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Jan 26, 2015

Survey: Firms optimistic on hiring, wages in 1Q

WASHINGTON — Rising sales helped boost hiring at U.S. businesses in the last three months of 2014, and companies are optimistic that continued improvement in business conditions will bring increased employment and wages in the current quarter, a new survey shows. And many businesses expect the steep drop in oil prices in recent months to […]

Aug 3, 2014

Small businesses see revenue gains, hire workers

NEW YORK — The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway. Owners who resisted hiring after the recession are taking on workers to keep up with rising demand for products and services. Companies began stepping up their hiring pace in the spring. Faulkner Hyundai in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is adding seven people […]

Jun 2, 2014

Waiting game: Why small businesses won’t hire

NEW YORK — Even as the economy extends its growth and small businesses slowly add jobs, most owners are still holding off on hiring. Many owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys. In three released last week, the most optimistic reading came from Bank of America Corp., which found […]

Oct 24, 2013

Will hiring accelerate if economy doesn’t?

WASHINGTON — The uncertainty and weakness that hung over the U.S. job market in September before the government shut down aren’t going away. Employers will likely remain slow to hire as long as the economy struggles to accelerate, consumers limit their spending and Congress keeps putting off a resolution to a budget fight that will […]

Jul 23, 2013

Survey: Brighter economic outlook boosts hiring

WASHINGTON — Companies are increasingly confident the economy will grow at a modest pace over the next year and are hiring more, according to a survey of business economists. Nearly one-third of the economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics said their companies added jobs in the April-June quarter, according to a report […]

Jul 10, 2013

US job openings, hiring rise slightly in May

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in May and hired more workers, further signs of steady improvement in the job market. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 28,000 to 3.83 million in May from April. That’s close to February’s 3.9 million, which was the highest in five years. A measure […]

Mar 12, 2013

US employers post more jobs, cut fewer workers

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers advertised more job openings in January, suggesting that hiring will remain healthy in the coming months. Job openings rose 2.2 percent in January from December to 3.69 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Openings had fallen nearly 5 percent in December. They are still below November’s level of nearly 3.8 million. […]

Feb 7, 2013

US unemployment aid applications decline to 366K

WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, indicating companies continue to hire at a modest but steady pace. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 350,500, the lowest in nearly five years. The […]

Nov 6, 2012

US employers post fewest jobs in 5 months

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. The report suggests hiring will likely remain modest in the coming months. The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings dropped by 100,000 to 3.56 million, the fewest in five months. August’s openings were revised up to […]

Sep 19, 2012

NY firms hiring long-term unemployed to get $6M

(Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week he will make $6 million in federal grant funds available to companies that hire long-term unemployed individuals. The program will work by providing wage subsidies to businesses hiring new employees that have been unemployed more than 27 weeks. Companies can work with the state’s Department of Labor and Empire […]

Jun 15, 2012

Survey: Good news ahead on legal hiring front

Hiring in the legal field is expected to be strong in the third quarter of 2012, according to the Robert Half Legal Hiring Index. A recent study indicates that 32 percent of lawyers plan to add legal jobs in the next three months, while only 2 percent anticipate reductions in staff. That yields a net […]

Apr 19, 2012

Hiring, home sales appear to slow

WASHINGTON — Momentum in U.S. hiring and home sales appears to be slowing, according to fresh data. The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits over the past month is at a three-month high. And fewer Americans bought previously owned homes in March after mild weather boosted sales in the previous two months. A […]

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