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Unemployment Rate Drops to 7.7% as 236K Jobs Added in February

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. employers added 236,000 jobs to their payrolls in February, exceeding expectations, the Labor Department reported Friday morning.

Economists had anticipated seeing around 160,000 jobs added last month.

The unemployment rate also beat expectations, falling from 7.9 percent to 7.7 percent -- the lowest level since December 2008.

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Australia Offering 'Best Jobs in the World' Contest

Tourism Australia(NEW YORK) -- Want to get paid $100,000 to take a "working holiday" Down Under? Then Australia might have a deal for you.

Tourism Australia Monday announced a competition called "Best Jobs In The World," in which six winners will each get a six-month job. The positions range from park ranger to lifestyle photographer, wildlife caretaker to Outback adventurer. Each job comes with a salary package worth $100,000 Australian ($101,000 USD) including living costs.

The campaign targets travelers aged 18 and 30, but anyone of any age and from any country can apply, either through Facebook or a dedicated Best Jobs website. The application deadline is April 11, 2013. Winners will be announced in mid-June, and all six jobs start Aug. 1.

Jane Whitehead, vice president for the Americas of Tourism Australia, tells ABC News the jobs are meant to appeal to youth travelers' sense of fun and adventure and to young job-seekers looking to add international work experience to their resumes, as a way to enhance career prospects back home.

Youth tourism, Whitehead says, already accounts for 26 percent of all international arrivals in Australia, under the country's existing "working holiday" visa program. People eligible for the visa can stay 12 months in Australia, provided they work for six months or less. Though such workers last year contributed $2.5 billion (Australian) to her nation's economy, Whitehead thinks the future contribution could be far higher.

She cites studies done by America Wave, a company that surveys Americans on their willingness to relocate overseas. Its most recent survey finds that between 2007 and 2011 the number of Americans aged 18 to 24 who want to move overseas shot from 12 percent to 40 percent.

Whitehead attributes young Americans' interest in working in Australia in part to the strength of the nation's economy: Provided a job seeker can obtain the necessary visas, he or she may find it easier to find a temporary job as a waiter or a laborer in Australia than in the U.S. Australia right now is looking to fill 36,000 international employment positions in a variety of industries, says Whitehead.

A former Australian Tourism Commission member acknowledges not all of those are what a young traveler might consider a dream job. Don Morris was quoted in a Cairns Post story about the working holiday program as saying that young foreigners are being recruited, "to do the 1001 jobs that young Aussies don't want to do." Without South Korean students to pick bananas, he said, "there'd be no fruit in the bowl at home."

The paper reports that Britain, South Korea, Ireland, France and Germany top the list of countries whose young apply for working holiday visas.

Of the six "Best Jobs" created by the new competition, the most enjoyable may be "Chief Funster" for state of New South Wales. Reads the description: "You will assist to promote events all over the state including food festivals, lifestyle, sports, cultural, entertainment and arts events. Work behind the scenes of Sydney Festival, Mardi Gras and Vivid Festival, all leading up to the spectacular New Years' Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour."

Another of the six jobs -- "Taste Master" for Western Australia -- requires someone willing to sample and help promote that state's fresh produce, gourmet cuisine, world-class vineyards and quality micro-breweries and lobster-eateries.

Australia is not alone in offering a working holiday visa program. Travel experts say similar programs exist in at least 34 other nations -- though not in the U.S. Because the U.S. does not participate, most countries that have programs exclude Americans. 

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Are You Over-Qualified for Your Job?

Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Many Americans may be working in jobs for which they're over-qualified.

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity calls it the "new normal" -- there's more college graduates and fewer jobs that require a college degree.  The result is millions of workers with degrees in jobs that require no advanced skills.  

The study's lead author has long argued that too many Americans go to college, and his critics dismiss his latest analysis of government employment data. 

The unemployment rate among college graduates is significantly lower than the national average, and college graduates consistently earn more than those without a degree.

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Walmart to Roll Out Program to Hire More than 100K Vets

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Walmart announced on Tuesday that it is rolling out a program this year to hire almost any veteran who wants a job, marking one of the biggest job commitments ever made by a company.

The effort is set to begin on Memorial Day.  The company is offering a job to any veteran who received an honorable discharge within a year of applying for a position.

“Hiring a veteran can be one of the best business decisions you make,” Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill Simon said in a statement.  “Veterans have a record of performance under pressure.  They’re quick learners and team players.  They are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service.  There is a seriousness and sense of purpose that the military instills, and we need it today more than ever.”

Walmart expects it will hire more than 100,000 veterans in the next five years.

“We believe Walmart is already the largest private employer of veterans in the country, and we want to hire more,” Simon said.  “I can think of no better group to lead in revitalizing our economy than those who have served in uniform.  Through their service, veterans give us a land of freedom.  When they return, it must be to a land of possibility.”

Walmart reached out to first lady Michelle Obama, who was "very excited" about the company's commitment.

