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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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Nonresidential construction employment eked out a modest gain in January, implying that the spending rise of 2007 will continue, said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America. His comments followed the release of two January economic reports. The first came from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and covered payroll employment. The… Continue Reading Up trend continues for nonresidential construction

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A new Web site for job seekers is touting itself as the “go to” site for those looking to make more than $100,000 a year. TheLadders.com advertises itself as an alternative to other sites that are overrun with unattractive, untalented, “average” workers. Membership to the site costs $180 a year and restricts listings to jobs… Continue Reading Visit “elite” site for 100K-plus jobs

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State’s 2007 payroll numbers strong

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Colorado’s seasonally adjusted figures for non-farm payroll were close to 2.35 million, up from 2.3 million in December 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ December 2007 report released this month. That puts Colorado on the list of 23 states with “statistically significant employment changes” from last year. Colorado employers added 45,100 jobs during… Continue Reading State’s 2007 payroll numbers strong

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Job seekers confident about finding employment

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Despite a troubled U.S. economy, 25 percent of job seekers believe they’ll find jobs within two months, according to Challenger, Gray and Christmas. The firm surveyed 500 people during December and found that the overall confidence about the job market is higher than last year. Only 16 percent were as confident in 2006. About two-thirds… Continue Reading Job seekers confident about finding employment

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