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    Obama Promises More Than 600,000 Stimulus Jobs

    Obama Promises More Than 600,000 Stimulus Jobs
    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promising to deliver more than 600,000 jobs through his $787 billion stimulus plan this summer, repackaging a pledge the administration made weeks earlier as the economy continues to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs each month. Obama spotlighted billions in federal agency spending planned this summer in an announcement Monday designed to draw attention to ...
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    It's No Joke: Recession Turns Folks Into Comedians

    It's No Joke: Recession Turns Folks Into Comedians
    There's just something about a recession that makes people want to do funny things. Like wannabe comics who are out of a job and hoping amateur hour at comedy clubs could be the ticket to a paycheck - and maybe stardom. Because, really, how hard could that be? At New York City's Gotham Comedy Club, co-owner Chris Mazzilli says he saw ...
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    Do Rude Workers Expect to Keep Their Jobs?

    Do Rude Workers Expect to Keep Their Jobs?
    The security guard/receptionist at a downtown medical building had an iPod ear bud attached to one ear and a cellphone glued to the other - and was doing a pretty good job of ignoring me as he carried on a loud, personal conversation. All I wanted to do was confirm my doctor's office number, but he had his priorities. Finally, I ...
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    Will You Be Hired or Fired By 2010?

    Which Sectors Will Be Hardest Hit? About 10,000 people a day are losing their jobs in the current U.S. economic crisis, the worst rate since perhaps the Great Depression. Yet for many industries, the real pain lies ahead. Here's a look at 30 sectors—some that will be among the hardest hit and others where the outlook is for modest growth, ...
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    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity

    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity
    Eve Gelb's life was once a blur of hour-and-a-half commutes on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. What memories: The NPR fatigue. The stale minivan air. The deep identification with the characters in Waiting for Godot. But that's all in the past. Gelb, a project manager at a giant HMO, SCAN Health Plan, has given up her Ethan Allen-style office, yanked ...
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    Shamed Conspicuous Consumers Spend Less

    Shamed Conspicuous Consumers Spend Less
    The global economic crisis has generated a new phenomenon: luxury shame, or the shunning of ostentatious purchases of expensive jewelry, watches and fashion, which is largely blamed for the projected 8 percent drop in the luxury market this year. But a Bain & Co. study released Monday indicates the phenomenon isn't durable, predicting a slight 1 percent increase in the luxury ...
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    Avon, Mary Kay Ranks Boom as a Second-Job Option

    Avon, Mary Kay Ranks Boom as a Second-Job Option
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Armies of new Avon ladies, Mary Kay reps and Tupperware sellers are advancing on living rooms across the country, their ranks full of professionals forced to take a second job amid the recession. Becke Alexander, sales manager for New York-based Avon Products Inc., hears each week from laid-off bankers and stay-at-home moms, but also gainfully employed people worried ...
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    Outlook for Jobs Turns Positive

    Outlook for Jobs Turns Positive
    An economic survey out today provides fresh evidence that a fitful recovery is underway as customer demand grows in the third quarter for the first time in more than a year and the jobs outlook brightens a bit. For the first time since the recession began, the portion of companies planning to add employees in the next six months outnumbered those ...
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    Layoff Survival Kit: Legal & Financial Essentials

    Layoff Survival Kit: Legal & Financial Essentials
    This article offers general information on legal and financial matters relating to employment. For specific information relating to your situation, please consult an attorney, financial planner or appropriate government agency. Now that you've lost your job, you need to hurry up and find a new one, right? Wrong. You've got to buck up and tie up loose ends with your ex-employer ...
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    How will the $789 billion stimulus package affect you?

