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47% Of Employers Check Applicant Credit Reports – Here’s What You Can Do

Rightly or wrongly, your credit history is becoming an increasingly important factor in your life. It’s not just about applying for credit anymore; now even your car insurance company may be looking at your credit report when underwriting your application. … Continue reading

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Hope for the Long-Term Unemployed

If you’ve been out of work for 6 months or more, and you’ve gotten discouraged by the constant rejections, and have all but given up, take heart: The economy is showing signs of improvement. First, the overall unemployment rate has … Continue reading

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Half of States Don’t Offer “Work-Sharing” Benefit to Ease Underemployment and Prevent Layoffs

According to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, some 7.4 million people are stuck involuntarily working part-time for economic reasons. That is, they simply cannot find full-time employment. Meanwhile, the federal government is trying to give away $100 million in grants … Continue reading

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Battle Heats Up Once Again Over Extension of Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment benefits expired at the end of 2013 for about 1.3 million workers, and thus far Congress hasn’t taken action to extend them. While normally unemployment benefits a function of state legislature appropriations, they became a Washington, D.C. issue when … Continue reading

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Feds Probe Florida Over Troubled Unemployment Benefits Website

It seems pretty rich after the spectacular crash and burn of the HealthCare.gov rollout. But federal investigators recently announced they are looking into a problem with the Florida unemployment benefits website. Specifically, the feds would like to know why the … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t Corporations Investing and Expanding?

By a variety of measures, America’s corporations are experiencing record profits over the last couple of years. Indeed, profits to corporations amounted to 11 percent of the economy in the 3rd quarter of 2012, compared to 8 percent during the … Continue reading

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Despite “End” to Recession, Hard Times Persist

A recession, goes an old Wall Street proverb, is simply a period of time in which wealth and capital returns to its rightful owners. E.g., the Rockefellers. Well, the recession – according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which … Continue reading

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Veterans Struggle to Enter Tight Job Market

While there has been some good news for job seekers in recent months as the economy sputters along in a halting “recovery,” one group has still been largely left behind: Younger veterans. According to this NPR report, the unemployment rate … Continue reading

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Will Temp-Worker Surge Translate to Lasting Employment Gains?

The good news is there’s been a surge in hiring. The bad news is that they’re temp jobs. Recent employment surveys indicate that America’s retailers went into the holiday season expecting Santa to bring some brisk business. Analysts estimated about … Continue reading

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The Union Assault on Freedom of Association

The State of Michigan – the Ground Zero of America’s union-strangled zombie legacy car manufacturing industry and the modern-day Mordor of union orcs – turned against its oppressors this month. The lame-duck legislature passed a “right-to-work” law. In a nutshell, … Continue reading

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Sustaining Job Growth: How the Fiscal Cliff Could Affect Employment

2012 has put many Americans back on the employment path. As of this past November, the unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent. Job growth as a whole has increased as has spending on recruitment and training. But negotiations between … Continue reading

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Florida Workers to Lose Substantial Unemployment Benefits

The good news is the unemployment rate has finally fallen in Florida. The bad news is that while it hasn’t fallen all that much, even that modest improvement in unemployment rates will result in a massive decrease in unemployment insurance … Continue reading

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Reality-Checking the Jobs Report

The October jobs report was a doozy: The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy actually added some 114,000 nonfarm payroll jobs. Which actually isn’t much. But somehow, it was enough to cause the official unemployment number – the … Continue reading

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Hurricane Isaac Hits the Unemployment Rate

When Hurricane Isaac grazed the Gulf Coast states and hit Louisiana, unemployment also took a hit; unemployment numbers were at the highest point in two months. Nine states were affected by Isaac, and 15,000 more people than the previous week … Continue reading

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Partisan Wrangling Veterans Jobs Program

The Veterans Job Corps Act (S. 3457), is a bill sponsored by Bill Nelson, a Democratic Senator from Florida. It is currently being considered in the Senate, though has yet to pass the House. The bill is a priority for … Continue reading

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Will Smoking Cost You Your Job?

It’s simple economics. It costs employers more to keep a smoker on board than a non-smoker. And ObamaCare doesn’t change that. Indeed, it may make it even easier for employers to calculate what employees who smoke cost them – not … Continue reading

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Study – Veterans Struggling to Transition to Civilian Work Force

Over six out of ten veterans report their post-discharge transition to civilian life as “difficult,” according to the Veterans Employment Challenge Survey. This study, conducted by Prudential Financial, surveyed some 1,845 veterans of all services. According to the survey, 69 … Continue reading

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Unemployment in Florida – A Case Study

Florida has the world going for it: A warm climate that makes it a popular retirement destination for “snowbirds” from the northeast, beautiful, sandy beaches, an abundance of beautiful women, and Burn Notice, filmed in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, that … Continue reading

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Unemployment Takes Physical Toll on Workers

In my last post, we took a look at the psychological toll that extended periods of unemployment can have on those who are out-of work. So the last post concentrated on the mind. This one concentrates on the body: Research … Continue reading

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Unemployment Takes Mental Health Toll

Most people are reasonably resilient. And most of us try to put a positive spin on life. But the fact remains that long-term unemployment is taking a severe mental toll on many Americans. It’s one thing to withstand the short-term … Continue reading

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Making Yourself More Employable: Finishing High School

Dropping out of high school seemed like a good idea at the time. You weren’t doing so well, or perhaps had family obligations, so off you went to join the ranks of the employed. Now the economy isn’t as good … Continue reading

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Part 2: America’s Unique Value Proposition: Freedom

Things are tough in America, these days. There’s no doubt about it. The American work force is struggling to adapt to a changing global economy. The competition from foreign workers – especially in manufacturing – is growing increasingly intense. And … Continue reading

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Part 1: It’s 2012. Do You Know Where Your Job Is?

If you’re out of work, and you usually worked in a company tied to the manufacturing industry or related to customer service and call centers, chances are good your job was permanently exported abroad – to Asia to be specific. … Continue reading

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Under the Gun: Avoiding Joining the Ranks of the Chronically Unemployed

Not too long ago, unemployment was a temporary inconvenience – a short-to-medium-term waystation between career adventures. When times were good, you could even congratulate people on their recent layoff. You had every reason to suspect that the next opportunity would … Continue reading

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Long Term Unemployment and Resume Gaps

The good news for job seekers is that the unemployment rate – at least as published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, is gradually trending down. According to the January 2012 Employment Situation Report, the official … Continue reading

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The Rise of Employment and Small Businesses

Good news: the possibility of a double-dip recession is becoming bleaker. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that the unemployment rate decreased to 8.5%, the lowest it’s ever been since February 2009. More than 150,000 jobs had been created, … Continue reading

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UNEMPLOYED! Should I Cash Out My 401k?

Unemployment is a scary thing in this tight job market. It’s tempting to look at that 401k plan you amassed over the years at your last employer as nice cash cushion while you get back on your feet and figure … Continue reading

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