U.S. Economy Rebounds by Adding 287,000 Jobs in June

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy rebounded nicely after a disappointing May – when only 11,000 jobs were added – by gaining 287,000 jobs in June, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — JUNE 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

  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.

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Two Studies Claim Ban the Box Policies May Have Unintended Consequences

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 …

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Louisiana Ban the Box Law Takes Effect August 1

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 …

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May Jobs Report Disappoints with Only 38,000 Jobs Added

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy added a disappointing 38,000 jobs in May while the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 4.7 percent and the number of unemployed persons declined by 484,000 to 7.4 million during the month, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MAY 2016’ released …

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Louisiana Passes Ban the Box Legislation for State Employees

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Louisiana State Legislature has passed “Ban the Box” legislation – House Bill No. 266 (HB 266) – that will prohibit state employers from inquiring about the criminal history of a prospective employee on an initial application form until after the prospective employee is given an opportunity …

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April Jobs Report Shows 160,000 Jobs Added to U.S. Economy

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged at 5.0 percent, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — APRIL 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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March Jobs Report Reveals U.S. Economy Added 215,000 Jobs in Month

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy increased by 215,000 jobs in March while the unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.0, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — MARCH 2016’ released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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Austin TX to Ban the Box for Most Private Employers

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Austin City Council has passed Ban the Box legislation to give people with criminal records a fair chance to find work by prohibiting most private employers in the City from conducting a background check into the criminal history of job applicants until after a conditional …

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U.S. Economy Adds 242,000 Jobs in February 2016

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. economy added 242,000 jobs in February while the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons both remained unchanged at 4.9 percent and 7.8 million respectively, according to the February 2016 Employment Situation Report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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