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 BY: Adam Gavriel

In a featured blog released this Tuesday on the Huffington Post, Representative Scott Peters (DemocratCalifornia) preached to the importance of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in the United States.

Entrepreneurs and innovative Americans often lead to opening small businesses. If you are new here to us at Out Of Our Mind, we have discussed in the past just how important small businesses are to driving the engine that is the American economy. Continue reading


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For the first time, we can finally see what the Government Shutdown has done to the US Economy in a tangible way.

According to a report released from CNN Money, 374,000 people filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, the highest one-week rise since super-storm Sandy hit the nation almost a year ago.

Speaking strictly from an economic standpoint, this shutdown could not have come at a worse time as the economy had been slowly, but surely, doing better in recent months.


 Not to be all blamed on the government shutdown though, as other factors have certainly contributed to the 66,000 person rise in unemployment claims.

The state of California, which accounted for half of the new claims, continues to have problems with processing unemployment checks.

The 500,000 federal workers who remain in furlough are allowed to file for unemployment benefits, however if Congress grants them retroactive pay, most states will ask the furloughed workers to pay back the benefits that they receive. The report released today of 374,000 does NOT include any furloughed federal government employee who has filed for unemployment.

Hypothetically speaking, without taking the government shutdown into effect, economists believe that this number would have been roughly in line with the average number we have been seeing in the slow recovery.

“’The broader picture is still that labor market conditions are improving, albeit not quite as much as we previously thought,’ said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, in a research note”. 

Sure is a tough hypothetical situation to picture though, as the U.S. remains mired in the wake of the government shutdown.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are doing what we can to continue the birth of jobs in the United States. With over 50 current openings we are looking to fill today, we are hoping to hear from you. If you are a government employee who has been furloughed, and out of the job searching game for quite some time, we can help you there too. With our recommended resume and interview preparation services, you will not miss a beat stepping back into the job search.

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They couldn’t fix things in 1921 during that recession…in 1929, the Great Depression nearly sinks America. Nothing dramatically has changed since 2008. Could history be repeating itself? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BY: Adam Gavriel

A report released by the Washington Post Thursday, April 25th states that United States claims for Unemployment Benefits fell 16,000 to 339,000 last week. This is the second lowest number recorded in the past five years, a positive sign for the April employment numbers.

Unfortunately, not every state is feeling the positive upturn of these numbers.

California (24,303), Texas (3,050), Florida (2,623), Indiana (2,372), and Arizona (1,296) saw the biggest increases in applications of unemployment benefits.

New York (14,113), Michigan (5,998), New Jersey (4,204), Ohio (3,036), and Illinois (2,455) saw the biggest reduction of applications for unemployment benefits.

As the United States economy continues to tread slowly in a positive direction, many analysts still fear with the impending government spending cuts, due to the Government Sequester, will have on the American economy and hiring.

On top of this, a report on Wednesday April 24th from Fox Business News suggests that only 40% of small business owners have an optimistic view point of the future of America’s economy. If you’ve been following along here at Out Of Our Mind, you know that Small Business is the engine that turns the hiring in America. Knowing this, it is incredibly worrisome to read that nearly 60% of small business are not planning on hiring full or part-time workers.

So while the numbers trend positive, the future outlook remains somewhat bleak.

This “Great Recession” has hit the American economy very hard. As America works to turn it around and become an economic power once again, the workers grow restless and worried.

As we always say though, the jobs are out there, and it’s getting harder and harder to get a job on your own these days. Fortunately, at Crossroads Consulting, we can help you with every facet of your job search. From finding the right position that you can turn into a career with our over 50 job postings that we are looking to fill today; to a resume service that will make sure your information gets put on the top of the pile, we’re here to help.

At Crossroads Consulting, we want to get Americans working again and we’re doing our part by, “Putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’”


BY: Adam Gavriel

Back in July on the blog we posted this picture (see below) that showed how many job postings there were in a certain area per 1000 people. As you can see, the bigger the red circle, the more jobs there were. These figures represented the month of June in those areas.


Today’s blog will make note of one of the biggest circles on the map, California, specifically San Diego.

