Have a restful, happy Labor Day, but plan for the future

Happy Labor Day.

Happy Labor Day but as you relax, take time to plan for the future.

The OnPointPress.net family extends Labor Day greetings to all of our readers and supporters.

We hope you will use the day to rest, while making plans to be more productive and successful in the future. As the national unemployment dips to 5.1 percent, we celebrate the strides that President Barack Obama has made, despite opposition from Congress, in strengthening the economy and improving the circumstances for workers.

African-Americans continue to face challenges in obtaining the right employment fit.

African-Americans continue to face challenges in obtaining the right employment fit.

However, across the USA, too many people are working part-time even though they would like to get full-time opportunities. Also, in right to work state like Georgia, too many people are under-employed, underpaid and are compelled to work as independent contractors or in short-term temporary assignments. This trend is most notable in the African-American community.

Employees need job and earning security in order to realistically prepare for the future. For some, this means creating wealth and opportunities by launching their own businesses. Whatever your employment circumstances are on this Labor Day, take some time to be thankful while also plan for the future by utilizing reports on job trends. Happy Labor Day–OnPointPress.net.

 

Unemployment rate dips but blacks still struggle to find full-time jobs

Black men face a steep climb in finding well-paid jobs.

Black men face a steep climb in finding well-paid, full-time jobs, despite the decline in the unemployment numbers and the steady increase in available jobs, many of which are for part-time work.

By Carmen Glover

The October 3 report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was mixed, showing some areas that are cause for celebration, such as the creation of 248,000 jobs. But  other areas are grim, such as the high unemployment rate for blacks, which elicit feelings of profound concern.

While the figures showed a dip in the overall unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent, they also showed that the unemployment rate for African-Americans is at 11 percent, almost twice the national rate, with black men facing the greatest challenge in finding a job. Conversely, the overall unemployment rate for whites is now 5.1%, Hispanics, 6.9%, teenagers 20% and Asians 4.3%. Also, the figures showed that the participation rate for workers held steady at 62.3 percent, which means that of the entire workforce almost 40 percent of capable workers have become so discouraged that they have dropped out of the employment race.

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Furthermore, the industries that showed the greatest employment gains were unchanged: healthcare, retail, professional services, business and construction, with part-time employees having a better chance of holding a job, which often has no benefits, than a college graduate who is seeking a well-paid full-time job.

The stock markets rejoiced at the news of the low unemployment figures but discouraged job seekers have become frustrated with the paucity of jobs that match their qualifications and areas of interest. Despite the dip in the unemployment rate, and the consistent period of steady job growth, more jobs are needed to enable a higher participation rate, which can only be achieved when there is a greater variety of well-paid jobs available across a broader cross-section of careers.–OnPointPress.net.

Positive signs that the economy is improving

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The numbers that were released at the end of last week bodes well for steady improvement on the economic front. According to figures released by the Labor Department, the unemployment rate has declined to 6.1% and 288,000 jobs were created in June. These numbers signify that gradual results are being seeing as the economic recovery continues on an even pace.

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One interesting caveat in the jobs report is that one in six job seekers credit social media with helping them land their current job. This should empower the workforce and potential hires to utilize social media not only to socialize but to market their skills and expertise to help smooth the job transition process.

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President Obama deserves a great deal of credit for introducing bold, executive decisions to effect economic change in the face of a recalcitrant, rebellious and do-nothing Congress. And he has promised to continue to act alone if Congress hold fast in refusing to act on behalf of the people who elected them to serve.

President Obama must not falter in his decision. Rather, he needs to act swiftly and decisively to implement more measures that will benefit the poor, the disenfranchised and all who are looking to him for answers. Nothing less will do.–OnPointPress.net.

Impact of unemployment, low minimum wage, broadens

President Barack Obama has been making modest impact in lowering the unemployment rate and boosting job creation.

President Barack Obama has been making modest impact in lowering the unemployment rate and boosting job creation, in the face of sabotage and petty opposition from Republicans in Congress.

By Carmen Glover

Women For Hire has been a strong advocate for job seekers over the years, organizing job fairs, facilitating workshops and providing timely resources designed to impart nuggets of information for the ever-growing bloc of the workforce seeking employment or improved working conditions. So when Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire, sent out a lengthy email yesterday, it made sense to see what she had to say.

Entitled “Not a Happy Email,” Johnson shared the tale of  Jacques le Sourd, 64, late theater critic for a newspaper in Westchester, NY, for 35 years, and a friend of her husband’s, who died recently. “The coroner said it was a heart attack but those who loved Jacques le Sourd know better: it was a pink slip that cut him down,” Johnson stated.

Johnson then proceeded to talk about her childhood friend Susan Fruchtman, who has an MBA from Duke University. According to the email, Fruchtman, 42, who worked in marketing and finance at Fortune 500 companies for 15 years, had her job eliminated in 2010 and, despite assiduously seeking full-time employment, has only managed to work in temporary jobs, exhausting $60,000 in savings and forced to receive Medicaid for healthcare.

 

Anthony Shorris was named the new first deputy mayor a few weeks ago.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with Anthony Shorris, first deputy mayor, is committed to enacting city-wide increased minimum wage measures.

Recent job numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that the unemployment rate hovers at 6.6.%. This is due to a combination of the Obama Administration creating jobs in spite of the war that Republicans in Congress have declared on his economic agenda and blocking every single measure that he has proposed to ease the toll that acute unemployment has taken on the populace. Nevertheless, President Obama has trudged on, and against all odds, the numbers are shifting in the right direction, albeit slowly.

During his State of the Union Address and at various campaign-style stops that he has made subsequently, President Obama has repeated one single mantra: “No one who works full-time should live in poverty,” as he emphasized the importance of companies, government contractors in particular, raising the minimum wage to $10.10. The President’s quest to increase minimum wage has captivated the nation’s attention, with many conservative politicians and employers insisting that such action would drain jobs from an already fragile economy, while struggling workers and their advocates have argued that paying less than the proposed $10.10 is inhumane.

In New York, the Daily News has launched an aggressive campaign to highlight the dreadful conditions endured by Port Authority workers whose employers are contracted by private companies to clean, and provide other routine services at John F. Kennedy (JFK) and LaGuardia Airports. The campaign has reaped some success, with more expected.

Meanwhile newly elected mayor, Bill de Blasio, has proposed measures to authorize increased minimum wage across the city, only to be put in check by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said such action “would be unconstitutional.”  Regardless of what configuration of the unemployment and low minimum wage battle results in expansive changes, one thing is clear: action is needed now to restore a sense of hope, dignity and optimism to a battered workforce that yearns for meaningful opportunities to work, provide for their families, pursue dreams and survive.–OnPointPress.net

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