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THINGS AIN’T GETTING BETTER FOR THE UNEMPLOYED

BY: Adam Gavriel

A staggering report released Monday by the Huffington Post cites that an incredible four out of five U. S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty, or reliance on welfare for at least part of their lives. For our math friends out there, you did not read that wrong – that’s 80% of American adults.

From the article:

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as the reason for the trend.

The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to ‘rebuild ladders of opportunity’ and reverse income inequality.”

Pessimism among whites about their families’ economic futures has climbed to its highest point since 1987; showing that 63% of white Americans call the economy “poor.”

The article reports that while racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty, race disparities in the poverty rate have narrowed by substantial amounts since the 1970s.

 More from the article:

“Nationwide, the count of America’s poor remains stuck at a record number: 46.2 million, or 15 percent of the population, due in part to lingering high unemployment following the recession. While poverty rates for blacks and Hispanics are nearly three times higher, by absolute numbers the predominant face of the poor is white.”

“The risks of poverty also have been increasing in recent decades, particularly among people ages 35-55, coinciding with the widening income inequality. For instance, people ages 35-45 had a 17 percent risk of encountering poverty during the 1969-1989 time period; that risk increased to 23 percent during the 1989-2009 period. For those ages 45-55, the risk of poverty jumped from 11.8 percent to 17.7 percent.”

By 2030, close to 85 percent of all working-age adults in the U.S. will experience a time of economic insecurity.

This article from the Huffington Post only provides further strength to the point that while the U.S. economy is in a ‘recovery’ trends and relevant data continue to suggest otherwise. The American Dream, what once drew great people to this great nation, is now becoming more and more elusive.

At Crossroads Consulting, we always take these numbers to heart. The numbers affect us deeply on a personal level. As proven patriots, dedicated to making America a better place to live for everyone, we strive to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

As an employment agency, we have job openings across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY, but we need your help. We’re looking to hear from you right now, not tomorrow, not in a week, but right now. Our mission is to help you from step one, to the step you take into the office to start your new job. If you’re not confident on your resume, our recommended resume service is here to help. If you need a connection, reach out, as we are always networking.

When we read the numbers in the morning, it disgusts us in the office. We are setting out to make a difference, but we need you to help us do it.

Let’s start getting back on track together.

NEWEST EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS, “A PUNCH TO THE GUT”

BY: Adam Gavriel

The United States unemployment numbers for March have been released, and they are less than stellar. While continuing to trend in a positive direction, hiring slowed to a near crawl in the month of March.

Just 88,000 jobs were added to the United States economy dropping the unemployment rate to 7.6% a far cry from the predicted number of near 200,000 jobs being added.

“This is a punch to the gut,” Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President Obama, said on CNBC. “This is not a good number.” 

A bigger factor in the rate dropping 0.1% from February to March may have been the number of Americans who left the workforce altogether. According to a report from the Huffington Post, 496,000 workers left the labor-force completely.

On top of this, the percentage of people eligible for work and looking for work fell to 63.3% its lowest figure since 1979.

The report states that the March report has yet to even feel the force of the “sequester” that is coming from the government, which is predicted to have a huge effect on the United States employment situation.

“Sharp cuts in government spending implemented March 1 are only beginning to show their ugly consequences,” Heather Boushey, an economist with the liberal think-tank Center for American Progress, said in an email. “While it’s too early to know what the full impact will be on the unemployment rate, government spending cuts are stealing wind from the sails of the recovery.”

Although trending in a positive direction, the numbers reported this past week speak volumes of the direction this country is headed. While a slow recovery continues to take place, government spending cuts that will come across the board will soon wreak its havoc on the United States jobs report. As spending cuts take effect, more and more organizations will not only cut hiring, but also even begin layoffs.

The optimism of any huge recover is slowly fading away as Americans exit the workforce in fear of the future.

Here at Crossroads Consulting we strongly advise against giving up hope. The jobs are out there, and we have a few of them! Please come over to our website and take a look at the over 50 job postings we have that we are looking to fill TODAY. If you’re not confident in your resume helping you grab that position you’ve always wanted, we have you covered there with our recommended resume service.

