Joe.Coombs

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Joe Coombs is Senior Analyst, Workforce Trends and Forecasting for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Joe tracks current trends and issues in the labor market including the economy's impact on hiring and recruiting, wages and compensation, retirement benefits and the aging of the work force. In addition to The Jobs Blog, he also writes monthly and bi-annual reports on the labor market using data culled by the research department. Contact him at Joseph.Coombs@shrm.org or on LinkedIn

 

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Articles by Joe Coombs

Savvy recruiters know that even in periods of elevated unemployment, there are no guarantees that they’ll land the perfect candidate for their open positions. In fact, many would argue that they have to work even harder to land top talent when faced with soft labor market conditions and the disparities between the workforce skills that are available and the skills that are needed to fill available jobs.

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March 19, 2013

Savvy recruiters know that even in periods of elevated unemployment, there are no guarantees that they’ll land the perfect candidate for their open positions. In fact, many would argue that they have to work even harder to land top talent when faced with soft labor market conditions and the disparities between the workforce skills that are available and the skills that are needed to fill available jobs.

March 14, 2013

“Retirement is for sissies” reads the tagline on former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie. In the “Governator’s” latest go-round as an action hero—“The Last Stand”—he plays a long-in-the-tooth sheriff charged with stopping a drug kingpin from reaching the Mexican border.

February 12, 2013

A year ago, many conversations about labor market growth came with a caveat: “It will depend on the election.”

While that contest has been settled, not much has changed for job seekers. As it was in early 2012, uneven economic conditions are still what weigh most on the U.S. labor market engine. Nonfarm payrolls grew at about the same monthly rate in 2012 as they did in 2011, and, currently, there is no hard evidence that jobs will be created at a quicker rate in 2013.

December 26, 2012

Unemployment is still hovering near 8 percent, so it’s safe to say there has been heightened competition for the hundreds of thousands of holiday season jobs that opened up this year.

December 12, 2012

Interview by Joseph Coombs, SHRM Workplace Trends and Forecasting Specialist


Many workplaces today include members of four or five different generations. What advantages and potential challenges does this scenario present for HR professionals?

News Updates
October 19, 2012

Many American workers can expect gains in compensation in 2013, although wage growth continues to make slow strides in the post-recession economy.

U.S. employees should see median base salary increases of 3 percent in 2013, according to global consultant Hay Group. When an anticipated consumer price growth of 2.2 percent is factored in, workers will see a net gain of 0.8 percent in pay in 2013—an improvement from a net loss of 0.6 percent in 2012.

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October 16, 2012

Politicians, pundits and job market experts alike frequently cite “uncertainty” as a root cause for weak hiring.

Yes, employers are uncertain about the U.S. economy. They’re also skittish about future tax policy, government spending, oil prices, the Middle East, China’s reduced rate of growth and just about any other aspect of domestic and global affairs that can affect their business. The upcoming presidential election just adds to the anxiety.

October 11, 2012
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Interview by Joseph Coombs, SHRM Workplace Trends and Forecasting Specialist

September 26, 2012

SHRM's Workplace Trends and Forecasting Specialist, Joseph Coombs, interviews Bruce Tulgan, founder of Rainmaker Thinking

September 18, 2012

“Good, but not great” is how most federal government employment reports are tagged each month when they’re released. But when it comes to workers’ earning power of late, “good” isn’t all that great.

September 10, 2012

Despite continued job growth, little change is expected in jobless rate  

August 7, 2012

America’s got talent. So why is it so hard to find?

Maybe it wouldn’t be great theater, but why not develop another reality-based television show based on marriage—one that would tie the knot between those elusive skilled workers and job openings at thriving U.S. employers.

July 12, 2012

The Great Recession and subsequent slow-growth recovery have brought renewed attention to the “haves vs. have-nots” argument. And while some of us are probably tired of hearing how much better the wealthiest 1 percent is faring over the other 99 percent of our population, it’s time to acknowledge that a similar discrepancy is playing out in the U.S. labor market.

June 6, 2012

An April 23, 2012, Associated Press report revealed some troubling information regarding job opportunities for the Class of 2012. It said that half of recent college graduates are jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t use their skills and knowledge fully.

The figures were based on 2011 U.S. Census data analyzed by Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University.

May 10, 2012

Is the U.S. job market finally starting to thaw, or is this déjà vu?

Remember 2011’s strong start? From February to April 2011, U.S. employers created an average of 239,000 jobs per month. Then from May to July 2011 that rate fell by two-thirds; only an average of approximately 78,000 jobs per month was added during that time frame, according to data tallied by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

News Updates
April 10, 2012

It seems that more of us are thinking about retirement lately. And why not? Everyone enjoys dreaming of their eventual freedom from the working world: random trips to the beach, time to putter around the house and, ahhhhh, sleeping late!

News Updates
March 15, 2012
Much has been said about the contribution of the “skills mismatch” to the United States’ elevated unemployment rate. Even President Barack Obama weighed in during his State of the Union address, calling it “inexcusable” that there are job openings in many industries that can’t be filled while millions
of Americans are looking for work.
 
February 13, 2012

Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project, explains why so few workers are truly engaged with their jobs at the moment. Interviewed by Joseph Coombs, Workplace Trends and Forecasting Specialist, SHRM. 

January 20, 2012
2011 will not be remembered as a hallmark of post-recession job creation, but there’s some hope hidden beneath the gloomy headlines kicking off 2012.
January 12, 2012