Job Growth Exceeded Expectations in December
In December, the private sector added 297,000 jobs. This is about three times the number - 100,000 - economists had been predicting for that month. It's also more than three times the number - 92,000 - created in November.
Those latest figures, released by ADP Employer Services, indicate that the recession-plagued economy might be shifting into recovery. The biggest gain in job growth has been in the non-manufacturing sector. There are also other bright spots.
Executive search firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas noted that the number of future layoffs is at its lowest since 2007. The stock market has been at its highest level since 2008. And there is selective reporting, such as by recruitment firm Robert Half International, of an uptick in jobs, along with increased compensation, in depressed sectors such as legal. For example, demand and salaries for paralegals and experienced lawyers are, finds Robert Half, "hot."
Jane Genova http://janegenova.com began focusing on transitions when the academic market collapsed as she was writing her dissertation in linguistics and literature at the University of Michigan. After re-establishing herself in the public relations industry, she gradually published on the subject. Her first piece was on The Professional Woman in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Since then, she co-authored the book THE CRITICAL 14 YEARS OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE and myriad e-books and articles on career subjects ranging from emotional intelligence to aging. In the 1980s she attempted another change by attending Harvard Law School. She didn’t complete the degree but channeled that experience into maintaining a legal blog [http://lawandmore.typepad.com] housed at the Library of Congress.