Economy adds modest 148,000 jobs in December

Last Updated Jan 5, 2018 11:26 AM EST Businesses added just 148,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate stayed unchanged at 4.1 percent, the Labor Department reported on Friday. The figure undershot economists' predictions of about 180,000 jobs added. Hourly earnings continued their modest rise, growing 2.5 percent in December year-over-year.  The jobs report, which marks the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Great Recession, underlines that the labor market has largely recovered from the 2008 economic collapse, with unemployment is at its lowest level since 2000.Yet those gains haven't diffused across the labor market, leaving hundreds of thousands of workers on the sideline. Muted wage growth has also left experts mystified, given that stronger employer demand for labor is supposed to boost workers' paychecks."Surprisingly, there are few indications that the tight labor market is leading to stronger wage growth, a disappointment given that the expansion is now more than eight-and-a-half years old," Stuart Hoffman, senior economic adviser with PNC Financial Services Group, said in a note. By industry, manufacturing was strong for the second month in a row, adding 25,000 jobs in December after a gain of 31,000 the previous month. Over 2017, the sector gained nearly 200,000 jobs. Construction and food and drinking places also grew robustly, adding 30,000 and 25,000 jobs, respectively. Retail trade lost a seasonally adjusted 20,000 jobs in December and professional and business services added just 19,000. "It's just striking that you have the service sector not adding as many jobs as you had a few years ago," said Guy Berger, chief economist at LinkedIn. "Some of the fastest growth in hiring has been in ... goods-producing industries." The year's monthly average of 171,000 new jobs is below the previous year's. "[I]t is, notably, the slowest year for job growth since 2010," Elise Gould, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute, Continue Reading

Find ‘Hidden’ Job Postings at LinkUp

Last Updated Jun 22, 2009 11:56 PM EDT Now that the Financialpocalypse is upon us, you're probably spending more time at Monster and other mainstream job search sites. They're great, but not all job postings make it onto the big sites. For those jobs that fall between the cracks, check out LinkUp, a job search site that pulls positions directly from corporate Web sites. Search results take you directly to the employer's Web site, where you can act on the lead, with no middlemen or brokering. And there's no worries that this is a great idea with no actual jobs under the covers. LinkUp features 400,000 jobs from 19,000 companies. If you ask me, this is what all job searches should be like. [via AppScout] Continue Reading

Network for Your Next Job, Post Resumes and Portfolios Online

Last Updated Sep 29, 2010 10:34 AM EDT Looking for a job or just want to expand your business network where you already are? Sure, there's LinkedIn, Monster, and a wide array of other sites. But now there's a new kid on the block which appears to combine many of the best aspects of all those job, career, and networking sites in one package. ResumeSponge is a job and business networking site that just hit beta. Here you can create a detailed profile with your past education and work experience. You can connect with other users, share recommendations, and more. Perhaps the most interesting part of the site, though, is the files section. You can upload documents, video, and photos, which means you can build a detailed online portfolio on ResumeSponge. Sure, there are a lot of other resume builder sites and business networking services out there -- but ResumeSponge looks pretty, is smartly designed, and seems to have all the best bits from the other sites you've tried. I'd give it a go so you're already on board if it eventually gets that critical mass to make it a success. Continue Reading

CBS News Logo Microsoft job posting hints at next Xbox launch within 18 mos.

(CNET) Microsoft might be launching the next Xbox within the next year and a half. The software giant last night posted a job listing on its Web site seeking a marketing professional. In that posting - which now appears to be taken down - the company said that "over the next 18 months, Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox, along with completely new offerings like Microsoft Surface."Rumors have been swirling for years that Microsoft would launch its next Xbox - sometimes called the Xbox 720 by the rumor mill - in 2013 or 2014. Microsoft's posting doesn't indicate which year it'll launch the device - within 18 months from now can extend into the beginning of 2014, after all - but it does seem to acknowledge that the wait will soon be over. That said, it's entirely possible that consumers won't need to wait until 2014 for the next Xbox. If Microsoft releases the next Xbox at the end of its given timespan, it would mean the device would launch in January or February - not exactly the best shopping season. Prior to next year's holiday shopping season, however, might work a bit better. Back in June, a leaked 56-page confidential Microsoft Powerpoint file surfaced on the Web purporting to show the software giant's plans for the future of its console business. In that document, which was swiftly wiped from the Web by Microsoft's lawyers, the company indicated that the next Xbox would launch around the 2013 holiday season for $299. That leak followed a host of reports that have surfaced over the last several months indicating that Microsoft would launch the Xbox 720 next year. Microsoft isn't the only company thinking seriously about launching a new console. Nintendo is currently planning to launch its next console, the Wii U, later this year. Sony is reportedly considering launching a new PlayStation later next year or in 2014. So far, both Microsoft and Sony have Continue Reading

