Minimum wage changes things

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We must be aware of what is becoming a nationwide change to demand that only people who have enough marketable job skills to qualify for a wage of $15 per hour be permitted to work.

This short Forbes article is by  an experienced executive level decision maker, and should be read by all. -jdn-

As minimum wage levels approach or surpass $15 nationwide, restaurant customers expecting to be greeted by a smiling face will instead be welcomed by a glowing LED screen.

As of 2020, self-service ordering kiosks will be implemented at all U.S. McDonald’s locations. … While some consumers may appreciate the novelty or added convenience, the conveniences come at the cost of entry-level jobs.

My concern about this is personal. Without my opportunity to start as a grill man, I would have never ended up running one of largest fast food chains in the world. I started working at McDonald’s making the minimum wage of 85 cents an hour. I worked hard and earned a promotion to restaurant manager within just one year, then went on to hold almost every position available throughout the company, eventually rising to CEO of McDonalds USA.

Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

Ticket to Work and Reasonable Accommodations

Webinar July 25

Some people with disabilities may be able to work and continue receiving disability benefits. On July 25, tune in to a free webinar from the Social Security Administration to learn about the Social Security administration’s Ticket to Work program and support services for people who are ready to work. This month’s webinar will also include information about reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.

Ticket to Work for Young Adults

Webinar July 25

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ET
For questions or more information, email or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

Information courtesy of the Disability Visibility Project

Disability Visibility Project and STEM

The Disability Visibility Project produces a podcast of conversations and interviews with people with disabilities. The most recent episode, Episode 28, is all about people with disabilities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Panelists discuss how they got into tech, their STEM educational experiences, and their recommendations on how the tech community can improve the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities. Podcasts are prerecorded, so listen whenever is convenient for you!

Disability Visibility Project Podcast

Episode 28: People with Disabilities in STEM

Project page & podcast here:
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May Indiana County, City & MSA Employment Report

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INDIANAPOLIS (June 18, 2018) – Links to May 2018 employment data for Indiana counties, cities and MSA’s are listed below:

Employment Report (LAUS)
Labor Force Estimates for U.S., Indiana, MSAs, Counties, Cities

Ranking of Indiana Counties by Unemployment Rate
Indiana County Map with Unemployment Rates

Jobs Report (CES)
Seasonally-Adjusted Employment Table for Indiana
Non-Seasonally-Adjusted Employment Table for Indiana

Detailed Employment Listing – Statewide & MSAs

EDITOR’S NOTE: Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), sub-state level data are not seasonally adjusted due to sample size. For example, over the course of a year, the size of the labor force, employment and unemployment levels, and other measures of labor market undergo fluctuations due to seasonal events including changes in weather, harvests, major holidays, and school schedules. Therefore, for more accurate comparisons, data should be compared to the same month from prior years, not the previous month, as to better account for non-economic factors.

The June 2018 Indiana Employment Report will be released on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) and the June 2018 Indiana County, City and MSA Employment Report will be released on Monday, July 23, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT).