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Obama faces tough road with improving economy

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Here’s the assignment President Barack Obama has won with his re-election: Improve an economy burdened by high unemployment, stagnant pay, a European financial crisis, slowing global growth and U.S. companies still too anxious to expand much. And, oh yes, an economy that risks sinking into another recession if Congress can’t reach a budget deal to… Read More →

U.S. adds 171,000 jobs in October

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November 2, 2012 by in Economy | Workforce

U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September. That was mainly because many more people began looking for work, and… Read More →

Axeo opens Phoenix office for Western Region clients

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October 24, 2012 by in Business News | Small Biz | Workforce

Axeo today announced the opening of its western region office in Phoenix. Axeo is a professional services firm that partners with private sector companies and nonprofit organizations, ranging in size from small start-ups to Fortune 100 firms, to provide practical and easy-to-implement solutions to human capital and organizational challenges, including consulting, HR management outsourcing and… Read More →

Arizona jobless rate dips in September

October 18, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Arizona’s September unemployment dipped to 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent the two previous months. Department of Administration economists report that the state added 30,000 jobs, mostly in government due to seasonal hiring by schools. The department says seven of the 11 major economic sectors added jobs in September while four lost jobs. The biggest… Read More →

Paid time off to vote? Yes, in Arizona!

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October 17, 2012 by in Business News | Politics | Workforce

As the November election approaches, Americans gear up to exercise their greatest civic duty — voting. But finding the time to vote is a luxury many working voters struggle with. However, Arizona law simplifies this process by dictating that employers must give eligible voters up to three hours of paid leave in order to vote… Read More →

Innovative CEO Martz offers advice on being an effective boss

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Today is National Boss Day, so it’s the perfect time to get a business owner’s view on what it takes to be a successful and effective boss. Carrie Martz founded the Martz Agency — the largest female-owned advertising and public relations firm in Arizona — in 1980 after spending a couple of years in the… Read More →

Go Daddy looks to fill 200 jobs

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In an effort to fill more than 200 job positions, web hosting provider Go Daddy announced on Friday it will host a career fair next week in Phoenix. The move follows Go Daddy’s initiative last July to expand its staff at its Iowa customer service center by 300 employees. The fair will be held on October… Read More →

RAMARK, UMOM New Day Centers Help People get Jobs in Phoenix

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October 11, 2012 by in Business News | Careers | Workforce

As many as 25,000 individuals in Arizona were homeless over the past year, many due to a recent job loss. Yet six out of 10 adults living at UMOM New Day Centers for low-income and homeless families don’t have a high school diploma or GED, or the skills needed to find a job in today’s… Read More →

CFOs Believe Economy Will Not Improve During the Next Six Months

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October 8, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Fifty-four percent of CFOs in the U.S. do not foresee any changes in the health of the economy during the next six months, according to a survey by Grant Thornton LLP. Still, most CFOs surveyed are optimistic about maintaining (45 percent) or increasing (37 percent) their headcount over the next six months. According to the… Read More →

Jobs report gives Obama a boost

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President Barack Obama got much-needed good news Friday following his disappointing debate performance as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. Republican rival Mitt Romney said Obama still hasn’t done enough to create jobs. The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring unemployment… Read More →

Jobless rate falls below 8%

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000… Read More →

Job Outlook 2013: Hiring Up 13 Percent, Degrees in Demand

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October 4, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Employers expect to hire 13 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2013 than they did from the Class of 2012, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2013 survey. Employers in pharmaceutical manufacturing; computer and electronics manufacturing; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; management consulting; and professional services anticipate double-digit increases in hiring.… Read More →

Do you spend $1 million with minority-, women-owned firms?

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The Arizona Million Dollar Roundtable (AZ MDRT) is seeking nominations for the induction of its inaugural slate of companies in the state that spend at least $1 million annually contracting with minority and woman-owned suppliers. Companies that qualify for recognition by the Roundtable will be honored at a special luncheon ceremony on Nov. 16, 2012… Read More →

Unemployment falls in nearly 90% of U.S. cities

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Unemployment rates fell in August in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. metro areas, mainly because more people gave up looking for work. The Labor Department said Wednesday that unemployment rates dropped in 329 large cities, the most in four months. Rates rose in 24 cities and were unchanged in 19. In the Metro Phoenix… Read More →

NLRB Issues First ‘Facebook Firing’ Decision

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October 3, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Legal | Workforce

National Labor Relations Board Issues First ‘Facebook Firing’ Decision The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is on a roll. Just a few weeks after issuing its first decision finding that a company’s social media policy violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) (see alert at left or here), the NLRB yesterday released its first decision… Read More →

Survey Projects Pay Increases Across Arizona in 2013

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Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC), a leader in human resource and employment law services for the business community, announced the findings of its recent employee pay projections survey and found that Arizona employers are anticipating a 2.8 percent pay increase in 2013. The projected increase is higher than the 2.4 percent projected increase for 2012.… Read More →

MJ Insurance Acquires Indianapolis-based Mead & Company

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October 1, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

MJ Insurance Acquires Indianapolis-based Mead & Company (Oct. 1, 2012) – MJ Insurance, a leading property-casualty and employee benefits agency with offices in Indianapolis and Phoenix, announced today it has acquired Indianapolis-based Mead & Company. Terms of the deal between the two private firms were not disclosed. The acquisition is scheduled to close today. Mead… Read More →

CenturyLink workers in Arizona authorize strike

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CenturyLink workers in 13 western states have voted to authorize a strike if union leaders can’t reach a new contract with the communications company. The workers at issue are in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Communications Workers of America announced… Read More →

GPEC announces new Board of Directors

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September 27, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2013 fiscal year. Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will lead the Board of Directors as chairman. He previously served as vice chair on GPEC’s Board. “As the economy starts to rebound, we face new challenges but also… Read More →

Hamer: Let’s talk about jobs

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September 26, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics | Workforce

The main issue that every candidate from president to town council should be talking about this elections season – but isn’t – is jobs. Every public opinion poll cites jobs and the economy as the number one issue. Voters want to know what type of policies candidates are going to support that will get our… Read More →

Squire Sanders Boosts Labor And Employment Practice

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September 25, 2012 by in Business News | Legal | Workforce

Squire Sanders has significantly expanded its Labor & Employment Practice Group with the addition of a team of lawyers from Greenberg Traurig’s Phoenix office, including the former national co-chair of its Labor and Employment Group, Lawrence Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld and fellow partner Daniel B. Pasternak join with senior associate Laura Lawless Robertson. Rosenfeld, Pasternak and Lawless… Read More →

“The Beauty Bias” Brings To Light Physical Discrimination In The Workplace

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September 25, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Workforce

Hypothetically speaking, if Jennifer Aniston was competing against Susan Boyle for an office job and had the exact same resume, who would be more likely to score gig? And what if Aniston had less experience than musically-gifted but regular-looking Boyle? According to “The Beauty Bias,” written by Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode, nearly 60 percent… Read More →

Trade official: Border region can drive jobs, economic growth

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September 25, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Workforce

Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael C. Camuñez stressed the importance of focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border region as a national asset that is a significant source of economic strength and job creation as he launched the “Realizing the Economic Strength of Our 21st Century Border: Trade, Education, and Jobs” conference today in Tempe. “The United… Read More →

Data Reveal Arizona Women Paid Less Than Men in Nearly Every Congressional District

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – An unprecedented analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows that the gender-based wage gap affects women in nearly every corner of the state. In fact, in all but one district in Arizona, there is a gap between the wages of women and men. This is the first-ever analysis of these data by… Read More →