“This is exactly the kind of act we hoped would be possible when we started Joining Forces -- a concrete example of our nation's love and support that our troops, veterans, and their families can feel in their lives every day,” said Mrs. Obama.  “As our wars come to an end and our troops continue to come home, it's more important than ever that all of us -- not just government, but our businesses and nonprofits as well -- do our part to serve those who have served us so bravely."

Walmart said the White House is going to convene with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and major American employers in the next several weeks to encourage other businesses to make similar commitments.

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Top 10 Most Stressful and Least Stressful Jobs

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Looking for a low-stress job?  Being a full-time university professor is the least stressful career for 2013, according to jobs site

It's the first time that career has won the title of least stressful in the site's 20-year history of assessing jobs.

"Professors are kings of their kingdoms," said Tony Lee, publisher of and  "They tell students what they must do."

Lee said the list does not distinguish whether a professor is tenured, though that may be a factor in stress-level.

University professors, with a median salary of $62,050, topped last year's winning career, which was medical records technician.  That career, with a median salary of $32,350, came in third this year.

In assessing 200 careers,'s criteria included 11 stress factors like travel, job outlook, deadlines, working in the public eye, competitiveness, physical demands, environmental conditions, hazards encountered, own life at risk, life of another at risk, and meeting the public.

CareerCast works with math and statistics researchers at the University of Wisconsin to compile the list, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trade reports and other sources.

Lee said the least stressful careers tend to entail positive feedback from people on a regular basis.  In those cases, people who are working are generally pleased, he said.

"The most stressful list tends to be opposite," he said.

The silver lining is that the more stressful a job is, the higher the likelihood you'll get paid more, said Lee.  The logic follows somewhat in that military enlisted personnel and military generals are the first and second most stressful careers, with median salaries of $45,528 and $196,000.

The following are the least stressful jobs for 2013:

  1. University Professor - Median salary: $62,050
  2. Seamstress/Tailor - Median salary: $25,850
  3. Medical Records Technician - Median salary: $32,350
  4. Jeweler - Median salary: $35,170
  5. Medical Laboratory Technician - Median salary: $46,680
  6. Audiologist - Median salary: $66,660
  7. Dietitian - Median salary: $53,250
  8. Hair Stylist - Median salary: $22,500
  9. Librarian - Median salary: $54,500
  10. Drill Press Operator -- Median salary: $31,910

The following are the most stressful jobs for 2013:

  1. Enlisted Military Personnel - Median salary: $45,528 (W-1, 8 years experience)
  2. Military General - Median salary: $196,300
  3. Firefighter - Median salary: $42,250
  4. Commercial Airline Pilot - Median salary: $92,060
  5. Public Relations Executive - Median salary: $57,550
  6. Senior Corporate Executive - Median salary: $101,250
  7. Photojournalist - Median salary: $29,130
  8. Newspaper Reporter - Median salary: $36,000
  9. Taxi Driver - Median salary: $22,440
  10. Police Officer - Median salary: $55,010

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Labor Market Most Likely Held Up in December, Economists Project

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Economists say employers most likely added jobs in December at roughly the same pace as November, demonstrating that the U.S. labor market held up amidst wrangling in Washington over the fiscal impasse, Bloomberg News reports.

The median forecast of 54 economists surveyed by Bloomberg before Jan. 4 Labor Department figures shows that payrolls rose by 150,000 workers after a 146,000 gain in November. The unemployment rate may have remained at 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. Faster hiring was inhibited by the possibility of over $600 billion in tax increases and government spending cuts in 2013, the paper says.

Other reports this week that are expected to demonstrate stability in manufacturing and growth in the services industry signal a strong economy, according to Bloomberg.

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Job Seekers May Have Luck in Early 2013

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you've been looking for a job, you may have some luck early next year.

The employment firm Manpower says 17 percent of American businesses plan on hiring new workers in the first three months of 2013.

"Twelve of the 13 industry super sectors that we survey actually said that they would add.  So we've got wholesale and retail trades, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, information, financial activity, education and health services," Beth Herman of Manpower tells ABC News Radio.

The vast majority of employers, however, said they would keep their staff level the same.  While that doesn't help the unemployed, Herman says it's a relief.

"We're not adding but we also don't plan to cut.  We don't plan to cut because we're confident that we can hold on to this team.  We can meet the payroll.  We can make a profit.  We have enough business today.  We have enough business in our pipeline to justify the staff level we have," she says.

As tepid as the labor market may be, Herman says there have been no setbacks in hiring in the last 15 quarters.  Companies are adding to their payrolls at a slow pace.

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Now’s a Good Time to Network

David De Lossy/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the end of the year approaches, many people think about their prospects for the future and possibly switching jobs.

With office parties and Christmas gatherings for friends and families, job experts say this is a good time to network.

“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of networking and staying connected with people,” says Jane Trnka, executive director of the Career Development Center at the Rollins College MBA program in Winter Park, Fla.  “It’s not just at an office but when you go to social gatherings, you go to games, if you go to different organizational meetings, those are all great opportunities to meet with people to connect.”