So now, there’s really only one question we have to ask you. Why haven’t YOU contacted us yet?

Remember, we’re here to put the “human” back into “human resources.”

UNDEREMPLOYMENT

BY: Adam Gavriel

After last week’s State of the Union address from President Barack Obama, congressman David Joyce (1st term Republican, Ohio) was quoted on the current job market, and how he feels American’s aren’t well prepared for the market in front of them.

“We need to better prepare our workforce for the jobs that we have,” Joyce said. “There are three million jobs that go vacant each month in this country, so the idea of trying to better prepare our children for the workforce by reforming high schools and stressing technical degrees in engineering, that is something that intrigues me. It’s something that people in other districts hear from their people, who said we have difficulty finding competent workers.”

The website PolitiFact picked up on Joyce’s comments out of intrigue, and decided to do some research. Not willing to believe that in a country with a 7.9% unemployment rate that 3 million jobs could go vacant from month to month.

PolitiFact contacted Joyce’s office, who referred the website to these figures:

“Reports the office issued for previous months in 2012 indicated there were 3.8 million job openings in June, 3.7 million job openings in November, October , July,   May and March,  3.6 million openings in September and August, 3.5 million vacancies in January and February, and 3.4 million unfilled jobs in April,”

Joyce wasn’t wrong.

It is becoming an epidemic in today’s struggling economy that jobs are remaining unfilled. This is due to a believed “skill gap” in the workforce between employers and prospective employees. Currently, employers aren’t paying what prospective employees feel they are worth. With this in turn comes the underemployment number. Underemployment, if you are not familiar with the term, can be defined as people who are working in a lower capacity than they are qualified for, including in a lower-paid job or for less hours than they would like to work.

The current reported underemployment number in the United States sits at around 15%

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Is it possible that all these issues can be tracked back to simple supply and demand theory? There isn’t a very large demand for workers these days, but the supply of those looking for work continues to be at an all-time high. This allows prospective employers to pick and choose as they please, at the rates they wish to pay, with the skills they want to add to their teams.

The job market is always evolving. If you find yourself unemployed at the current time, we encourage you to stick with it, to keep building your resume however you can, and adding those skills that employers in your field desire. If you’re like the many other hardworking unemployed Americans, you are reading job ads daily, you know what companies are looking for. Always remember that unemployed time is NOT vacation time.

At Crossroads Consulting we continue to have over 50 job postings that we’re looking to fill TODAY across the nation. If you believe that your resume is holding you back, we can help you there too with our resume service.

As patriotic as we are, we want to see all of America back on its feet and in the workforce. This economy cannot recover on its own, but requires a team effort from everyone out there. Make your connections, including us, work them, and let’s get working together.

Remember, Crossroads Consulting is here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

SALES DROP – SPIRITS CAN’T

BY: Adam Gavriel

Despite what the results from the 2012 United States Presidential Election might tell you, with Americans re-electing Barack Obama, the US economy is a LONG way from improving.

According to a report at Bloomberg.com, for the first time in four months, U.S. retail sales fell in October.

It’s reasonable to attribute a small part of that drop to the devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to the Northeastern United States, and the country’s biggest hub in New York City, but that certainly wasn’t enough to account for it all.

“There’s probably some hurricane impact,” Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC in New York said. “But when consumers are cautious they tend to spend more on staples than discretionary items, and that’s exactly what happened this month.” It was Dutta, who correctly forecasted the October decline in sales. “The broad story is that consumers remain cautious.”

While the 0.3% drop seems on the surface to be a small number, it continues to show that consumer confidence is falling, and by extension that’s less money is being pumped into the economy. The bad economy might also explain the drop in the auto-industry, an Obama favorite talking point during the 2012 election cycle. The auto industry saw its sales decrease in October by 1.5%.

The report of the drop in retail sales comes on the heels of the reported 7.9% unemployment rate in October, the second month in a row the US average has remained below 8% and still higher when the POTUS took office four years ago.

Some believe this drop will be an aberration with the prime shopping holiday-season rapidly approaching.

