Tag Archives: Jobs

Firm offers free job-search advice on Dec. 27-28

Job creation is showing some improvement, but millions of Americans are still out of work. To help job seekers find work, the global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. will again offer free job-search advice to unemployed workers.

The firm’s 26th annual national job-search call-in will be held Dec. 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

The phone number is 312-422-5010.

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The good side of government regulation

Government regulations are an easy target for politicians, especially those on the fringe who never let the facts get in the way of a good harangue.

Despite what some pols would have us believe, government regulations can be good for businesses and their customers, says a report from the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen.

The report – Regulation: The Unsung Hero in American Innovation – examines five regulations that resulted in good things for the economy despite being originally attacked by both politicians and industry.

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TVA makes Site Selection’s top power company list

When it came to boosting the economy, the Tennessee Valley Authority was one of best utilities
TVA-BELLEFONTE(2).JPGin North America in fiscal 2010, according to Site Selection magazine.

Knoxville-based TVA is one of ten utility companies included on the annual “Top Utilities in Economic Development” list published in the magazine’s September issue.

The magazine cited TVA for providing services, incentives and financial assistance that “helped companies invest $4.3 billion in economic development projects and attract or retain 41,000 jobs across the region in fiscal year 2010 …”

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Warren Buffett: Save America, raise taxes on the rich

In a New York Times op-ed piece, the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway offers Economy+Leaders.jpgCongress sage advice for solving the fiscal crisis facing the federal government.

In a nutshell, Buffett advises Congress to leave tax rates unchanged for 99.7 percent of Americans, but immediately raise tax rates on the mega-rich.

We hear a lot from the extremists from the political right that raising taxes on the rich would be a job killer,  Buffett exposes that ridiculousness for what it is.

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It’s all about jobs

The pace of job creation has slowed considerably the last couple of months and experts are divided on whether job creation will speed up in the second half of 2011.

However, some job sectors are doing quite well, according to a Wall Street Journal report published today. Overall, the private sector has added 1.7 million new jobs in the past 12 months, the report says.

Computer systems, restaurants and fabricated metals are among the sectors hiring workers. Sectors shedding the most jobs in the last year include government, construction and telecommunications.

Read the full report here: Where Have America’s Jobs Gone?

My merit badge is missing

In case you missed it, here’s a link to my column in the business section of Sunday’s Knoxville News Sentinel.

In a nutshell, the column asserts that the economy remains painfully slow, but it is creating jobs and isn’t as bad as some on the far right suggest.

Not all readers shared my point of view, but thanks to all who took the time to post a comment.

Some readers posted a few questions that I will attempt to answer.

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Job market improving for college grads

 Job prospects for new college graduates are the best they’ve been in years, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. says in a report released today.

Competition for entry-level positions will be tough, but companies are hiring again.

“Entry-level hiring has not returned to pre-recession levels, but this year’s graduates should find markedly improved job-search conditions. Colleges and universities around the country are reporting increased on-campus recruiting and surveys of employers indicate more graduate hiring, as companies rebuild their bench-strength after massive layoffs during the downturn,” Challenger, Gray CEO John A. Challenger said in a news release.

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Recovery getting harder to deny

It’s getting harder and harder for potential presidential candidates masquerading as “news analysts” to yammer about how bad the economy is.

Without question the recovery is taking hold. Corporate America is creating jobs, the national unemployment rate is edging lower and incomes are rising.

The road to full recovery will be long — it will be years before the housing market bounces back — but the economy is headed in the right direction.

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Big Business finally decides to hire not hoard

Corporate America has decided it’s time to invest in the future and quit hoarding profits.

Many of the top companies in the country plan to increase capital spending and create jobs in the coming months, according to the most recent Business Roundtable’s First Quarter CEO Economic Outlook Survey.

Roundtable CEOs expect the gross domestic product to grow 2.9 percent this year, up from the 2.5 percent expected in the fourth quarter last year, the business group said in a statement released Wednesday.

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Close corporate tax loopholes first, then cut federal tax rate

It’s a given in certain political circles that lowering the corporate federal tax rate will mean new jobs for Americans.

Unfortunately, it’s not true. Some of the biggest companies in the land, as several recent news reports have pointed out, routinely pay little or no federal taxes on their profits.

Zero!

And while paying no taxes, they have cut jobs here at home and created thousands of new jobs overseas.

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