Thursday, February 26, 2009

JOLTS data on Hiring

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has an ongoing statistical program called JOLTS which stands for "Job Openings and Labor Turnover". The data lags only about 3 months behind real time. The opening line of the December 2008 JOLTS report says "there were 2.7 million job openings in the U.S. on the last day of December 2008". For the full report click here

The report also says that preliminary data for December estimate that 3.9 million people were hired in December. The downside is that 4.9 million people separated for employment, but the "separation" figure includes 2.0 milllion who quit or retired. So, roughly speaking in december, 3.9 million were hired and 2.9 million were laid-off.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"Real Time Jobs In Demand" from NJ Dept Labor

I just noticed this site on the "Labor Market Information" page of wnjpin. this looks really interesting but there is not a whole lot of explanation. But since we know that most jobs are never posted, the suggestions here are very useful. It would be nice if it had data on job turnover. I will study it and try to post more information. Meanwhile try it out. "Real Time Jobs In Demand"

Thursday, February 5, 2009

New Career Book: "Solving the Professional Development Puzzle"

The subtitle is "101 Solutions for Career and Life Planning"; the authors are Robert Sherfield and Patricia Moody. This looks like a good book for students about to enter the job market; sections include choosing a career, cover letters, resumes, interviewing, dress and appearance. There is not much hear about how to find a specific job, but one book can't do everything.

If you need recommendations on books about career choice and job-hunting, call the Career Information Center at 866-941-8188

Have a nice day

Charles Gross, librarian