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East Hartford area leaders agree on the challenge of the skilled trades deficit

February 19th, 2008 · No Comments

East Hartford, Connecticut is yet another municipality addressing the growing skilled trades shortage. Last week, in an open-ended meeting between local business leaders, Senator Gary LeBeau and three state representatives, the agenda was the municipality’s inability to deal with a variety of problems due to a lack of skilled workforce.
Harold Harris, of Concepts and [...]

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Tags: Employment Rates · Skilled Trades · Skilled Trades Shortage · Trades Training Programs

No Worker Left Behind

February 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The state of Michigan has initiated a job retraining program called No Worker Left Behind. Keith W. Cooley, director of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth says that the department has requested $40 million to help retrain up to 100,000 Michigan workers. In addition, $10 million has been requested to help train 3,000 [...]

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Tags: Employment Rates · Skilled Trades · Skilled Trades Shortage · Trades Training Programs

CIANBRO plans to hire 500 skilled workers in 2008

January 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Maine’s battered skilled-trades work force is about to get a big break from CIANBRO. Where last year saw hundreds of layoffs after two mill closings and other widespread layoffs in that state, CIANBRO says it will hire 500 new employees in 2008. Representatives say they will be needing “journey level trades, pipe fitting, pipe welding, [...]

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Tags: Employment Rates · Income in Trades · Skilled Trades

Employment insurance claims down slightly, week over week

January 24th, 2008 · No Comments

For the week ending Jan. 19, advance figures for seasonally adjusted initial employment insurance claims was 301,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s (revised ) figure of 302,000, according to figures just released by the Employment and Training Administration arm of the US Department of Labor. California was [...]

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Tags: Employment Rates · Labor · Trades and Culture

US and European jobless rates

December 5th, 2007 · No Comments

Here’s a look at some unemployment rates from around the US and the rest of the world. On the surface of things, Europe is recording some record lows in unemployment. Around the US, though, there are rumblings and grumblings about “swelling unemployment” (not everywhere, of course).

In Columbia, South Carolina, they talk about an [...]

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Employment Insurance claims increase this week

November 29th, 2007 · No Comments

According to statistics released by the US Department of Labor today, the week ending Nov. 24, there were initial claims of 352,000, an increase by 23,000 over the previous week’s revised number of 329,000 claims. In unadjusted data, year over year there was virtually no change from last year’s claims.
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Latest jobless figures show that the news is not all bad.

November 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

In spite of slow economic growth and recent bad news about the price of oil, the US dollar and real estate, labor seems to be responding with calmness. Jobless figures are not climbing, according to an AP report, “an encouraging sign that most companies aren’t resorting to large-scale layoffs as the country copes with continuing [...]

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Department of Labor Statistics shows unemployment down year over year

November 9th, 2007 · No Comments

Unemployment statistics released for the week ending October 27 (announced today) show unemployment claims are down slightly from the same period in 2006. In spite of some recent doom and gloom concerning the US dollar, the ongoing war in Iraq, fires in California, the employment economy seems to be doing just fine, thanks.
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