African Americans took the biggest hit in employment numbers after the recession and have seen the numbers recover more slowly. In response, governments at different levels have taken a series of steps to help address the problem -- including some issuing a prohibition on asking about prior criminal convictions on job applications.
As the developing world becomes more affluent, many of the newly rich are wanting to have butlers and other personal servants. The gold standard for those personal servants is butlers trained in the United Kingdom, which has created a demand that far outstrips supply.
Women are increasingly, by choice or necessity, taking on the role of primary financial supporter of their family. And while there's room to cheer that news, it's not all rosy. In fact, according to one expert, in many cases this reflects a rise in single motherhood, with all the challenges that brings along.
Many domestic workers get stuck in jobs that pay them low wages, subject them to long hours and sometimes even expose them to physical abuse. And because many are undocumented, they don't, or can't, speak up. But some states are trying to change that.
Immigrants are often said to do the work Americans don't want to do. In the case of domestic workers, people who clean houses and care for the sick or elderly, that's certainly true, with most of those roles filled by immigrants. Now, with the process of a path to legalization, many domestic workers are looking for better conditions.
The meat that Americans eat for dinner is usually processed, in large plants in the Midwest, by an immigrant. When one immigrant leaves the plants, for a better life, hopefully, another immigrant often steps in. Immigration reform has the potential to dramatically alter that dynamic.
As the death toll continues to rise in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, a miracle. A woman was pulled alive from the rubble on Friday. But another eight people died in a factory fire on Wednesday. One economist says a small change would make all the difference.
Spain's unemployment is persistently high, and the latest effort to combat that doesn't seek to get businesses hiring again, but seeks to get individuals to go into business for themselves. But there are a host of practical and cultural barriers in their way.
Mexican entrepreneurs are looking to north to build on successes their businesses are already having in their home country. But this can be difficult. So now, both Mexican and American officials are seeking ways to augment these ties -- for the benefit of both countries.
In China, social benefits are tied to where you live. And they vary widely from urban to rural areas. But as more Chinese decide to abandon their farms and move to cities, this system of denying them benefits in their new homes is proving problematic -- and possibly untenable.