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|April 27, 2007|
Unemployment claims in U.S. dropped sharply last week. According to the Department of Labor, the number of claims for unemployment benefits filed by laid-off workers last week dropped sharply — by 20,000 — to a total of 321,000. The decrease in filings was the largest drop in almost two months and possibly sends a signal that while the economy is sluggish (1.3 percent growth in the first three months of 2007, the worst performance in four years), the job market remains decent.
|April 18, 2007|
About three-quarters of U.S. employers plan to hire college graduates this summer, up slightly from the same period a year ago. But while the numbers look good — 76 percent of employers surveyed plan to hire 2007 grads — these same employers also expect to receive an average of 73 applications for each available entry-level position. The study was conducted by MonsterTRAK, the student division of Monster.com
|April 12, 2007|
According to a new book, there are four — soon to be five — generations of workers in the workplace, all with different needs and expectations. Authors Linda Gravett, Ph.D., and Robin Throckmorton break the generations in this fashion:
- Radio Babies (1930-1945). While many are retiring, these folks generally like work and remain enthusiastic about their careers.
- Baby Boomers (1946-1964). Their focus is on gaining respect for their experience and expertise.
- Generation X’s (1965-1976). Always seemingly misunderstood, these folks are independent but loyal to their employers.
- Generation Y’s (1977-1991). Their lives are so intertwined with technology that nothing exists outside of it.
- Millennials (1991-). Just now beginning to enter the workforce, they too are focused on the use of technology.
The book? Bridging the Generation Gap: How to Get Radio Babies, Boomers, Gen Xers, And Gen Yers to Work Together And Achieve More. Find it — and many other great books — in our General Career and Job-Search Books for all Job-Seekers Section of our online bookstore.
|April 7, 2007|
Jobless claims rise in the U.S. even as employers add enough new jobs to drop unemployment rate to new low. The Labor Department reported that weekly new applications filed for jobless benefits rose by a seasonally adjusted 11,000, to 321,000, for the work week ending March 31. The showing on new jobless claims filings last week was in line with analysts’ expectations of a total around 320,000. But when it came time to release the March job numbers, the department reported that 180,000 new jobs were added last month, with construction jobs led the way, especially for contractors and for commercial building. Retailers, health care providers, educational services, and leisure and hospitality companies were among those boosting their payrolls. Factory workers were the worst effected. Makers cars and trucks, furniture, and clothing and textiles all eliminated jobs last month. Another soft spot for workers was residential construction, a casualty of the housing slump. Against all this employment news, it was also reported that unemployment fell from 4.5 percent in February to 4.4 percent in March, matching the rate in October — the lowest in five years.
|April 1, 2007|
More than half of us are considering switching careers — or have recently switched careers. According to a new study conducted by Money magazine and Salary.com, nearly 60 percent of people surveyed have or are considering switching careers — not just jobs. Other issues people sought in a new job: a higher paycheck, quality healthcare benefits, childcare benefits, and flexible scheduling options. If you’re thinking of a career change, but not sure how to go about it — or even what career you would switch to, read this article on Quintessential Careers: Finding Your Career Passion. Also be sure to check out all our free Career Change Resources for Job-Seekers.
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- Job Stuff, A Blog for Your Career, from Stephen Harris. Stephen’s blog is a great resource for those job-seekers who find yourselves in transition, searching for guidance and reassurance.
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- LifeWork Design — a conversation about topics related to career counseling and coaching.
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