May 14, 1992 |
Jack Carr, manager of the Northeast Jobs Center office, has seen a lot of people down on their luck during his 31 years working in the state unemployment system, but nothing like the bad fortune of the last two years. "You have people who have put 20 or 30 years at a job, and now they're out of work," he observed. "You see so many capable people out of work. This is one of the worst (periods) I've seen. " Since the end of November, the Northeast office, part of the state's Department of Labor and Industry, on Grant Avenue just west of Ashton Road, has seen the number of unemployment claims jump from 4,500 to 9,500.
March 8, 1990 |
Barbara Price hurls statistics like darts, hoping that one or the other will strike home and make you start thinking about the changing nature of the American workforce. Like this one: According to a 1986 U.S. Department of Labor study, by 2000, a majority of all new jobs will require training beyond high school. And this: 83 percent of workers entering the job market between 1988 and 2000 will be women, minorities or immigrants. Yet few schools have begun preparing students - especially women and minorities - to meet the changing needs, Price said.
June 5, 1988 |
Ten years ago, students entering college were told to specialize. Today, students about to enter college are being told that it pays to have a well-rounded background. Companies today are looking for employees who will be able to adapt to changes, especially now with corporate mergers becoming more common, said Patricia Smith, executive director of Operation Native Talent, a program offered by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce that matches job seekers with prospective employers.
December 24, 1987 |
Representatives of business, education and government recently met at the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce in Media to plan a countywide symposium to discuss the county's job market and the need for job training in areas with a large demand for workers. The symposium was tentatively set for April 30. Among those attending the planning meeting were representatives of U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.); the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and Vocational Education Department; Delaware County Community College; the Delaware County Chapter of the AFL-CIO; Delaware County Council; the Delaware County Partnership for Economic Development; the Pennsylvania State Education Association, and a number of private-sector business people.
May 29, 1995 |
Arthur Shostak, a Drexel University professor and author, likes to talk about the future. On Thursday, he will discuss the job market in 2010 at the Center for Arts and Technology, 1580 Charlestown Rd., Phoenixville. Shostak's topics will include evolving relations between humans and machines, telepower, smart energy innovation and the dangers of job wars, mind wars and class wars. Shostak's credentials as a futurist include membership in the World Future Society and futurist consultant for several Fortune 500 corporations.
July 10, 1990 |
Leaning against car hoods and a brick wall, eight men chatted or smoked cigarettes in the cool of a morning that soon would start to sizzle. While much of the city slept yesterday, these few waited restlessly for a chance to go to work, a chance to risk their backs and their necks lifting, fastening or balancing on giant beams perhaps hundreds of feet in the air. But it was only 6:20 a.m., and the door to the two-story glass, iron and stucco...
April 18, 2009 |
With just weeks to go before graduation, law students are bracing for a job market that has seen cutbacks at Center City firms. Saddled with debt, some have seen job offers put on hold. Others are considering options such as public service jobs, or working in a coffee shop, or baby-sitting. In recent months, law firms in Philadelphia and across the country have been shedding lawyers and staff, leaving jobs in short supply. The District Attorney's Office rescinded 12 jobs in February due to budget cuts; Wolf Block partners recently voted to shut down the practice after 106 years; and Dechert, one of the city's largest firms, recently laid off 63 lawyers.
December 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - In in the latest sign that the economy is surging at year's end, unemployment claims have dropped to the lowest level since April 2008, long before anyone realized that the nation was in a recession. Claims fell by 4,000 last week to 364,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the third straight weekly drop. The four-week average of claims, a less volatile gauge, fell for the 11th time in 13 weeks and stands at the lowest since June 2008. While the economy remains vulnerable to threats, particularly a recession in Europe, the steady improvement in the job market is unquestionable.
December 23, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Encouraging economic reports pushed stocks higher Thursday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 61 points, its third gain in a row. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since April 2008, the latest sign that the job market is healing. It was the third week in a row that applications fell. The Conference Board also reported that its measure of future economic activity had a big increase last month. It was the second straight gain, signaling that the U.S. economy was picking up speed and the risk of another recession was fading.