Archive for February 2013

Quebec / EI: The real ‘battle’ has been there for decades: the ‘battle’ for employment and regional development

As we predicted in our post yesterday Quebec / Employment-Insurance: Mrs. Maltais is doing everything to lose face, Ms. Maltais got a no for an answer it seems. In her statement to Anne-Marie Dussault on CBC Continuous News channel in french after her meeting yesterday night, Ms. Maltais said that she was determined to continue … Continue reading

Belgium / Caterpillar plans to cut 1,400 jobs

Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N), the world’s largest maker of construction equipment, plans to cut 1,400 jobs at a plant near Charleroi in Belgium due to high costs and the weak European economy, the group’s Belgian unit said on Thursday. The cuts will come at the Gosselies site just outside of Charleroi, one of the largest Caterpillar … Continue reading

Atlanta / Athenahealth to bring 500 jobs

A major healthcare software firm will expand in Atlanta, bringing 500 highly-paid jobs to the city in a deal that will help jump start redevelopment of the former City Hall East, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Massachusetts-based Athenahealth, a player in the growing industry of healthcare information technology, will become the lead … Continue reading

Chrysler / To create 1,250 jobs in Indiana plants

Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker majority owned by Italy’s Fiat (FIA.MI), will invest $374 million in four Indiana plants to support production of its more fuel-efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions by the end of the year. The move will create up to 1,250 jobs in Indiana, including as many as 850 jobs at the … Continue reading

Germany / Elite Young Immigrants, The New Guest Workers

A new generation of immigrants is coming to Germany: Europe’s crisis refugees. They are young, well-educated and multilingual. Many feel that their prospects at home disappeared when the European financial system began to falter, followed by the collapse of domestic labor markets in a number of countries. They are now going to Germany, just as … Continue reading

Canada / The Canadian Experience Class Reaches Record Number of Immigrants

Canada’s fastest-growing immigration stream welcomed a record 9,353 newcomers in 2012, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) makes Canada more competitive in attracting and retaining the best and brightest individuals with the skills we need. These are people who have already demonstrated their ability to integrate into … Continue reading

US / Hispanics / Unemployment Rate Tops 17% in 5 States

The Hispanic unemployment rate at the end of 2012 in 13 states significantly exceeded the state rate, with the percentage of jobless Hispanics surpassing 17 percent in five states. Overall, the unemployment rates likely will remain high for whites, Latinos, and African-Americans through the year, according to projections by the Economic Policy Institute. The nationwide … Continue reading

Toronto / More than 200 high school teachers face layoffs

Hundreds of high school teachers could be laid off as the Toronto public board grapples with a $55-million deficit, according to a staffing report that also recommends cuts to secretaries and vice-principals. Last year, the Toronto District School Board axed 200 secondary teaching positions because of a drop in enrollment, and this year is recommending … Continue reading

HR / Artificial intelligence scans for recruitment data

ARTIFICAL intelligence technology is being used to deliver recruitment data that offers a more complete picture of the job market. Recruitment industry veteran Robert Olivier, who founded the former Olivier Internet Job Index, is using the United States-developed technology to analyse the Australian job market. “The thing that bothered me about my old approach was … Continue reading

US / Poll: Economists think minimum wage is worth it

The IGM Forum, which is run by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, polled top economists on the minimum wage. The first question they asked was whether raising the minimum wage could make it harder for some low-wage workers to find jobs. The second question was whether they thought increasing the minimum wage … Continue reading

UK / Net migration falls by a third

The number of people heading to Britain, less the number leaving, dropped significantly by 84,000 to 163,000 in the year to June, fuelled by a 17% drop in the number of foreign students arriving. Immigration to the UK fell from 589,000 to 515,000, its lowest since 2003, official figures from the Office for National Statistics … Continue reading

Job Search / Traffic Surging, Indeed.com on Top

What’s the most trafficked site by Americans searching for a job? Turns out it’s Indeed. Last month, says comScore, the web traffic measurement company, 17.3 million different visitors from the U.S. clicked into Indeed to look for a job. That translates into a 29% increase over December’s job search count. Overall, January saw a 24% … Continue reading

UK / Online apprenticeship applications increase by 41% in a year

More than 267,400 apprenticeship applications were submitted online during November 2012 and January 2013, an increase of 41% on the previous year. The figures released today by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) also found that apprenticeship vacancies have grown significantly. Nearly 25,400 vacancies were advertised online in the three months – an increase of 26.6% … Continue reading

Poll: Did Your Education Prepare You For A Job ?

Laura Fornash – Virginia Secretary of Education – has urged Congress to “ensure those who enter our higher education institutions exit with employable credentials.” With that in mind, do you feel your college education equipped you with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment? Please take our poll and tell us what you think in … Continue reading

US / ARRA / Spending that was less linked to state unemployment rates than might be expected finds FRBNY

Fiscal stimulus, in the form of large discretionary increases in federal spending and tax reductions, is often triggered by a strong and persistent rise in the national unemployment rate. The most recent example was the $860 billion (6 percent of GDP) stimulus contained in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), adopted in the … Continue reading

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