For older workers, getting a new job is a crapshoot

Getting fired for getting old — or never being considered for an opening in the first place — is a problem that's only going to get worse. America's workforce is getting older, and fast. By 2022, about 35 percent of the U.S. labor force will be over 50, according to AARP. That's up from 25 percent in 2002. At the same time, a stubbornly middling economic recovery continues to set old workers against younger ones, and places a target on the back of every experienced, higher-salaried employee. "Every time there's a recession, there's a pattern of age discrimination," said Patricia Barnes, author of the book "Overcoming Age Discrimination in Employment." "It is totally predictable, but Congress has done nothing," she said. While there is legislation in place protecting older workers — the Age Discrimination in Employment Act — a series of Supreme Court rulings since the law's enactment in 1967 has chipped away at those rights. Most recently, a 2009 decision eliminated so-called mixed motive cases; now plaintiffs must prove that age was the main reason for a layoff, not simply a contributing factor. "The employer can throw off all kinds of reasons for firing someone. No one is perfect," Barnes said. "Then the plaintiff has to prove those reasons aren't the real reason." Employers can try a wide variety of tactics to edge out older, generally more expensive workers. A jury in a California state court recently awarded $700,000 to a firefighter after his employer was accused of deploying "freeway therapy" — transferring older Continue Reading

Job Web sites abound for seniors, retirees

CHICAGO — While looking for work in an economic downturn can be challenging, it's easier today than it used to be — and that may hold truest of all for the retirement set. Those who are in or near retirement and looking for work can find abundant online resources aimed at them, which may prove invaluable as the ongoing financial crisis drives many back to the workplace or keeps them there longer. RELATED: GOVERNMENT JOB SITES A RICH SOURCE OF JOB OPENINGSMany in fact steer clear of mainstream job-search Web sites such as CareerBuilder and Monster because they think their chances are better when their "maturity" is specifically targeted, according to Scott Wingerter, chief operating officer for, a job board for retired workers. "Mature workers won't generally apply for positions (advertised) for the general population — they fear age discrimination," he said. "So they come to boards like ours." RELATED: HOW TO SURVIVE THE SERIAL JOB INTERVIEWHere are some online resources for retirees looking for part-time or full-time work, many of which target anyone 50 or over: — ( has more than 30,000 listings nationwide from companies specifically seeking candidates older than 50. A combination job board, adviser and coach for boomers and seniors looking for work. RetirementJobs also partners with AARP. — ( also focuses on the 50-plus job candidate. Currently gets about 200,000 visitors a month, doubled from a year ago and up sharply during the financial crisis. — ( is a resource for older boomers, seniors, retirees and those about to retire who are looking to find jobs, volunteer opportunities, educational resources and retirement information. — Retirement Jobs Online ( offers advice about online retirement jobs, helping retirees Continue Reading

Web site links disabled with employment

A new Web site wants to be the online gathering spot for disabled job seekers. is a national job board that matches disabled workers with employers looking to diversify their staffs. "The disabled community represents the largest minority group in the country," said AccessibleEmployment President Dana Egreczky. "This is a great place for employers to tap into a large pool of talented and qualified workers." Finding a job ranks high among the hurdles disabled people face. Statewide, just 33.5% of working-age people with disabilities were employed in 2006, compared to 77.9% of people without disabilities, according to research from Cornell University. Nearly 70,000 disabled people statewide are looking for jobs. Fear of discrimination lawsuits if a disabled worker is fired, as well as the added costs of accommodating disabled employees, have kept some firms from hiring them. But according to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers spend an average of less than $600 in workplace accommodations for a disabled worker. They can also get a $2,100 tax credit for each disabled worker they hire. "It's absolutely good business," Egreczky said. Job seekers can post their résumés and search the site for free. Employers pay anywhere from $200 to post a job to $7,500 for an annual package that includes banner ads and unlimited job postings. The site, started by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has 350 job listings and more than 500 résumés. Several other sites post job listings for the disabled, but AccessibleEmployment offers additional services such as live support for people who need help drafting and posting their résumés. Egreczky is hoping for more. "We need the landscape to change," she said. "These folks need jobs." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Autumn in New York means new job posts

