Career and Job-Hunting Blog
Career and job-search news, trends, and scoops for job-seekers, compiled by the staff of Quintessential Careers.
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|August 6, 2010|
As U.S. economy sputters along, so, unfortunately, does the hiring. The good news is that employers did hire in July — just weakly.
The Labor Department announced today that private employers added 71,000 jobs last month, but when combined with a big loss in local and state government jobs, the result was only a net gain of 12,000 jobs.
May and June employment numbers were also revised, with June employment numbers getting smaller while May hiring went higher. June’s private-sector job gains were changed to 31,000 from 83,000, while May’s gains were revised to show 51,000 net new jobs, up from 33,000.
We continue to struggle to regain the millions of jobs lost in 2008 and 2009, but the trend — however slow and sputtering — is encouraging. A total of 8.4 million jobs were lost in the recession, and so far in 2010, a little more than half a million jobs have been added.
The nation’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.5 percent.
As has been the case over the past two an da half years, persistence and smart job-hunting will eventually lead to new employment, but the time-frame can be daunting and the struggle frightening.
On a side note, Quintessential Careers is happy to once again get this blog up and rolling again after a lengthy relocation from Florida to Washington that resulted in some cutbacks in our services while we completed the move — and construction — to our new offices.
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