The Pew Research Center, conducted a poll regarding Labor Economics among Americans in July of 2012. “The general public survey is based on telephone interviews conducted July 16-26, 2012, with a nationally representative sample of 2,508 adults ages 18 and older.”2 Through this survey, major issues such as unemployment, inequality, gender/ethnic/racial discrimination, immigration, and union participation are assessed.Within the past ten years the global workforce has suffered hardship, especially in the United States, being struck by high rates of unemployment and underemployment as well as a dissolving traditional socio-economic structure. While the upper class has been relatively “immune” from the economic recession, the middle and lower class have suffered financial hardship1. These economic hardships have led to an abundance of stress as well as other complications. “Only 29% of those in the upper class say they frequently experience stress, compared with 37% of those in the middle class and 58% of lower-class adults.”1 In order to relate the quantitative data from the Pew Research Center’s Topline Questionnaire, to the qualitative data of people experiencing the present economic state, two of the author’s family members were interviewed (note that to guarantee confidentiality, the names of these individuals have been changed). The individuals were surveyed about their personal labor history, and additionally about their views regarding current events in the subject areas of finance, economics, and labor. Each of the participants portrays a different perspective of today’s current economy and represents both genders from two different generations.Warren, A retired male, has strong feelings about the current state of the …
… hardships as the labor force is falling for men and labor force participation rises for female workers. Discrimination remains an issue, and even with a plethora of laws, there is more and more reasons to discriminate against potential workers. Today’s employers are guilty of chronic demographic differences in employment rewards. While race and gender gaps in wages are believed to be narrower than in the past, issues of racial, ethnic, gender, education, and other levels of inequality remain to be a large challenge for the workforce.
1Parker, Kim. “Yes, the Rich Are Different.” Pew Research Centers Social Demographic TrendsProject RSS. Pew Research Center, 27 Aug. 2012. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.2July 2012 Middle Class Update Survey Final Topline. Rep. N.p.: Pew Research Center, n.d. Topline Questionare. Pew Research Center. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.