The August deadline for most city jobs has passed, but there's no reason candidates can't get a jump on tests coming up this fall. Starting Sept. 5, several jobs and promotional tests will be open, including: bridge and tunnel sergeant, dock builder, car inspector, fire marshal, plumber's helper, senior sewage treatment worker, NYPD sergeant and Correction Department warden. Each of these jobs and promotional titles has a unique set of qualifications and requirements. It's best to go to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services Web site ( and download the Notice of Examination for each. You can also call the DCAS' division of personnel service's interactive telephone voice response system at (212) 669-1357.   New head of police pension fund After 16 years as president of the Lieutenants Benevolent Association, Anthony Garvey is stepping down from that position to serve as executive director of the New York City Police Pension Fund. The fund oversees $21billion in assets. Its disability board decides whether or not people with line-of-duty injuries get disability pensions. He replaces Michael Welsome, who retired. "My new position will allow me to continue serving all uniformed ranks of the department with a mandate from the commissioner to provide the utmost service to every beneficiary and participant of the Police Pension Fund," Garvey said in a letter to his members. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who made the appointment, said Garvey has the "integrity, experience and knowledge" to handle the job. Garvey, a 34-year veteran of the NYPD, started in 1973 in Harlem's 32nd Precinct and served various commands in the South Bronx.   Run for the (scholarship) money The second annual Chief Michael Shortell Memorial 5K and 10K Trail Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Northgate Waterfront Park in Cold Spring, N.Y. Proceeds from the event will fund college scholarships for high school Continue Reading

How to find a job through Google

NEW YORK—Your next Google search may help you land a new job.That’s the promise behind the Google for Jobs search initiative that launches Tuesday, after first being announced last month during Google’s annual I/O developer conference. It is aimed at those of you who are out of work, dissatisfied with your current employer or seeking to explore potential opportunities to advance your career.The feature is triggered when you enter a job-seeking query inside a regular Google search box—there is no special URL for this jobs search tool.It makes sense that the web's most prominent search engine would become a logical place to embark on what for many people is one of their most important search missions, finding the right job. And as with any Google search, the company has the power to pull in job listings from disparate sites across cyberspace, something it does exceedingly well.“Just like when you ask for movie show times…when you look for jobs we… organize the information on the Web about jobs and show it to you directly,” says Google product manager Nick Zakrasek.Still, out of the gate I wish Google for Jobs search did a little more about surfacing salary information or helping with career advice. And the truth is, if you already know the company you want to work for you might be able to go directly to that firm's site to inquire about any openings. Or, you might head directly to a LinkedIn where you can virtually rub shoulders with people you know or other members who might provide job leads. Still another option is to visit a major jobs site such as where you can upload your resume and have potential employers find you.*Where the jobs are? I’ve been searching several Google for Jobs listings myself—memo to my bosses, merely as a journalistic exercise. In fact, I searched for positions outside my chosen profession, in fields like nursing, teaching, banking and construction.You can Continue Reading


IF THE THOUGHT OF SPENDING another winter hunkered in that same old office cubicle has you down, it might be time to dust off your résumé. That 8-by-10 piece of self-promotion, while paper-thin, has enough power to help you get your foot in the door - or get you booted. September is "International Update Your Résumé Month," according to Career Directors International, and the Daily News has gathered some tips from experts on making your résumé shine. Have a friend or colleague check your résumé over, carefully proofreading for misspellings, typos and grammatical errors. "If we're reading something over and over again, we don't see things after a while," said Paula Zimmerman, New York branch manager at job placement company Manpower. If you can, trim your résumé down to one page. "For recruiters who are looking at a lot of candidates, it's easier to press delete than to read through a long résumé," said Susan Vobejda, career and workplace expert at "Think of it as a billboard, not an encyclopedia." If you have to go over one page, make sure that everything is written clearly and succinctly. To assure time-strapped employers don't miss your best attributes, some experts recommend starting out your résumé with an attention-getting "executive summary." It's both a preview and a wrap-up of the best that you have to offer in "five or six targeted lines," said Ford Myers, president of career consulting firm Career Potential. You shouldn't send the exact same résumé to every company. Tailor your résumé to the types of skills for each type of employer, experts said. Research the company and industry to determine what skills are most important. Leave out anything that doesn't help illustrate those specific abilities. "There's no need to focus on your after-school job or accomplishments in a completely different field if they're not relevant to the Continue Reading