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Jobless rates decline in Ill., Ind.

Long lines of people form before the opening of the city of Hammond's annual job fair in March at the Jean Shepherd Community Center. In preliminary data adjusted for seasonal changes in employment, Indiana's jobless rate was 9.8 percent in November, which is down 0.1 percent from a month earlier. The unemployment rate in Indiana matched the national average last month. (Times file photo.)

Long lines of people form before the opening of the city of Hammond's annual job fair in March at the Jean Shepherd Community Center. In preliminary data adjusted for seasonal changes in employment, Indiana's jobless rate was 9.8 percent in November, which is down 0.1 percent from a month earlier. The unemployment rate in Indiana matched the national average last month. (Times file photo.)

Unemployment rates dipped in Indiana and Illinois in November, according to data released Friday by state and federal labor departments.

In preliminary data adjusted for seasonal changes in employment, Indiana’s jobless rate was 9.8 percent in November, which is down 0.1 percent from a month earlier. The unemployment rate in Indiana matched the national average last month.
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Good signs—Retail sales up, CEOs in hiring mood

A strong start to the holiday season is raising confidence that the consumer is back and that 2011 could be a better year for the U.S. economy than expected.

Retail sales are rising, boosted by the best month for department stores in two years. Inflation remains tame. Businesses are restocking their shelves in anticipation of more consumer demand. And a survey of CEOs at America’s biggest companies suggests hiring will pick up in the next six months.

High unemployment remains a concern. The Federal Reserve singled out the nation’s 9.8 percent jobless rate Tuesday when it said it plans to maintain the pace of its $600 billion Treasury bond-buying program.
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Technology and tenacity

Q: I’ve been out of work since April. I always send a cover letter with my resume and I do follow up, but I’ve had no feedback. I do well in interviews and have been told that I sparkle! Although my education may be limited, my personal experiences and “get-it-done” attitude have been a plus for me, along with my strong work ethic.

A: Every job search needs these basics:

Direction-a stated objective emblazoned in your brain
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Businesses hope election season’s end will boost fortunes

Michael Griffin, center, clerk-treasurer for the town of Highland, speaks October 20 during the quarterly Times Board of Economists luncheon at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville. (Photograph by The Times.)

Michael Griffin, center, clerk-treasurer for the town of Highland, speaks October 20 during the quarterly Times Board of Economists luncheon at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville. (Photograph by The Times.)

Northwest Indiana business leaders say the most powerful economic stimulus yet may be just around the corner: the end of the 2010 midterm elections.

“No matter what happens with these elections, at least they will be over with and people will settle down and we’ll have more consumer confidence,” said Bill McCabe, broker/owner at Century 21 Executive Realty in Schererville.

McCabe was one of 16 business leaders at the Times Board of Economists quarterly meeting at Innsbrook Country Club on October 20, all of whom cast a vote for getting the elections over with and getting on with the business of America.
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A strong network can be the difference between unemployment and a new career

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 10 to 15 percent of the available jobs in America are classified as “visible”. That means they are open to anyone and everyone via help-wanted ads, Internet postings, job fairs and the like.

The other 85 percent of available jobs are classified as “invisible”, meaning that they are mainly found through networking with people who know of the openings.

In a recent survey by Robert Half International, 60 percent of new employees interviewed stated that their online job network helped them land their current job.

There are reasons why a business, hiring manager, or human resource person would prefer to keep a job “invisible” while they try to find the perfect candidate. No matter how high-tech society has become, the truth is hiring managers like a reference from a trusted co-worker, partner or subordinate.
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By the Numbers, Fall 2010

Employment

Lake County
July 2010

Labor Force: 220,083
Employed: 195,684
Unemployed: 24,399
Rate: 11.1 percent

July 2009
Labor Force: 228,180
Employed: 204,150
Unemployed: 24,030
Rate: 10.5 percent
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Unemployment claims drop, while job openings rise

Unemployed workers fill out applications during a job fair sponsored by Scott Lee Cohen, Independent Candidate for Governor of Illinois, in Rockford, Ill. Applications for unemployment benefits fell last week for the fourth time in five weeks, a sign that layoffs are declining. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Unemployed workers fill out applications during a job fair sponsored by Scott Lee Cohen, Independent Candidate for Governor of Illinois, in Rockford, Ill. Applications for unemployment benefits fell last week for the fourth time in five weeks, a sign that layoffs are declining. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

Applications for unemployment benefits fell last week for the fourth time in five weeks, a sign that layoffs are declining.

The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for jobless aid dropped by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 445,000. It’s the lowest level since the week ending July 10 and down from 504,000 initial claims in mid-August—the high point for the year.

Economists were mildly encouraged by the drop. But they also pointed out that claims remain at an elevated level consistent with weak job growth. Employers aren’t hiring enough to bring down the 9.6 percent unemployment rate.

“While it’s comforting to see claims grinding lower, the fact is that they remain at levels that suggest continued sub-par job growth,” Sal Guatieri, an economist at BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a note to clients.

In a separate report, the department said job openings rose in August for the second straight month to 3.2 million. Private sector openings increased to their highest level in 21 months. That could bode well for future hiring.

The department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey also said that private-sector layoffs plummeted to 1.6 million in August, the lowest monthly total in more than four years.
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Salute, Fall 2010

Pauline Arnold, RN, of Elkhart, has been promoted to executive director of quality and safety outcomes at La Porte Regional Health System. Janice Yacullo, of New Carlisle, is the new director of the Emergency Department at LRHS. Gregory Arndt, of La Porte County, has been named as the director of employee relations at LRHS.

Shelley Donnell, human resources manager at Cornerstone Appraisal Services Inc. in Valparaiso, recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources.

Joseph Szymanski, CPA has recently joined the accounting firm of Keilman, Austgen & Sinal, P.C. in Merrillville as a manager. His areas of expertise include annual reports, operating budgets, tax planning, and accounting software training for small to medium-sized businesses.
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Morris to head NWI’s search for new jobs

(Photograph by The Times.)

(Photograph by The Times.)

Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority Chairman Leigh Morris has taken on the job of recruiting new businesses to the region in a newly created post at the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

This week, Morris was appointed to the job of director of business recruitment for Northwest Indiana in IEDC’s business development division.

“My job is to recruit new businesses so we will have more jobs, more investment and greater vitality in Northwest Indiana,” Morris said Tuesday.
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The Times career fair offers opportunities

Highland resident Epejshia Shaw, right, who recently moved from Atlantic City, N.J., talks to Horseshoe employee recruiter Patty Drapac on Tuesday during The Times Media Co. Career and College Fair at Avalon Manor in Hobart. (Photograph by The Times.)

Highland resident Epejshia Shaw, right, who recently moved from Atlantic City, N.J., talks to Horseshoe employee recruiter Patty Drapac on Tuesday during The Times Media Co. Career and College Fair at Avalon Manor in Hobart. (Photograph by The Times.)

Having just moved to Northwest Indiana from Atlantic City, N.J., Epejshia Shaw hopes her attendance at The Times Media Co. Career and College Fair at Avalon Manor will help her land a new job in the region.

Shaw was employed at a casino in her former hometown and talked with representatives of Horseshoe and Majestic Star casinos at the career fair Tuesday.

“I would prefer a casino job, but right now I’m just trying to put my foot anywhere,” Shaw said.

The Highland resident was attending her first career fair and had a positive outlook on future employment.
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