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Texas City Weighs Hiring Ban on Smokers

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- In times past, discriminatory employers posted signs saying: “Irish [or fill in the blank] Need Not Apply.” Now the city of Ft. Worth is considering saying that same thing to smokers.

Though 29 states have enacted legal protections for smokers, Texas isn’t one of them, reports the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. State and city governments looking to fill jobs can legally tell smokers to get lost.

Already, a variety of private sector employers, including Texas’ Baylor Health Care System, ban the hiring of smokers. As justification, they say smokers claim more sick days and incur higher health insurance costs.  The Centers for Disease Control have estimated that smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke is responsible annually for $193 billion worth of medical costs and lost productivity.

Still, no municipality – in Texas or anywhere else – has yet gone as far as Ft. Worth is thinking of going. No final decision will be made until after May 8, when the city’s Human Resources Department will report further on the issue to the City Council.

“I think it’s an infringement on the public’s rights to live their life the way they choose to,” Vince Chasteen, president of the city’s employee association, told ABC affiliate WFAA.

Mayor Betsy Price told the station that the ban is worth looking into.

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US Jobs Market Continues to Show Signs of Improvement

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. jobs market really is getting better, according to the findings of two new private surveys.

CareerBuilder's quarterly report says more employers are planning to add to their workforce.

"Thirty percent of employers we spoke to say they plan to hire full time positions in the second quarter," Michael Erwin of CareerBuilder says.  This compares with 24 percent in the last survey taken three months ago.

"The numbers are going back to where they were pre-recession so that's good news; employers are back to the table, they're looking to hire," Erwin adds.

Meanwhile, polling by Gallup finds job market conditions in March reached their best level since August 2008.  Gallup's Job Creation Index rose by four percentage points last month, from +14 in February to +18.

Americans will get to see just how many jobs were added in March when the Labor Department releases its monthly employment report on Friday.

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ADP Report: 216,000 Private Sector Jobs Added in February

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Private employers in the U.S. added 216,000 new jobs in February, marking the fifth straight month of strong employment gains, according to the latest national employment report released Wednesday by ADP.

The report found that employment in the service-providing sector grew by 170,000 jobs last month, while the goods-producing sector increased by 46,000 jobs.

ADP's survey is often a precursor to the government's monthly jobs report -- slated to be released Friday.

Meanwhile, the latest worker productivity report, released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, found a gain of nearly 1 percent in output per hour by American workers in the final quarter of 2011.

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GE to Hire 5,000 Veterans, Expand Its Aviation Business

SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Good news for veterans who are out of work: General Electric announced on Monday it will be hiring 5,000 vets over the next five years.

The move comes as the company kicks off a four-day event in Washington, D.C., on Monday, "dedicated to America’s long-term economic and industry growth with discussions centered around manufacturing, innovation and jobs," GE said in a statement.

GE will partner with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the “Hiring our Heroes” initiative and sponsor 400 job fairs across the country this year.

Along with adding more veterans to its workforce, GE also unveiled plans to expand its aviation business in 2012.  The company says it will invest $580 million, "in the expansion of its manufacturing and research & development footprints in the U.S." -- promising to add more than 400 new manufacturing jobs and open three new plants in the country next year.

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Who's Hiring? 12 Companies Seek 500+ Employees

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The U.S. Labor Department will release its monthly jobs report for January on Friday.  Whether the number of jobs added last month will be better than expected remains to be seen, but as notes, companies are hiring.

The online jobs site released a list of companies that are looking to fill 500 positions or more on Thursday.  The list includes 12 companies and features nearly 38,000 available jobs.

"The number of companies hiring in large volume is encouraging," said CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson.  "While unemployment remains high, the increasing number of companies with many openings means job seekers have a wider variety of industries and job types from which to choose. 

"This is not only good news for those who are unemployed or underemployed, but for the overall economy as well," he continued.

Here is CareerBuilder’s list of companies that are hiring in large volume:
1. Starbucks
Number of jobs: 13,000+ Retail; 400+ Professional Service Opportunities
Types of positions available: Retail, Information Technology, Supply Chain Operations, Finance


Number of jobs: 3,000+
Types of positions: Software Development Engineers, Product Managers, Operations Managers and Communications, Product Marketing Managers

3. The Boeing Company
Number of jobs: 500+
Types of positions: Engineering, Airplane Manufacturing, Cyber Security & Intelligence, Finance.

