Economic Impact: Good reasons for retail sales to be strong for this year's holiday shopping season

By the appearance inside many stores at malls and shopping centers, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. This is the time of year that represents about 20 percent of the retail industry's total sales. And based on recent announcements by some national retailers of plans to hire more seasonal workers than last year, it looks like the chains are optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season. And there is good reason for that optimism.

Wanted: Anthropology Majors

Liberal arts degrees often get a bad reputation because the number of job openings requiring the specific curriculum is relatively low. It can be hard to make a connection between some programs like music, art, or anthropology and occupations that are in high demand. Anthropology, in particular, is often high on the lists of worst college majors for a career.

Carve Your Pumpkin With Labor Market Data

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to update our Chernoff jack-o’-lanterns. Chernoff faces are designed to display multiple variables as facial expressions, but we’ve carved ours with labor data from JobsEQ.

Now Hiring: Six Occupations Not Requiring a 4-Year Degree

Pursuit of a 4-year college degree has been the default expectation for many high school graduates for decades. Rather than applying for jobs to enter the workforce, high school seniors seeking a career that could give them a more prosperous future would instead be mailing in college applications. Of course, the push for more students to attend college is not without justification. In general, lifetime earnings tend to increase in conjunction with the level of higher education degree attainment.