Twenty-seven states had significant employment increases for year ending March 2017

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, twenty-seven states had increases in employment for the 12 months ending March 2017. Two states lost jobs over the same 12-month period, while employment remained essentially unchanged in 21 states and the District of Columbia over the year.

The largest over-the-year job gains occurred in California, Texas, and Florida (large population states). The largest percentage gain occurred in Utah (+3.2 percent), followed by Florida, Georgia, and Nevada (+3.0 percent each). Only 2 states experienced employment declines (Alaska and Wyoming – low population states).

These numbers continue to show that the job market is improving. Presumably, should federal legislation, namely healthcare and taxes, be passed the job market could continue its positive gains.

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More Good Trends on Employment – Employment Characteristics of Families (2016)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that unemployment within families is trending downward. This is good news! In 2016, 6.5 percent of families included an unemployed person, which is down from 6.9 percent in 2015. The Bureau also reported that of the nation’s 82.1 million families, 80.4 percent had at least one family member who was employed 2016.

This employment trend and other statistics continue to support the conclusion that the job market is improving.

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Unemployment rates decline in 274 metropolitan areas over a 12 month period ending February 2017

According to recently released information by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rates were lower in February 2017 than a year earlier in 274 of the 388 metropolitan areas. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment among the metropolitan divisions occurred in Camden, New Jersey, and Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (+3.7 percent each).

The increase in employment across so many metropolitan areas is good news for job seekers. A robust labor market is shortening job searches and providing opportunities for many job seekers across the country.

Now Available! The Motivated Job Search Workbook

The Motivated Job Search Workbook contains thought provoking questions and exercises that correlate directly with Brian Howard’s job search books, The Motivated Job Search and Over 50 and Motivated!

Conducting a job search can be a daunting task, especially if that job search was put upon you unexpectedly. Thoughts and questions like where to start, what to do, priorities, how to deal with feelings, where to go for information among so many others can quickly overwhelm you. This workbook, used with The Motivated Job Search or Over 50 and Motivated will get you through it! It will lead you to your next job!

With plenty of writing space, The Motivated Job Search Workbook, takes you through the step-by-step process of a job search. The questions and exercises are simple but will make you think about yourself, your professional value to employers, your successes, your brand, and all of the practical action items you must do to successfully execute a job search. Written as a comprehensive workbook for the entire job search process, it will keep you organized, keep you thinking, and keep you motivated!

The workbook can be purchased through the publisher, WriteLife Publishing or on Amazon.

Jobless Claims Down

Jobless claims were down again last week – to 234,000. This indicates that companies are not engaging in lay-offs. This is good news! Claims have now been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labor market, for 110 straight weeks. That is the longest such stretch since 1970, when the labor market was smaller. According to sources, the labor market may be close to full employment, with the unemployment rate at a near 10-year low of 4.5 percent. Additionally, the average person who has been let go is finding a new job within 60 days in many cases (depending on the level of the position).

Over 50 and Motivated! – A job search book for job seekers over 50.

Statistically, job seekers over 50 have more difficulty finding employment than their younger counterparts. Over 50 and Motivated is a practical no-nonsense job search book specifically written for job seekers over the age of 50.

Over 50 and Motivated covers meaningful topics such as dealing with age biases, advantages of experience, how to correctly prepare for a job search, profiling your next job, understanding the employer’s mind, branding, elevator speech, success stories, LinkedIn, resumes, networking, social media, the hidden job market, interviewing, negotiating a job offer, along with a myriad of useful job search tools all written for the job seeker over 50.

The book contains motivating success stories and advice from other tenured job seekers over 50 who landed fulfilling career positions despite the obstacles.

Here is a link, Sample Pages from Over 50 and Motivated!, to see selected pages from the book.

You can buy the book on the publisher’s website, WriteLife Publishing or on Amazon.


According to Pew, Nearly 60% of Americans Say the Economy is Good

The Pew Research Center released a recent survey indicating that nearly six-in-ten people in the United States (58%) say the economic situation is very good or somewhat good. The survey was conducted Feb. 16-March 15, 2017.

According to Pew, this is the most positive assessment of U.S. economic conditions since 2007, and only the second time that half or more of those surveyed have given the economy a thumbs-up.

In comparison, in the spring of 2016, only 44% of the American public described the economy as good. The 2017 results are a 12 percentage point swing in just one year.

Optimism about economic conditions is almost always seen as an ingredient to a positive jobs market.