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Sunday, August 16, 2009


New Jersey Jobs

Finding jobs in New Jersey became more difficult in June, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the month the state’s unemployment rate jumped 0.4 percent from May’s 8.8 percent to 9.2 percent. Although this is significantly higher than the 5.2 percent rate New Jersey experienced last year, it was still somewhat lower than the national average of 9.5 percent.

According to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, total non-farm employment in the state fell by 2,100 jobs in June. This shows that job declines have slowed somewhat since April, when the state lost 18,700 jobs.

Still, a large number of positions were lost in the state’s thee highest-paying areas of employment in June, according to Combined employers in the information, financial activities, and professional and business services sectors did away with 4,700 jobs. Some experts believe that these important industries will have to begin to show signs of recovery before it will be possible for the rest of the job market to return to its previous health.

Since January of 2008 a total of 159,800 New Jersey jobs have been lost. The industry to lose the largest number of positions during this time period was the very important professional and business services sector. In around a year and a half employers in this industry did away with 48,700 positions.

During this time period the goods producing areas of employment also took a huge hit. Since money is now tighter for many Americans, many companies have decreased production. As a result of this, employers have had to cut staff members in order to keep their profit margins up. Altogether these industries lost 63,400 positions. Manufacturing saw the greatest decline, losing 33,700 jobs. The construction industry, hurt by the housing market slump, saw the loss of 29,800 jobs. Mining and logging, which added 100 positions, was the sector under this category to add jobs during the time period.

Aside from mining and logging, only three other areas of employment created new jobs in New Jersey between January 2008 and June 2009. The largest increase occurred in the education and health services sector, where employers added 12,000 new positions. The catch-all category other services followed, adding 3,000 positions. The government sector also created 900 new jobs.


Thursday, August 13, 2009


Choosing a Employee Screening Provider

Trying to hire the right employees can be difficult for any business. Since many people submit resumes containing statements that are dishonest, it has become a popular practice to screen applicants before offering them a position. While some companies conduct their own background checks, doing so is often complicated. If done incorrectly, it can leave the business open to a lawsuit. Because of this, many have their pre-employment screening handled by a secondary company.

The popularity of outsourcing for background checks has caused a rise in screening providers, which has made the market very competitive. This can be a problem for companies that are trying to choose which provider should handle screening their applicants. Those struggling with this decision can do several things to make their choice easier.

For starters, the individual researching background check providers should keep in how many new workers the company needs each year. Do they hire a large number of people frequently or just a few new employees at a time? Since many providers have different plans for companies that depend on the answer to this question, it is a great place to start. Businesses that only hire a few workers from time to time would most likely be better off with a pay-as-you-go style program. Those that frequently recruit new workers often find it more affordable to go with a program that is set up with a flat rate that is paid either monthly or yearly.

Another important thing to consider is whether or not the company will need any other employee screening assistance aside from background checks. Some providers also have competency tests, personality evaluations, and a variety of other skills tests available for purchase. If these things will be needed to ensure that the best workers are recruited, then it might be best to see if services can be purchased as a bundle.

After figuring out the answers to the two questions mentioned above, it is a good idea to find out which providers similar companies go with. Other professionals may have good information about which employee screening companies have worked out for them and which ones to avoid. Word of mouth can often lead to the best service.

Although each company will have its own specific needs, taking al of these things into account will make finding a good background check provider much easier. It will also help to eliminate those screening companies that will not accurately address the business’ needs.

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