NYSA News
March 1, 2011

Hiring of temps on the rise
The Ithaca Journal
There once was a time when temporary workers were viewed as an itinerant group that either couldn't or wouldn't hold on to any one job for an extended length of time. But as the economy rebounds from the recession and employers gain more confidence in the strength of the rebound, that image is rapidly changing.More

Obama challenges business leaders; jobless rate 'still way too high'
USA Today
President Barack Obama challenged a group of business and labor leaders to produce ideas for jobs, saying that while "the economy is now growing," the unemployment rate "is still way too high all across the country."More

Employment grows with drops in benefits, wages
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Barb Domagala took a gamble — and a pay cut — on a job at Rivers Casino after being laid off from a retail management position two years ago. "When you go from having a job to no job, you learn to put your pride aside. You just want something stable with benefits," said Domagala, 35, of Ross, Pa.More

How states fared on unemployment applications
ABC News
The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks fell to the lowest level in the past two and half years, the Labor Department said. That shows layoffs are declining steadily, but more hiring still is needed to push down the nation's unemployment rate, which is currently at 9 percent.More

Economists say national deficit poses biggest threat to economy
Michigan Live
The national debt trumps high unemployment and the risk of inflation or deflation as the greatest threat to the U.S. economy, according to a survey of economists. State and local government debt was their second-biggest worry.More

High-wage industries trailing on new jobs
MarketWatch
Higher-wage industries have been lagging when it comes to private job creation, according to a new report from a worker advocacy group. Higher-wage industries constitute 14 percent of recent private-job growth — although they accounted for 40 percent of private job losses during the labor-market's downturn — according to the report from the New York-based National Employment Law Project.More

US budget analysis: Stimulus boosted employment
Reuters
The nonpartisan U.S. Congressional Budget Office said the economic stimulus plan enacted in 2009 boosted U.S. employment by as much as 3.5 million people in the final quarter of last year.More

Want that new job? You might need to give up the smokes first
MSNBC
There are roughly five job applicants for every job opening these days, and that means employers can be picky if they want. It turns out some are very picky. When the help-wanted signs go up, the openings increasingly are including requirements that go beyond whether you're qualified for the job. The unusual attributes some hiring managers have on their no-hire lists include: the unemployed, smokers, people with accents, people with non-traditional hair styles, college dropouts, and forget it if you have bad credit.More