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Initial unemployment claims in US fall 16,000 as labor market improves
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Fewer Americans filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance payments for a third week in the last four, indicating progress in the labor market. Applications for jobless benefits decreased 16,000 in the period ended March 12 to 385,000, in line with the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey, Labor Department figures showed. The four-week average of claims dropped to the lowest level since July 2008. The number of people on unemployment benefit rolls fell, while those getting extended payments rose. More

Recovery leaves women behind
The Baltimore Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It became known as the "mancession" because the recent downturn battered industries dominated by men. But the economic battle of the sexes has taken a turn. While the nation's nascent recovery has been slow and bumpy for just about everyone, it has been almost nonexistent for women. More

A regional job market caught in the middle
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Even as the number of jobs in the region declines, labor officials worry there won't be enough people qualified to fill so-called "middle-skills" jobs in fields such as health care and technology. A new study, "New York's Forgotten Middle-Skills Jobs," projects the state will create by 2018 1 million new jobs requiring more than a high-school diploma but less than a four-year degree. More

Bad job vs. unemployment
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With United States unemployment rates still uncomfortably high, it is obvious why most dispirited job seekers would feel compelled to accept the first job opportunity they are offered. A job will help them to pay bills and live comfortably, it probably will give them a sense of purpose. More

Republicans: Regulations, taxes stifle new jobs
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Before the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans promised an intense focus on creating and preserving American jobs. But spending and program cuts instead have dominated their agenda since taking control of the House in January — so much so that Democrats now accuse the GOP of reneging on a key campaign pledge. More

Unemployment rises in nearly all metro areas
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Unemployment rose in nearly all of the 372 largest U.S. cities in January compared to the previous month, mostly because of seasonal changes such as the layoff of temporary retail employees hired for the holidays. The Labor Department recently said the unemployment rate rose in 351 metro areas, fell in only 16, and was unchanged in 5. More

Why 'temp' jobs may be new norm
The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Vanessa Marlin resigned from her job of 11 years as a logistics analyst at Xerox in 2009, she spent five months looking for work, sent out "at least 100 resumes," then embarked on a string of temp positions, including working as a buyer for a local firm and as a census taker. More

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Workers feel less secure in jobs than year ago
Benzinga    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite signs the economy is steadily improving, most employees feel less secure in their jobs compared to a year ago, according to a survey of 581 American workers by Right Management. Completed by the firm March 14, the online survey found that 71 percent reported they are less secure in their job than last year. More

With hiring rising, companies turn to new methods to fill positions
Lansing State Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Experts say job growth is expected this year and recruiters may step up efforts to find the right candidates. But the ways in which they'll find those workers won't necessarily be traditional. Will Boland, chief administrative officer for Sageworks, a Raleigh, N.C.-based firm that analyzes industry financials, said some recruiters would post openings on sites such as CareerBuilder, Craigslist or LinkedIn, but not all of them. More

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