“As the holiday shopping seasons begins, Hasbro Inc. (HAS)’s retail customers are ‘looking forward to a good year,’ said David Hargreaves, Chief Operating Officer of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based toymaker, during a conference call with analysts on Oct. 22. ‘Certainly consumer demand has held up pretty well. I think they’re sort of cautiously optimistic.’”

While the economy continues to languish somewhere between just being a soft economy and flat out recession, millions of Americans are still finding themselves out of work with no end in sight. In fact so many are depressed in their inability to find work; they have given up searching for it altogether. That’s why Crossroads Consulting can be so helpful in these extremely difficult times. We’re ardent optimists and we believe in the strength of America. We have not given up hope and believe that our best days still lie ahead. There needs to be cooperation in Washington among both Conservatives and Liberals to work together to resolve what issues we’re facing.

Don’t give up! Go out and make connections and then use them. Find online resources or professionals to help and use them. At Crossroads Consulting we have a plethora of job openings from all across the nation that we are looking to fill TODAY. If you’re not confident in your resume, there’s no reason to not let us have a look at it for you. We want to help you from step 1, to the day you walk into your new position. Let us help you as we, “Put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

NFIB INDICATORS SAYS SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS HELP PDQ

BY: Adam Gavriel

Despite the encouraging numbers regarding the United States unemployment rate, the lifeblood of the American business industry, small businesses, remains in a tough state. A report yesterday from Bloomberg Businessweek noted that even with the unemployment rate falling to 7.8% small business hiring slowed down as many owners said they were not planning on hiring or investing in new equipment.

According to the report, a lot of this is due to the uncertainty regarding taxes in the future of small-businesses, and until the election in November, we can expect this trend to continue. September marked the fourth time in the last five months that the National Federation of Independent Business’s optimism index fell.

As you can see from the September report above, 4 of the 10 important factors in determining NFIB fell last month, while two remained unchanged.

Despite the optimism highlighted by the unemployment rate dropping below 8% for just the 2nd time since President Barack Obama took office, deep below the economy continues to struggle. After conducting a survey, Bloomberg Businessweek noted that 17% of small businesses said it was becoming increasingly difficult to fill a job opening. While the number of respondents who expected higher sales held at 1%

The NFIB report was based on a survey of 691 small business owners. Remember that small businesses represent the overwhelming majority of U.S. employers. When small businesses are flourishing, so is America.

Crossroads Consulting, a small business ourselves, not only employs a few Americans, but looks to get the rest of America employed as well. Despite the 7.8% unemployment rate, and the even higher underemployment rate, Crossroads Consulting offers plenty of job opportunities that we are looking to fill nationwide TODAY. With our resume optimization, there is no reason not to come by and take a look at what we offer.

Remember, at Crossroads, we’re putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

UNEMPLOYMENT AS IT RELATES TO THE RACE FOR POTUS

BY: Adam Gavriel

After Wednesday night’s debate, where Governor Mitt Romney was declared the winner, President Barack Obama got what he would say is some good news Friday. The September jobs report was released, the United States jobless rate dipped below 8% for the first time since the POTUS took office. The US jobless rate, which some despute how they came to those numbers, is on the surface at its lowest point since 2009 dropping from 8.1% in August to 7.8%. The report also shows that the economy added 114,000 jobs although that number was 86,000 fewer than were created in July, and less than in June. The number also does NOT take into account the number of Americans who’ve stopped looking for jobs at all.

But the Labor Department on Friday revised their findings to reveal that the figures reported for August and July were a bit higher than they had previously reported. Continue reading

CAREER STORM PREPARATION

clip_image002BY: Adam Gavriel

Preparing for the Storm

A recent study has shown that just 36% of CEO members of the business roundtable plan to add workers over the next six months, which is down 6% from 42% when the same survey was taken three months ago. Obviously, this is NOT good news if you are one of the many Americans who find themselves unemployed at the moment.

Jim McNerney, the group’s chairman and CEO of The Boeing Co. tried to explain this dip in confidence by saying that there is “concern over increasingly persistent obstacles to a stronger recovery.” Mr. McNerney was talking about uncertainty over future tax increases and of course the financial crisis that is currently striking Europe.

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