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NEW YORK, NEW YORK?

150By: Adam Gavriel

When you think of New York, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Manhattan? New York City in general? The Empire State Building? Chances are it has something to do with the giant Metropolis Island. Those who don’t live in the Empire State tend to forget about the rest of the state. And while New York City has its own struggles (like those living under the poverty line in a city whose average rent is $3300/month), the rest of New York is also suffering.

The Buffalo News is reporting that for the first time in six years, New York’s job growth rate is trailing the nations job growth rate.

In 2012, New York’s job growth rate dropped from 2.1 percent to 1.8 percent. The United States as a nation experienced a job growth increase of .4 percent from 1.8 percent to 2.2 percent.

Further, from 2007 to 2012, New York lost 100,000 manufacturing jobs, a 16.9 percent decline. The nation in that same time-frame experienced a drop of 14.1 percent in manufacturing. In 2012 alone, New York’s manufacturing jobs declined 3.6 percent.

From the article:

In the one-year period ending in June, the state added 110,000 jobs. It said the growth has been geographically uneven, with private-sector growth up in places like Buffalo, New York City, and the Albany area, but there have been “sizable” private-sector employment declines in Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton, and Elmira.” 

All is not bleak for New York, however.

The released report confirms that New York has done better than the nation as a whole in the education and health care sectors.

On top of that, New York had not gone through any major spikes in housing prices during the recession avoiding a complete collapse of the real estate market.

As a New Yorker lucky enough to spread my living days both in the greater New York City area, and Western New York, I feel privileged to experience such a diverse world in the same state. That’s why I take it to heart even more when I hear my native state is among those struggling. While the positive job growth keeps me optimistic, the rate at which it is going is a nerve-wracking one.

Continuing to read daily about the struggles that not only the nation faces, but that the people of the nation face on a daily basis is heart-breaking. That’s why at Crossroads Consulting we are continuing to push our goal of doing whatever it is we can to get Americans, whether they be New Yorkers or not, working again!

With our job postings from around the nation that we are looking to fill today, we want to hear from YOU now. And with our recommended resume service, we can be there from step 1 to the finish line on your pursuit of a career.

If you were just laid-off, or are one of America’s long-term unemployed, we want to help you TODAY.

As a full-service employment agency, we will do whatever it takes to help you with anything that you bring to our doorstep. Do not hesitate to get in touch as quick as possible.

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

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UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS…

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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’”

OUR PERPETUAL UNDER-PERFORMING ECONOMY

BY: Adam Gavriel

The American Economy remains at an indefinite unbalance. A report from Bloomberg.com today cites that more Americans than expected have filed for unemployment benefits last week. The jobless claims increased by 4,000 to 371,000 for the week ended January 5th. Even more unsettling is the fact that many economists expected that number to drop from 367,000 to 365,000.

Despite avoiding the Fiscal Cliff, the government still can’t seem to find a way to churn the economy in the right direction, and keep it on a path to improvement.

“Claims are in a pretty steady range, but the story isn’t in firings so much as it is in hiring,” said Michael Hanson, a senior U.S. economist at Bank of America Corp. in New York, who projected 375,000 claims for the week. “Hiring has been okay. The process is sluggishly moving forward. We need to see better payrolls data to get faster economic growth.”

On top of the 371,000 who had filed for unemployment benefits, 1.99 million Americans are collecting emergency and extended payments. As part of the agreement reached by Congress on New Year’s Day, $30 billion will be paid this year of federal benefits for long-term unemployed workers. This number down from $45.5 billion from last year.

Thirty states reported an increase on claims, while 23 reported a decrease.

While the American economy works more like a domino effect, where one domino falls and all the pieces should fall into place; the two biggest dominoes have to be: Consumer spending, and small-business hiring. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog here, you already know that small-business are the lifeblood of the American economy.

On the topic of consumer spending, it speaks for itself. As consumers pump more money into the economy, business can afford to hire more workers, and the process repeats itself.

Of course there are tons of factors that affect the economy, but you have to wonder at this point if the bigger dominoes need to be pushed a little bit harder.

With this recession continuing to be lurk around like a ghost over everyone’s shoulder, everyone needs to start doing their part to improve the American economy. That includes from the suits in DC, down to your next door neighbor. This is one of those extreme times in American history where we all need to band together and work this out for the betterment of the nation. It’s time to put party differences aside to work across the aisle to get the important elements completed in order to make America strong again.

At Crossroads Consulting we are trying to do our part, but we need YOUR help! With over 50 job postings across the nation that we are looking to hire for TODAY; we need to see your resume as soon as possible! If you’re not confident in sending your resume to employers, we can help you there too with a fast and easy resume service.

It is our main mission to get Americans working again. Here at Crossroads Consulting, our motto is what we live by.

We’re putting the ‘Human’ back into ‘Human Resources.’

NOT-FOR-PROFIT DOES NOT MEAN NOT-FOR-ME

BY: Adam Gavriel

I already know what you’re thinking, not-for-profit? Pass, I want to make money. Toss that preemptive thought away. Not-For-Profit (NFP) organizations are all around us every day. Think the American Red Cross, or the public schools you went to as a child, or the public schools you send your children to today.

Some quick facts about NFPs in the United States

  • 1,574,674 tax-exempt organizations, including:
    • 959,698 public charities
    • 100,337 private foundations
    • 514,639 other types of nonprofit organizations, including chambers of commerce, fraternal organizations and civic leagues.

(Source: NCCS Business Master File08/2011)

  • In 2009, nonprofits accounted for 9% of all wages and salaries paid in the United States.
    (Source: BEA 2010)
  • Nonprofit Share of GDP was 5.4% in 2009. (Source: BEA 2010)

Just because a company is entitled a NFP does not mean that its employees do not get paid. State governments are NFP organizations, but do you think those guys work for free? I don’t think so.

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EMPLOYMENT SKIDDISH AT BEST

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.