Tag Archives: Labor Department

Holiday hiring off to strong start — permanent jobs still weak

People looking for retail work during the holidays, will find prospects are the best they’ve been in years.

So says global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

Challenger says its analysis of Labor Department data shows that the holiday hiring season is off to its best start since 2006 and seasonal job growth should exceed 600,000 for the first time since 2007.

Continue reading

Slivers of good news in the jobs report

Job creation continues to be sluggish — the Labor Department reported today that the nation’s payrolls fell in June for the first time in six months and 652,000 jobless workers have given up looking for work.

But there are slivers of good news if you look hard enough.

Also in June, employers announced plans to cut 39,358 jobs, marking the the third straight month that planned job cuts were less than 40,000 and 47 percent less than the job cuts in June last year, according to a report released this week by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

This is good news? Yes.

Continue reading

A ray of sunshine

The Labor Department said today that job openings in April jumped to the highest level in nearly a year and a half.

The number of jobs advertised at the end of April rose to 3.1 million from 2.8 million in March, the most openings since December 2008, the Associated Press reported.

Any way you cut it, that’s  good news, but complete economic recovery is still a long way off.

Read the full story here.