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Friday, April 06, 2012

Hiring slowed in March due to uncertainty about the economy's growth, but the unemployment rate dipped as more Americans stopped looking for work.

The Labor Department says the economy added 120,000 jobs in March, down from more than 200,000 in each of the previous three months.
The unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent, the lowest since January 2009. But the rate dropped because fewer people searched for jobs. The official unemployment tally only includes those seeking work.
Slower job growth could threaten a recent rise in consumer confidence and dent investors' enthusiasm for stocks. It also could prove a setback for President Barack Obama's re-election hopes.

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Martha  Perez
0 #1 It is strange...butMartha Perez 2012-04-06 11:50:55
I can only speak for myself, when I say that I see opportunities everywhere I go. I am fortunate, to have been empowered to achieve a college degree, work experience, and on-the-job training. Not everyone has been able to do this, and we need to play 'catch up' with that important & troubling matter! However, when one works in activism like I do, on a daily basis, there are chances to make a difference all of the time. In fact, my so-called "problem", is trying to figure out which jobs to pursue, and which ones not to! I had to cultivate this positive 'can-do' attitude, in order to protect me from being too narrow, in my job search, lest I close myself to the possibilities, both big & small. Over the years, I volunteered to help with special projects, that were not officially part of my regular job duties, but I gained so many worthy skills, by doing so! I am not rich, by any means, as I continue to seek the answers to my questions, AND I do work for a company, that I actually enjoy immensely. I finally see the value in looking at our new desert landscape reality, in terms of the fact that there are valuable acorns being overlooked, by far too many in our society, especially some of those who are at present, unemployed. For me, salary is not the only factor I take into account, when considering a position. It has to be about more than just money, while at the same time, acknowledging my worth to an employer. Thanks!
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0 #2 Not so strange...Diane 2012-04-09 07:36:16
How nice for you that you have so many job opportunities that you can't even pursue them all. How nice for you that you are in a position that you salary is not the only factor that you need to take into account. Most of the unemployed at this point would be willing to take ANY salary, including hourly minimum wage. But it was nice of you to share your good fortune with those of us still struggling to avoid homelessness.
One of the women interviewed has a four-year degree, one of them has a two-year degree and vast experience, so I don't think those "troubling and important matters" are the problem.
It's great that you have been so fortunate. But I wouldn't be so quick to point the "lower your standards" finger at those who haven't had the same luck that you have had. This is not a "bootstraps" problem. This is a lack of jobs problem. Hiring is still slowing, and the job rate is only falling because they don't count people who are not currently collecting unemployment benefits. For some of us, right now, it sure IS all about money. Hard to pay the rent without it.
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0 #3 How nice for you, Martha Perezwally 2012-04-09 07:50:22
Nice of you to drop in and let those of us less fortunate know how well you are doing.
By the way, having a degree is not all that helpful in getting a job these days.
And if you have a degree, you won't be hired for the "acorns" that pay less. Not everyone can afford to "take into account" things other than salary. How arrogant of you. MOst of us will take any minimum wage job we can find, whether or not we have a college degree.
Your only point seems to be that you are glad that you have a job.
Yay you.
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