobs lose, depletes life savings, college, and retirement funds. Predictably blue and white collar workers are pushed into poverty with no healthcare, eventually homelessness, causing premature death with no end of life dignity. FIX AGE DISCRIMINATION or RISK LOSING IT ALL AFTER 40! Support these petitions that will protect workers 40 and older from age discrimination in the work place provide a fairer playing field and the opportunity to go back to work. The “2011 Fair Playing Field Act to protect American Workers against Age Discrimination” for the Petition  Reinstate the 1967 EEOC Act protecting workers against age discrimination and written in civil rights law  Provide tax incentives for all companies who hire workers 45 & older that have been unemployed 6 months or more  Extends unemployment benefits for older workers  Companies with 40 or more employees will adhere to numerical standards and reports. One in five employees on the pay roll (full time or temporary ) will be 40 and older Gray Matters Coalition, sign up here and volunteer to work toward ending age discrimination in the work place. www.graymatterscoalition

sam said:

Great video - extremely thoughtful analysis. Thanks for posting this! -Sam

Susan Sipprelle: Citizens First, Consumers Second said:

[...] Clearly, the Great Recession, declared at its end in June 2009, is ongoing in its impact and aftershocks. At least 15 million Americans remain unemployed, and approximately three million of the jobless are 50-plus. Since early 2010, filmmaker Sam Newman and I have used video to chronicle the stories of 100 unemployed older Americans in a multimedia documentary project, Over 50 and Out of Work. This data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Status of the civilian non-institutional population by age, sex and race and from our interview with Professor Andrew Sum. [...]

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