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US – Government jobs 630,000 below early stages of recession level

The Labor Department’s latest report signaled that a broader economic slowdown is taking place after job growth ticked up last year. The economy added just 126,000 jobs last month — the lowest tally in more than a year. While the new estimates were disappointing, they’re hardly anything out of the ordinary for the public sector. … 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

Canada – The services industry fast-growing exports is good for the job market

Some of our fastest-growing exports are in the overlooked services sector. That’s good for Canada’s job market. As a small, open economy, we depend on trade with other countries for prosperity and the high standard of living for which Canada is known. Commodities and manufactured goods traditionally formed the foundation of our identity. Services are … Continue reading

US – Small businesses created 108,000 ADP Small Business Employment Report for March 2015 finds

Private sector small business employment increased by 108,000 jobs from February to March according to the March ADP Small Business Report. Due to the important contribution that small businesses make to economic growth, employment data that are specific to businesses with 49 or fewer employees is reported each month and broadly distributed to the public, … Continue reading

US – Labor Market Slack Persisted Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta writes

Shifting labor force participation clouded unemployment picture Although the labor force participation rate (LFPR) has trended down since early 2000 (when the LFPR was 67 percent), the recession exacerbated the decline (see the   Labor Force Participation Rate chart). At the end of 2014, roughly 62.7 percent of the working age population was either employed or … Continue reading

Mobile Internet – Creates jobs for about 3 million people in the 13 countries BCG estimates

Revenues are only one part of the picture. The mobile Internet is a major job-growth engine as well. We estimate that it has created employment for about 3 million people in the 13 countries we studied. Many of these jobs are in Asia, where the manufacturing of mobile devices is centered. But the rapid growth … Continue reading

Sharp – To cut 6,000 jobs

Japan’s loss-making Sharp Corp (6753.T) intends to cut 12 percent of its workforce in a global restructuring expected to cost more than $1.7 billion, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday.  The job cuts will total around 6,000, half of which would come in Japan through early retirement while the rest would be … Continue reading

 Job vacancies in Canada in December 2014 – 5.0 unemployed people for every job vacancy down from 6.2 a year before

Canadian businesses reported 233,000 job vacancies in December, up 30,000 compared with 12 months earlier. For every job vacancy, there were 5.0 unemployed people, down from 6.2 in December 2013. This decline in the ratio was the result of both fewer unemployed people and more job vacancies. Unemployment-to-job vacancies ratio declines in four provinces In Nova Scotia, there were 6.6 unemployed people for every job vacancy, down from 10.6 in … Continue reading

Canada, February 2015 – The unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage points to 6.8%

Employment was unchanged in February, while the unemployment rate rose by 0.2 percentage points to 6.8% as more people searched for work. In the 12 months to February, employment increased by 130,000 (+0.7%) with most of the growth in the second half of the period. Compared with February 2014, full-time employment rose by 121,000 (+0.8%), while there was little change in part-time work. Over the … Continue reading

US Job Report for February 2015 – Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 295,000

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 295,000 in February, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in food services and drinking places, professional and business services, construction, health care, and in transportation and warehousing. Employment in mining was down over the month. … Continue reading

Japan – Three measures of slack in labor markets

How likely are Japan’s workers to see a bumper salary increase? The latest labor market data — showing a 1.3 percent annual increase in wages in January — is a hopeful sign. A more detailed answer comes from examining alternative measures of slack in the labor market. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole … Continue reading

US – Most (60%) see only a partial recovery in jobs Pew finds

The public makes sharp distinctions about which groups have benefited – and which have not – from the economic policies the government has put in place since the start of the recession. Majorities say that large banks, large corporations and the wealthy have been helped a great deal or a fair amount by government policies. … Continue reading

Unemployment Rate in France – The highest in at least 16 years

French unemployment hit an eye-watering 10.4% in the final three months of 2014, according to statistics just released. That’s the highest in at least 16 years for France — comparable records go back to 1998. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at  France unemployment record high Q4 2014 – Business Insider. Source: The unemployment … Continue reading

Mid-Market Enterprises (MMEs) – Directly employ 169 million people across 15 countries and territories spanning Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas

HSBC today released a global report highlighting the unsung role that mid-market enterprises (MMEs) play in the life of nations. The report, titled Hidden Impact: The vital role of mid-market enterprises and commissioned by HSBC from Oxford Economics, showcases the enormous contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment, and the supply chain that MMEs contribute … Continue reading

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) – To cut 14,000 jobs by 2019

The UK’s state-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is set to cut up to 14,000 jobs in its investment banking units across the United States and Asia by 2019, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.  The number amounts to 80 percent of the jobs in the RBS’s investment banking sector, which is scheduled to experience … Continue reading

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