I received a layoff notice last week. June 30 was the last day of the 2011 – 2013 biennium for which the State of Washington had their operational budget. Their new budget was supposed to be agreed upon by April of this year, but it wasn’t. If an operational budget for our state was not … Continue reading
NOTE: this press release was issued by Washington State Employment Security on Monday morning, September 24, 2012 in honor of National Employ Older Workers Week. Observed yearly since the Eisenhower administration, it is observed the last full week in September. ——————————————————————————————- Older workers in Washington state not immune to employment challenges – September 24, 2012 12-043 … Continue reading
The news looks good—really good. According to a U.S. Department of Labor report, the United States created jobs at the fastest pace in nine months in January and the unemployment unexpectedly dropped to a near three-year low. January’s revised unemployment shows a drop to 8.3% from 8.5% in December. Unemployment in the U.S. has not … Continue reading
No one is hiring… this is a prevalent idea among jobseekers hard hit by the recession of the past few years. And even while unemployment was at its highest, job openings were still in existence. Fortunately, the number of positions waiting to be filled this year has climbed to its highest levels in three years. … Continue reading
Recently I asked a question on a LinkedIn discussion group: what’s the #1 mistake job seekers are making these days? I was hoping for a few answers but was unprepared for the interest this question generated. I was gratified by the level of response and the amount of feedback I received. While I cannot include … Continue reading
Labor market will lose over half a million jobs if UI extensions expire in 2012 | Economic Policy Institute.
I’ll be open about it—I have been laid off twice in the past 6 years. I now am a state government employee and state budget cuts are rampant. A major layoff has been looming on the horizon for the past several months, and I knew my position, being a brand new one, was probably on the chopping … Continue reading