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By Rob Basso on 8/29/2012 11:09 AM
Everyone I’ve spoken to recently has commented that with all the unemployment talk on LI, it’s not any easier to find good employees. We’ve been interviewing for a few open positions and the amount of candidates that show up late, don’t show up, show up inappropriately dressed or just completely unprepared is staggering.  And this is after we’ve sorted through the hundreds of applicants that applied to the job posting online regardless of whether or not they meet the criteria listed in the job postings...
By Rob Basso on 8/9/2012 10:39 AM
Las Vegas drivers were in complete shock when they saw what looked like a man hanging from a billboard on Interstate 15.  The billboard, (shown below) read “dying for work.” While a second billboard read “Hope You’re Happy Wall St.”  After some investigating, police discovered that the figure dressed in a suit was a dummy (whew). Authorities are currently conducting an investigation to find out who is behind the traffic stopping billboards...
By Rob Basso on 3/12/2012 12:06 PM
Good news!  According to ADP’s National Employment Report released March 7th, U.S. Private-Sector employment increased by 216,000 jobs in February. More good news:  another February report compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the number of workers quitting has been steadily rising.  Wait, employees quitting their jobs is good news?  BLS says yes, “Quits tend to rise when there is a perception that jobs are available and tend to fall when there is a perception that jobs are scarce...”
By Rob Basso on 3/7/2012 2:47 PM
I read this great article on called “More wives bring home more of the bacon.” The article discusses women who find themselves having to seek employment due to their husbands having been laid off or taking a loss in earnings as a result of the Great Recession of 2007-2009.  I may not be a wife yet but I am a supporter of women in the workplace, especially women who can help support themselves and their family...
By Rob Basso on 3/1/2012 11:00 AM

Firms recently surveyed by PricewaterhouseCooper shared some good news which had 78% of executives saying that they expect their company to show positive growth over the next 12 months.   54% of executives questioned stated that they planned to hire over the next year, with only 3% planning to trim their workforce...

By Rob Basso on 2/9/2012 12:58 PM

According to a report from the Associated Press, the number of jobs waiting to be filled rose in December, thanks to hiring in factories, retail and business services.   This number hit almost a three year high, marketing more good news for the economy.

According to the Labor Department's Job Openings and the Labor Turnover Survey, there were 3.4 million jobs open at the end of December, compared to 3.1 million at the end of November...

By Rob Basso on 1/25/2012 11:59 AM

As the US struggles to accelerate a sluggish recovery, a deeper look needs to be taken at the reasons for the slow recovery.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal government’s official source of employment statistics, in October 2011, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Americans 25 years and older who had at least a bachelor’s degree was 4.4 percent. For those who graduated high school, the unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in October 2011.  However, for those without a high school degree the rate is 10.6 percent, and for those aged 25 and over, the unemployment rate was 13.8 percent.   These are staggering numbers.   How are we supposed to compete on a global scale when we have almost a quarter of high school students dropping out each year, or in other terms, over 340,000 students a year? In fact, the Education Database recently reported that high school dropouts are not eligible for 90% of the jobs in our economy and we have 40 million high school dropouts in the US today...

By Rob Basso on 10/17/2011 10:57 AM

I stumbled upon a great article on the other day that talked about the steps to take after you lose your job. After the dust settles, there is a lot to be accomplished and this article laid it out in order. I may not agree with everything listed, but they certainly put everyone on the path of forward movement.

Step 1 according to the article was contacting a career coach. Yes, it’s true that most don’t charge for the initial meeting, but depending on your career or your coach, these costs can quickly mount. I suggest checking out your local SBA office or Department of Labor office to see if they have a career coach or career counselor on staff who can help you formulate a plan for your job hunt...

By Rob Basso on 9/8/2011 11:12 AM

Tonight at 7pm, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress to lay out a jobs package estimated to be worth more than $300 billion dollars.  Obama will present tax cuts for middle-class families and businesses; these cuts are the cornerstone of his plan and will push for new spending to repair roads, bridges and other deteriorating infrastructure to help create jobs and improve our country’s worsening substructure...

By Rob Basso on 9/7/2011 10:13 AM
Working with the 20-something crowd is incredibly rewarding because you can have a tremendous impact on their outlook on career, life and desires. Shaped by a youth of instant gratification—compliments of today’s technology—many of the young adults entering today’s workforce have a different take on work and career than my generation. Quite frankly, it can be a challenge to bridge the gap to get the best from a set of society that is sometimes characterized as having a lack of ambition. Bridging that generational gap to find out what truly motivates the latest wave of college graduates is key to the growth of our struggling economy and future success as a nation....
By Rob Basso on 9/6/2011 11:52 AM

The jobs report came out last Friday and folks, the news is not great. Zero new jobs were added in August, a rare occurrence in US history. In fact, this is such a rare occurrence that the last time the government reported that zero jobs were created was February of 1945.

The national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.1%, but what does zero jobs added actually mean? Economists usually estimate that to keep up with population growth, the country needs to add approximately 150,000 jobs each month. To actually grow, we’d need to add about 300,000 jobs a month or more to recover the 8.8 million jobs lost during the recession.

What’s behind these numbers?

By Rob Basso on 9/7/2010 11:01 AM

On Friday, the August Employment Situation Report was released and I had the opportunity to give my insight on this report in order to help entrepreneurs. Watch the discussion on the finalized statistics and their effects on our economy and small business. Let me know how you feel about these jobs numbers by commenting below.

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