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Postby CielOnTap on Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:49 pm

January 2015's job numbers for Canada: surge in part-time employment and loss of full-time jobs.
http://www.thestar.com/business/economy/2015/02/06/canadian-economy-delivers-surprise-by-adding-more-than-35000-jobs.html

For one, the report found the economy lost 11,800 full-time positions last month. In addition, the overall number of jobs for paid employees — any full- or part-time worker who was not self employed — fell by 5,700.

The decreases cast a shadow over the agency’s findings that the unemployment rate had dipped to 6.6 per cent thanks to 47,200 new, yet less desirable, part-time positions.

The gloomier details in the report reinforced economists’ predictions that the Bank of Canada is preparing to cut its key interest rate next month by another quarter percentage point. They expect such a move would be described as adding another pillow to absorb the anticipated blow of falling oil prices.

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Store closing news continues even today in Canada: Parasuco is closing its small store chain.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/parasuco-retail-closes-stores-lays-off-half-its-staff-files-for-bankruptcy-1.2947711

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An industrial park company in Quebec has set up a shuttle service for employees and prospective hires because many would be job candidates fail to show up for interviews due to a lack of public transportation.
[url]http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/baie-d-urfé-company-sets-up-shuttle-out-of-transit-desperation-1.2947685[/url]

Yet earlier this week, a Detroit MI man was in the news for how far he walks each work day as his car does not run and public transit does not take him all the way to work. An Internet fundraising effort has raised funds for the man to get a new car and he's requested help from others to manage the money. The man would prefer that public transit be extended. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/help-offered-for-detroit-man-who-walks-34-kilometres-to-and-from-work/article22754279/
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby CielOnTap on Mon May 11, 2015 11:10 am

Finding full-time work with an employer willing to outright hire you is a difficult endeavour. In Ontario, Canada, temporary employment agencies have been popular with employers but for the "staff" that translates to job insecurity and even long-term "temporary" work.

Over the past decade, there has been a 33 per cent increase in the number of temporary workers in Toronto, to more than 340,000 in 2014 from 256,000 in 2004, according to Statistics Canada. Industries such as food manufacturing, transportation and health care saw some of the biggest jumps.

By contrast, the number of permanent employees increased by just 12 per cent over the same period.

Not all temporary workers are hired through agencies; many are hired directly on fixed-term contracts. Statistics Canada figures don’t differentiate between temp agency workers and direct hires.

Still, Ontario’s temp agency industry is flourishing. The province’s employment services sector earned $5.7 billion in revenue in 2012, a near 72-per-cent jump from 2002. Temporary agencies account for an estimated 60 per cent of that industry’s total revenue.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/05/10/ontario-employers-cashing-in-on-temporary-workers.html

In Europe, Spanish workers hired on German foreign worker contracts have not found the experiences necessarily smooth due to the fact that they can be paid less than their German counterparts. Leaving early on the contracts can cause billing for the language training and accommodation costs borne by the German employers to their Spanish hires. The problem is also due to the contracts being written in German or Dutch, which is not known by many Spanish workers.

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Postby CielOnTap on Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:41 pm

Spring/summer semester graduands at Seneca College did live marketing pitches as to why they should be hired--in front of Nathan Phillips Square, where City Hall in Toronto is located. The students will graduate from a communications program and took part in the pitches to try to get attention of hiring managers.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/08/11/seneca-students-hit-the-streets-to-make-their-pitch-for-a-job.html

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Some Ontario temporary agencies got served orders from the Ministry of Labour regarding violations of employment standards with their temporary staff.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/08/12/province-wide-blitz-shows-majority-of-temp-agencies-on-wrong-side-of-the-law.html
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Postby CielOnTap on Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:22 pm

My recent summer reading book list for getting a sense of what to know for the next job:
Welcome to the Real World- Lauren Berger. Aimed at new graduates at first job with some human relations/organization/balance tips.
Never Apply for a Job Again-Darrell W. Gurney. How to work your contacts/informational interviews to get to job leads, not the dead resume filing place.
Grow Your Value-Mika Brzezenski. When you seek to go bigger beyond your current job, what to expect from work/family/business. Insights from some of the younger staff working for Mika at their major network jobs.

