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Glassdoor Ranks Hartford as Top Five for Job Openings

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford was ranked among the top five cities for job openings.

That’s according to Glassdoor, a website that list jobs. Glassdoor released the rankings on Wednesday.

When job openings and job satisfaction were factored, Hartford ranked number five, besting cities such as Boston and Washington, D.C .

In August, Hartford had 40,978 job openings.

The number one city for job openings is Pittsburg, PA with 91,849 jobs.

For more information about the list click here.

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Women Left Behind in Recovery

Investigative Reporting Workshop By Kat Aaron and Lynne Perri

A higher percentage of women are unemployed than men, according to numbers released today by Gallup. More than 10 percent of the women surveyed were unemployed, compared to 8 percent of men. Almost 11 percent of women working part time wanted full time work, compared to 8 percent of men.

Those figures contradict the figures released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The government reported that 8.8 percent of men, and 8.1 percent of women, were unemployed in September. The lower rates for women have been consistent throughout the recession, according to the bureau’s data.

The difference may lie in the definitions of unemployment, which, contrary to logic, doesn’t mean simply not working. Or it may be a still more technical reason: The bureau’s figures are seasonally adjusted, and Gallup’s are not.

Whether women’s unemployment rate is slightly below or slightly above that of men, there’s no question that the recovery, such as it is, is leaving women behind.

During the recession, “it’s true men lost most of the jobs. They lost about 7 in 10 of the jobs” that disappeared between December 2007 to June 2009, says Joan Entmacher, vice president and director of family economic security at the National Women’s Law Center.

“But once the recession was over and the recovery was started,” Entmacher adds, “women have lost ground. Men as of September had gained over a million jobs, where women have lost 247,000 since June of 2009.”

In September, the economy added 103,000 jobs, far fewer than are needed to keep pace with workforce growth, but far more than the zero added the previous month. Women took just 4,000 of those jobs, however, and men took the other 99,000, according to research conducted by Entmacher’s group. Since June 2009, women’s unemployment rate has been rising, while the rate for men is in decline.

Much of the rest of Gallup’s findings confirm trends long-reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That they are becoming common wisdom does not make them less troubling. African-Americans and Hispanics have much higher unemployment rates than whites. People with less than a high school education have far higher unemployment rates than those who attended some college or got a college degree. For people who got education beyond college, the unemployment rate is under 4 percent, the Gallup survey found.

One interesting tidbit was the 9 percent unemployment rate for those with vocational or technical education, which was lower than that for people with some college. The figure suggests that job training programs may be a worthwhile investment, although federal funding for job training is facing cuts under new House proposals.

The challenges facing older job-seekers have gotten significant media attention, but the Gallup data suggests that younger people are struggling the most in the current job market. Among 50- to 64-year-olds, 7.5 percent are unemployed, and 7.1 percent are working part time but would like to work more. Among those 65 and over, 6.5 percent are unemployed, and 9.5 percent are working but seeking full-time work. But for those just starting out in the workforce, or trying to, the picture is more grim. More than 14 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds are unemployed, and more than 16 percent would like to work more than they are now.

Which means that if you happen to be African-American, female and young, with little formal education, you’re having a really hard time finding a job.

“For women as a whole, the recovery was not worse than the recession,” Entmacher says. “It’s just that they’ve continued to lose ground. For black women, the recovery has absolutely been worse than the recession. And for teen girls of color, particularly African American girls, it’s been an absolute disaster.”

This story was published with data from Gallup’s new report on employment, released this week.


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Danger Signs for President Obama with Black Voters

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — In quick succession, two brightly lit danger signs burst on President Obama’s reelection road. The first was the recent Washington Post/ABC poll showing that nearly as many African-Americans say they are displeased with Obama’s performance as those who approve. The prime reason for the discontent is jobs, or lack thereof, in black communities.

The jobless rate has hit crisis levels in many inner-city communities, and the perception is that the president simply isn’t saying and doing enough to combat the crisis.

The criticism is not fair given the absolute refusal of congressional Republicans and more than a few Democrats to kick out another penny for job stimulus and training programs. He has also had to beat back every effort by the same forces determined to hack, slash, and vaporize any spending on education and infrastructure spending. Nonetheless, the perception is still that Obama hasn’t done enough on the black-jobs front, and that hurts.

The second danger sign is that Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, co-chair of he Congressional Black Caucus, flatly called the debt ceiling deal “a sugar coated Satan sandwich.”