4. Citibank
Number of jobs: 2,500
Types of positions: Customer Service, Personal Banker, Home Lending Specialist, Business Development Officer – Commercial Banking

5. Adventist Health System 
Number of jobs: 2,500+
Types of positions: Allied health professionals, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists

6. Time Warner Cable
Number of jobs: 500+
Types of positions: Direct Sales Reps, Customer Service Reps, Technicians and IT & Engineering.

7. State Farm Insurance
Number of jobs: 2,600
Types of positions: Actuarial, Agency Department, Banking, Claims, Creative Services, Customer Service, Information Technology/Systems, Legal/Litigation, Public Relations/Communications, Underwriting

8. Deloitte
Number of jobs: 3,300
Types of positions: client service professionals in all business segments including Accounting, Assurance and Advisory, Risk, Tax, Strategy, Financial, Technology, Human Capital

9. URS

Number of jobs: 4,300
Types of positions: Engineering, Logistics/Supply/Procurement, Business Operations/Admin/IT, Construction, Project/Program Management, Aviation, Environmental/Sciences, Health & Safety/Homeland Security, Operations & Maintenance

10. ADP
Number of jobs: 2,000+
Types of positions: Sales, Implementation, JAVA Development, Client Services, Human Resources

11. T-Mobile USA
Number of jobs: 1,000+
Types of positions: Retail Sales, Business Sales, Corporate, Technology

12. Humana Inc.
Number of jobs: 2,200
Types of positions: Sales, Pharmacy, Nurses, Physicians, Service Operations, IT

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Nine Companies That Are Hiring in 2012

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although unemployment recently spiked again -- for the week ending Jan. 7, the number of people filing for benefits shot up from by 24,000 to 399,000 -- some companies seem to be bucking the trend and have hung up the "Help Wanted" signs.

Here are nine companies hiring this year across the country:

1. Home Depot
Home Depot, based in Atlanta, announced last Thursday it is planning to hire more than 70,000 seasonal positions as it prepares for spring, the company's busiest selling and hiring season.  About half of Home Depot's seasonal hires last year moved into permanent positions such as cashiers, and sales, lot, and garden associates.

2. Boeing
Manufacturer Boeing, based in Chicago, said it is hiring 100 union machinists a week to increase output by 60 percent by 2014, as first reported by Bloomberg.

3. Nissan
Nissan is planning to add around 1,000 jobs across its U.S. operations in 2012.  Paula Angelo, Nissan spokeswoman, said the bulk of the hiring will be for technicians at its manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tenn., and engineers at its technical center in Farmington Hills, Mich.

4. Chobani
Yogurt company Chobani, based in Norwich, N.Y., recently began an expansion project at its production facility in South Edmeston, N.Y.  That will lead to the creation of 106 new jobs in 2012, said Nicki Briggs, Chobani's director of communication.  Briggs said the company also broke ground on a second production facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, that will result in 400 new jobs.

5. Apex Systems Inc.
Apex Systems Inc., an IT staffing firm based in Richmond, Va., is hiring over 5,000 employees nationwide, according to  The company expects to hire in all major industries this year, particularly in project management, business intelligence and electronic healthcare records positions.

6. Griswold Special Care
Griswold Special Care, a home care service company based in Erdenheim, Pa., has about 4,500 job openings across the country, according to  Many job openings are for caregivers, both live-in and home-visit contractors.

7. State Farm
State Farm Insurance, based in Bloomington, Ill., has about 455 job openings, according to

8. Mattress Firm Inc.
Based in Houston, Mattress Firm Inc., has over 200 retail job openings across the country.  The company operates over 800 locations across 26 states and is planning to expand, according to its website.

9. Town Sports International
Town Sports International, which owns over 150 health clubs in the metropolitan areas around New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, has more than 200 job openings according to  Its gyms include New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs and Philadelphia Sports Clubs.  The company has openings for jobs including personal trainers, membership sales consultants, general managers, and assistant general managers.

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December Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.5% as 200K Jobs Added

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- American employers added 200,000 jobs to their payrolls in December, exceeding economists' expectations and bringing down the unemployment rate by one tenth of a percent, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.

