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US Unemployment Claims Fall To 222,000, Lowest Since Nixon « CBS Boston

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since Richard Nixon was president. THE NUMBERS: The Labor Department said Thursday that claims for jobless aid dropped by 22,000 to 222,000, fewest since March 1973. The less volatile four-week average slid by 9,500 to 248,250, lowest since late August. The overall number of Americans collecting unemployment checks dropped to 1.89 million, lowest since December 1973 and down nearly 9 percent from…

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Scottish unemployment grows again after recent record low

[ad_1] SCOTLAND’S unemployment rate has rebounded from its recent record low, but remains below that of the UK as a whole, according to official figures. The jobless rate dropped to 3.8 per cent in the three months between May and July, but crept back up to 4.1 per cent in the quarter from June to August. The seasonally adjusted UK unemployment rate in both periods was 4.3 per cent. The figures show the Scottish unemployment count rose 9000 to 113,000,…

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Companies are wasting money on ‘quirky benefits’ employees don’t value | News

[ad_1] According to new research from Sage Sage, the market leader in cloud business management solutions today released research titled, ‘Why your workforce isn’t working’. The research reveals that while many companies invest in quirky benefits to keep staff happy, employees aren’t impressed. More than half (55 per cent) of UK employees are productive for less than 30 hours per week UK employers plough money into quirky benefits but 52 per cent of employees see office games as a distraction…

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Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images UK unemployment fell by 52,000 in the three months to August to 1.4 million, leaving the jobless rate unchanged at 4.3% from the previous quarter. However, pay still failed to keep pace with inflation, with the real value of earnings down 0.3% over the past year. Total earnings, excluding bonuses, rose by 2.1% from June to August, said the Office for National Statistics. The news will increase expectations that the Bank of England will raise…

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Donald Trump: Trump effect? 40% decline in Indians looking for work in US

[ad_1] BENGALURU: US president Donald Trump’s anti-immigration stance and Britain’s exit from the European Union last year have resulted in a lower number of Indians looking for jobs in these countries. There has been a 38% and 42% drop in Indians looking to move to the US and UK respectively in the last one year (September 2016 to October 2017), compared to the corresponding previous year, data from job site Indeed showed. Overall, there has been a 5% decrease in…

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Boom or bust: students grapple with job security uncertainty in oil industry | News

[ad_1] His job was over before it began. Wesley Glenn was like most high school seniors. He had no idea what he wanted to study in college. A booth at a Jenks High School career fair piqued Glenn’s interest in the oil industry. He couldn’t remember the name of the man who told him about production graphs and fracturing, but he remembered the man was excited about his job. That’s what Glenn wanted. He set out to the University of…

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Ontario bill seeks to ban mandatory high heels on the job – Toronto

[ad_1] Women in Ontario would be protected from being required to wear high heels at work under a bill being introduced Tuesday. The private member’s bill from Liberal MPP Cristina Martins would amend the province’s Occupational Health and Safety Act to prohibit employers from mandating workers to wear unsafe footwear as part of dress and uniform codes. It’s an issue that is a particular problem in restaurants and bars, Martins said. “We’ve had some women coming forward and saying that as…

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Bethlehem call center employing about 460 to close

[ad_1] Wells Fargo has announced plans to close a call center in Bethlehem that employs about 460 people. Bank spokesman Jim Baum said Tuesday that the commonwealth will be provided with written notice Wednesday that the building is slated to close in 60 days. He said the decision stemmed from demands by customers for more “self-service options” such as online banking and interactive voice response. The exact number of employees affected will be included in Wednesday’s notice. Baum said officials…

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Bombardier deal with Airbus brings relief, new questions for Quebec workers – Montreal

[ad_1] Bombardier’s decision to sell a majority stake in its CSeries passenger jet to European aerospace giant Airbus is being met with “mixed feelings” by a union representative for workers at the Montreal-based company. David Chartrand said Bombardier was in a difficult spot, given lacklustre sales of the jet and a round of crippling tariffs imposed by the U.S. Commerce Department. The program, he said, was at risk of shutting down entirely. “Our priority is always securing the jobs here,…

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Ontario bosses won’t be able to make workers wear high heels if proposed bill passes

[ad_1] A Liberal MPP is putting her foot down with a new private members bill banning employers from forcing workers to wear high heels on the job. The proposed legislation follows a move earlier this year in British Columbia, where, for health and safety reasons, heels can’t be a mandatory part of any uniform. Toronto MPP Cristina Martins (Davenport) will formally announce her “Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act” on Tuesday, which will make changes to the Occupational Health and…

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Gov. Rick Snyder tours Vocational Village at Parnell prison in Jackson

[ad_1] Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, left, talks with inmates at Vocational Village program inside the Parnell Correctional Facility in Jackson, Mich., Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. Snyder visited the program that provides inmates trade job training. (Jake Crandall/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)(Photo: Jake Crandall / AP) Jackson — Nicholas Wood will leave prison a free man on Tuesday when he completes his 15-month sentence for felony cocaine possession. He’ll also leave with multiple skilled trade certifications and a new job he’ll…

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Survey: Lots of young workers recommend Buffalo Niagara; fewer see career growth here

[ad_1] Young professionals love Buffalo Niagara, but some are afraid they won’t be as successful here as they could be elsewhere. That’s according to a survey released Monday by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and its young professional program, BN360. With the local population of young professionals projected to trend downward, the group is focused on helping its members recruit, develop and retain young talent in Western New York. “We’ve got our work cut out for us,” said Grant Loomis, vice president…

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Discrimination against older workers will cut economic growth and strain resources, institute warns

[ad_1] Updated October 17, 2017 10:12:16 The nation is at risk of a pension crisis unless employers stop their “discrimination” against older workers, advocates for regional Australia have warned. Audio: Pension crisis looms if more older Australians don’t find work: study (AM) The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has warned the Federal Government’s pension bill would rise from $45 billion to $51 billion within three years, unless efforts were made to help more mature workers gain employment, particularly in regional communities.…

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Insurance Journal, Insurance Careers Movement Partner on ‘Cool’ Job Contest for Under-40 Pros

[ad_1] Insurance Journal today launched a contest in conjunction with Insurance Careers Movement on what young insurance professionals believe is the coolest part of their job. It’s a bit tricky, however, because participants must give their answer in a photo or a video and they can’t use any spoken words. The contest is open to anyone employed in the insurance industry who is under-40 years old as of Sept. 30, 2017. Contestants are encouraged to submit their own 10-second video…

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Loblaw laying off 500 workers

[ad_1] VANCOUVER — Loblaw Companies Ltd. is laying off 500 of its office workers, but the company says it still expects to create more jobs than it eliminates this year. “Today is a very difficult day,” wrote president Sarah Davis in a memo to employees informing them about the job cuts. Some of the laid off employees were told Monday and many of the positions will be eliminated immediately, she said. The 500 jobs come from all levels of store-support…

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Loblaw lays off 500 workers in cost-cutting drive

[ad_1] Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Published Monday, October 16, 2017 3:23PM EDT Last Updated Monday, October 16, 2017 4:55PM EDT VANCOUVER — Loblaw Companies Ltd. is laying off 500 of its office workers, but the company says it still expects to create more jobs than it eliminates this year. “Today is a very difficult day,” wrote president Sarah Davis in a memo to employees informing them about the job cuts. Some of the laid off employees were told Monday…

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