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Jobless claims surge to eight-month high

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Claims for unemployment benefits increased by 28,000 last week to reach the highest level in eight months – which was largely unexpected by economists. The U.S. Labor Department said yesterday that applications for benefits hit 337,000 last week, an increase of 28,000 from the week before. That’s the biggest one-week increase since claims jumped 42,000… Continue Reading Jobless claims surge to eight-month high

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The latest fatal and nonfatal injury figures Nonfatal injuries and illnesses, private industry Total recordable cases 4,085,400 in 2006 Cases involving days away from work 1,183,500 in 2006 Cases involving sprains, strains, tears 503,530 in 2005 Cases involving injuries to the back 270,890 in 2005 Cases involving falls 255,750 in 2005 Total fatalities (all sectors)… Continue Reading Workplace injuries drop to lowest rate in four years

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When seeking new companies to work for, professionals say they most often seek: Advancement opportunity 55% More leadership responsibility 41% Work/life balance 38% Leadership that’s respected/admired 36% Sense of accomplishment 36% Higher salary 28% 401(k) matching 28% Flexible schedule 27% Collaborative environment 22% Performance bonuses 20% Choosing an environmentally friendly company is at the bottom… Continue Reading Being green doesn’t matter to job seekers

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Springs workers might get shortchanged in 2008

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The Mountain States Employers Council says Colorado workers can expect a slight bump in pay next year – unless they work in Colorado Springs. Overall, the council is projecting a 3.7 percent pay raise next year, up from 3.6 percent given in 2007. But, Colorado Springs employers are expected to only offer a 3.4 percent… Continue Reading Springs workers might get shortchanged in 2008

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Mortgage sector to blame for job cuts

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About 37 percent of September job cuts were connected to the housing industry, which continues to slump, according to consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Housing-related layoffs totaled 26,465 during September, while overall layoffs for the month totaled 71,739. The consulting firm considers mortgage lenders, construction companies and real estate firms the industries that make… Continue Reading Mortgage sector to blame for job cuts

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Online job advertisements increased 4 percent during September, according to analysis from The Conference Board [120Kb pdf]. There were 278 advertised vacancies online for every 100 people in the labor force during the month. Online job demand during September continued to be above last year’s level in eight of the nine census regions, but there… Continue Reading Online job ads grow, especially in West

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Workers needed in Pueblo

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Bechtel Corporation is handling the clean-up of the Pueblo Army Depot and preparing to build a new plant off Highway 50 in Pueblo. While the project has moved through site preparation, road improvements and initial utility work, finding workers to fill an increasing number of open manual and non-manual positions in Pueblo is causing concern.… Continue Reading Workers needed in Pueblo

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