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Google now using AI to put job listings right in your search results

AP

As of today, certain job-related search-queries will yield job postings culled from different job boards — and they'll show up right in your search results. Those postings will be augmented, in some cases, by the time it would take to commute from your house and by the employer's ratings on sites like Glassdoor.

Why it matters: The project is part of a larger initiative called Google for Jobs that the company talked about at its annual Google I/O conference. It's also part of a larger trend of Google putting information directly in search results in an attempt to help people get more information without leaving Google's site.

Worth noting: While the program doesn't personalize results based on user data, it can rank job postings higher based on a user's location.

Addressing possible issues: We asked what the company was doing to deal with the possibility of discriminatory, socio-economic assumptions affecting its ranking of jobs. "If you wanted to be location agnostic, that's a very easy setting that you can change on Google," said product manager Nick Zakrasek. "But of course we're going to pay very close attention to unintended effects that might occur."