|By Chris Tomlinson, Houston Chronicle|
Unemployment, under-employment and low-quality jobs continue to hamper the U.S. recovery from the Great Recession, and many economists wonder if there has been a fundamental shift in how the labor market behaves. Employers nationwide complain about not having enough qualified workers, even though the unemployment rate remains high.
One reason for the shortage of workers nationally, the
Another problem could be what employers consider to be qualified.
There is also the question of what qualifications the employer is demanding and the barriers to employment many low-income people face. Perhaps employers take responsibility for training workers, or making sure they are paid well enough to pay for childcare and health insurance.
The findings presented at the conference over the next three days could answer a lot of questions about what it takes to make sure every American benefits from the nation's recovery.
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