While the U.S. employment picture improved with September's jobs report showing 248,000 new positions, and a jobless rate of 5.9 percent, a deeper look reveals a growing divide between prospering American workers and those falling further behind.
The labor participation rate is at 62.7 percent—the lowest in more than three decades—and hourly wages were mostly flat at $24.53. Some economy experts argue the skills gap between what employers are looking for and what job seekers bring to the table is pushing the participation rate lower.
Now with cloud-based computing and technology proliferating, more start-ups are creating digital education tools including online videos, designed to help narrow the skills gap. The new tools can include short online videos users can access remotely. The abbreviated videos and tools are part of a larger education trend, sometimes called abbreviated or micro learning.