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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 →

GoDaddy looks to fill 200 jobs

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In an effort to fill more than 200 job positions, web hosting provider GoDaddy announced on Friday it will host a career fair next week in Phoenix. The move follows GoDaddy’s initiative last July to expand its staff at its Iowa customer service center by 300 employees. The fair will be held on October 16 from… 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 →