Latest job numbers show no improvement

10 01 2010

The job market is not nearly as hot as it once was. The December unemployment report released Friday shows we’re nearing an unemployment high. Although employers cut 85,000 jobs from payrolls and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 10%, it is just below the 10.8% peak hit in the 1982 recession. The figures dashed hopes that the final month of 2009 would be the first to show jobs being added back to the economy, reported Money magazine. With more than seven million jobs lost in the last two years, no one was looking for major job creation, but the report still contained many depressing numbers. Read more >>.

Minnesota fares better than nation, but not as well as our west side neighbor.

Here in the Twin Cities, we’re lucky. Our unemployment rate is only 7.0%, according to a report released a few days earlier. But if you want to fare even better, go just a tad west. South Dakota sits at a 4.5% unemployment rate and North Dakota at 3.7%. See how we stack up to other states.





Graphic artist and web designer for hire

9 01 2010

Tom Mundahl, who created the logo for MITSVA, is a multi-talented artist. He is a musician, an illustrator, graphic designer and web site developer. He showcases all of these talents in his latest music video. If you know of anyone looking to hire a graphic artist, MITSVA has at least two in Tom and in Brad Dickinson, who created the MITSVA banner and other graphics for us.





Shuler to White House: Let’s Revive Manufacturing

18 12 2009

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler joined Vice President Joe Biden and other leaders a Thursday December 20th meeting of the White House Middle Class Task Force. The topic: restoring our crippled manufacturing sector.

The White House Middle Class Task Force yesterday issued a framework detailing the challenges facing manufacturing, and Shuler delivered a message to the White House that fixing manufacturing must be a priority in building a stronger economy. More >>





How to Transition to a New Job

9 12 2009

Harvey Goodman speaks at MITSVA December 8, 2009 on How to Transition to a New Job (Photos by Sheree R. Curry)

early a dozen people braved the heavy snow fall that blew across the Twin Cities on Tuesday to hear Harvey Goodman speak on “How to Transition to a New Job.”

The free seminar, held at MITSVA, 1712 Hopkins Crossroad, Minnetonka, is one of several that are held most Tuesday evenings.

Mr. Goodman discussed how networking is key to finding a new job and that networking should move beyond social tools and back to the basics: face-to-face networking.

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Best time to get a job might be sooner than you think

6 12 2009

The time of year you apply for a job could make or break your chances with employers. So when are the best times of year to land a position?

With nearly 16 million Americans out of work and tending tirelessly to their job searches, some candidates may be ready for a little holiday break. But December could actually be the best time to reinvigorate your hunt,  say some hiring managers.  Read more >>





Jobless Rate Still Bleak, with 15.4 Million Workers Unemployed

4 12 2009

The nation’s unemployment rate moved from 10.2 percent to 10 percent in November, with 15.4 million American workers unemployed, according to U.S. Department of Labor data, but when both unemployed and underemployed workers are counted, there still are some 26 million people without jobs or full-time work. At the start of the recession in December 2007, there were 7.5 million jobless workers and the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent. Read More at Minnesota AFL-CIO >>





How Credit Rating Can Affect Your Ability to Get a Job

3 12 2009

A Facebook fan of the Money Coach had heard that a bad credit rating could keep him from getting a job. He wanted to verify whether this is true and wanted to know where he find out about his credit rating. Read more >>





Even as Layoffs Persist, Some Good Jobs Go Unfilled

5 10 2009

By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, AP Business Writer – Sun Oct 4, 3:53 pm ET
Job training seminarIn a brutal job market, here’s a task that might sound easy: Fill jobs in nursing, engineering and energy research that pay $55,000 to $60,000, plus benefits.
Yet even with 15 million people hunting for work, even with the unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, some employers can’t find enough qualified people for good-paying career jobs.
Ask Steve Jones, a hospital recruiter in Indianapolis who’s struggling to find qualified nurses, pharmacists and MRI technicians. Or Ed Baker, who’s looking to hire at a U.S. Energy Department research lab in Richland, Wash., for $60,000 each.
Economists say the main problem is a mismatch between available work and people qualified to do it. Millions of jobs with attractive pay and benefits that once drew legions of workers to the auto industry, construction, Wall Street and other sectors are gone, probably for good. And those who lost those jobs generally lack the right experience for new positions popping up in health care, energy and engineering.
Many of these specialized jobs were hard to fill even before the recession. But during downturns, recruiters tend to become even choosier, less willing to take financial risks on untested workers.
The mismatch between job opening and job seeker is likely to persist even as the economy strengthens and begins to add jobs. It also will make it harder for the unemployment rate, now at 9.8 percent, to drop down to a healthier level.  Read More…
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Associated Press reporters Christopher S. Rugaber in Washington and Mike Smith in Indianapolis contributed to this report.