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If Unemployment is Down, Why Aren't We Partying?

If Unemployment is Down, Why Aren't We Partying?

The unemployment rate fell from 10 percent to 9.7 percent, the manufacturing industry added 11,000 jobs in January -- which is the first monthly increase since November 2007 -- and the number of temporary workers grew by 52,000. Still, the stock market plunged and analysts are predicting it's a long, slow,... Read More »

Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

Newly released Labor Department numbers show that while economists had expected a drop in new jobless claims, the number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits has actually increased yet again-the fourth increase in the past five weeks. Read More »

Some States are Actually Gaining Jobs!

Some States are Actually Gaining Jobs!

It's no surprise that 39 states lost jobs last month, but what might provide a glimmer of hope is the fact that employment actually increased in 11 states and the District of Columbia, led by Virginia, which added 9,500 jobs. It's not a lot, but at least it's something. Oklahoma had the next highest job... Read More »

What Potential Employers REALLY Want to Know

What Potential Employers REALLY Want to Know

I'd just finished talking about the recently released unemployment numbers on Fox Business News, when the makeup artist who made me look far better than I have a right to ran up to me and said, "I need to follow your advice! I should brand myself by starting my own blog and getting business cards. I want to tell... Read More »

Who Said We Were Giving Up?

Who Said We Were Giving Up?

I recently read an article that claimed the unemployment rate is staying below 10 percent because we unemployed people have just packed it up and called it quits. And according to the statistics, maybe this is a little bit true. Read More »

Cheer Up Michigan! You're Better Off than California

Cheer Up Michigan! You're Better Off than California

All you comment leavers from Michigan who are concerned that your state is going to hell in a hand basket and your jobs are going right along with it can take heart: Recent statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Services show that California's employment problems are even worse than yours. Among the 17... Read More »

Another 85K Jobs Cut in December -- Now What?!

Another 85K Jobs Cut in December -- Now What?!

The US rounded out the year with another economic set back. Reuters and the New York Times were among the first to report that US employers cut as many as 85,000 jobs in December 2009, causing a big stir on Wall Street, and a ripple effect through the nation that forces Obama to reconsider his plan to... Read More »

Economy loses 85K jobs, unemployment rate steady

Economy loses 85K jobs, unemployment rate steady

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER WASHINGTON -Lack of confidence in the economic recovery led employers to shed a more-than-expected 85,000 jobs in December even as the unemployment rate held at 10 percent. The rate would have been higher if more people had been looking for work instead of leaving the labor force... Read More »

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for Job Seekers in 2010

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for Job Seekers in 2010

With end of year economics reports coming out and pundits predicting possibilities for 2010, job seekers are finding multiple reasons both to cheer and jeer. The Good In a recent interview on ABC's This Week, White House economic adviser Lawrence Summers said he believes Spring will see a marked... Read More »

The States of Unemployment

The States of Unemployment

It's not quite time to put on your party hat and start singing "We're in the Money," but the recently released monthly employment statistics do shine a little ray of hope. It seems that 36 states and the District of Columbia posted unemployment rate decreases between October and November, and only eight states... Read More »

Top 5 Unemployment Gift Don'ts

Top 5 Unemployment Gift Don'ts

flickr.com Tis the season, as they say, and I'm sure there's someone unemployed on your list given the nation's 10 percent unemployment rate. You, in fact, may be that very jobless person. If so, please post this list in a prominent place, say on your refrigerator or forehead, for likely gifters to see and... Read More »

As Layoffs Persist, Good Jobs Go Unfilled

As Layoffs Persist, Good Jobs Go Unfilled

Christopher Leonard, AP In a brutal job market, here's a task that might sound easy: Fill jobs in nursing, engineering and energy research that pay $55,000 to $60,000, plus benefits. Yet even with 15 million people hunting for work, even with the unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, some employers can't find... Read More »

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