In a report at the Voice of San Diego the online periodical reported that in an economy that continues to falter San Diego’s job trend continues upward from its decline in 2009. Between September 2010 and September 2011 San Diego’s employment shot up 1.4% while the countries unemployment rate went from 9.6% to ~9.1% and California’s unemployment rate went from 12.5% to ~12.1% showing that San Diego’s specific unemployment has been steadier than the Nation’s. As economic experts continue to forecast that the recession we are in will last steadily affecting unemployment, San Diego continues to try and dig itself out of the hole the nation finds itself in.

Conversely like the rest of the nation from 2007 to 2009 San Diego experienced a huge drop in employment numbers, however the recent upward trend remains strong and optimism to get back to a good level is in full effect out west.


Although a Connecticut based firm, Crossroads Consulting has current openings all over the nation. Not ready to apply for a job? Let us take a look at your resumefor you. We offer all the services you can think of for the job market and are ready to help as we continue to put the “human” back into human resources.

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BY: Adam Gavriel

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on August’s employment numbers in metropolitan areas of the United States. The studies showed that unemployment rates were lower in August than a year earlier in 262 of the 372 metropolitan areas. On the other hand the numbers were higher in 84 areas and unchanged in 26. Continuing with extreme ends of the spectrum, nine areas recorded jobless rates over 15% while only 10 areas registered rates of lower than 5%.

El Centro, California and Yuma, Arizona recorded the highest unemployment rates this past August showing shocking numbers of 32.4 percent and 29.4 percent. As for the rest of the remaining 7 areas reporting jobless rates over 15% they were all located in California.

Keeping up with the Midwest’s seemingly glowing numbers in terms of some of the lowest unemployment rates we’ve seen in the Nation’s history, Bismarck, ND recorded the lowest unemployment rate featuring a number hovering around 3%. The areas with the next lowest unemployment rates were also in the Midwest located in Nebraska, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Two-hundred seventeen areas were lucky enough to record a number lower than the 9.1% that the nation featured for the second straight month in August.

The largest positive change in unemployment (a decrease) over the year occurred in Farmington, NM where the unemployment rate dropped 3 percentage points. Only an additionally 81 areas recorded a decreased rate. However only 4 areas had a growth in unemployment totaling over 1 percentage point, Pascagoula, Mississippi led the way with an increase of 1.7%

The Midwest won in another category, among areas with a Census 2000 population of over 1 million Oklahoma City, OK recorded the lowest jobless rate coming in at 5%.

Other notable numbers (metropolitan area nonfarm employment):

Largest over-the-year employment increase: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas (+65,000)
Largest over-the-year percentage gain: Hot Springs, Arkansas (+9.7%)
Largest over-the-year decreases in employment: Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia (-30,800)
Largest over-the-year percentage loss: Abilene, Texas (-4.7 percent)

Just some quick numbers to show that unemployment remains a huge concern for the United States.

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BY: Adam Gavriel

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released the July unemployment this morning at 9.1% a .1% decrease from the June number of 9.2% Even though approximately 117,000 jobs were added to the workforce expert analysts believe that the number of hirings would have to double in order to have a significant impact on the unemployment number.

Most of the job gains occurred in health care, retail, manufacturing, and mining. Government employment continued its downward trend.

All figures of unemployment among major work groups showed little or no change in July. Adult men at 9% adult women at 7.9% and teenagers at 25% The number of long term unemployed workers (27 weeks or more) settled at 6.2 million in July.

Employment in technical services and professional skills continued its upward trend in July by adding 18,000 jobs to their workforce; while the downturn in government jobs dropped 37,000.

With unemployment unable to get below 9% and a declining stock market Americans should begin preparing for these troubles to be here for a while as what has been deemed the “Great Recession” is bound to continue. The Dow Jones which was operating at 12,248 on August 1sthas continued its downward spiral so far this month, and the unemployment numbers will surely contribute to another fall as the Dow Jones threatens to dip below 11K for the first time since October 2010.

Even though the economy created 117,000 jobs in July it was only enough to lower the unemployment rate 0.1% and unable to settle the market which continues to free fall today.

As we’ve reported here before the higher the unemployment, the more competition for jobs there will be. At Crossroads Consulting we aim to get the best out of your abilities that we can for you. With our interview preparation and resume optimization serviceswe’re ready to make sure you’re prepared to get the most out of searching for a job that you can.

Although based in the CT area we have job listings from across the United States from New York to California to all across the Midwest. Take a trip over to our website and see how we can help you today.