A closer look at the February BLS jobs report

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Source: BLS jobs report

For the first time since last November, the nation’s private sector gained over 150,000 jobs in February. Although the sector’s total job creation – 162,000 – was not large enough to lower the national unemployment rate, a majority of economists were pleasantly surprised by the figures.

In addition, public sector employment ticked up for the first time in three months, rising by 13,000, as state and local government employment increased significantly. Not only did the public sector’s employment statistics surpass economists’ expectations, but a majority of the private sector’s industries reported hiring gains, as evidenced below.
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Call center jobs coming back to the U.S.

adecco-google-plus call center 1In the 1980s and 1990s, approximately 600,000 call center jobs were outsourced overseas. Lately, however, they have started to come back. This is great news for American job seekers and businesses alike—there were more than 100,000 positions created in call centers throughout the country between 2010 and 2012, and companies are generating better business results.

Why are call centers coming back to the United States?

One of the major reasons why companies outsourced call center jobs in the first place was to take advantage of affordable labor in countries such as India and the Philippines. However, wages in these countries are becoming less and less affordable every year. In India, salaries are rising 10 percent annually; in the Philippines, the annual jump is about 7 percent. Thus, the financial edge of outsourcing is beginning to blunt, and many companies are starting to reverse course and “insource” their call center operations.
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February BLS report surprises, adds 175,000 jobs to economy

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Source: BLS

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the February 2014 unemployment report which shows an overall gain of 175,000 jobs and the unemployment rate inching backup to 6.7%. This data surprised most experts, who forecasted around 150,000 jobs being added.  In addition, revisions to prior months showed that December 2013 added 84,000 jobs — up from 75,000 — and January grew 129,000 jobs — up from 113,000.
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Advantages of outsourcing & consulting for project management

Special projects can solve big problems and be very rewarding, but often lead to unforeseen costs and big headaches. The key to avoiding complications is to ensure that you’re starting off every project with the best possible chance of not only succeeding, but also moving forward smoothly and on time. If your team’s workflow is too overburdened to tackle the planning phase, or really any phase, consider working with an outside vendor with the time and resources to do the project correctly.

Best practices for project management outsourcing and consulting

Projects often start off with a vague goal and a fuzzy plan of action – a problem that can grow into a monster over the course of its deployment.  Make sure to check the following tasks off your list before moving forward:
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Team USA skeleton athlete Morgan Tracey and the USOC Athlete Career Program

In today’s USOC Athlete Career Program video, Team USA skeleton athlete Morgan Tracey talks about her sport, her life off the track, and her partnership with the USOC Athlete Career Program, sponsored by Adecco. When she isn’t training on the ice, Morgan is an AmeriCorps volunteer, a wild land firefighter and also works as a Legal Assistant for GE Capital.

Click here to learn more about the USOC Athlete Career Program sponsored by Adecco, which helps aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes find flexible work opportunities that afford them the time and financial resources necessary to train and prepare for competition.


STEM skills essential to driving innovation

An analysis of each state was recently conducted by Bloomberg Rankings on the focus of several innovation factors, including: the number of STEM workers, research-and-development spending, the percentage of public tech companies, and patent approvals. Based on those and other factors, Washington was named the most innovative state in America.

Check out this infographic and learn why Washington is currently ranked as the most innovative state in America!
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