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In the Media

Philadelphians feel squeezed as U.S. economy seems to hum. That's a poverty problem

Philly.com — 07/09/2018

“I’m drowning, and it seems the rest of the economy is doing so well,” says Stephanie Chapman, 29, a divorced mental-health worker and mother of two living in North Philadelphia. She’s in her third year of college and makes $24,000 a year. “The cost of living is crazy.” Read More

Why are fewer teens working nowadays?

WWL.com — 07/06/2018

Tommy Tucker talks to Paul Harrington, Professor of Labor Markets at Drexel University, about why fewer teens are working now compared to 2000. Read More

The Value of a Summer Job

Knowledge @ Wharton High Schoool — 07/05/2018

Economists love labor-force statistics, those numbers that help them determine all kinds of things about the improving or declining health of the economy — unemployment rates, new jobs, emerging job sectors, and so on. It was unsettling this spring when more than one newspaper headline heralded “The Death of the Summer Job.” Read More

Why your pool’s lifeguard is more likely to be a senior citizen

The Washington Post — 07/03/2018

Just after she turned 70, Leslie Botts became a lifeguard. Botts, a longtime swimmer from Austin, was looking for a way to stay active while supplementing her income. After retiring in 2007 from her 30-year career as a special-education teacher, she taught yoga at a Caribbean resort for a year, then worked as a substitute high school teacher, making just over $10 an hour. But she was frustrated by the unpredictable hours and low pay. Read More

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Public Speaking & Presenting

Economic and Labor Market Developments and Outlook

“Innovations in Recruitment and Retention of Home Care Workers”, Commonwealth Corporation, Boston, MA January 26, 2018

Workforce Development

“The Human Capital Deficit of Disconnected Youth in Philadelphia”, Community Empowerment and Opportunity, Philadelphia, PA August 18, 2016

Higher Education

“Education Matters: The Road to College Success for Students from Underserved Communities”, Philadelphia School Partnership, Philadelphia, PA, October 18 2017.

Disability, Higher Education, and the Labor Market

“Understanding Employer Risk in Recruiting, Screening and Hiring,” DisAbility Jobs Summit, Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, October 8, 2013.

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