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Unemployment Fell in 43 States in November

Unemployment rates fell in 43 states in November, reflecting a modest pickup in the nation's job market. Nationally, the unemployment rate dropped in November to 8.6%, the lowest since March 2009.

Employers Win Workers
With Perks, Not Raises

To retain top employees and attract new ones, U.S. companies are increasingly turning to perks such as subsidized training and flexible work conditions rather than raises. These incentives are finding a welcome among employees, too, especially educational benefits.

People@Work: Construction Job Growth Is Slowly Rebuilding

New forecasts show that the worst may be over for the construction industry, which was hit harder by the Great Recession than any other sector, as construction projects slowly resume. Some 27% of construction firms say they plan to add staff this year, while only 20% plan to cut jobs.

Tech Sector Job Cuts Fell to Lowest Level Since 2000

Job cuts in technology fields came to just under 47,000 last year, the lowest total for the sector since 2000, according to employment-services firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Better still, during the next 10 years, the sector is forecast to experience one of the fastest paces of job creation of any industry.

Economists: Jobs Are Coming.
The Unemployed: When?

An increasing number of observers, citing a preponderance of positive data, are optimistic that the stagnant labor market is finally beginning to gain momentum. But the pace is still way too slow for those desperately seeking work.

From Hard Worker to Recession Victim to New Hope

When DailyFinance first met Candido Gonzalez last December for our series on "The New Homeless," he had been laid off for two years from his job of 19 years -- and was living in the Bowery Mission. Today, the father of two finally has a job and a new outlook.

UPS to Hire 50,000 Workers for the Holiday Rush

UPS (UPS) will hire 50,000 seasonal employees to work over the holiday season. The company is taking on temporary staff to work in positions including package sorters and driver helpers, CNNMoney reported. They will work through the company%u2019s busy season, which covers the holiday period from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Wal-Mart to Increase Workforce by 36% in Five Years

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT) will increase its workforce by 36% in the next five years to take advantage of growing international demand. The new hires will take the company%u2019s headcount to 3 million, from 2.2 million now, Susan Chambers, executive vice president for human resources, said at a conference in India.

A Hopeful Outlook for Retailers' Holiday Hiring

Two consecutive months of sales gains among the nation's retailers may provide just enough confidence to trigger increased seasonal hiring this year, says research firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Even so, prerecession hiring levels aren't likely.

More Signs of an Improving Job Market

A fresh batch of data show that the job market may finally have turned the corner despite last month's uptick in the national unemployment rate to 9.6%. Among them: Fewer initial claims for unemployment and a smallest monthly layoff total since June 2000.