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A study released last week by the MetLife Mature Market Institute details the most important factors for engaging different segments of the work force. Titled “Engaging the 21st Century Multi-Generational Workforce,” the study indicates that employers can maximize the strength of their work forces and optimize worker productivity by using best practices geared to the… Continue Reading New rules for engagement multi-generational workplaces

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While there’s good, even if surprising, news from the mortgage employment sector – that hiring has shot up – persistent layoffs are outnumbered hirings, leaving a net job loss in the sector, according to MortgageDaily.com. Mortgage layoffs exceeded hiring by 1,751 during the first quarter, improving from a net loss of 7,783 positions in the prior… Continue Reading Mortgage sector hiring again – but not yet stemming losses

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Office Depot is offering free resume printing and faxing April 19 through May 30 at any of its 1,100 locations. Job hunters can print up to 25 single-sided pages of resumes, and fax to five domestic numbers, up to 25 pages total. Even before the offer, Office Depot representatives said rising unemployment rates have already… Continue Reading Office Depot offering free resume printing, faxing

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Changes to the Defense Department budget proposed this week by Secretary Robert Gates could affect the 100 or so contractors with a Colorado Springs presence.  Budget reallocatoin also might impact the city’s largest defense contractor landlord, Maryland-based Corporate Office Properties Trust, which controls more than 1 million square feet of office space. A report published in the Washington Post… Continue Reading Defense contractors in wait and see mode

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The state Department of Labor and Employment said Coloradoans receiving unemployment benefits now qualify for up to 13 additional weeks of payments. The news comes after Colorado narrowly missed the extension criteria during the last review a few weeks ago. To qualify for an extension, states must reach a total three-month average unemployment rate greater… Continue Reading Colorado qualifies for extended unemployment benefits

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County seeking judge applicants

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The Fourth Judicial District is seeking applicants for a new county court judgeship that starts July 1. The legislature created the new position last year to help address crowded El Paso and Teller county dockets. Eligible candidates must live in El Paso County and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado. The… Continue Reading County seeking judge applicants

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Might not be a good time for job switching

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Industries that have proven vulnerable during recessions include retail, manufacturing, the financial sector and technology, but employment analysts say don’t jump ship yet. Job placement researchers at Challenger, Gray and Christmas say recession-resistant sectors often change from recession to recession, based on global, economic and societal trends at the time of the slowdown. During 2008… Continue Reading Might not be a good time for job switching

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Drop in jobless claims seen as temporary

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Associated Press WASHINGTON_ The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, but the larger-than-expected drop was seen as only a temporary improvement. The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of jobless claims dropped by 9,000 last week to a total of 349,000. While that was bigger than… Continue Reading Drop in jobless claims seen as temporary

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Colorado’s small businesses insulated

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Despite national declines in net jobs, the Vectra Bank Colorado Small Business Index for Colorado rose during January to 95.6 – up from 94.3 in December. “January’s Small Business Index was significantly influenced by three main factors,” said Jeff Thredgold, corporate economist for Vectra Bank Colorado. “On one side, pulling the index downward was the… Continue Reading Colorado’s small businesses insulated

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January job cuts up

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Planned workforce reductions announced by United States employers spiked 69 percent during January to 74,986, up from 44,416 during December. It was the highest monthly total since August, when employers announced 79,459 job cuts. A monthly report released this week by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. also showed that job cuts last month were 19… Continue Reading January job cuts up

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