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Happy Days Are Here Again…Almost!

Employers added 93,000 jobs in November 2010 – more than economists anticipated or expected.  This is the biggest increase since November 2007 and a strong indicator that the economy is turning around. Most of the positions were added by small businesses[...]

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Black Friday Sales -$$$$

Consumer Confidence is up, Black Friday sales increased year-to-year and on Monday online sales rose 19.4%.  All of these factors are good news for the economy and positive indicators. More and more shoppers are making purchases online but store traffic[...]

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Wow – Huge Drop in Unemployment Gains

One economist suggested bringing out the champagne and celebrating!  And we definitely have more openings in digital media than candidates but let’s not get drunk on the news. Unemployment claims are now at the lowest level since July 2008 – quite[...]

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We Are Thankful for…An Economy Growing Faster Than Expected

On the eve of Thanksgiving when we are all sharing “grateful thoughts” let’s add one more to our list:  Economic Growth. In spite of the 9.6% overall unemployment rate nationally, the economy is actually growing.  In fact, American consumers are[...]

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New York City is #1 …in Jobs!

Today’s New York Times (11/19/2010) has a great article on employment in NYC –  more jobs were added during October 2010 than any time in the last 5 years.  The unemployment rate in NYC is now 9.2 vs 9.6 for[...]

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Is College Really Worth The Money?

A number of articles have been written about the high cost of a college education and we all agree it does seem excessive.  However I just read a report that indicates next year, hiring for B.A.’s will increase almost 10%[...]

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Where the jobs are…

Third Quarter 2010 spending results are in and once again Digital Advertising takes the lead….up 17% from same period last year.  More and more companies are allocating dollars to digital media and our clients are hiring at the same pace.  More[...]

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Holiday Parties are Back along with Hiring!

Another good sign companies are feeling confident about the economy – holiday parties are back!   One of Chicago’s largest restaurant groups (Lettuce Entertain You) reports reservations are up 5 to 15% this year.  And many of the larger venues –[...]

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Why I am Optimistic – The Job Market, The Economy and More…

There is a war for talent – the WSJ devoted the front page of the marketing section (11/12/2010)  to the reasons behind Google’s forthcoming 10% raise.  Companies are fighting to retain talented professionals in most areas as the job market tightens. [...]

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To Counter, or Not to Counter?

As we reported yesterday, Google has decided to give all their employees a 10% raise and a nice little year end bonus.  Companies are realizing that in today’s world people are not loyal to their companies as they once had been.  Not[...]

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