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Unemployment and Begging Go Hand in Hand

Blame the Recession The Onalaska, Wisconsin police department has been receiving an increased number of complaints from residents about panhandling at intersections. Are these people begging because they lost their jobs and are looking for some extra money for the holidays, or are they professional beggars looking for easy money? One thing that is clear
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Kick Unemployment to the Curb with a Killer Cover Letter

5 Tips for Writing a Great Cover Letter I hate to say it, but if you are trying to get a job right now, you are up against stiff competition. Although the economy has shown signs of improvement, unemployment is stable at best and in many states increasing. It is definitely an employer’s market out

Do you throw a slider with your middle finger, Jim Bunning?

There was a time when Jim Bunning was feared. As the star pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (1955-1963) and Philadelphia Phillies (1964-1967), the big right-hander would rock back and fire his sidearm fastball and slider at overmatched hitters. For a pitcher with excellent control, it is telling that he hit more batters with pitches than
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Federal Minimum Wage and U.S. Labor Laws

Federal minimum wage 2009 Since July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour. That means in every state in the United States, employers must pay workers at least $7.25 per hour. In Washington, D.C., it means employers must pay $8.25 per hour because the law there dictates they must pay $1

Workers try to find payday cash with a good boss to match

Getting the job is just the beginning More and more workers are concerned about their payday cash. It’s not just a matter of money, though; they are also worried about moving into a new job position and their new boss. With the number of unemployed in America reaching the millions, that leaves people in a
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Professor Alan Gin: San Diego County job decline leveling

In keeping with the national trend of recession, San Diego County’s job outlook isn’t exactly as shiny as a new catamaran. However, as University of San Diego economics professor Alan Gin recently told the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, San Diego is no longer shedding jobs at a record pace. As the La Mesa Patch reports,
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Unpaid labor trend threatens to further undermine job market

U.S. businesses are benefiting from a huge pool of unemployed workers who are willing to work for free to gain experience. The rise of unpaid labor has some analysts concerned that the phenomenon will further undermine the anemic labor market. However, the Labor Department has strict rules about unpaid internships that bring legal risks to
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Fluidnow is not so fluid; will the EUC Fix it?

Emergency unemployment benefits are a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of Americans who are suffering during the current recession and in need of emergency loans. Employers haven’t begun to hire as quickly as the government would have hoped, and hence extension of benefits has become a hot-button political issue. In Florida, the state’s Agency for

Slow Economy Speeds up Worry

A Slow Recovery Reports dated 12/22/2009 state that the US economy is recovering at a rate of 2.2% over the last quarter, but this was below the earlier predicted figure of 3%. There could be a number of reasons for this particular slowdown, but no explanation has been offered as to what this will mean

Unemployment Claims Spike

Same story, different week Last week, new unemployment claims increased for the second week in a row, reaching their highest point since November 2009.  At the same time, shipments and new orders of durable goods were weak as the economy continued to struggle toward recovery. For people without jobs — especially those who weren’t able
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Government Hiring, but Retirees Running for Cash Advance Loans

Uncle Sam Tightening his Belt Defense establishments in the country are on a hiring spree, and have hired 97,445 people in the first nine months of 2009. There’s more to this than meets the eyes as the government is also looking to retire a number of employees in order to control the budget. Should people
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Initial Jobless Claims Fall for 17th Straight Week

Jobless claims fall at a higher than expected rate The Labor Department reported that new claims for unemployment fell to their lowest levels since September, 2008. The seasonally adjusted claims fell by 22,000 to 432,000 which represents a larger than expected drop. This bodes well for a long term recovery. New jobless claims have fallen

$15 billion jobs bill passes Senate 70-28

13 Republicans and two Independents cross the aisle Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) calls it “investing in America.”  After a 70-28 vote in the Senate, the $15 billion Democratic jobs bill to stimulate job creation has passed with 55 Democrats, 13 Republicans and two Independents saying yes. Considering just how far the American workforce and
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Foreclosures, Bad Money Lenders and Unemployment

Foreclosures, Bad Money Lenders and Unemployment Americans surveyed Foreclosures, bad money lenders, and unscrupulous credit card company tactics took their toll on the American public throughout 2009. According to a new poll done by the AP-Gfk, 42% of Americans labeled 2009 as a “very bad year.” The last time the poll was done was back
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Back to Business after a Cash Advance Loan

Work: A welcome return I met up with my son this afternoon and I was delighted to see him smiling and looking very relaxed. “What’s going on?” I asked, thinking maybe he’d just gotten a cash advance loan. “Cars are pouring in,” he said. “Don’t ask me why or where from; I don’t know. All
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Private sector job creation in December blows away expectations

Private sector jobs were created in December at a pace more than doubling expectations, according to a report released Wednesday. Another jobs report indicated that job losses dropped to the lowest level in 10 years. The two reports submitted ahead of the Labor Department jobs report due Friday may show that the U.S. labor market

Pay Day Loans can Help when Your Job is Among those Lost Forever

Pay Day Loans are One Option as some Jobs are Lost Forever The recession has brought widespread hardship; borrowing money in the form of pay day loans, a cash advance near you, or help from friends is often one of the few ways that newly casual workers can make it to the next pay cheque.