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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: A man works inside of a fast food restaurant on August 23, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The fast food industry has been roiled by a growing movement to unionize workers and a call for a living wage of $15 an hour. Labor organizers are calling for fast-food workers across the country to stage a day of strikes on August 29 in what is expected to be the largest event in the ongoing campaign. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Jody Brannon
Oct. 18, 2013, 2 a.m.

Next Amer­ica provides a reg­u­lar roundup of stor­ies rel­ev­ant to the di­ver­si­fy­ing work­force and the fu­ture of jobs. These stor­ies span Oct. 7 to 18.

The Cor­rel­a­tion Between Fast Food and Wel­fare. More than half of the fast-food in­dustry’s 3.65 mil­lion hourly work­ers re­ceive pub­lic as­sist­ance, which costs the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment $7 bil­lion a year, two re­ports re­leased this week show.For­bes

His­pan­ic Busi­nesses Are Big Job Cre­at­ors in Cali­for­nia.
 His­pan­ic-owned busi­ness con­trib­ute more than 650,000 jobs and more than $100 bil­lin an­nu­ally to the Cali­for­nia eco­nomy. Al­most 40 per­cent of Cali­for­ni­ans are of His­pan­ic ori­gin. A re­cent study shows Lati­nos own or cre­ated 700,000 busi­nesses. La Pren­sa

Site Matches People to Jobs. New York nat­ive Fe­lix Ort­iz, 33, of Mex­ic­an-Pu­erto Ric­an des­cent, has launched Vi­rid­is, an on­line edu­ca­tion com­pany that provides skills-ori­ented courses for in­dus­tries such as con­struc­tion, hos­pit­al­ity, and ap­par­el man­u­fac­tur­ing. NBC Latino

The De­clin­ing Chance to Make a Liv­ing Col­lect­ing Cans. Many Bay Area re­cyc­ling cen­ters are clos­ing—bad news for low-in­come fam­il­ies who rely on re­cyc­lables and seni­ors who do the same to sup­ple­ment their in­comes. Also, it’s a way home­less people can earn up to $50 a day. Take a look at the messy busi­ness of re­cyc­ling, theft, and dump­ster diving. Pri­ceo­nom­ics

Age Dis­crim­in­a­tion In Tech­no­logy? Hav­ing a young work­force is about hir­ing those with the latest skills and has little to do with dis­crim­in­a­tion. However, at the Big 3 in Sil­ic­on Val­ley, the num­bers start a deep­er con­ver­sa­tion about age in the work­place. Un­of­fi­cial data says the me­dia staff age at Face­book is 28, 29 at Google and 32 at Apple. In­vestors

His­pan­ic Per­spect­ives: Re­flect­ing Mul­ti­cul­tur­al Cus­tom­ers. Geor­gette Dul­worth, Chrysler’s dir­ect­or of tal­ent ac­quis­i­tion and glob­al di­versity, in a His­pan­ic per­spect­ives Web series, ad­dresses is­sues around a mul­ti­cul­tur­al work­force and hir­ing more His­pan­ic work­ers. Chrysler Blog

En­tre­pren­eur­i­al Al­tern­at­ives to Col­lege. The non­profit or­gan­iz­a­tion En­sti­tute of­fers two-year ap­pren­tice­ships to young tech en­tre­pren­eurs who seek an al­tern­at­ive to high­er edu­ca­tion. Says Kane Sar­han, a cofounder: “We get hun­dreds and hun­dreds of ap­plic­a­tions say­ing, ‘You know, col­lege isn’t work­ing for me. I can’t af­ford it. It’s not the right pro­gram for me. This is what I’ve been look­ing for.’ ” En­sti­tute is ap­peal­ing to more young people who have an in­creas­ing num­ber of op­tions to a four-year de­gree. PBS News­hour

Mem­ph­is Area’s Growth Tied to Tech, Great­er Minor­ity In­volve­ment. In a con­tinu­ing series about Mem­ph­is-Boon County’s re­gion­al eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment plan, Ten­ness­ee pub­lic-policy con­sult­ant John Lawrence ad­voc­ates for great­er to in­vest in in­nov­a­tion. Among the top 20 largest U.S. cit­ies with a pop­u­la­tion that is 70 per­cent people of col­or, minor­ity busi­ness is about 1 per­cent of rev­en­ue. The re­gion is 59th in spend­ing on aca­dem­ic re­search and 57th in pat­ent ap­plic­a­tions. Smart City Mem­ph­is

Up Close and Per­son­al: White House Chef Cristeta Comer­ford. The gov­ern­ment has been closed, but the White House’s skel­et­on kit­chen crew of 15 keeps on cook­ing, led by Cristeta Comer­ford. A Filipino, she im­mig­rated to the U.S., work­ing in some Chica­go area hotel res­taur­ants and more tony D.C.-area spots be­fore join­ing the White House in 1995. Ten years later, she was named White House ex­ec­ut­ive chef. The Braiser

Com­ing to Your URL Soon: .ca­reer. A new In­ter­net do­main — .ca­reer — will be­come an ex­ten­sion next year. Like .job, which has nearly 45,00 ex­ten­sions, .ca­reer will be ad­min­istered by Em­ploy Me­dia in a part­ner­ship with the So­ci­ety for Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment. The Fordyce Let­ter

The Long-Term Im­pact in the Rise in Part-Time Em­ploy­ment Hurts Mil­len­ni­als. The re­ces­sion hit the 20- to 24-year-old co­hort par­tic­u­larly hard, with nearly a third of those em­ployed hav­ing a part-time job. Ac­cord­ing to the Bur­eau of Labor Stat­ist­ic’s Au­gust re­port, 17 per­cent, or 7.6 mil­lion, are in that co­hort. With the re­ces­sion end­ing, the im­pact may have lifelong im­pact. Heidi Shi­er­holz of the Eco­nom­ic Policy In­sti­tute, says, “If you have one or two dec­ades of low earn­ings, you’re nev­er go­ing to get that back.” Hand­cuffed in pay­ing back stu­dent loans, buy­ing cars or homes, sav­ing fore re­tire­ment, many Mil­len­ni­als also have little ac­cess to early-ca­reer train­ing, and hence a tough­er time to move up the ca­reer ranks. Huff­ing­ton Post

How a Lat­ina Con­tract­or Over­came Race, Gender Bi­as. Rosa Mar­tinez, a rare long­time fe­male laborer in the as­bes­tos-re­mov­al busi­ness, lost her job in the Port­land, Ore., area in 2002. She and her hus­band emp­tied their sav­ings and sold their vehicles to start PMG En­vir­on­ment­al Ser­vices. Now two dec­ades in­to her en­ter­prise, PMG em­ploys 18 full time, 98 per­cent of whom are His­pan­ic. Con­trary to in­dustry norm, her su­per­visors are His­pan­ic. Port­land Busi­ness Journ­al

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