The unemployment rate now stands at 8.5 percent.

Economists had expected a gain of about 150,000 jobs last month, but with a slightly higher unemployment rate due to job cutbacks in the government sector and more people are re-entering the work force.

Factoring out the government sector, the latest monthly jobs report shows private employers added 212,000 jobs in December. Time will tell how many of those new jobs were temporary seasonal hires for the holidays, however.

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Obama: 'We Can't Wait' to Help Young People Get Summer Jobs

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will continue his campaign to bypass Congressional opposition to his jobs agenda on Thursday by announcing a new partnership aimed at helping a quarter of a million young people find summer jobs.

The initiative, part of Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign, is intended to replace a youth jobs fund that would have been enacted had Congress passed the president’s $447 billion jobs bill.

“America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job.  It’s important for their future, and for America’s.  That’s why I proposed a summer jobs program for youth in the American Jobs Act – a plan that Congress failed to pass.  America’s youth can’t wait for Congress to act.  This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” Obama said in a written statement.

The new partnership between the Federal government and the private sector commits to creating nearly 180,000 employment opportunities for low-income youth in the summer of 2012, with a goal of reaching 250,000 employment opportunities by the start of summer.

Republicans have pushed back against the announcement.

“Everyone agrees internships are a helpful tool for youth, particularly in this economy.  Yet rather than taking credit for programs that companies already had in place, a more constructive use of the White House’s time would be calling on Democratic leaders to act on the dozens of House-passed jobs bills still sitting idle in Democratic-run Senate,” a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

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The Unemployed Predict Length of 2012 Job Search

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Out-of-work Americans differ in opinions when it comes to how long it will take them to find a job in 2012, according to a new survey released Thursday by a famed global outplacement and executive coaching firm.

Out of 600 people who called a job-search advice helpline, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that 30 percent of them believe they'll get work within three months.  That's an 18-percent boost from last year at this time.

But there's also added gloominess from many frustrated job-seekers.  Ten percent think that finding a new employer will take them over a year -- up from 4 percent in 2010.

In fact, most of the callers to the hotline say it will be tougher to get a job next year.  The percentage of those claiming the search will last seven to nine months is up 14 percent from last year's survey, while slightly more this year than last say the hunt will stretch from 10 to 12 months.

John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, concluded, "There was a lot more uncertainty a year ago.  Almost half of last year’s callers had no idea how long the job search would take.  This year, callers were either certain of the job market’s improvement or certain of its continued weakness."

Challenger said that when times are tough, as they are now, even high-quality candidates can expect a search of four to six months.

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Technology: Good or Bad for American Unemployment?

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Technology brings convenience, entertainment, employment, and stands as an example of American innovation. “Technology advances have been really driven in our country. You see that in everything from Microsoft to Apple to many of the technology companies that are thriving today,” said ABC News financial contributor Mellody Hobson.
Gaming companies like Zynga, the makers of the popular online game Farmville, and daily deals websites such as Groupon and Living Social are also creating jobs.  "While I think some have been very skeptical of technology and its effects on society in terms of job displacement, I think I'm more optimistic about technology's ability to be a job creator," Hobson said.

But some argue that American innovation is on the decline.
Among the skeptics is Economist magazine editor Greg Ip, who points to two events over the past year -- the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the final flight of the space shuttle -- that he says raise questions about the United States’ stability as the number one country for innovation.
“I think people look at these events and wonder, ‘Whatever happened to American technological prowess?  Why are we now renting space from the Russians if we want to go back into space?  Who will be the next Steve Jobs?’” he said.
Apple, like many U.S.-based manufacturers, outsources work to cheaper overseas producers.
“For all the affection so many people have for Steve Jobs, this is a company that in many ways personified in a somewhat cheerful way the outsourcing of American manufacturing jobs,” Ip said, pointing to a label on the back of the company’s iPads, iPods and iPhones that reads ‘Designed by Apple in California.  Assembled in China.’  “Outsourcing in some ways was wonderful for American consumers because it means we got the wonderful products of Steve Jobs’ imagination at a very low price, but it also meant that a lot of the benefits of that innovation didn’t go broadly to American workers.”
Ip suggests that employees -- even those looking for jobs -- keep their skills sharp, and says one way to boost living standards and competitiveness may be for companies to invest more into worker training.

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