With the return of full-time classes for the students in North America, continuing education night classes and online classes are about to start too. Don't overlook any programs that can help you with academic upgrading, if that is a likely step in your path to new or to relevant employment options. There could be some financial help with childcare or transportation expenses if you qualify. Always read the details and fees associated with your courses-some may have prerequisites or even requirements that mean you pay before you finish the course.
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Postby CielOnTap on Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:47 pm

Thanks to Twitter, I noticed the Washington Post's tweet about the huge turnout of applicants for tea making positions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/09/18/in-india-368-low-paying-jobs-generate-an-astonishing-number-of-applicants/?tid=sm_tw

But imagine, just imagine, having to compete against 2.3 million people for just 368 jobs? And we're not talking flashy jobs. These jobs involve making tea.

That's the calculation facing officials in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh. Officials in the Northern Indian state were bombarded with applicants — including from those with high-level academic credentials — for government office jobs that involve such tasks as making tea and running errands, the Associated Press reported.


The state of Uttar Pradesh is said to have a high unemployment situation, so applicants are looking at work at all levels.
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Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:15 pm

A former fitness equipment retailer discovered that seeking employment for herself was a long process. She reinvented herself as an Internet fitness equipment consultant and has a a new career.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/retirement/retire-working-in-retirement/getting-past-ageism-and-back-to-work-after-a-late-job-loss/article27963194/
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Postby fishandchips on Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:03 pm

In the USA, things can be difficult in the job market if you are an older woman looking for work.
At 5 percent, the jobless rate may be close to what economists consider full employment, but that headline figure doesn’t capture the challenges still facing millions of Americans who have yet to regain their footing in the workplace.

Ms. McAfee is part of a group that has found the postrecession landscape particularly difficult to navigate: women over 50.

That is especially striking because many recent economic and social trends — the decline of manufacturing and the rise of health care, the advance of educated women into professions and jobs once mostly occupied by men — were seen as harmful to working-age men and advantageous for the growing ranks of working women.

But many of these older women now earn far less and use many fewer skills than they did before. Others have been left stranded without any job for months or even years. Some have given up the search altogether.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/02/business/economy/over-50-female-and-jobless-even-as-others-return-to-work.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

How do job seekers get the training needed to get some of the career incomes from technology, finance and healthcare sectors? Is there an economic development app that can swipe all the factors in play in different urban city job markets around the world?
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:51 pm

Signs of the economic realities impacting Canadians with higher food costs:
The economic downturn in Alberta due to the plunge in the global price of oil has resulted in a whopping 60 per cent increase in the number of people turning to the food bank;19,000 people used the Edmonton facility in December, many of whom have lost their jobs in recent months.

“When the economy is tight and people are losing their jobs, it’s not a good scenario when costs of some very basic things like nutritional food go up,” Marjorie Bencz said in an interview.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/02/01/canadas-food-banks-fear-shortage-crisis-due-to-price-of-fresh-foods.html

Here's a reality check-remember how long it took Canada's then federal government in 2008 to say there was a recession? Food for thought:

The food bank said it didn’t meet its Christmas donation campaign goal for the first time in five years as food donations fell by a third.

“Even people buying food to donate to the food bank are feeling the pinch,” she said.

Canada’s 800 food banks distribute 200 million pounds of food annually to more than 850,000 Canadians, said Food Banks Canada.

Since the 2008 recession, food bank use has increased 26 per cent.
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby fishandchips on Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:01 pm

New unemployment numbers for Canada:
QUICK STATS

A quick look at January unemployment (previous month in brackets):

Unemployment rate: 7.2% (7.1%)
Employment rate: 61.2% (61.2%)

Labour force participation rate: 65.9% (65.9%)

Number unemployed: 1,390,300 (1,386,400)

Number working: 18,005,200 (18,009,600)

Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 13.0% (13.0%)

Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 6.7% (6.6%)

Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.5% (5.6%)

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/02/05/jobless-rate-ticks-up-to-72-in-january

Twice as many youth are looking for work compared to the adults. Think of the rates as a general idea of what the actual rates might be in different regions.

Alberta, the province that was the red-hot oil patch that kept people hopping, is having something of a tough time:
Alberta lost 10,000 jobs in January, pushing the unemployment rate in the province to 7.4% — the highest since 1996 — from 7% in December, according to Statistics Canada.

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/02/05/alberta-unemployment-jumps-to-highest-level-in-20-years-statistics-canada
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Feb 05, 2016 4:31 pm

Seems there are job losses at Blackberry's Canadian Waterloo site as well as its US Florida site:

http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/6265407-blackberry-lays-off-75-florida-employees/
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