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Compensation costs for state and local government workers increased


Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.3 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the 3-month period ending March 2013, essentially unchanged from the 0.4 percent increase for the December 2012 3-month period.  Wages and salaries increased 0.5 percent for the current period compared to a 0.3 percent increase for the December 2012 period. Benefit costs decelerated to 0.1 percent in March 2013, down from 0.6 percent in December 2012.

Civilian Workers

Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 1.8 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2013, essentially unchanged from the March 2012 increase of 1.9 percent. Wages and salaries  increased 1.6 percent for the current 12-month period. In March 2012 the increase was 1.7 percent. Benefit costs increased 1.9 percent for the 12-month period ending March 2013, down from the March 2012 increase of 2.7 percent.

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Job vacancies in Manila’s largest retail firms up by 13% in ’12

Large companies that operate retail establishments and restaurants in Metro Manila rode through the stronger-than-expected economic growth last year while understaffed, accounting for about one-fourth of job vacancies last year.

The Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics reported that a quarterly average of 85,397 jobs were available in large enterprises in the National Capital Region in 2012.

This was 13.3 percent higher than the quarterly average of about 75,000 reported in 2011, the BLES said.

“It could be that a number of job vacancies have remained unfilled during (one) quarter and were carried over to the succeeding quarters particularly those which are considered hard to fill,” the agency added.

Vacancies were largest in the first quarter last year at some 97,000, but the volume shrank to about 89,000 in the second quarter and further to 74,000 in the third quarter.

The number “then rose again to 82,000 in the last quarter in anticipation of (an) increase in sales during th…

Spain's Unemployment Hits Record Numbers

Madrid is bracing for protests later today, as new employment figures show Spanish unemployment shot up to a record 27.2 percent in the first quarter of this year. Joblessness also increased at alarmingly high levels in France, with the number of documented job seekers rising by 1.2 percent in March from February to 3,224,600. That's up 11.5 percent from March of 2012, right before Francois Hollande took over as president in May.

More than six million Spaniards now are out of work, underscoring the grim message that the woes of Spain - and number of other eurozone countries - are far from over. Figures published Thursday by Spain's National Statistics Institute also show that nearly one in six Spaniards under the age of 25 is unemployed.

On Friday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to announce new measures aimed at jump-starting the country's ailing economy.

Standing in line at one Madrid unemployment office, Spaniard Fina Garcia expressed impatience at the…

How to Discover Your Dream Job

For many, the working life will not be coming to an end until the ripe old age of 70. This means that working can span a majority of a lifetime and it has become more important than ever to make sure you are in the right job, within the right industry and are in a position to carve a career in something that you are passionate about and are able to do for at least 30 or more years.

There are hundreds of industry’s, millions of jobs and thousands of employers, although you have plenty of choice the task of discovering your dream job may not be as simple as first thought.  It may not be easy, but there are things you can do to start the process of finding the position that is meant for you.

Your Interests
Think about the things that really interest you. For example, if you are a writer, interested in mechanics or passionate about electrics. Narrow down all of your strong interests in a list, highlighting your key skills within each area. You will quickly be able to see which position is …

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Using your mind and body to reach career goals


Although academia remains a primary route to achieving job satisfaction, the constraints of this type of career entry are not for all. But for those lucky enough to possess the enviable skill of physical fitness a variety of challenging, exciting and rewarding opportunities are starting to emerge.

The current climate

In recent years schools have worked hard to recognize the significance and importance of vocational training for youngsters. However, with recent reform refocusing itself on old-fashioned academic values, there are fears that many talented youngsters will lose their way. It is vital that anyone with the valued skill of physical fitness, whether at the start of their working life or considering a career change, is aware of the training options open to them and how to deal with any written work required.

Fitness Trainer

For those who are physically active and fit and keen to pass on their knowledge to others, becoming a fitness instructor might be ideal. The j…

US lawmakers ready to unveil immigration deal

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators plans to unveil proposed legislation on Tuesday that would represent the most dramatic changes to the country's immigration system in two decades.

The senators already are defending the program that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million individuals in the country who came illegally or overstayed their visit.

"We're not awarding anybody anything. All we're doing is giving people the opportunity to eventually earn access to our new, improved and modernized legal immigration system," said Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican and potential presidential candidate in 2016 who has been at work on the deal.

Immigration represents a rare issue on which President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats and opposition Republicans might actually reach agreement.

The Republicans were jolted into a major reassessment after losing badly in last year's elections and losing the Hispanic vote and have been looking for ways to reac…

US immigration bill to increase H1B visa, but may sound death knell for Indian firms

The sweeping US immigration bill, likely to be unveiled today, may propose a substantial increase in the much sought after H-1B visa, but the conditions imposed therein, if approved by the Congress, would prove to be a death knell for Indian-American companies.

The bill moved after months of closed-door meetings by a group of eight bipartisan lawmakers, known as the Gang of Eight, aimed at striking a balance between enforcement provisions sought by Republicans as well as Democrats, including making citizenship widely accessible to those illegally in America.

Given that India has a large pool of such IT professionals, analysts say any increase in the H-1B visas finally end up benefiting the Indian IT professionals, but unlike in the present scenario when they are hired mostly by Indian companies, it would benefit the US companies the most and prove to be a big disadvantage to companies like TCS, Wipro and Infosys.

