Working in the 21st Century is a portrait of the U.S. workforce at the beginning of the New Millennium: a set of charts and related information about subjects ranging from education levels to retirement plans. Valuable information payed for by you, the taxpayer. So you might as well avail yourself of it.
-The labor force is growing more slowly.
-The labor force is getting older.
-More women are working today than in the past.
-Minorities are the fastest growing part of the labor force.
-Immigrants are found at the high and low ends of the education scale.
-Some jobs with above-average earnings do not require a bachelor's degree, but most require substantial training.
-Workers with computer skills are in demand.
-The ten occupations that will generate the most jobs range widely in their skill requirements.
-Benefits account for more than one-quarter of total compensation:
-Retirement plans are changing.
-Workers will be supporting more Social Security recipients.
-The trend in years spent with an employer is down for men and up for women.
-The temporary help industry has grown rapidly.
-The most common alternative employment arrangement is independent contractor.
-Most mothers work.
-Married couples are working longer.
-The workplace is becoming safer.
Info courtesy U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics