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More isn’t always better: Job picture brightens, but still complicated by underemployment

All the experts agree: Jobs are returning to Colorado Springs. They also agree that it’s going to be a long, slow slog back to the days of peak levels of employment. El Paso County has added about 4,200 jobs in the past year — that’s pretty good news, says Tom Zwirlein, professor of finance at… Continue Reading More isn’t always better: Job picture brightens, but still complicated by underemployment

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Ledbetter helps fair-pay issue stay alive

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When Lilly Ledbetter walked into an attorney’s office in 1998 with a gender fair-pay issue, she had no idea years later the president of the United States would be signing The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. At best, she was hoping for a settlement to win years of back wages from Goodyear Tire… Continue Reading Ledbetter helps fair-pay issue stay alive

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Social enterprise is an exciting new sector of the economy that provides solutions to some of our community’s largest issues, such as unemployment and lack of education and access to healthcare. By merging social mission with competitive business strategies — mixing mission with margin — these businesses are achieving social change. Called the “fourth sector”… Continue Reading Social enterprise doubles the power of employment

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Construction employment was up, down and steady – depending on the state – in November. Construction employment declined year-over-year in 151 of 337 metropolitan areas. It remained stagnant in 60 and increased in 126 areas, according to a monthly construction employment report from the Association of General Contractors. The association reported that Hurricane Sandy accounted… Continue Reading Construction employment figures show regional gains and losses

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Careers in the travel industry have always seemed glamorous. Now a study — conducted by the U.S. Travel Association —  says they pay well, too. Workers who begin their careers in travel achieve higher wages, have greater access to educational opportunities and enjoy better career progression, according to a study of more than 30 years… Continue Reading Travel industry tooting its own horn over jobs, salaries

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Task force meets to ease transition for veterans

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The first workshop to help veterans gain access to services, licenses and credentials to ease their transition from military to civilian employment was held earlier this month. The task force is charged with making Colorado the most military friendly state in the nation. “In the service of our country, these men and women have developed… Continue Reading Task force meets to ease transition for veterans

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Colorado Springs politicians and business leaders are hoping to capitalize on the increasing global thirst for oil and gas, opening the way to many new local jobs. Continue Reading Drilling for jobs: Oil and gas industry will yield employment

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T-Mobile’s Technical Care Center in Colorado Springs plans to hire up to 80 full-time technical care specialists during the next couple months. The company is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the T-Mobile Call Center at 556 Chapel Hills Drive. Applicants can expect to… Continue Reading T-Mobile Call Center plans to hire 80; open house Wednesday

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Mayor Steve Bach has set an ambitious goal for himself and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC — to create 18,000 new jobs during the next three years. Continue Reading Mayor Bach sets aggressive jobs goal, but is it possible?

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Companies’ high-tech jobs tougher to fill

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After two months as president/CEO of the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, Joe Raso met the business community this week with sobering words: The city doesn’t yet have the workforce necessary to compete in the new global economy. Continue Reading Companies’ high-tech jobs tougher to fill

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