U.S. Solar Industry now employs 100,000 people, grew 6.8% since August 2010

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That’s a net gain 6,700 jobs in one year!

Don’t let the Solyndra talk fool you: The clean energy sector is still booming. And even booming industries — maybe especially booming industries — see a fair share of once-promising companies go belly up. It’s unfortunate that the Obama administration once touted Solyndra as an example of the fast-growing renewable power sector, but its bankruptcy is a poor reflection of the industry’s health as a whole. In fact, renewable energy remains one of the few sectors to see consistent growth over the last couple years.

A new report highlights that health, revealing that the solar industry employs over 100,000 people, and added over 6,700 jobs in the last 12 months alone…

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Dead-end Job is Worse for Your Health Than Being Unemployed

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Having a dead-end job is bad for your health.

There are some who don’t need an excuse to skip a day’s work – but this could be a good reason to quit your job altogether.  A badly-paid or temporary job can be as bad for a person’s mental health as none at all, researchers claim.

 

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Unemployment Rates Decline While Underemployment is on the Rise in the U.S.

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Study finds no one is immune to the possibility of experiencing underemployment.

While unemployment has been a frequent topic of discussion during the recession, underemployment and its effects have not, even though the number of underemployed workers has also increased. A study published online last week in the Journal of Management, “‘I Have a Job, But…’ A Review of Underemployment,” by University of Nevada, Reno Assistant Professor Frances M. McKee-Ryan and University of Alabama Assistant Professor Jaron Harvey brings attention to the topic and its potentially detrimental effects to individuals, organizations and society.

 

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Man Spends Year of Unemployment Giving Away $10 a Day to Strangers

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“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them.  So, spread your love everywhere you go. ” –Mother Teresa

When Reed Sandridge, 36, was first laid off from his job at a D.C. nonprofit in Sept. 2009, he spent about a month sleeping in and doing all the things he didn’t have time to do when he was working full time. It wasn’t until his second month of unemployment rolled around that the stark reality of joblessness began to sink in.

 

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Top 50 Science Blogs That Can Help You Find a Career in Science

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Impact Lab is listed as #45 for being a great look at research, and information and resources for scientists.

Any science student knows how exciting a career in one of the sciences can be. Indeed, there are always interesting discoveries being made and technological advances moving forward. Breakthroughs occur regularly, making for an interesting job — if you can find one.

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Many Baby Boomers will be Forced to Work Long Into Their Retirement

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In the past 5 years, boomers ages 46 to 54 have
seen their average net worth drop 45%

The recession is reshuffling retirement plans for baby boomers — a demographic tsunami, accustomed to setting the agenda, that finds itself scrambling as the oldest boomers turn 64. Only 53 percent of workers 55 and older have even tried to calculate how much they need for retirement, according to a 2010 survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, and 29 percent report less than $10,000 in savings and investments. It’s little wonder that just 13 percent said they were confident they had enough to live comfortably in retirement.

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The Future of Work

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We will miss the workplace when it’s gone

By the end of the month, a company called txteagle will be the largest employer in Kenya. The firm, started in its original form in 2008 by a young computer engineer named Nathan Eagle and, as of this coming June, based in Boston, will have 10,000 people working for it in Kenya. Txteagle does not rent office space for these workers, nor do the company’s officers interview them, or ever talk to most of them.

 

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Samasource: How African Refugees Are Scoring Silicon Valley Internet Jobs

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On a scorching hot June day in northeastern Kenya, an hour west of the Kenyan-Somali border, Leila Chirayath Janah arrived at the Dabaab refugee settlement in an armed convoy. She was there on a mission: to connect jobless, displaced refugees to the rest of the world through legitimate Internet-based jobs.

Leila, 27, is the founder of Samasource, a non-profit organization reminiscent of a tech startup that outsources web-based jobs to women, youth, and refugees living in poverty in third world countries. I met her last month in the tiny office space she rents out in downtown San Francisco. She is tall and well-dressed, and has credentials that include Harvard, Stanford, and a fellowship with TED India. Her obsession with Africa started in her teens — when she was a senior in high school, she left LA to teach English to a class of 60 blind people in rural Ghana; a few years later she created an African Development Studies at Harvard, and a few years after that, she started working on Samasource.

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A Graphical View of 150 Years of American Occupations

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Job Voyager is a set of interactive charts showing changing occupations reported to the US Census Bureau from 1850-2000. It was made by Jeffrey Heer of the University of California at Berkeley from data collected by the University of Minnesota’s Population Center using the visualization software Flare. You can use the feature to examine the rise and fall of different occupations and gender roles in American history.

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