Caucus members of been displeased with the president’s compromise and conciliation with the GOP to get a debt ceiling deal. But the comments by Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, raised the inevitable question of whether there is a deeper meaning — that many black legislative officials are hearing the grumbles and feeling the heat from more blacks about Obama’s perceived failure to take more aggressive action to deal with black needs?

The Caucus has straddled the fine line between extreme care not to say and do anything that will give any more ammunition to Obama’s sworn enemies to attack him on policy questions. Certainly, they have not wanted to feed any public impression that their support (and that of black voters for Obama) has in any way diminished.

But the other side of that fine line is the crisis of black joblessness, compounded by an exploding wealth gap between black and white households that is as high as it’s been in modern times.
The expectation driven by mounting desperation is that Obama must take off the wraps and mount a frontal assault on the problems of the black poor.

But that bumps squarely up against the political reality that the GOP, Congress, and a divided Democratic Party has severely restricted his already tightly constricted political maneuverability. Those constraints have come just when he had to jump start new initiatives and programs to tackle the jobless plight of black males and the disproportionate number of blacks in home foreclosure, as well as spend more to combat failing inner-city public schools, curtail black homelessness and push criminal-justice reform.

The criticisms of Obama’s perceived failings have hit the mark with some blacks.
But criticism means little when no matter how badly some blacks think Obama has performed in confronting urban problems — and for being too willing to make nice with the GOP — they forget to consider this question: If not Obama, who?

It’s beyond absurd to even suggest any of the pack of GOP presidential contenders as any kind of alternative to Obama. For the past half-century, blacks have given every Democratic presidential candidate and president an unflagging 80 to 90 percent of their vote. This will not change in 2012, whether Obama is the Democrat presidential contender or not.

Even if some blacks, out of frustration or dislike for Obama, were tempted to look elsewhere, the GOP contenders have made it clear in word and deed they will mount a full assault on every program and initiative on health care, education, infrastructure investment and federal spending on job creation.
Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, as well as education, labor and civil rights protections will also be under attack. Few black voters are prepared to commit political suicide to back anyone that will do that.

The fall off in Obama’s approval ratings among some black voters is no surprise. The expectation that Obama could whipsaw a GOP that has dug in its heels and opposed any and every program and initiative on Obama’s legislative table — not to mention for him to wage an open sustained battle for black needs — was always a fantasy.

But it’s no fantasy that despite the danger signs in the criticisms and disappointment of many blacks, Obama is the only thing that stands between the GOP and their total economic and political ruin.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is host of the weekly Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour on KTYM Radio Los Angeles streamed on ktym.com podcast on blogtalkradio.com and internet TV broadcast on thehutchinsonreportnews.com
Follow Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/earlhutchinson

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Report: Job Loss May Level Off

MILWAUKEE — U.S. employers plan to keep their staffing levels relatively stable during the third quarter of 2009, according to a national report.

Of the more than 28,000 employerssurveyed about their hiring plans for the third quarter of 2009, 15 percent anticipate an increase in their staff levels, while 13 percent expect a decrease in their payrolls. Sixty-seven percent of employers surveyed expect no change in their July – September hiring plans, and 5 percent of employers indicated they were undecided about their hiring intentions, the according to the quarterly report conducted  by Manpower Inc.

“While the numbers may not be as optimistic as we would like, it is positive to see no further deterioration, “said Jeffrey A. Joerres, chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc.

According to Jonas Prising, president of the Americas for Manpower Inc., the data shows continued hesitancy among employers who are watching with “guarded optimism, hoping a few quarters of stability will be the precursor to the recovery.”

The national survey data shows employers in seven of the 13 sectors surveyed expect hiring to remain relatively stable in the next quarter as compared to the previous quarter.

Employers in Construction and Wholesale & Retail Trade anticipate moderate increases, while Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing and Leisure & Hospitality employers expect a slight increase in hiring activity compared to the second quarter.

Employers in two sectors surveyed, Education & Health Services and Government, anticipate a slight decrease in hiring compared to three months ago. Employers in Durable Goods Manufacturing; Transportation & Utilities; Information; Financial Activities; Professional & Business Services; and Other Services sector employers will keep hiring levels relatively stable for the third quarter.

The West has a weaker Outlook compared to the previous quarter, while all regions have a weaker Outlook compared to one year ago at this time. Employer optimism about hiring is relatively stable in the South, Northeast and Midwest.

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