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June 27, 2009

LOTD for June 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:10 am

Article examining why there were 3 million unfilled jobs in the US while 13 million are unemployed. Part of this seems to be due to a mismatch of skills, since the sectors with the most openings (education and health care) are very different from the ones that are losing the most workers, manufacturing and construction:
http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/may2009/db2009056_947943.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index+-+temp_news+%2B+analysis

A big part of the problem is that a lot of people have lost jobs in the construction, finance, and retail areas and they lack the skills and training for jobs in the growing fields of education, accounting, health care, and government. The housing bust has left the unemployed frozen in place–they can’t move to get work because they can’t sell their homes:
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_19/b4130040117561.htm

In March it was forecast that the world airline industry would lose $4.7 billion this year, but in June they had to revise that to a prediction of $9 billion lost this year:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/08/world-airlines-to-lose-9-_n_212467.html

The recession has actually been good for ice cream sales, as Americans can afford to indulge with it. Häagen-Dazs is even looking to expand with 6 more franchises in Northern California in the next 18 months, taking advantage of increasing sales and cheaper real estate options. I never realized that ice cream first took off during the Great Depression:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/06/07/BUJH1807J0.DTL&type=printable

Another study that found that it is really bad for kids to watch TV, but this study expands that to find that just having TV in the background (some houses have the TV on all day whether or not anyone is watching) is bad for young children. On average, each additional hour of television exposure was also associated with a decrease of 770 words the child heard from an adult during the recording session:
http://www.scienceblog.com/cms/language-use-decreases-young-children-and-caregivers-when-television-study-finds-21642.html

Study found that we lose half of our close friends every 7 years, replacing them with other friends:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090527111907.htm

Study that found that blushing makes people endearing and improves the impression people can get of the blushing person:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/health/02mind.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=dacher%20keltner%20blushing&st=cse

Study urges a reduced weight gain during pregnancy for overweight women–women who are very overweight (BMI over 30) should limit their weight gain during pregnancy to between 11 and 20 pounds, while underweight women (BMI under 18.5) should gain 28 to 30 pounds:
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