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Causes and Challenges of 'Underemployment'

Posted 06/30/2014

By many measures, the U.S. job market is trending in the right direction. Unemployment, while still at a historically high level of 6.3 percent, has declined by more than 1.5 percentage points over the past year and a half. And the economy has been generating an average of 214,000 new jobs per month since the beginning of 2014 - more than 10 percent higher than last year's average.

But political scientist William Galston looks beneath the surface and finds continued cause for alarm. Specifically, Galston worries about those who are "underemployed" - college graduates working as baristas or in other jobs where required skills aren't in line with their education.

Read more in the latest OUTLOOK.

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