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Well, no one should be surprised by this. A Gallup/USA Today poll released Monday examined voters' top concerns this election year and found job creation came out on top. Asked to rank 12 different categories, a whopping 92 percent of respondents rated job creation "extremely or very important." Interestingly, the other categories that respondents considered important were focused on reduction, not growth: 87 percent think it's extremely or very important that the U.S. weeds out corruption in federal government, and slightly less (86 percent) felt similarly about shrinking the federal deficit.

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Job Forecast: Wishful Thinking?

The job outlook is expected to remain top in voters' minds throughout the election. The White House last week released its economic projections for the rest of the year and forecast that unemployment will drop below 8 percent for the first time since Obama entered office, The Washington Post reports. The White House, however, acknowledged that its projections were based on the assumption that parts of Obama's jobs bill that Congress has failed to pass would ultimately be enacted.


Even Health Care Jobs To Go Overseas

Also an issue in the upcoming election is the loss of American jobs and movement of jobs overseas continue, which is expanding beyond data-processing and the information technology sector. Reports say that "pre-service nursing" jobs are moving abroad to Asian countries such as India and the Philippines. According to the Los Angeles Times, the assessing of patients' needs as well as the determining of treatment methods will be shipped overseas by companies including WellPoint Inc., one of the nation's largest health insurers and owner of Anthem Blue Cross, California's biggest for-profit medical insurer.

Amazon's New Training Program

Amazon.com, the Internet behemonth, is looking to pioneer training of its employees for jobs that are actually in demand in the U.S. -- though not necessarily at Amazon. The company announced a unusual program last week, reported on by NBC's "Today Show," in which its workers will get $2,000 a year toward tuition and textbooks in industries that according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics are seeing job growth. Among the fields are information technology, mechanical and electrical trades, and health,care -- even though it may mean that employees end up leaving Amazon to work in those fields.

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Paid Sick Leave For Workers

This past week saw the introduction of a law that would establish paid sick leave for New York City. If passed, the measure would make the city the fourth in the country with such a law on the books. Proponents argue that the law is not only humane for low-wage workers, but also good public policy (who wants sick workers spreading illness?). And while head counts of the City Council show enough votes to override a veto, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (who is said to be courting the business vote for a mayoral run) has said, "I do not believe it would be wise to implement this policy, in this way, at this time."

Good Case Of The Mondays?

AOL Jobs reported last week on how the word "Mondays" has been used as a racial slur. (The word apparently is used by some as a "code word" for blacks because of that day's negative associations.) But according to new research by Gallup, engaged workers experience about as much happiness on Mondays as they do on Saturdays (95.1 percent to 95.5 percent). As for "actively disengaged workers" (i.e., unhappy, miserable or just bored), 77.3 percent experienced happiness on Mondays, while 85.3 percent do on Saturdays.


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Dan Fastenberg

Dan Fastenberg

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Dan Fastenberg was most recently a reporter with TIME Magazine. Previously, he was a writer for the Thomson Reuters news service's Latin America desk. He was also a reporter and associate editor for the Buenos Aires Herald while living in South America.

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