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One Jobs Report, Two Different Political Spins : NPR

With a new report showing the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, the Obama administration got good news Friday: Jobs are indeed growing. But, as Republicans noted, the pace remains well …

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Jobless Rate Falls to 7.8%, Lowest Level of Obama’s Term – NYTimes.com

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped sharply to 7.8 percent in September, its lowest level since the month President Obama took office, the Labor Department …

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Public Says a Secure Job Is the Ticket to the Middle Class | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

Americans believe that having a secure job is by far the most important requirement for being in the middle class, easily trumping homeownership and a college education, according to a new nationwide Pew Research Center survey of 2,508 adults.

Nearly nine-in-ten adults (86%) say a person needs a secure job to be considered part of the middle class, while just 45% say the same about owning a home, 37% about a college education and 28% about financial investments.

Of the five items tested in the survey question, the only other one seen as essential to a middle-class lifestyle by a majority of the public is health insurance—which for many Americans comes through one’s job. Two-thirds of adults say it’s an essential ticket to a middle-class life.

The public’s view about what it takes to be in the middle class appears to have changed dramatically over the past two decades. In a 1991 nationwide Time/CNN/Yankelovich survey, seven-in-ten respondents said homeownership was essential to being in the middle class, while just one-third said the same about having “a white collar job.”1

Some of the sharp differences between the public’s responses in 2012 and 1991 are likely the result of wording differences between the two surveys: “a white collar job” (the wording used in the 1991 survey) is arguably a less inclusive and compelling a choice than “a secure job” (the wording used in the 2012 survey).

But some of the variance may also reflect the persistently high unemployment rates of the past four years as well as a longer-term decline in the share of the working-age public that is employed.

Fewer Americans Are Employed …

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Increasingly, Men Seek Success in Jobs Dominated by Women – NYTimes.com

Wearing brick-red scrubs and chatting in Spanish, Miguel Alquicira settled a tiny girl into an adult-size dental chair and soothed her through a …

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Men Gain More Jobs Than Women During the Economic Recovery – Pew Research Center

Men experienced greater setbacks in the recession than women, losing twice as many jobs in the period between the fourth quarter of 2007 and the same quarter of 2009. In the next two years, however, men gained four times as many jobs as women. Employment for men increased from 72.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009 to 75.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, a gain of 2.6 million jobs.

Men Gain More Jobs Than Women During the Economic Recovery

The jobs recovery was strong enough to push the unemployment rate for men down from 10.7% in 2009 to 8.6% in 2011. But because men lost 5.2 million jobs during the recession, their employment level remains 2.6 million below what it was before the recession.

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February Employment Report — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Today brought another solid monthly employment report. Nevertheless, the economic recovery still has a long way to go to erase the lingering effects of the Great Recession and restore full employment and a healthy labor market. Moreover, economic forecasters expect …

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Healthy Job Growth Pushes Employment-to-Population Ratio Upward | Jobs Bytes

The employment-to-population ratio is 0.4 percentage points above its low for the cycle.

The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) edged up to 58.6 percent in February, its highest level since May of 2010, as the Labor Department reported that employers added 227,000 jobs in February. With upward revisions to the prior two months’ data, average job growth over the last three months is now reported as 244,000.Cumulative Percentage Point Change in Employment and Unemployment Rates from June 2009 to Feb 2012

Job gains were concentrated in a relatively small group of industries. The employment services industry (which includes temps) added …

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Young, Underemployed and Optimistic | Pew Social & Demographic Trends

This report is based on findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Dec. 6-19, 2011, among 2,048 adults nationwide, including 808 young adults (ages 18 to 34). The report also draws on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here is a summary of the key findings:

Young adults hit hard by the recession. A plurality of the public (41%) believes young adults, rather than middle-aged or older adults, are having the toughest time in today’s economy. An analysis of government economic data suggests that this perception is …

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Daily Number: Hard Economic Times for Young Adults – Pew Research Center

Many young adults have felt the impact of the recession and the economy’s sluggish recovery in tangible ways. Just under half (49%) of adults ages 18 to 34 say that because of economic conditions over the past few years, they have taken a job they didn’t want in order to pay the bills. More than a third (35%) say they have gone back to school because of the bad economy. And, one-in-four (24%) say they have taken an unpaid job to gain work experience.Hard Economic Times for Young Adults

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Panel Completes Last Details of Tax Cut Extension – NYTimes.com

Members of a House-Senate committee charged with writing a measure to extend a payroll tax reduction …

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StartWire is a game-changing Internet job search organizer

Searching for a job is not easy, especially in today’s economy. What’s even more frustrating is never hearing back about the status of applications after spending countless hours …

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Answers to Google Interview Questions – WSJ.com

1. What’s the next number in this sequence: 10, 9, 60, 90, 70, 66 … ?

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