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Atlantic City casinos have 1,400 job openings – Breaking News

The casino hotels are going on a hiring spree, with more than 1,400 jobs available in a market still trying to recover from the closings of four gaming resorts last year. Matthew Levinson, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission, said he was surprised to learn there were so many job openings that needed … Continue reading

Facebook – Increased headcount by 48%

Mark Zuckerberg is going to need to find some more pinball machines and rock-climbing walls. The social networking company, known for its many perks that make it a regular on the hottest-places-to-work lists, is increasing headcount at an incredible pace. Facebook, which reported that sales fell short of estimates, passed the 10,000-employee mark last quarter. … Continue reading

Aging Workforce – How prepared is the US

Gillian B. White: You spent a lot of time researching the labor force and changing demographics around the world, in your opinion how prepared is the U.S. for the shift to an older population? Joseph M. Coleman: There are good things and bad things. We have a very dynamic economy, we’re able to react to … Continue reading

Unemployemnt in Spain – Rises slightly to 23.78 percent

Spain’s unemployment rate in the first quarter increased for the first time in a year, albeit modestly, preliminary figures from the statistical office INE showed Thursday.  The jobless rate rose to 23.78 percent from 23.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Economists had expected the figure to remain unchanged. The latest increase was the … Continue reading

 Job vacancies in Canada in January 2015 – 5.5 Unemployed people for every job vacancy, down from 6.8 the same month one year earlier

Canadian businesses reported 225,000 job vacancies in January, up 33,000 compared with January 2014. For every job vacancy, there were 5.5 unemployed people, down from 6.8 the same month one year earlier. This decline in the ratio was the result of both fewer unemployed people and more job vacancies.  The national job vacancy rate was 1.5% in January, up from 1.3% recorded 12 months earlier. For 2014 as a whole, … Continue reading

Employment Insurance, February 2015 in Canada – Rose by 2.0% following five months of little change

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits rose by 2.0% (+9,900) to 509,800 in February, following five months of little change. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of beneficiaries was down slightly (-0.7% or -3,500). In February, the number of beneficiaries rose notably in several provinces compared with a month earlier, with Alberta experiencing the largest increase … Continue reading

Older Workers in EU – Employment growth has far outpaced US

The European Union (EU) has experienced significant growth in the employment of workers ages 55 to 64, which has far outpaced the growth of older-worker employment in the United States. An initial look might lead to the conclusion that the EU is ahead of the United States in employing older workers. However, the historical performance … Continue reading

Increased Mismatch in US – Will wages raise ?

U.S. job openings surged to a 14-year high in February but a steady pace of hiring suggested employers are having trouble finding suitable workers, a trend that could put upward pressure of wage growth. Job openings, a measure of labor demand, increased 168,000 to a seasonally adjusted 5.1 million, the Labor Department said in its … Continue reading

Immigrant Women in US – 21.2 million or 51 percent of the overall foreign-born population,

Following a history of majority male migration through the mid-20th century, women have migrated to the United States in large numbers as a result of the emphasis on family reunification ushered in by the 1965 Immigration Act. Female immigrants represent 51 percent of the overall foreign-born population, with 21.2 million immigrant women residing in the … Continue reading

The “Middle-Skill” Jobs in US – How to fill the gap

Over the past decade many economists have warned that the middle of the labor market is hollowing out. Traditional middle-skill jobs—like construction, production, and clerical jobs that require little formal education—are disappearing.  But new analysis from Economic Studies Visiting Fellow Harry Holzer uncovers growth in the middle of the labor market that many have overlooked. … Continue reading

UK – Youth unemployment and the legacy of austerity

A Youth Guarantee was adopted by the European Council in June 2013, based on successful schemes in Finland and Austria. Member States are encouraged to take an active role in securing the future of their young generations by engaging educational providers, employers, public authorities and trade unions to ensure that young people have the advice, … Continue reading

US – Top industries for 2015 graduates

With graduation right around the corner, millions of young Americans are preparing to enter the workforce. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, postsecondary institutions are expected to confer an estimated 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees in 2015. If associate degrees are included, the number of total graduates will extend to about 2.8 million, up … Continue reading

US March 2015 Job Report – Slowdown in employment growth (126,000)

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 126,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.  Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, health care, and retail trade, while mining lost jobs. Household Survey Data In March, the unemployment rate held at … Continue reading

Telecommuting continues to gain traction in workplaces FlexJobs finds

Telecommuting continues to gain traction in workplaces around the country and the world, with the majority of companies integrating remote work options into their more traditional on-site work environments.  However, there is a small but exciting trend of companies that embrace remote work as a fundamental part of their business model.  These organizations allow all (or … Continue reading

US – 51% of managers are not engaged and cost $77 billion to $96 billion annually

Managers have the greatest impact on employee engagement, which makes this finding very worrisome: A strikingly low percentage — just 35% — of U.S. managers are themselves engaged, while 51% are not engaged and 14% are actively disengaged. By Gallup’s estimates, the “not engaged” group costs the U.S. $77 billion to $96 billion annually through … Continue reading

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