Meredith Craig

About Meredith Craig

While she’s settling down in the Sunshine State, Meredith is a Carolina girl by birth. She earned her Master’s from the College of Charleston, but NC State will always be #1 in her heart. In the world of Adecco Group marketing, she helps brands grow their online communities. Outside of the office, Meredith is an avid traveler and wannabe yogi.

November Metro/Regional Report: Employment Increasing Across the Nation

BLS-regional-metro-data-on-BLS-employment-reportThe national BLS “The Employment Situation report – November 2014” showed an impressive surge in employment, adding 321,000 new jobs to the economy – 100,000+ more jobs than the previous month. This upswing has economists hopeful that growth will continue as we round out the year.

Looking to the BLS’s latest “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment report – October 2014”, we see that unemployment rates have been steadily declining throughout 2014. Compared to this time last year, US unemployment rates are lower in 354 of the 372 metropolitan areas. The national unemployment rate is also 1.2 percentage points lower than it was October 2013, coming in at 5.8 points. Overall, unemployment changes have been positive, with forty-two states and the District of Columbia showing unemployment rate decreases over the past 12 months. 
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Job Market Update: Food & Beverage sector was #1 in Job Growth in October

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In October, the United States generated 214,000 new jobs, slightly less than last month’s gain of 256,000. The unemployment rate declined by 0.1 percentage point — dropping from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent – which is the lowest we’ve seen since September 2008. Over the past year, the unemployment rate and number of unemployed persons have declined by 0.8 percentage point and 1.2 million, respectively.

Revised numbers from past months were released, showing that both August and September experienced combined growth of 31,000 more than previously reported. The September payroll number was revised from +248,000 to +256,000 and the August number was revised from +180,000 to +203,000. That makes a combined 31,000 more jobs than initially reported. This year, the only month that saw fewer than 200,000 new jobs was January.

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Webinar Wrap-Up: Using Corporate Social Responsibility as a Recruiting and Retention Tool

Screen Shot 2014-11-06 at 3.52.31 PMThe definition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is still evolving. It addresses the concept that, beyond merely conducting its business and adhering to legal guidelines, an organization has obligations such as looking after the welfare of its employees, the community, society at large and the environment.

There are three dominant areas where a company’s CSR might focus: environmental sustainability, philanthropy and community, or diversity and inclusion. Adecco’s recent webinar, “Using Corporate Social Responsibility as a Recruiting and Retention Tool”, helps leaders and managers understand how CSR is important to clients, employees and business, the impacts of CSR on recruitment and retention, and best practices for implementing a CSR policy in one’s organization.

Panelists for the webinar include Rich Thompson (Chief Human Resources Officer of Adecco Group North America), Tyra Tutor (SVP, Corporate Development of Adecco Group North America) and Francesca Mauro (Specialty Recruiter for Adecco Staffing, USA).

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Job Market Update: Latest Metro and Regional Unemployment Data

BLS-regional-metro-data-on-BLS-employment-reportThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its October 2014 unemployment report, showing an overall monthly gain of 214,000 jobs. This number is lower than what economists expected, but not bad considering the average monthly gains for the 12 months leading up to October were 222,000. January is now the only month of 2014 with job gains below 200,000. In total, since the beginning of the year nearly 2.3 million jobs have been added to the US economy.

The unemployment rate also declined by 0.1 percentage points, dropping from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, which is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.

Regional and State Report

Looking to the BLS’ latest “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment” report, both regional and state unemployment rates saw little change in the United States during the month of September. 31 states had unemployment rate decreases from August, eight states had increases, and 11 states and the District of Columbia had no change. 42 states and the District of Columbia had unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier, five states had increases, and three states had no change.
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Job Market Update: U.S. Economy on Track to Have Best Job Growth Since 1999

Job-Market-TodaySource: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “The Employment Situation – October 2014″ 

October marks another positive month for non-farm payroll employment. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its October 2014 unemployment report, showing an overall monthly gain of 214,000 jobs. This number is lower than the 230,000 that economists expected, but not bad considering the average monthly gains for the 12 months leading up to October were 222,000. January is now the only month of 2014 with job gains below 200,000. In total, since the beginning of the year nearly 2.3 million jobs have been added to the US economy.

The unemployment rate also declined by 0.1 percentage points, dropping from 5.9 percent to 5.8 percent, which is the lowest rate we’ve seen since September, 2008.

Revisions to prior months show that both August and September experienced more growth than was previously reported. The September payroll number was revised from +248,000 to +256,000 and the August number was revised from +180,000 to +203,000. That makes a combined 31,000 more jobs than initially reported.
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August Brought Fewer New Jobs Than Expected, But Several Industries Saw Steady Growth

Job-Market-TodayThe United States generated 142,000 new jobs in August, breaking the six-month streak of +200,000 job gains. This number comes in well below what economists were expecting, however, August is historically a slower month for job growth. The unemployment rate dropped slightly from 6.2 percent to 6.1 percent.  During the past year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons have declined by 1.1 percentage points, and 1.7 million, respectively.

Revisions to prior months showed that both June and July had seen 28,000 fewer new jobs than was previously reported. The June payroll number was revised from +298,000 to +267,000 and the July numbers were revised from +209,000 to +212,000.

Looking deeper into the BLS “Employment Situation – August 2014” report, here are some figures on job creation in specific industries:
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