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Job Fair Held In Midtown Manhattan

Labor's monthly jobs report and the middle class

Feb 10, 2015
Over the past year, more jobs have been created in the middle of the pay scale.
Posted In: JOLTS, job market, low-wage
A screenshot from a video game prototype by human resources firm Mercer that simulates the experience of working on an oil rig.

Good at video games? That could land you a job.

Nov 21, 2014
Companies are using video games to determine whether job candidates are the right fit.
Posted In: hiring, video games, job market

Is unemployment really worse in the South?

Nov 3, 2014
Jobless rates are up in some Southern states. But the numbers may be misleading.
Posted In: Unemployment, South, job market

The jobs mismatch

Oct 8, 2014
There's a disconnect between the jobs market and what workers are looking for.
Posted In: Unemployment, job market

A college graduate and savings

May 9, 2012
I am a 25-year-old college graduate with approximately $27,000 of student debt. I have been unable to find a job since graduating and am making $1,000 a month, give or take. I now have $1,500 in my checking and $1,000 in savings. This is the most money I have had at one time and am unsure how best to utilize it. My savings account is for emergencies. My budget allows for $150 a month of disposable income. Should I contribute what remains of my disposable income to the loans, save it or try to invest it? I am currently paying $100 a month to the loans to maintain activity. Thank you for your time. Nathaniel, Raynham, MA
Posted In: college graduate, job market, Savings, student loan repayment options

An inheritance and plenty of uncertainty

Feb 27, 2012
I will receive $25,000 in the next couple weeks from the sale of my mom's house. She died suddenly of a brain aneurysm last spring, at age 58. I am asking for advice on how to invest this small windfall. (I also received another $10,000 from her life insurance last year and used that to pay down a personal bank loan of $6k and credit card debt.) Here are my stats: I'm 36 and went back to college in 2010 to finish my first degree (I had worked in insurance and kept hitting income/advancement ceilings due to not having a degree.) As of May, I will graduate with $45,000 of loans. I have $7,000 in credit card debt and own a house with a $130,000 left on the mortgage. I do have $10,000 in a 401k at a previous employer and I also inherited her 2009 car, so I have no car payment. I realize paying down debt is the fastest return on the money, but I feel like I don't want to just sink this money entirely into student loans, which have a low interest rate. My plan is to pay off the credit card debt and create a small emergency fund. This will leave around $15,000. Would it work to place some of it in longer term investments or just completely add the money to my debt? To add complication to the situation. I am studying graphic design and the firms I am in touch with all say they have increased hiring and the future looks good for this career. However, there is the option that I may want to free-lance or split off on my own in two to four years and could use a cushion to help as a startup. Thank you for any advice or information. Jamie, Eden Prairie, MN
Posted In: Savings, student loans, job market, Inheritance