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Canada – In recession as economic growth shrank for a second quarter in a row

Canada’s economy contracted by an annualized 0.5 percent in the second quarter, according to Statistics Canada data on Tuesday, indicating a recession in the first half of the year. The second-quarter downturn was less than the 1.0 percent decline forecast by economists, and followed a more deeply revised contraction of 0.8 percent in the first … Continue reading

Germany – Slight rise in in unemployment in August

Fresh data on the German labor market have shown the number of people looking for a job in Europe’s powerhouse economy has gone up marginally. But experts say it’s a seasonal effect not to be worried about. Germany’s Federal Labor Office (BA) said Tuesday it recorded 23,000 job-seekers more across the country in August as … Continue reading

Unemployment in EU – The lowest rate recorded since February 2012 but 4.634 million young persons are still unemployed

The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.9% in July 2015, down from 11.1% in June 2015, and from 11.6% in July 2014. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since February 2012. The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.5% in July 2015, down from 9.6% in June 2015, and from 10.2% … Continue reading

Satisfaction With Job in US – Up from 2005 finds Gallup

Employed Americans’ satisfaction with 13 aspects of their current jobs has largely improved in the last decade. The percentages of workers “completely satisfied” with their health benefits and vacation time have increased the most since 2005, each rising at least 10 percentage points. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Americans’ Satisfaction With … Continue reading

Bad Bosses – Almost half of workers have left a job because of them

And nearly a third don’t rate the skills of their current manager. They say ‘people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers’, and a survey by B2B marketplace Approved Index may have proved that once and for all, discovering that nearly half (42 per cent) of employees have left a job because of a bad boss. … Continue reading

Panasonic – 1,300 jobs cut in Beijing

Electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries and will shut down the factory that produces the batteries in Beijing. The company will cut 1,300 jobs as it aims to produce higher-grossing items such as electric car batteries. The plant has been open for 15 years and produces batteries for simple … Continue reading

US Jobless Claims – A decline after four straight weekly increases

The number of Americans seeking first-time unemployment benefits fell last week, suggesting the labor market remains healthy.  Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., decreased by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 271,000 in the week ended Aug. 22 the Labor Department said Thursday. The decline comes after four straight weekly increases. Economists … Continue reading

US – 28 percent of these rich households with jobs in 2012 and with average income of $31.4 million got no paycheck in 2013

A very curious thing happened in 2013, when Congress raised the tax rates on top earners, from the 35 percent rate set under George W. Bush back to the Bill Clinton–era rate of 39.6 percent. More than 4,000 households that in 2012 enjoyed salaries averaging $6.5 million each stopped collecting paychecks, my analysis of IRS … Continue reading

Carlsberg – To cut jobs in the hundreds in Russia, Europe and Asia

Carlsberg A/S, the world’s fourth-biggest brewer, plans more job cuts across the globe as it struggles to control costs amid tough conditions in markets like Russia and Europe, a person familiar with the matter said. The reductions will number in the hundreds and affect operations in Russia, Western Europe and Asia, said the person, who … Continue reading

Angry Birds – Up to 260 jobs cut to come

opular mobile game maker Rovio Entertainment says it plans to restructure its business and lay off up to 260 people because the company took on “too many things” during the past few years. Rovio says it will focus on three core activities: games, media and consumer products. The layoffs will affect the whole organization, excluding … Continue reading

Royal DSM – To cut as many as 1100 jobs by 2017

Royal DSM will make up to 1100 staff redundant by the end of 2017 in a reorganisation designed to cut the cost of running its pharma, nutrition and materials sciences businesses. The Dutch supplier announced the planned job cuts today, explaining that the move is designed to save it €125m to €150m ($144m to $173m) … Continue reading

Boeing Satellite Business – To cut hundreds of jobs

Boeing Co. said Monday it had started issuing notices for what could be hundreds of layoffs at its satellite business, a move it blamed partly on the stalled reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which supports many of its sales. The aerospace giant expects to lay off “several hundred” workers over the coming months and … Continue reading

US – Support for labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year

Americans’ approval of labor unions has jumped five percentage points to 58% over the past year, and is now at its highest point since 2008, when 59% approved. In the interim, the image of organized labor had suffered, sinking to an all-time low of 48% in 2009. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole … Continue reading

Australia – 60% of students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future

Sixty per cent of Australian students are training for jobs that will not exist in the future or will be transformed by automation, according to a new report by the Foundation for Young Australians. Key points 44 per cent of jobs will be automated in the next 10 years 60 per cent of students are … Continue reading

UK – The apprenticeship levy in coming in 2017

The government has outlined a package of plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships across England. Employers are being consulted for their views on the introduction of an apprenticeship levy, planned for 2017 and designed to increase investment in training and apprenticeships. Other proposed steps include a requirement to take a company’s apprenticeship provision … Continue reading

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