Michel Cournoyer

Michel Cournoyer has written 7151 posts for Job Market Monitor

Job Search – Is your social media presence hurting ?

You hear a lot about what you shouldn’t post on social media, but employers are starting to grow weary of hiring candidates who lack a social presence all together. Take control of your brand by balancing your personal and professional image to attract recruiters. Social media can make or break your career. We’ve all heard … Continue reading

South Africa – Unemployment rate rises to 26,4%

South Africa has been hit by a double whammy: Stats SA released two sets of economic data today and both results were disappointing.  The unemployment rate has risen sharply in the first quarter of this year, with 26,4 percent of potentially economically active South Africans not working. South Africa has nearly 36-million employable people, but … Continue reading

Global Supply Chains – Jobs shrink ILO finds

Global supply chains (GSCs)* developed at a fast rate over the last two decades and the number of jobs associated with them grew rapidly from the late 1990s until the financial crisis, reaching almost 500 million by 2007. But after a sharp drop in 2009, GSC-related jobs have only recovered modestly and their share of … Continue reading

Youth Unemployment in Korea – An over 12-year high among those with no job experience

Unemployment among young South Koreans with no prior job experiences reached an over 12-year high last month, government data showed Tuesday, a sign of growing economic uncertainty that is affecting the labor market. There were some 95,000 people in their 20s and 30s who never held a job before and were not employed in April, … Continue reading

Job Programs for Older Workers in the US – How to to increase the availability and effectiveness

Today, a decreasing percentage of counseling, job matching, and job development services are staff-assisted. American Job Centers do not currently have dedicated staff specializing in job development and job placement for older workers. Selected Public Workforce Development Programs in the United States: Lessons Learned for Older Workers provides a selective review of public workforce development … Continue reading

Citizenship in Canada – The biggest impacts

In June 2014, Bill C-24 passed and the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act came into force. The bill marked the most significant changes to Canada’s citizenship laws since 1977. Some of the changes came into effect in the summer of 2014 and the rest we expect will be implemented sometime in 2015. The government hasn’t said … Continue reading

Job Tenure in the U Congress – 9.8 years for the House and 11.4 years for the Senate for Members of the 112th Congress, as of January 5, 2011

The average service tenure of Members of the Senate and House of Representatives has varied substantially since 1789. This report presents data on Member tenure and a historical analysis of tenure trends. During the 19th century, the average service of Representatives and Senators remained roughly constant, with little or no change over time; the average … Continue reading

Social Security Claims in US – A growing number are waiting until their mid-60s or later

With lower Social Security replacement rates, vanish- ing traditional pensions, and longer lifespans, many people will need to work longer to ensure a secure retirement. Working longer directly increases current income; it avoids the actuarial reduction in Social Security benefits; it allows people to contribute more to their 401(k) plans; and it shortens the period … Continue reading

Inequality at its highest since records began OECD finds

Income inequality has reached record highs in most OECD countries and remains at even higher levels in many emerging economies. The richest 10 per cent of the population in the OECD now earn 9.6 times the income of the poorest 10 per cent, up from 7:1 in the 1980s and 9:1 in the 2000s, according … Continue reading

Employment Insurance in Canada – Up 5,900 or 1.1% in March 2015

In March, 517,900 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, up 5,900 or 1.1% from February. Compared with March 2014, the number of EI beneficiaries rose slightly (+2,600), the first year-over-year increase since February 2010. For the third consecutive month, Alberta led all provinces in terms of growth in the number of beneficiaries, with an 8.9% increase in March. Notable increases also occurred … Continue reading

US – Retirement preparations throughout the ages

The 16th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey finds American workers are continuing to recover from the Great Recession  and its aftereffects. While the economy is recovering, the U.S. retirement landscape is also continuing to evolve, with increases in life expectancies, the need for Social Security reform, and an even greater need for individuals and families to … Continue reading

Canada’s Oil and Gas Industry – Could lose as many as 185,000 direct and indirect jobs

In 2014, the oil and gas industry spent more than $125 billion on exploration, development and production activities in Canada, supporting more than 720,000 direct and indirect jobs. With an anticipated $31 billion reduction in capital and operational expenditures in 2015, the Canadian economy could lose as many as 185,000 direct and indirect jobs related … Continue reading

Renewable Energy Industry Jobs – More than 7.7 million people worldwide

More than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry, according to a new report released today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015, also provides a … Continue reading

Europe – 9 New forms of employment

Across Europe, new forms of employment are emerging that are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. Some transform the relationship between employer and employee, some change work organisation and work patterns, and some do both. This report identifies nine forms of employment that are new or have become increasingly … Continue reading

Argentina – Unemployment stabilizes at 7%

Less Argentines seem to be looking for a job, according to the latest figures from the Indec statistics bureau. Official numbers said yesterday that unemployment was stable in the first quarter, at 7.1 percent in the yearly comparison, but that is only because some of the jobless have stopped looking for work, as employment rates … Continue reading

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