According to Politico, the eight senators would increase the current nu…

Congressmen urged to raise H-1B quota for Indian IT workers

Observing that nearly 30 per cent of all companies started in the US in 2011 had immigrant founders, Indian IT professionals have appealed to Congressmen to not only consider increasing the H-1B quota but also quick and smooth green card for them.

They told the Congressmen that the immigrant-based businesses have generated more than USD 775 billion in revenue for American economy.

Over the past few days, a large number of Indian IT professionals from across the country under North American Association of Indian IT Professional (NAIIP), met several dozen lawmakers over including to have their voice heard and

incorporate their views in the comprehensive immigration reform.

Urging the Congress to increase H-1B visa quota, NAIIP demanded that revalidation of H-1B visa be allowed to be done within the US.

If the country specific visa system is lifted employers could bring in more technology experienced employees according to their needs from any country, it argued.

Noting that small US co…

Immigration bill could affect thousands of immigrants in the US

Washington: Bipartisan immigration legislation emerging in the Senate could prevent hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the US illegally from ever becoming citizens, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals.

The bill expected to be unveiled next week would bar anyone who arrived in the US after Dec. 31, 2011, from applying for legal status and ultimately citizenship, according to the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposals had not been announced.

It also would require applicants to document that they were in America before Dec. 31, 2011, have a clean criminal record, and show enough employment or financial stability that they're likely to stay off welfare.

Those requirements could end up excluding hundreds of thousands of the 11 million immigrants in the US illegally from the path to citizenship envisioned by the bill, the aide said.

Although illegal immigration to the US has been dropping, many tens of thousands still arrive each year…

The 10 Most-Common (and 10 Least-Common) Jobs in America Today

There are 4.3 million retail salespeople in the United States, equivalent to the state population of Kentucky. And there are 310 prosthodontists -- that is, dentists specializing in prosthetic teeth -- which is enough to fill, well, a medium-sized lecture hall.

Those are the most- and least-common occupations in the United States, according to a new survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are the full top- (and bottom-) ten lists:

Three more interesting nuggets from the report.

(1) The most "urban" job in America -- that is, with the highest concentration in metro areas -- isn't technically a job in U.S. cities, but above U.S. cities. It's flight attendants.

(2) What's the most common government job? Depends on the level of government. At the federal level, it's postal service workers. In state governments, it's correctional officers and jailers. And at the local level, teachers aren't just the largest job category. At various levels of educ…

US receives 50,000 packages of H-1B visa applications on first day

The US received nearly 50,000 packages of H-1B visa applications on the very first day, a media report has said, which is reflective of the sudden surge in demand of the country's most sought after work-visas for the IT professionals.

The USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services), officially, has not come out on the number of H-1B applications received by it since April 1 when it started accepting petitions for it for the fiscal 2014 beginning October 1, 2013.

According to an estimate provided by FCi Federal, Virginia-based government services and technology provider, which is supplying personnel to assist the USCIS in processing the H-1B petitions, on the first day it received some 50,000 packages, the Computer World reported. A package can contain one H-1B application to multiple applications, but based on the past experience, a package on an average contains 1.2 H-1B petitions, the media outlet reported.

The number of packages received fell sharply on the seco…

Encouraged by progress on immigration reform: White House

Senators plan to unveil bill as early as next week but conservatives are wary of citizenship for undocumented migrants

The Obama administration said on Monday that it was encouraged by signs of progress towards a comprehensive package of immigration reforms that would extend a route to citizenship to the country's 11 million undocumented migrants.

As cross-party negotiations enter their crucial final stages ahead of the unveiling of an immigration bill in the US Senate as early as next week, the White House is pressing senior congressional leaders to forge ahead with a robust bill that would provide a clear pathway to citizenship. President Obama's spokesman said that "we are encouraged by the continuing signs of progress", though he refused to be drawn on the details of the package that are still being thrashed out.

The most politically charged aspect of the draft bill is likely to be the precise terms of a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million. One of Obama'…

Raid on to find free visa workers in Saudi

Dammam: Saudi government has launched a nationwide flash inspection effort to trace people who work in the Kingdom without sponsorship. The Deputy Labour Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani said that the foreigners who violated the labour laws would be summarily deported.

There are around 18 lakh registered companies in Saudi Arabia. The Labour ministry aims to conduct raids in all these companies. The Home Ministry of the kingdom has taken strict punitive measures against workers who enter Saudi with free visas which permits them entry but do not provide employment and accommodation.  Since the Labour Ministry is digitally linked to the Home Ministry and General Organisation for Social Insurance, any labour law violation can be easily identified.

The minister said that no company has been excluded from the punitive measures for violation of labour laws. “No one has been given any special protection,” he added. Spokesperson of Labour Ministry, Hattab Al Enizi informed that 1000 more people w…

Most employed Filipinos work longer than required

Filipino workers continue to clock in more than the usual 40 hours per week, on the average, even as the number of jobholders surged by about 360,000, according to the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES).

Based on the National Statistics Office’s labor force survey as of October 2012, the average work week was 41.9 hours, placing it above 40 hours for the second consecutive quarter.

Of the 37.7 million employed Filipinos then, 24.2 million or about two-thirds worked beyond the usual 40-hour work week. Back then, 93.2 percent of those actively seeking work did have jobs.

Within this group, 14.5 million or two out of every three people with jobs clocked between 40 and 48 hours. Another 8.8 million or about a quarter of those employed worked 49 hours or more.

The number of workers soldiering on beyond 40 hours a week as of October was less than the 24.6 million counted three months before, but is more than the 23.8 million counted a year before.

In July 2012 and October 201…