• What's Trending on Twitter - Seattle Sun Tan Text Campaign Win, Myspace 2.0, and
    In this week's roundup of trending Twitter topics, we discuss: a tanning salon that generated nearly $200,000 in new revenue in less than a month, via a text-based marketing campaign; Myspace 2.0 launching a sleek new social music site; and Kanye West's newest album leak.
  • Good News: It Takes Fewer Jobs to Reduce Unemployment Than It Used To

    How many jobs does it take to bring down those unemployment stats? According to a new paper from economists Dan Aaronson and Scott Brave of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, less than it did in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Unemployment Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

    A recent study in The Journal of Health and Social Behavior showed that joblessness, along with smoking, was one of the factors associated with higher death rates among white women in the U.S. who didn't graduate from high school.

  • Can They Fire Me For That?
    If you live in 49 of the 50 states, the answer to the above question is almost always, "Yes." Montana is the exception.
  • Unemployment Insurance Needs More Reforms for Part-Time Workers
    Unemployment insurance is the social safety net that allows workers and families to survive job scarcity in a volatile economy. Know the laws in your state.
  • Young America's Job Crisis
    U.S. youngsters are having a tougher time finding work than their counterparts in other wealthy, large economies. What's going on here? In the land of plenty, shouldn't young talent have a smorgasbord of job offerings to choose from?
  • Fed Should Shift Focus to Expand Employment
    If we want the economy to really rally, we need to do something about unemployment. It seems, at first, a semantic ploy, to call for the U.S. Federal Reserve to shift its approach from slashing the jobless rate to actually expanding employment. But there is a difference, and it's less subtle than you might think.
  • December Jobs Report Unsurprising, Strong Job Growth Not Expected in 2013

    Despite the economic uncertainty caused by the fiscal cliff, 155,000 jobs were added in December, which was on par for 2012 where the average number of monthly jobs added was 153,000. This monthly gain brought the year-end total of jobs created to 1.84 million. The unemployment rate was unchanged from the revised November number of 7.8 percent, which is the lowest it has been since December 2008.

  • 9 Tips for Applying for Jobs Online

    How did you find your last job? Chances are you applied for your current position online rather than by sending your resume by fax. In today's tech world, many job applications and initial screenings are done online. So, how can you give yourself the best shot at an interview?

  • Americans to Congress:

    The election might be over, but we still have polls to pore over. One popular topic: Americans' hopes for an end to gridlock on important issues facing Congress. Issues such as jobs, and how to create more of them.

  • The Longer You're Unemployed, the Harder It Is to Get Un-Unemployed

    Today in Depressing News You Can't Unread, we present to you the findings of three economists who decided to study the relationship between prolonged unemployment and perception of applicants by potential employers.

    The relationship, friends, was not good. After sending 12,000 fictitious resumes to 3000 job openings in 100 different labor markets, the researchers discovered that employers were much less likely to call back when the applicant had been unemployed for any length of time. The problem appears to be the employer's perception of the applicant's productivity, not any concern over declining skills.

  • 'Get to Work' Show on Sundance Profiles Programs That Help Chronically Unemployed

    The brand-new "Get to Work" show on Sundance offers a behind-the-scenes look at the STRIVE program, a sort of career boot camp targeted at chronically unemployed Americans like drug addicts, ex-cons, the working poor, the homeless and the welfare dependent. Sundance describes the program as "an unfiltered, uncompromising look at the work of Second Chance in San Diego and the STRIVE program, a workforce training model dedicated to getting America back to work."

  • Former NASA Workers Struggle to Find Jobs

    Once you've worked for the space program, is there anywhere to go but down?

    Well, yes -- but for former NASA workers who want to stay on the "Space Coast" near Florida's Kennedy Space Center, prospects are difficult at best.

  • Unemployed and Depressed? You're Not Alone

    It might seem like a bulletin from The News in Obviousness, but being unemployed is kind of depressing. Why is it worth talking about it, then? Well, for one thing, most of the news we read about unemployment is focused on numbers and statistics, which, while valuable information, has a way of making readers forget the human side of joblessness.

  • Watch Out! 14 Unexpected Blunders of Entrepreneurship

    Q: What are some challenges you did not anticipate when deciding to start your own business?

    The following answers are provided by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.

     

    1. Cash Flow Is a Common Struggle

    Allie siartoWe started with clients from day one, so we've always been profitable, but one thing we didn't think about when we started was cash flow. Many profitable businesses experience famine and feast, due to invoice scheduling or higher sales during certain parts of the year. You must have a plan to spread profits from the most profitable times to cover times when cash flow is slower.
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  • LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Outlines Solution for the Unemployment Crisis

    It's no secret that the U.S. unemployment rate is less than stellar, but according to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, the figure we should be paying the closest attention to is 3.5 million. That's the number of available U.S. jobs that remain unfilled. Weiner thinks that as a whole, Americans are inadequately prepared for the growing job categories in today's economy.

  • Half of All Recent College Graduates Are Unemployed or Underemployed

    For folks who graduated in the economic dead zone of the 1990s, this statistic might elicit a shrug: a recent study showed that 1 in 2 recent college grads are "either out of work or doing low-wage work that doesn’t fully use their skills or knowledge."

    So what's the big deal? Can't they get jobs at coffee shops, the way we did, back when we walked back and forth to our minimum wage gigs, both ways, barefoot, in the snow?

  • Will You Soon Be Able to Work While Receiving Unemployment?

    It's one of the scariest things for job seekers: Unemployment benefits come to a screeching halt as soon as you get a new job. But what if that new gig doesn't work out?

    Much of the time, workers are covered by their new company. But there's always that sneaking concern that by taking the leap, you're cutting off the assistance that kept you afloat when you didn't have a job.

  • The Best Resignation Letter Ever Is a Song Set to

    If you're like most of us, you can't even remember a single line of any resignation letter you've ever written. They're usually pretty formal, standardized affairs, designed to give as little information as possible, while still letting people know that you won't be here after, say, next Thursday.

    And then there's this engineer, formerly of Microsoft, who wrote her letter in the form of a song, "Bye, Bye, Excel and I," set to the tune of "American Pie," and including lyrics like, "With devs in the hall drinking whiskey and rye, singing, 'Forever recalc or die,'" which would make an amazing t-shirt.

  • Unemployment Rates for Veterans Rise

    The unemployment rates for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars increased in 2011 to 12.1 percent; conversely, unemployment rates for non-veterans went down to 8.7 percent. In 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans of those wars and non-veterans was 11.5 percent and 9.4 percent, respectively. Interestingly, veterans from other wars are more likely to have work: the jobless rate for all veterans fell from 8.7 percent to 8.3 percent. Why have post-9/11 veterans been having such a tough time finding jobs?