Articles About Jobs

Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
10.29.2012

The Truth About Those Unemployment Numbers

The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, the lowest level reported since January of 2009.  That is a 0.4 percent decline from the 8.1 percent reported for the previous month, yet represents a slight hiring slowdown after the Department of Labor revised the July and August numbers upwards by 86,000.  A total […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
07.16.2012

June 2012: Jobs Fizzle

80,000 was the number. 200,000 is what we need for this to feel like a recovery. And 8.2 is the number that keeps hanging on.  The nation’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2% (that’s 13 million unemployed workers) for the second consecutive month, the Labor Department said Friday.  Businesses added just 84,000 jobs, while governments […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
01.11.2012

Job Creation Strengthens, But Unemployment Increases?

American companies added 244,000 jobs to the economy in April, the fastest pace in five years.  In an ironic twist, however, the unemployment rate climbed to nine percent, according to the Department of Labor.  The unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent in March after dropping continuously since November’s rate of 9.8 percent rate. Economists had […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
10.03.2011

July Jobs Numbers Disappoint

ADP, a leading payroll services company, is reporting that private companies added 114,000 jobs in July.  Many analysts had projected an increase in hiring from June, but it is not likely that the unemployment rate will decline even if job growth rose sharply.  ADP’s forecasts are frequently used to measure how the labor economy is […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
04.25.2011

The Mal-Employment Factor

College graduates with advanced degrees are working as bartenders and baristas.  It’s called mal-employment and currently impacts approximately 1.94 million graduates under the age of 30, according data compiled by Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University.  Sum said mal-employment has significantly increased over the past 10 years, making […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
03.21.2011

Solar Panels Powering More U.S. Homes

The year 2010 saw 956 megawatts worth of solar panels installed in the United States, providing a cumulative capacity of 2.6 gigawatts – enough to power 500,000 homes. Even though the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says solar is a fast-growing business, it still provides less than one percent of the nation’s electrical capacity.  In […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
02.16.2011

It’s the Jobs, Stupid.

President Obama recently took a short stroll from the White House and through Lafayette Park to give a speech in what might be termed enemy territory – the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The subject was jobs and what the Chamber can do to jump start hiring by the companies that form its membership.  Noting that […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
01.31.2011

Latest CPI Numbers Show a Still-Shaky Economy

Rising gas prices and the dearth of jobs are negatively impacting consumer confidence and bringing the first hint of inflation in a long time.   The Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed an increase of 0.5 percent in December, primarily a result of skyrocketing gas costs, according to the Department of Labor.  The AAA reports that the […]

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Author:
Matt Ward
Posted:
12.28.2010

Half of Companies Plan to Hire New Employees in 2011

Approximately half – 47 percent – of American companies whose sales range from $25 million to $2 billion say they will hire more employees in 2011, according to a Bank of America survey of chief financial officers (CFOs).  The new number represents a significant uptick over the 28 percent who planned to hire new employees […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
01.06.2010

TARP Savings Could Finance Jobs Program

The $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) cost $200 billion less than originally anticipated,  according to a new Treasury Department report.  That reflects faster repayments by big banks, as well as less spending on rescue programs as the financial sector recovers more quickly than expected. And it’s good news for President Obama’s new job […]

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