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Employers Post Most Job Openings In 3 Years During September

Employers Post Most Job Openings In 3 Years During September

WASHINGTON -- U.S. employers advertised more jobs in September than at any other point in the past three years, a hopeful sign that companies may step up hiring. Businesses and governments posted 3.35 million job openings, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That's a 7 percent increase from August and the... Read More »

Poll Shows October Jobless Rate 'Down Sharply' Compared To September

Poll Shows October Jobless Rate 'Down Sharply' Compared To September

More Americans are finding work, partly because of increased hiring for the holiday sales season, a new poll finds. The rate of joblessness as measured by Gallup fell to 8.3 percent in mid-October, down sharply from 8.7 percent at the end of September and 9.2 percent at August's end, the polling organization... Read More »

Layoffs Reach Highest Level In 2 Years

Layoffs Reach Highest Level In 2 Years

Layoffs surged in September to their highest level in two years, a new report shows, as employers cut nearly 116,000 workers last month. Reductions among the ranks of the military accounted for a large portion of September's job cuts, according the report, compiled by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a... Read More »

Obama Proposal Would Ban Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed

Obama Proposal Would Ban Employers From Discriminating Against Unemployed

One problem that has bedeviled many jobless workers is the inability to apply for jobs simply because some employers won't consider them. Now, President Barack Obama wants to end the practice by making it illegal for employers to discriminate against job candidates because they are unemployed. Read More »

Underemployment Remains High -- And A Big Problem

Underemployment Remains High -- And A Big Problem

Underemployment has been as much a frustrating feature of the recent job market as the nation's high unemployment rate. What makes a worker underemployed? A number of a factors, including the inability to find full-time work in a chosen field. Read More »

Obama Pushes Jobs Plan To Jumpstart Hiring

Obama Pushes Jobs Plan To Jumpstart Hiring

With the country's job creation engine stalled, President Barack Obama hopes to restart hiring again through a number of initiatives contained within the $447 billion American Jobs Act that he outlined last week. The legislation contains five key components aimed at helping small businesses grow and hire,... Read More »

As Economic Recovery Stalls, Incomes Slide, Poverty Rises

As Economic Recovery Stalls, Incomes Slide, Poverty Rises

If you're feeling poorer than you did a decade ago, you're not alone. A broad swath of Americans are earning less than they did just a few years back, the federal government says. Read More »

U.S. Military, Taco Bell Top List Of Job Openings In August

U.S. Military, Taco Bell Top List Of Job Openings In August

Despite ongoing sluggishness in the U.S. economic recovery and fears of a double-dip recession, the economy continues to create jobs, albeit at a pace many wish would pick up. Job openings in the U.S. rose 4.5 percent in August compared to July, the second consecutive month of increase, according to analysis... Read More »

10 Recession-Proof Jobs That Are Hot Right Now [Infographic]

10 Recession-Proof Jobs That Are Hot Right Now [Infographic]

Very few industries seem to be hiring in this economy, beyond the much-hyped tech sector. However, there are careers -- many of them that pay well -- that are expected to grow by leaps and bounds in the next few years. Not surprisingly, many of the 10 jobs highlighted in the graphic below involve health care... Read More »

Can Obama's New Chief Economist, Alan Krueger, Create More Jobs?

Can Obama's New Chief Economist, Alan Krueger, Create More Jobs?

There's no doubt that Alan Krueger, President Obama's newly named top economist, has his work cut out for him. From an economy that's seemingly stuck in a rut to a housing market immersed in doldrums, the nation's economic problems are many. Read More »

Survey: Recession-Weary Workers Appear More Upbeat -- At Least To CFOs

Survey: Recession-Weary Workers Appear More Upbeat -- At Least To CFOs

With the U.S. economic recovery seemingly on hold, workers' moods would be expected to be anything but improving. But a new survey shows that some workers, at least, are feeling more upbeat. When asked if employee morale has changed to any degree compared to a year ago, 42 percent of chief financial officers... Read More »

Top 10 Counties To Find Jobs

Top 10 Counties To Find Jobs

With millions of Americans out of work, job prospects for unemployed workers are pretty bleak in many parts of the country. Moreover, spending months if not years looking for work in the same city can leave many job seekers feeling like they are spinning their wheels. So how about someplace new? As with the... Read More »

Energy States Lead Job Creation In First Half Of 2011

Energy States Lead Job Creation In First Half Of 2011

Energy-producing states have experienced unemployment levels well below those of other states in recent years, thanks in part to a boom in energy exploration that's been driven by high oil prices. It's perhaps little surprise then that states that significantly contribute to the nation's production of oil,... Read More »

Jobs Seekers Beware: 6 Red Flags To Avoid

Jobs Seekers Beware: 6 Red Flags To Avoid

Searching for a job is never easy, but in this economy the challenges facing job seekers have never been greater. The jobless rate remained stuck at 9 percent in mid-August and a significant percentage of Americans -- 9.2 percent -- are working merely part time even though they desire full-time work, according... Read More »

12 Biggest U.S. Job-Killing Companies

12 Biggest U.S. Job-Killing Companies

The nation's anemic recovery continues to create jobs, albeit at a pace that is failing not only to keep pace with population growth, but also with a rising number of layoffs. Job cuts have come fast and furious in recent weeks, as businesses as diverse as pharmaceutical companies, retailers, state... Read More »

Gallup: Job Creation On Hold As Employers Remain Cautious

Gallup: Job Creation On Hold As Employers Remain Cautious

The stalling economic recovery has had job creation on hold for months now, and there's little indication that the labor market is improving, a new survey shows. Job creation in July wasn't much different than the modest levels reported in May and June, according to the Gallup Job Creation Index. July's... Read More »

4.4 Million Americans Unemployed for a Year or More

4.4 Million Americans Unemployed for a Year or More

As the nation's economic recovery continues to struggle, more and more unemployed workers are joining the ranks of those who have been without work for a year or more. The long-term unemployed make up about 30 percent of the nation's jobless -- about 4.4 million people, according to June data released by the... Read More »

Employers to Long-Term Jobless: 'You Need Not Apply'

Employers to Long-Term Jobless: 'You Need Not Apply'

As if being unemployed itself wasn't challenging enough, companies routinely exclude long-term jobless applicants from being considered for job openings, a new report finds. Despite increased scrutiny and strong public opposition to the practice, employers and staffing firms continue to deny job... Read More »

Bernanke: For Job Creation, It's a Long, Slow Slog

Bernanke: For Job Creation, It's a Long, Slow Slog

With the U.S. economic recovery seemingly stalled, many Americans -- including millions of unemployed -- are wondering what can be done to prod the economy into higher gear and get employers hiring again. The biggest problem that Washington policymakers face is that there is little the Federal Reserve, the... Read More »

Is America's Skills Gap Real or an Illusion?

Is America's Skills Gap Real or an Illusion?

A disquieting feature of the nation's fitful recovery has been its inability to create new jobs that many Americans need. It isn't just those who lost jobs during the recent recession that are looking for work but an ever-growing number of new entrants into the job market, including recent high school and... Read More »

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