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Unemployment in Netherlands – The rate falls for fourth month in a row

The Dutch unemployment rate fell for the fourth month in a row in August, the national statistics office CBS said on Thursday. In total, 13,000 people found work, taking the jobless rate to 8%. Unemployment has now fallen by an average of 14,000 a month over the previous three months, the CBS said. At the … Continue reading

US – Unemployment Claims decrease to 280,000

In the week ending September 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 280,000, a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 315,000 to 316,000. The 4-week moving average was 299,500, a decrease of 4,750 from the previous week’s revised average. … Continue reading

World Population – 11 billion people by 2100

There are currently 7.2 billion people on the planet. We may need to make room for 11 billion. A new study in Science argues that the world’s population is likely to grow to nearly 11 billion by 2100 if current trends hold. What’s more, the global population now seems unlikely to stabilize this century. This in … Continue reading

Wage Theft by Employers in US – At least $933 million in 2012 vs robberies ( including bank ) $341 million

Wage theft—employers’ failure to pay workers money they are legally entitled to—affects far more people than more well-known and feared forms of theft such as bank robberies, convenience store robberies, street and highway robberies, and gas station robberies. Employers steal billions of dollars from their employees each year by working them off the clock, by failing … Continue reading

 Employment Insurance in Canada, July 2014 – Nine provinces saw decreases in the number of beneficiaries

The number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits in July totalled 499,300, little changed from the previous month. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of beneficiaries decreased 2.9% or 14,900. While nine provinces saw decreases in the number of beneficiaries, these declines were offset by an increase in Ontario. Notable declines in July were in British Columbia, … Continue reading

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Microsoft – 2100 jobs cut today

Microsoft has confirmed today that 2100 employees were cut today as part of the previously announced layoffs. Of those cut, 747 were in the state of Washington with the rest occurring in offices around the world. Back in July, Microsoft said that it would cut 18,000 employees, which will cost them between $1.1bn and $1.6bn when … Continue reading

Canada – Aging population expected to go west

Canada’s population will shift dramatically in the next half century, becoming greyer, more diverse and more concentrated in the four Western provinces. A portrait of Canada in the next 50 years shows the country’s population could reach up to 63.5 million people by 2063 compared with 35.2 million last year, Statistics Canada projections show. The … Continue reading

Monetary Policy in US, September 17, 2014 – There is sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing improvement in labor market conditions

The Committee currently judges that there is sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing improvement in labor market conditions. In light of the cumulative progress toward maximum employment and the improvement in the outlook for labor market conditions since the inception of the current asset purchase program, the Committee decided to make … Continue reading

Skilled Trades in Michigan – Students aren’t buying

Nearly everywhere he goes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks about well-paying, but unfilled, welding,carpentry, machining and other skilled-trades jobs, as well as technical occupations in health care. Snyder has said Michigan and the country “messed up” by telling young people that the only path to a well-paying career is getting a four-year degree at a … Continue reading

Europe – Major companies pledge 100K for new youth jobs

Some 200 companies on Thursday pledged to create new work and training opportunities for Europe’s young jobseekers, of which one out of four is unemployed. The alliance of major companies set a goal of creating tens of thousands in additional jobs — or apprenticeships and internships that lead to jobs — over the next several … Continue reading

Sony – 1,000 job cuts

The company plans to cut staff in its mobile communications business by about 15 percent, or roughly 1,000 people, Hirai said. Details of that plan are to be announced later. via Sony forecasts Y230 bil loss, 1,000 job cuts ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion.

Toshiba – To cut 900 jobs (PC)

Japan’s Toshiba Corp said it would cut 900 jobs in a restructuring of its PC business that will include an exit from business-to-consumer operations in some regions. via Toshiba says to cut 900 jobs in PC restructuring | Business | Reuters.

Skills Gap in US – Sixty-one percent say ‘Yes, it exists’ but ‘not me’!

Sixty-one percent of Americans believe that today’s workforce is plagued by a skills gap, but do not see themselves as part of the problem, according to new data released today. The Udemy Skills Gap Index, an independent survey commissioned by Udemy, the leading global marketplace for learning and teaching online, and conducted by ResearchNow, surveyed … Continue reading

Recruiting with Social Media – Eight out of 10 HR teams

Eight out of every 10 HR functions use social media as at least one part of their recruitment strategy, according to research by online recruitment specialists Konetic. The survey of HR professionals suggests that despite so many using social media, 78% still see its use as a “major challenge” in their recruitment process. Figures released … Continue reading

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