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Survey: Knoxville 3Q employment outlook healthy

 

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Third quarter hiring in metropolitan Knoxville is expected to remain healthy, although it will slow from a strong second quarter pace, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook survey released Tuesday.

Twenty-one percent of Knoxville area employers surveyed said they would add jobs from July to September, while 6 percent said they planned to decrease staff. Seventy-one percent plan to maintain current staff levels.

In the second quarter survey, 25 percent of area employers said they planned to add workers, and 1 percent said they would cut jobs, making Knoxville’s spring “employment outlook the best in the nation,” Manpower reported.

 

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Tennessee has nation’s lowest tax burden


Workers of Tennessee, take the day off. You’ve earned it. While most of the country will work
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another two weeks or more to reach Tax Freedom Day, Tennessee workers passed that milestone on March 31, according to the Tax Foundation.


Tennessee has the lowest average tax burden in the country this year, the foundation says.

Tax Freedom Day represents how long it will take the average worker to earn enough money pay his or her total federal, state and local tax obligation for the year. For the nation as a whole, Tax Freedom Day this year comes on April 17.

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Can you afford to retire?

 

Job OpeningsA new survey of workers close to traditional retirement age finds 57 percent plan to keep working after retiring from their current job.

 Eleven percent of the workers surveyed said they don’t expect to ever retire, according to the CareerBuilder survey released this month.

Finding a new job isn’t always easy for older workers who often find themselves overqualified. But the market for mature workers is improving, the survey found.

 

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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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How fantasy football impacts workplace productivity

The NFL season opener is just days away and you know what that means – millions of
 
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An estimated 21.3 million workers are hooked on fantasy sports and they spend up to nine hours a week managing their make-believe teams, according to the outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., which spends a lot of time studying these kind of issues.

It’s about time somebody took a hard look at this time waster. All that lost work time is bad for the economy. Or is it?

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Can you afford a vacation this year?

A recent survey by CareerBuilder, an online job site, found that a growing number of U.S. workers are finding it difficult to get away from work. Twenty-four percent of workers surveyed said they don’t have the money for a vacation this year, up from 21 percent in 2010.Beach+Pollution.jpg

Another 12 percent of the more than 5,000 full-time workers surveyed said they have the money, but still aren’t planning to take a vacation.

The good news is that with the economy improving, 36 percent of workers said “they feel more comfortable taking a vacation than they did in 2010,” CareerBuilder reported.

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Workers spend more time watching NCAA basketball tourney

utmenbb_atb_01.jpgAmerica’s workers will spend more time than ever this year watching the NCAA men’s basketball championship thanks to wider online access to games, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. estimates.

Challenger says workers will spend 8.4 million hours online watching games on smart phones and other mobile devices during work hours. The financial impact of this lost productivity is more than $192 million, assuming private-sector workers’ average hourly pay of $22.87, Challenger says.

But before the bosses get all bent out of shape, give ’em these stats:

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Communism bad for business — in Cuba

I know this comes as a surprise, but were you aware that communism is bad for business? That was the word from the Cuban government as reported Monday by the Associated Press.

President Raul Castro himself has said “about one in five Cuban workers may be redundant” and the island nation is going to have to trim its bloated work force, AP reported.

“Without people feeling the need to work to make a living, sheltered by state regulations that are excessively paternalistic and irrational, we will never stimulate a love for work,” Castro said.

Wow! What’s next from Raul — capitalism isn’t so bad after all?

Read the full AP story here.

 

Tennessee ranks high in job retraining

Tennessee is doing a decent job of retraining adult workers who were laid off and helping them find new jobs.

Tennessee ranks 3rd nationally for adults who find jobs after participating in Workforce Investment Act training programs, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development said today.

In 2009, of 9,120 workers who registered for training, 92 percent kept their jobs for six months and had average yearly earnings of $27,000, which is in the top 11 percent across the nation, according to the press release.

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