STAFFING BLOG -- SCOTT SUTTELL
Job openings in June set a four-year high watermark
Blog entry: August 8, 2012, 10:17 am | Author: SCOTT SUTTELL
The country's unemployment rate is rising and companies still aren't adding many jobs, but a new government report offers some hope that things are about to get better.
Bloomberg reports that job openings in the United States rose in June “to the highest level in four years, indicating employment gains may accelerate in the second half of the year.”
The number of jobs waiting to be filled climbed by 105,000 to 3.76 million, the most since July 2008, from a revised 3.66 million the prior month, the Labor Department reported. The pace of hiring and firings also slowed, Bloomberg said.Starting over
“A rising need for workers shows some employers are expanding as sales improve, laying the ground for a pickup in hiring that may help boost consumer spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy,” according to Bloomberg.
“The economy is still growing, (and) that's underpinning labor demand,” Henry Mo, a senior economist at Credit Suisse, tells the news service. “Job availability is increasing, but we still need to see employers put this into action. The economy will grow a little better in the second half than in the first half and the labor market will improve gradually.”
America sure is a land of second chances.Stay safe
The Wall Street Journal profiles what it calls “a select number of ex-convicts” who are using their experiences to launch second, aboveboard careers as authors, corporate trainers, speakers or consultants. Others, The Journal notes, use ideas hatched in prison to start new businesses.
There are, not surprisingly, big obstacles.
“Many employers and prospective clients won't consider hiring an ex-con,” The Journal reports. “A growing number of states bar ex-felons from jobs that require a state license, such as plumber, electrician, cosmetologist or taxi driver.”
Patrick Kuhse of San Diego, who hit the lecture circuit after finishing a four-year prison term in 2001 for his role as an investment adviser to the state of Oklahoma in a kickback scandal, tells the newspaper, “To say that the rejection level was high would be an understatement,"
At first, The Journal notes, he contacted dozens of universities and nonprofits asking to talk free of charge, warning listeners to avoid "the eight critical thinking errors" that can lead to criminal behavior.
Some critics told him, "You're profiting from your crime," says Mr. Kuhse, who says he pays about a quarter of his net income in restitution. But he kept trying, and has since given 2,100 speeches, telling listeners, "here's how it could happen to you."
Gary Zeune, who heads The Pros and The Cons, a Powell, Ohio, speaker's bureau for white-collar criminals, tells The Journal that ex-offenders who succeed on the speaking circuit can make $5,000 or more for a speech. They must "be willing to take responsibility for what they did, and to be willing to answer any question that somebody puts to them," says Mr. Zeune, a certified public accountant and trainer on corporate fraud.
If you had to guess America's most dangerous jobs, you might say something like petroleum refinery work, or working in a mine or a steel foundry.
Those indeed can be dangerous jobs. But TheAtlantic.com takes a look at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and finds America's most dangerous jobs are in hospitals.
“Nursing and residential care facilities rank in the top 10 most dangerous (14.7 injuries per 100 full-time workers for state industries and 10.9 for local industries),” according to the website. “In comparison, petroleum refinery incidences barely register (at 0.7 cases per 100 full-time workers).”
Of these incidences, nearly 95% are injuries.
Some of the country's other most-dangerous jobs are travel trailer and camper manufacturing; fire protection; iron foundries; police protection; ambulance services; and veterinary services.
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