November 2011 Jobs Report Shows Employment Rose by 120000 Jobs and Unemployment Rate Fell Under 9 Percent

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 120,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.6 percent in November 2011 as employment continued to trend up in retail trade, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care, according to ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – NOVEMBER 2011’ from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor …

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Report Shows Almost Two Million Unemployed Americans Risk Unemployment Insurance Cut Offs in January 2012

According to a new report issued by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) – “Hanging on by a Thread” – nearly two million unemployed Americans will be cut off from federal unemployment insurance in January 2012 and millions more will face the same fate in the months following unless Congress reauthorizes the programs before they …

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September 2011 Jobs Report Shows Employment Gained 103000 Jobs during Month

According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report ‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — SEPTEMBER 2011’ released today, total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 103,000 jobs led by gains in professional and business services, health care, and construction. In more good news, the change in total nonfarm payroll employment for July 2011 was …

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US Labor Department Employment Situation Report Shows Economy Added 54,000 Jobs in May 2011

The U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report for May 2011 shows that total nonfarm payroll employment added 54,000 jobs following gains that averaged 220,000 jobs in the prior three months. For May 2011, the job gains continued in professional and business services, healthcare, and mining while employment levels in other major …

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New York Bill Would Bar Discrimination against Unemployed Job Seekers by Making the Unemployed a Protected Class

In an effort to bar discrimination against unemployed job seekers in New York state, Senate Bill 5316 (SB 5316) – proposed by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) – would make the unemployed a “protected class” in New York and make it illegal for employers to deny out-of-work applicants an interview or position solely because …

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Case of Mistaken Identity in Background Check Shows Importance of Accurate Employment Screening

A ‘7 On Your Side’ report from KGO-TV ABC 7 in San Francisco, CA, shows that while many employers currently conduct criminal background checks on job applicants as part of an employment screening program, these job applicants can find out the hard way what happens if those background check results are a case of mistaken …

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Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Provides Six Critical Steps for Job Applicants with Criminal Pasts Re-Entering Job Market

By Lester Rosen, ESR President & Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Editor Just how much information an employer should be able to learn about the criminal past of a job applicant has become an increasingly controversial subject in the current economic downturn, when finding work is tough enough even for a job seeker with a spotless …

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September 2010 Jobs Report Shows Private Sector Added 64,000 Jobs Marking 9th Straight Month of Private Sector Growth

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog The private sector continues to trend up modestly and lead economic recovery, according to the latest jobs report from the Department of Labor (DOL) that showed the private sector added 64,000 jobs in September 2010. During a speech the same day as the release of the report, President Barack …

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Labor Department Report Shows Job Openings Rose in July after Two Months of Declines

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog In a positive sign that companies may increase hiring soon, the U.S. Labor Department reports that the number of jobs advertised rose in July after two months of declines. The Labor Department’s ‘Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey’ (JOLTS) showed that the number of jobs advertised rose by 6.2 …

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BBB Warns Jobseekers of Job Scams Involving Background Checks and Credit Reports

By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News As if it isn’t tough enough finding a job with the unemployment rate around 10 percent, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has issued a warning to jobseekers about scammers taking advantage of the current weak economy by targeting unemployed people desperate to work, scams including false background checks and unnecessary …

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