U.S Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs in November

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November which exceeded estimates by more than 28,000 jobs. The unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent (a 17 year low). Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care. Manufacturing unemployment is at 2.6% (near record low).

The U.S. economy has now added jobs for the last 86 months.

Brian Howard Interviewed on Business Innovators Radio Network

Brian Howard was recently interviewed by Virginia Franco on Business Innovators Radio Network. The interview was an engaging discussion covering a wide variety of job search topics.

You can listen to the interview on Business Innovators Radio Network or on Resume Storyteller with Virginia Franco.

Brian Howard is the author of The Motivated Series of job search books which include: The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, Over 50 and Motivated, The Motivated Job Search Workbook, and Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles – all of which can be purchased on Amazon.

Unemployment Rate Falls as the Economy Adds More Jobs

The rate of unemployment has fallen to 4.1% and that is the lowest rate in nearly twenty years! The economy added 261,000 jobs in October and has added around 1.5 million jobs since the beginning of the year.

The interesting thing to watch will be wage growth. Will the increase in the employment numbers mean that wages will go up as companies compete for qualified employees? Thus far the numbers do not show that, but there has been upward wage pressure starting to appear in some industries. The open question is whether this will start to happen across more industries. Time will tell.

New Book Release – Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles

I am pleased to announce the release of my fifth book and the next book in the Motivated Series of job search books, Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles.

This book is unlike any resume or LinkedIn profile book ever written! It gives you unprecedented insight and advice from over a dozen of the most credentialed, experienced, and award-winning resume and LinkedIn profile writers in the industry.

Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles is an instructional book on how to write persuasive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. It contains over 180 pieces of sage advice quoted throughout the book from these experienced and award-winning resume writers. You will learn how these writers create impact resumes and LinkedIn profiles that will stand out, get you interviews, and job offers! Get inside the minds of these writers. Learn how they think about keywords, titling, branding, accomplishments, format, color, design, and a host of other resume writing and LinkedIn profile considerations as they create stunning resumes and winning LinkedIn profiles. The book contains over 80 sample resumes and other job search written communications.

Some say that Motivated Resumes and LinkedIn Profiles reveals too many secrets of the resume writing industry! Become an “insider” and learn the secrets from some of the very best.

You can check out this newly released book on Amazon.

Other books authored by Brian Howard include: The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, Over 50 and Motivated, and The Motivated Job Search Workbook (to be used in conjunction with The Motivated Job Search and Over 50 and Motivated).

Jobless Claims Tick Up Slightly Off Historic Low

In September, the number of new claims for unemployment hit the lowest level in nearly 45 years! However, new claims increased slightly this month by 10,000 to a rate of 233,000 (seasonally adjusted). This is not too surprising. There will likely be some volatility in the job market numbers in the coming months as a result of the storms that hit Texas, Florida, and the Gulf Coast. A counter balance is the hiring that traditionally takes place in anticipation of the upcoming holidays.

When taken as a whole, and netting out the potential effects of the storms, the jobs market is reasonably healthy. Qualified and motivated job seekers should be finding job opportunities across most regions of the country and across most industries.

Brian Howard Interviewed and Discusses His Recent Book, Over 50 and Motivated

Brian Howard was recently interviewed on CareerMetis discussing his book, Over 50 and Motivated – a job search book for job seekers over 50. Over 50 and Motivated is the fourth book in the Motivated Series of job search books. Other books in the series include: The Motivated Job Search, The Motivated Networker, and The Motivated Job Search Workbook.

You can listen to the interview on the CareerMetis website, as well as YouTube, Weblink, and SoundCloud.

You can purchase Over 50 and Motivated, as well as the other books in the series, on Amazon.

July 2017 Sets Job Openings Record

The Labor Department reported that the number of job openings in the U.S hit an all-time high in July at 6.17 million (records dating back to 2000). The initial reaction would be that this is good news – which in part it is. There are jobs available in the market. The concern is the ever-growing fact that there is a lack of skilled or qualified candidates to fill these openings, hence the high number of job openings. This is an interesting dilemma. The jobs are there but the human-talent to fill the jobs is not.

The Labor Department also reported that the number of people who quit their jobs is also up. This is generally interpreted that workers are comfortable leaving their jobs to pursue other job opportunities.

The lack of skilled or qualified workers will continue to be an issue for employers the foreseeable future. The good news for skilled or qualified job seekers is there are jobs available for those that want to change.

Decline in Unemployment Claims (Again)

According to the Department of Labor, the number of new claims for unemployment benefits declined again last week. This is another indication that the job market seems to be healthy and gaining momentum. Taken across the entire economy, businesses are not laying people off (although there are always industry pockets where lay off occur).


July Job Gains Beat Predictions

The U.S. economy added 209,000 in July, beating expectations by nearly 30,000. The unemployment rate went down from 4.4% to 4.3%, the lowest since March 2001. In addition, job gains for May and June were revised upward by 2,000 new jobs. Since January of 2017, the U.S. economy has added approximately 1.3M new jobs.

The number of employed Americans is 153.5 million. The employment-to-population ratio has increased to 60.2 percent – the highest level since February 2009. Adding to the good news of the job gains is wage growth. Wage growth has increased by 2.5% on a 12-month basis.

All of these numbers are good news for the jobs market and the economy. There are jobs available in the market and employers are hiring. Wages are moving up which normally signals consumer spending which further spurs economic growth.

By and large, if a job seeker wants to work and has skills needed by an employer, there is a job available.

Check out The Motivated Series of job search books. They include: The Motivated Job Search (and accompanying workbook), The Motivated Networker, and Over 50 and Motivated.