Tag Archives: Job Applicants

November Jobs Report Shows Decrease in Unemployment and Labor Force Participation Rates

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The unemployment rate in the United States decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 4.6 percent while the economy added 178,000 jobs in November of 2016, according to the Employment Situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Study Finds Workers with Criminal Records No Worse than Non-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Researchers at Northwestern University have released a study entitled ‘Criminal Background and Job Performance’ that found employees with criminal records “have an involuntary separation rate that is no higher than that of other employees and a voluntary separation rate that is much lower.” Continue reading

October Employment Situation Report Shows 161,000 Jobs Added

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs while the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons dropped to 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively in October of 2016, according to the Employment Situation report released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

U.S. Economy Adds 156,000 Jobs in September 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in September 2016 while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons rose slightly to 5.0 percent and 7.9 million respectively in the month, according to the Employment Situation report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

August Employment Situation Report Shows 151,000 Jobs Added in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs in August 2016 while both the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons remained unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively, according to the Employment Situation Report for August 2016 released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Continue reading

July 2016 Employment Situation Report Shows 255,000 Jobs Added in Month

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. economy added 255,000 jobs in July 2016 while both the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons remained essentially unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JULY 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continue reading

Broward County FL Votes to Ban the Box on Government Employment Applications

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Broward County (FL) Commission has unanimously voted to “Ban the Box” and remove the check box on initial government employment applications that asks about job applicants about their past criminal record, according to a news release on the Commission’s website. Continue reading

Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Two studies on “Ban the Box” policies that prevent employers from asking job applicants if they have a criminal record on initial applications – one by The Brookings Institution and the other by the University of Chicago – claim that these well intentioned laws meant to help ex-offenders re-enter the workforce may have the unintended consequence of causing more harm than good for minority job seekers. Continue reading

Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed House Bill 266 (HB266) into law to “Ban the Box” on some state job applications by removing the question asking applicants about their criminal history to help give them a fair chance at employment. This new Ban the Box law will take effect August 1, 2016. Continue reading