Job seekers, she tells ABC News Radio, “need to feel comfortable and confident about talking about themselves, their skills, their talents and what they bring to the table for an employer.”

When approaching someone, keep any job pitch brief.

“If you talk more than 30 or 40 seconds you might get that glazed look over the other person’s eyes, so you want to make sure that you keep them engaged,” Trnka says.

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Older Workers Still Punching the Time Clock at Age 75 and Beyond

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- At age 81, Thomas Cooper has had a bout with cancer, and endured a back operation, but neither has convinced him to retire.

Instead, five days a week you'll find him selling men's shoes at a Nordstrom store in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington D.C. "I would go crazy sitting around the house," Cooper told ABC News. "So I work."

A new study indicates he is hardly alone, according to government data analyzed by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

"The number and the proportion of people, 75 and older, in the workforce, they are on the increase," said Sara Rix, a senior strategic policy advisor with the Institute. "What we're seeing is really quite a remarkable increase in attachment to the labor force over the past 20 years or so."

According to the AARP analysis, in 1990, just four percent of the 75-plus crowd worked; now that's up to seven percent. That equates to nearly 1.3 million people in this age group who are employed. It's a small percentage of the overall workforce, just less than one percent, but that's still more than double the percentage a few decades ago.

Perhaps even more astonishing is that their unemployment rate has jumped as well, meaning a lot of these folks are looking for work. AARP's analysis found the unemployment rate for the 75 and older group was 2.3 percent in 1990. It was 5.6 percent last year.

Rix says there's a host of reasons behind the increases. For one, individuals can continue to work because they're staying healthier longer. "I suspect most people are there because they're doing something they really want to do. They enjoy their work. They're making a contribution."

There are also financial considerations. With the drop in home prices, the fluctuating stock market, and the decline in pensions, some older workers simply have to work.

For Cooper, that's definitely part of the equation. "When you get my age, you have a lot of doctor bills and different ailments. You have to pay the doctors and hospitals, so I am here," he said.

A recent survey by Wells Fargo found that nearly a third of Americans figure they'll need to work until age 80, in order to retire comfortably. The federal government estimates that by 2020, 10 percent of those aged 75 and older will be in the labor force. Rix believes the number is likely to be even higher.

Just last week the issue of older workers hit a chord on Capitol Hill, when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked whether she should give up her leadership position to make way for younger lawmakers. Pelosi, who is 72, later told ABC News's Martha Raddatz that she was "amused" by the question, although at the time she called it "quite offensive."

Pelosi questioned whether male lawmakers would be asked the same age question.

Rix agrees, "So it may have been not only age discrimination implicit in that question, but perhaps also sex discrimination, as well. If someone can do that job, that's what we ought to be focusing on."

Shoe salesman Cooper believes older workers offer an advantage. "They have more experience, they know the products better, they know how to talk to people, and that's what matters."

Cooper, who's been in the shoe business for decades, but got his current job 17 years ago at the ripe young age of 64, says he has no plans to retire.

"I've been very fortunate that most of the managers here have been very good to me," he said. He was worried that "you get to a certain age and they want you out of here," but that hasn't happened to him. So his plans are to stay on the job. "I am going to keep working until I can't do it anymore," he said.

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Hiring of New College Grads Expected to Rise 5 Percent

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The job market appears to continue to improve as hiring is expected to increase 5 percent for new college graduates, according to an annual survey by the Michigan State University's Collegiate Employment Research Institute.

The survey polled 4,300 employer representatives including 2,864 hiring managers or recruiters for full-time positions and 444 internship and co-op program managers. Employers were slightly more optimistic this year about the college labor market than last year, rating the overall market as "fair" and "good."

Hiring for those new college grads with a bachelor's degree is up 5 percent, boosting optimism for college seniors in a recovering labor market. The unemployment rate is 7.9 percent, with 12.3 million Americans unemployed.

The "surprise" in this year's report, the institute said, was the strong demand for Associate's degrees, which is up more than 30 percent, in applied engineering, healthcare technology, business and computer science. The institute said that that finding mirrors data in other job growth reports that show Associate's degrees have outpaced four-year degrees for the past several months.

Meanwhile, those attending business schools aren't as lucky. Demand for grads with an MBA shrank by 6 percent.

The labor market for those with a Master's degree appears to "be stuck at the bottom of a U-shaped curve," the report states.

"Following the loss of opportunities in 2008 and 2009, the market is essentially flat-lining and showing none of the same strong gains as the markets for Bachelor's and Associate's degrees," the report states.

The survey cited employers' concerns about a shortage of qualified candidates in some areas for both new graduates and experienced workers. Firms are concerned about college student preparedness and their lack of work experience in professional settings and attitudes toward work.

Of college majors, accounting was employers' most requested type of Bachelor's degree, though accounting at CPA firms is trending downward this year, a surprise change.

"Business remains the most frequently requested major," the report states. "Marketing and advertising are making strong gains compared to last year."

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