Katie Couric's notebook: jobs of the future

Katie Couric, Anchor, Managing Editor, CBS Evening News; Correspondent, 60 Minutes, 2010 photo CBS

After a long icy winter, there are finally signs the economy is starting to thaw. Unemployment is down to 8.8 percent, the lowest level in two years, and the economy added 216-thousand jobs last month alone.

But what type of jobs are they? A recent study found that about half the jobs added in the past year were in lower-wage industries -- like retail and food services -- and only 14 percent were in the higher-wage fields hit hardest by the recession.

Another study, out last week, predicts that fewer than half the jobs created by 2018 will pay enough to guarantee a household basic necessities like food, shelter, transportation and health care.

So while it's fine to notice the green shoots of spring, we shouldn't be too quick to celebrate. Sunny days may be here for some... but for many Americans, the future is still cloudy at best.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.

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