For married couples of opposite genders, the downturn's inordinate impact on men has resulted in an increasing number of wives becoming the primary breadwinner. Surprisingly, many men don't mind at all.
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.
The downward slide in consumer confidence continued in July, falling to a five-month low and providing yet another sign that the U.S. economic recovery may have lost some of its momentum. The big concern for Americans? No, surprise, it's still jobs.
A growing list of companies have jumped on the "happiness coaching" bandwagon. To its practitioners, it is a proven method that can lead to changed lives. But to its detractors, its just another gimmick for squeeze more work out of dispirited employees.
It's been a big week for Monster.com. The job search site will gain thousands of new business customers through its purchase of HotJobs, and it unveiled the latest upgrades to its technology for precisely matching the right jobs seekers with its customers' jobs.
Though the odds may seem daunting, job seekers shouldn't view finding new employment as an impossible goal, says workplace expert John Challenger, chief executive at employment consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. "The key to success is to take an active approach and make your own opportunities," he says.