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April Jobs Report: Job Gains Smallest in 7 Months

But unemployment rate stays at same low of 5% it's been at since the fall

(Newser) - US employers pulled back on hiring in April after a streak of solid monthly gains, adding 160,000 jobs, the fewest in seven months, the AP reports. The unemployment rate remained at a low of 5%, roughly the same level it has been since the fall. The job gain was... More »

Chipotle Hiring Blitz: 4K Workers, One Day

Chain hopes to recruit thousands during 'National Career Day' on Sept. 9

(Newser) - In the restaurant industry's continued "war on talent," Chipotle is fighting back against a tight labor market with a single-day blitz next month in which it hopes to hire 4,000 workers in one fell swoop, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Sept. 9 "National Career... More »

To Land a Job Here, It's a 15-Hour Interview

Your body language gets special scrutiny

(Newser) - Considering a job at Appster? Sure! Just send in your résumé, spend an average of 15 hours interviewing, and score in the top 5% worldwide on competency tests, and maybe you'll get hired. Fortune reports the Australian app-development company re-engineered its approach after calculating that only about half... More »

In Your 20s? Here's How to Get a Fatter Salary at 40

Job-hop now, study finds

(Newser) - A new study has a message for twentysomethings: To land a better-paying job that you love when you're older, it's healthy to job-hop now. It seems that frequent job-switchers boost their odds of having higher-paying, more satisfying jobs in their 30s and 40s, the Atlantic reports. While the... More »

July's Jobs Report: 'Goldilocks-esque'

209K jobs added, unemployment ticks up to 6.2%

(Newser) - Not much surprising news in today's jobs report: The economy added 209,000 jobs, when 230,000 had been expected, according to the Wall Street Journal ; the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.2%, when it had been expected to remain 6.1%. Michael J. Casey sums things up... More »

Jobless Rate Down—and So Is Job Security

Companies reluctant to take risks on long-term hires

(Newser) - The unemployment rate may be down to 6.3% , but that doesn't mean the jobs we have are permanent. The New York Post points to an increasing number of "temp-to-hire" workers, who may be working 40-hour weeks but lack job security and miss out on benefits. Some 3%... More »

We've Finally Regained All the Jobs Lost in Downturn

Jobs report shows 217K new jobs in May, unemployment at 6.3%

(Newser) - Today's jobs report shook out slightly better than expected. Last month, 217,000 jobs were added, while economists had expected 210,000; the unemployment rate remained at 6.3%, while economists had expected it to tick up to 6.4%. That's the fourth straight month of "solid... More »

Résumés, Cover Letters Are Awful Relics

Looking at credentials tends to bias us, lead to bad hires, Jesse Singal argues

(Newser) - Odds are pretty good that you hate cover letters and résumés. Pretty much everyone does, applicants and employers alike. And they should, for more reasons than you realize, writes Jesse Singal at New York . "It’s time for the résumé and the cover letter to die,... More »

The Year's 10 Best Jobs

Hiring tip: Be good with computers

(Newser) - Trying to decide on a career direction? US News & World Report is offering a list of the year's 100 best jobs—where "best" means good opportunities, good pay, job security, and decent work-life balance. Computer- and health-related work comes out on top:
  1. Software developer: The Bureau of
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300 Companies Promise to Help Long-Term Jobless

Apple, Walmart, others will reassess hiring practices

(Newser) - President Obama says he has secured a pledge from more than 300 companies to rethink their hiring practices with the goal of helping the long-term unemployed. The president is meeting with top business leaders today at the White House, but he offered some details to CNN about the initiative last... More »

Unemployment Hits 4-Year Low: 7.5%

As 165K jobs are added in April

(Newser) - Today's jobs report beat expectations: The unemployment rate fell to 7.5%, a four-year low, in April, and 165,000 jobs were created. Economists had expected 148,000 new jobs and an unemployment rate holding steady at 7.6%, the Wall Street Journal reports. More good news from the... More »

Survey: November Hiring Slumps Due to Sandy

Only 118K jobs last month: ADP

(Newser) - A private survey shows that US businesses added fewer workers in November, in part because Superstorm Sandy shut down factories, retail stores, and other companies. Payroll processor ADP says employers added 118,000 jobs last month. That's below October's total of 157,000, which was revised lower. Moody'... More »

Survey: US Added 162K Jobs in Sept.

Estimate is lower than August's figure of 189K

(Newser) - A private survey shows that US businesses hired fewer workers in September than in August, a sign that slow growth may be holding back hiring. Payroll processor ADP says companies added 162,000 jobs last month. That's below August's total of 189,000, which was revised lower. The... More »

Unemployment Rises to 8.3%

Economy added 163K jobs in July

(Newser) - The good news: The economy added 163,000 jobs last month, which the AP calls a "hopeful sign" considering how slow the past three months of hiring have been. That makes July the best month of hiring since February. But in adding an average of 151,000 jobs a... More »

More US Firms Not Hiring— Thanks to Europe?

Just 23% of firms plan hiring in next 6 months, down from 39% in April

(Newser) - US firms are getting nervous about the transatlantic effects of Europe's debt crisis—and fewer of them foresee hiring anytime soon. In early April, 39% of US companies polled planned to hire sometime within the next six months; by June that figure was down to 23%, the National Association... More »

Unemployment Falls to 8.1%, but News Not All Good

Just 115K jobs added in April: jobs report

(Newser) - The unemployment rate fell to 8.1% in April, the lowest it’s been since January 2009, the Wall Street Journal reports. But that still gets an "ouch" from blogger Steven Russolillo since just 115,000 jobs were added, when as many as 168,000 had been expected. "... More »

Recession Was Great— for Big Business

Firms come out streamlined; still slow to hire

(Newser) - For some of America's biggest companies, the recession amounted to growing pains: They're now "leaner, meaner, and hungrier," says one economist. Indeed, sales, profits, and employment among S&P 500 companies last year beat figures from 2007—before the crisis began, the Wall Street Journal notes... More »

Big Hiring Back at Colleges

Interviews, wages all up more than expected, say experts

(Newser) - In another sign that the recovery is picking up speed, university graduate hiring is way up this spring, surging 10.2% from last year, reports Reuters . The National Association of Colleges and Employers had expected grad hiring to rise, but previously predicted 9.5%. Around the country, universities' career services... More »

Unemployment Falls to 8.5%

200K jobs added in December: jobs report

(Newser) - A better-than-expected jobs report shows that 2011 ended with a bang: The unemployment rate fell to 8.5% last month, the lowest since February 2009, and 200,000 new jobs were added, the Wall Street Journal reports. The jobs report was expected to be solid, but not this solid: Unemployment... More »

What Job-Seekers Shouldn't Post on Facebook

...and what employers want to see

(Newser) - We’ve all heard the horror stories of Facebook profiles that keep people from being hired. Indeed, 91% of employers screen potential employees using the service, a survey finds. So just what is it, exactly, that employers don’t want to see? The survey , by online reputation-protection service Reppler , reveals... More »

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