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Hackers on the Hill

Today, President Obama is set to announce more details of the new Cybersecurity Chief position, also referred to as the “cyber czar”.  The new role will report to both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council, and will be responsible for making government computer networks that store taxpayer, employee and security information, and [...]

Apple Opening 25 New Stores

Apple plans to open 25 new stores and remodel 100 stores in New York City, Paris, Italy and Germany.  These store openings will create new in-store jobs focused on customer training and technical support.  The new stores will increase the size of the genius bar by 50% so more Apple Geniuses will be in order. [...]

New Jobless Claims Drop

According to the Labor Department,  the number of initial claims for jobless benefits dropped last week to a seasonally adjusted 623,000.  This is about 12,000 less than analysts’ estimates, signaling that employers may be cutting fewer jobs. Unfortunately, the new applicants join the 6.16 million people already receiving unemployment benefits, driving the total to 6.78 [...]

$4.5B For Green Job Training

President Obama has earmarked $4.5 billion to create “green jobs” and to train workers for these jobs.  The money has been allocated to two taskforces–the Middle Class Task Force charged with improving public housing and a Labor Department task force charged with training workers for “green jobs”. The Middle Class Task Force will create green [...]

The European Job Market

On a recent flight, I spoke with a woman named Meryl, who was, like so many, lamenting losing her job and wondering aloud what to do next.  We were both on our way to Maui–me for R&R, her for a friend’s wedding.  My seatmate shared with me that she was considering chucking it all and [...]

Are There Still Greener Pastures?

Interestingly, just as folks are being “involuntarily freed” of their homes and are beginning to relocate to lower-cost markets, many to their home towns, it seems that greener pastures are turning brown.  Sure, you can find a city with cheaper housing, but, can you find a job near your cheaper housing?  That’s the big question. [...]

Laid-Off Manufacturing and Ag Workers eligible for $10,000, Other Benefits

If you were laid off from your job in the manufacturing or agriculture industry, you may be eligible for 104 weeks of job training and income support, reimbursement of job search and relocation expenses and a 65% tax credit on health care premium costs.  Eligible workers 50 and over will receive a wage subsidy of [...]

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