    How will the $789 billion stimulus package affect you?
    WASHINGTON — The $789 billion stimulus bill moving toward final passage by Congress will not quickly solve the historic problems besetting the economy, but it could reduce the damage, while providing relief for the unemployed and the uninsured. Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, predicts the biggest effects will occur in 2010 from the bill's spending for aid to ...
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    Google Knows If You're About to Quit

    Google Knows If You're About to Quit
    'New algorithm can help Google answer complex staffing questions and identify employees most likely to quit.' - Google is the cream of the internet search and advertising crop and got to its top spot on the backs of a large group of dedicated and talented employees. Some of the very same employees that helped Google get where it is today are ...
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    Opportunity Behind Skilled Workers' Exodus

    Opportunity Behind Skilled Workers' Exodus
    It wasn't the U.S. economy that convinced Tao Guo to leave the USA. It was the Chinese economy. After 24 years in the United States, the 46-year-old naturalized citizen moved to Shanghai in December to take a high-level position at WuXi AppTec, which does research for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He's among a growing number of highly skilled immigrants who are ...
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    Stopping Survivor Guilt

    Stopping Survivor Guilt
    As an administrator in an era of massive layoffs, it's your job to stave off survivor guilt before it lowers the morale and productivity of remaining employees. The subject of survivor guilt—the despair employees feel when co-workers fall victim to downsizing— comes up during every recession, but 2009 promises a uniquely virulent strain of the affliction. "The layoffs are just starting," ...
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    How You Can Leverage a Layoff

    How You Can Leverage a Layoff
    Jobless? Take this as an opportunity to start your own business. Diane Lindquist is a four-decade veteran of journalism and an expert on the trade economy of the U.S.-Mexico border. When the San Diego Union-Tribune offered her a buyout in January 2007, after nearly 30 years at the newspaper, she saw the writing on the wall: Older, higher-paid reporters were being ...
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    Jobless Rates Drop in Most Metro Areas in August

    Jobless Rates Drop in Most Metro Areas in August
    The unemployment rate fell in about 60 percent of metropolitan areas in August from the previous month, as layoffs eased nationwide. An Associated Press analysis of Labor Department data found that the jobless rate dropped in 232 of 380 metro areas. That's an improvement from July, when metro areas were split between those with rising and falling joblessness. It's much better ...
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    Female Customers Labelled 'Dingbats'

    Female Customers Labelled 'Dingbats'
    A suburban Chicago auto dealership whose salesmen referred to female customers as "dingbats" has been accused of sexual harassment, court records show. The Chicago office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says in addition to the unflattering term, female workers at Castle Chevrolet charge they were subjected to sexually hostile, abusive and threatening remarks, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. A case ...
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    For Young, Recession Offers Deals of a Lifetime

    For Young, Recession Offers Deals of a Lifetime
    The Great Recession has turned into the best of times for young investor Daniel Lee. Early this year, the 30-year-old salesman in Scottsdale, Ariz., shelved expensive meals and vacation plans and threw "every spare dollar" into the stock market. The value of his portfolio has more than tripled as the market has rallied since March. "This is like buying a swim ...
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    Signs of Recovery in Some US Areas

    Signs of Recovery in Some US Areas
    Signs of a slow and fitful recovery emerged in August in some communities across the country where unemployment dropped and foreclosures stabilized, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. The average county stress score fell slightly, and fewer counties qualified as economically distressed. But those glimmers of hope are providing scant benefit ...
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    Surprisingly Strong Jobs Data Signal Turning Point

    Surprisingly Strong Jobs Data Signal Turning Point
    It's the clearest sign yet the recession is finally ending: Employers laid off far fewer workers in July, the jobless rate dipped for the first time in 15 months and workers' hours and pay edged upward. Those are the kind of figures that could give Americans the psychological boost necessary for recovery to take root after the worst recession since World ...
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    Now Hiring: Everywhere You Didn't Want To Work

    Now Hiring: Everywhere You Didn't Want To Work
    Some of the dirtiest, smelliest, most dangerous jobs are suddenly looking a lot more appealing in this economy. People who have been out of work for months are lining up for jobs at places they once considered unthinkable: slaughterhouses, sewage plants, prisons. "I have to just shut my mouth because I can't do anything about it," said Nichole McRoberts of Sedalia, ...
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