Future Hiring Will Mainly Benefit The High-Skilled

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Whenever companies start hiring freely again, jobseekers with specialized skills and education will have plenty of good opportunities. Others will face a choice: Take a job with low pay  or none at all.

Job creation will likely remain weak for months or even years. But once employers do step up hiring, some economists expect job openings to fall mainly into two categories of roughly equal numbers:

1. Professional fields with higher pay, such as lawyers, research scientists and software engineers.

2. Lower-skill and lower-paying jobs, like home health care

aides and store clerks.

And those in between? Their outlook is bleaker. Economists foresee fewer moderately paid factory supervisors, postal workers and office administrators.

That's the sobering message American workers face as they celebrate Labor Day at a time of high unemployment, scant hiring and a widespread loss of job security.


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