Job hunting in China's slowing economy

Aug 15, 2022
The unemployment rate is high among young Chinese graduates. What does it take a get a job in such a tough economy?
A busy Shanghai job fair in 2018. Since then, unemployment among 16- to 24-year-olds has steadily climbed, reaching 19.9% last month.
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U.S. employers add 528,000 jobs in July; unemployment rate falls to 3.5%

Aug 5, 2022
With the jobs gains, the U.S. economy has restored all the jobs lost since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.
"Most people who have the ability to work from home are probably making a little bit more money, whereas the people who were risking their lives and people who are bus drivers or people who are health care workers are really feeling the pinch right now," says Lauren Kaori Gurley of The Washington Post.
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Layoffs may be on the horizon. Is the unemployment insurance system ready?

Aug 4, 2022
States are upgrading antiquated technology. But there are still big disparities among states.
Though states are investing to upgrade unemployment systems, there are still wide disparities among their processes and the benefits they provide.
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The job market is slowing but not stalling out

Jul 26, 2022
It's unlikely a crash in employment would prompt a recession. In spite of a slowdown in job creation, the job market remains relatively strong.
Employers are posting fewer jobs and offering fewer signing bonuses, according to ZipRecruiter's Julia Pollak.
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New unemployment claims have spiked – but don't panic

Jul 22, 2022
Analysts say the 50% increase in new claims since March doesn't mean the job market is contracting. Here's what it could mean.
People receive information as they attend a job fair for employment with SoFi Stadium and Los Angeles International Airport employers, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Jobless claims have been on the rise.
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Hot jobs market is showing some cool spots, staffing agencies say

Jul 7, 2022
There are still almost two jobs open for every person looking for work, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this week.
In some industries, the job market is showing signs of cooling. In others, the market is still hot.
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Odds of a recession rising but vary widely

Jun 21, 2022
There is a very real chance that the country may end up paying a price for getting inflation under control. That price is recession.
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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on inflation, gun control and why governments shouldn't punish businesses

"I don’t believe it’s the role of government to punish private businesses because we don’t like what they say or do," Hutchinson told Marketplace.
"I don’t believe it’s the role of government to punish private businesses because we don’t like what they say or do," Hutchinson told Marketplace.
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Another week of historically low unemployment claims confirms the job market's on fire

Apr 21, 2022
Two years ago, more than 4 million people filed for benefits in a single week. This year, the number's around 180,000.
The data on recent filings for jobless benefits compares favorably with pre-pandemic levels, but nearly 2 million people were working before the pandemic who aren’t now.
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Workers have more leverage these days, but they're not less stressed

Apr 11, 2022
Nearly half of American workers are looking for a new job or plan to in the next year. One-third are ready to quit without a new job lined up.
One recent survey found that half of American workers think they’ll make more money just by switching jobs.
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