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Web portal is now a gateway for information on employment, training, financial help

The U.S. Department of Labor has upgraded its re-employment Web portal to provide access to assistance beyond career and job searches. The http://www.CareerOneStop.org/reemployment site now offers a single source for information on jobs, career training, unemployment benefits and assistance with necessities such as food, housing, health care and utility payments. The resources will prove useful to everyone from recently laid-off workers and unemployment insurance claimants to individuals who have exhausted their unemployment benefits and those seeking to change careers.

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Small business employment continued to show growth in December with hours worked up and wages flat.

Those were among the results of this month’s update of the Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) Small Business Employment Index. The monthly report found that small business employment grew by 0.3 percent in December, equating to an annual growth rate of about 3.4 percent. This translates to approximately 57,000 new jobs created nationwide. The Index is based on figures from the country’s smallest businesses that use Intuit Online Payroll.

“Small business is still the most vigorous sector of the employment picture,” said Susan Woodward, the economist who worked with Intuit to create the Index. “We generally see a rise in employment for all businesses in December, but this year it is unusually strong. We can hardly see the recovery in overall national employment, but among small businesses, the recovery, albeit slow, is unambiguous.”

Based on this latest data, the employment growth rate for November was revised upward to 0.4 percent, equating to 73,000 jobs added for the month and a 4.4 percent annual growth rate. Since the growth trend first began in October 2009, small business jobs have increased by a revised estimate of 880,000.

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In the week ending Dec. 25, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 388,000, a decrease of 34,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 422,000. The 4-week moving average was 414,000, a decrease of 12,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 426,500.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent for the week ending Dec. 18, an increase of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week’s unrevised rate of 3.2 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Dec.18 was 4,128,000, an increase of 57,000 from the preceding week’s revised level of 4,071,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,120,000, a decrease of 37,250 from the preceding week’s revised average of 4,157,250.

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 521,834 in the week ending Dec. 25, an increase of 24,879 from the previous week. There were 556,517 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.3 percent during the week ending Dec. 18, unchanged from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 4,095,135, a decrease of 85,886 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 3.9 percent and the volume was 5,088,864.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Dec. 4 was 8,866,924.

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Many 9-5ers dream of working from home.  To set your own schedule, be your own boss, and occasionally go to work in your underwear.  For those bold enough to dream of an office without cubicles, here’s 10 great options for anyone in search of the perfect work from home job.

  1. Graphic Designer
    Time was that to work in graphic design you needed a lot of equipment, huge rooms and tables for layouts and, in many cases, a darkroom to develop your prints.  Technology has boiled it all down, essentially, into one or two ubiquitous pieces of software so that now the only thing standing between you and your own graphic design firm is your level of talent.
  2. Construction
    This is an oldie but a goodie.  Construction job sites these days are dominated by large companies with aggressive bids, but if you focus on a narrow niche market, you can run your own business and do quite well without stepping on the toes of the big guys.  My friend, for example, started a company that specialized in small cement trucks, so if you don’t need a whole truck full, no need to pay for a whole truck full, and business has been excellent for him.
  3. Insurance Sales
    Insurance, or many other types of sales for that matter, represents a great way to work from home and make potentially a lot of money.  It takes a very special skill set to be a successful salesman, but if you have what it takes, it can be a very lucrative career, and often your commissions with stack year-over-year giving you a substantial raise each year and a great incentive to continue improving your numbers.
  4. Real Estate
    While you’ll still spend a decent amount of time outside of the home (usually in other people’s homes) many real estate brokerages don’t require office hours.  This can be a great job for a self-starter with a decent rolodex and you can spend the time you would be in the office making business contacts in the community.
  5. Childcare
    Whether you start a daycare, or nanny for a family, childcare is a perennial need for nearly all dual-income families.  Even if you have children of your own, you may find it relatively easy to take on one or two more children in a nannying position and bring in a substantial amount of income, while planning the same activities you normally would for your own little ones.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Nov. 30, 2010 – Small business employment continued to show growth in November, although wages were down and hours worked remained flat.

Those were among the results of this month’s update of the Intuit Inc. (Nasdaq: INTU) Small Business Employment Index. The monthly report found that small business employment grew by 0.24 percent in November, equating to an annual rate of about 3 percent. This translates to approximately 49,000 new jobs created nationwide. The Index is based on figures from the country’s smallest businesses that use Intuit Online Payroll.

“The recovery that began late last summer for small businesses is still underway,” said Susan Woodward, the economist who worked with Intuit to create the Index. “While employment at the national level for all businesses is barely rising, small businesses are showing a more robust increase. This is in line with what we’ve seen with past recessions — small businesses are the first to hire when recovery begins.”

Based on this latest data, the employment growth rate for October was revised upward to 0.26 percent, equating to 51,000 jobs added for the month and a 3 percent annual growth rate. Since the growth trend first began in October 2009, small business jobs have increased by a revised estimate of 670,000.

The Intuit Small Business Employment Index shows a 0.24 percent increase in employment for November. The employment index reflects data from approximately 59,000 small business employers who use Intuit Online Payroll. The month-to-month changes are seasonally-adjusted and informative about the overall economy. The National Employment Index is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Job growth picked up last month to 151,000 as employers across a broad spectrum of industries added to their staff, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.

While the job situation was considerably improved from the summer, when layoffs in the public sector led to overall job losses, October’s job gains were not enough to draw down the unemployment rate from 9.6 percent, where it has stayed for months. Unemployment is down from its peak a year ago of 10.1 percent, however.

The brighter jobs picture suggests that the Federal Reserve’s cash infusion for the economy may already be working to spur a pick-up in economic activity. The growth in jobs was particularly large in retail, at 27,900 during the month, suggesting that merchants expect a recent uptick in consumer spending to continue.

Growth in education and health care jobs was also robust, at 34,900, and temporary jobs resumed their strong expansion of 53,000 during the month. Even the beleaguered construction industry saw a small job gain of 5,000, helping to offset relatively small losses of 8,000 positions in government and 7,000 in manufacturing. 

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According to the Intuit Small Business Employment Index, the growth of small business jobs rose again in the month of September, but at a slower rate than the revised growth rate for August. The employment growth translates to a 1.6% annual growth rate. 

Susan Woodward, the economist who worked with Intuit to create the Index, said “September’s employment numbers are good news – the fact that employment is still up, albeit modestly, and not down, is comforting”. She went on to say “This optimism is also based on the fact that August’s revised employment numbers were better than the original numbers. This continued growth in small business employment should make us less fearful of another decline in economic activity.”

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