Posts Tagged Unemployment


Even in a pre-pandemic world, this is a question that I have been asked frequently. Usually, there is not a clear answer, as there can be a variety of factors in play. My answer often starts with “possibly,” which isn’t always what someone wants to hear.  

August 5, 2021


Have you ever been between jobs and unemployed? It sucks. There’s no greater truth. Throughout my 30+ years of my career, I’ve been in transition twice when I wasn’t working in HR. I wanted to spend some time on this topic because I’m seeing a very unsettling trend. Even though there are millions of people who are unemployed, little is being done to help them.

October 2, 2020


Last week, I had the privilege of attending the White House Second Chance Hiring event to celebrate the bipartisan efforts following the passing of the First Step Act in December 2018. Our President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, joined many other champions of criminal justice reform to share their stories of success and their plans for assisting people who were previously incarcerated in transitioning back into the workforce.

June 18, 2019


by Anthony Paradiso and Todd Cohen


When faced with terminating an employee, it’s sometimes a struggle for employers to know the nuances of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system. As they go through the complicated UI process, they should be sure they don’t make any of these employer mistakes:

January 11, 2018


They say that the hardest work in the world is being “OUT OF WORK.” Being unemployed is one of the worst nightmares one can think of. Specially, in such a competitive era where everyone is trying to excel and move ahead. You might feel like you’re useless and all the efforts that you put into your education and prior experience is going nowhere BUT, is being unemployed really a bad state? After my personal experience of going through this phase of life, my answer is NO!

March 2, 2017

Contributed by America's Career Force 

Military spouse unemployment is triple the national average but according to non-profit, America’s Career Force, Inc., military spouse unemployment can be eliminated with remote careers. 

October 25, 2016

Identity theft and fraud are on the rise, and the nation’s workforce is being hit especially hard in the form of unemployment benefits fraud. Take for example the following:

May 6, 2015


The bias against job candidates who are unemployed—especially those unemployed for six months or longer, regardless of the reason—is “swept under the rug” in HR, where the bias is most prevalent. But employers miss out on talent and a diverse pool of candidates when they turn their backs on this pool of job seekers, said Lindsey Gardner, HR manager for Florida-based TZ Insurance Solutions.

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November 6, 2014


I can’t help but feel for the ones who are struggling.

Labor Day is a bittersweet day for me this year. First, it happens to fall on my birthday. Nice of the government to declare my birthday a national holiday! Second, it is a day purposed to celebrate the American worker.

Yet because job seekers have my heart right now, I’m having a hard time celebrating.

September 3, 2014
Have you ever been unemployed?  I have.  It’s happened a few times in my life.  I’m not talking about transitioning from one job to a new one.  I’m talking about not working in your profession.  It’s hard.
The reality of the financial implications hit first and you’re kind of taken over by fear.  You think that EVERYONE would want to hire you immediately, and that you’re sure to land your next job quickly.  That rarely happens. These items aren’t “new” and there are countless blogs and pieces of advice for jobseekers.
March 17, 2014
Recent improvements in the job market have been overshadowed by the fact that millions of Americans remain out of work. Many of them haven’t had a job for months, or perhaps years.
February 18, 2014

In September roughly four in 10 manufacturers and service-sector companies will hire, according to the latest results of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey, released Sept. 5, 2013.

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September 6, 2013
In August, half of manufacturers and more than one-third of service-sector companies will conduct hiring, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for August 2013.
    August 7, 2013
    While it’s certainly not going to be as hot as the summer temperatures, the hiring rate in July is set to increase significantly in the service sector and will rise slightly in manufacturing compared with a year ago, according to the latest Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey released July 3, 2013, by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
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    July 12, 2013
    In July, the hiring rate will rise slightly in manufacturing and increase significantly in the service sector compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) 
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    July 12, 2013

    I'd like to call your attention to what is essentially more wood for the fire of the seemingly endless 'Skills gap' debate - a summary of some recent research by two Northeastern University academics, William Dickens and Rand Ghayad, titled 'It's not a skills mismatch: Disaggregate evidence on the US-unemployment-vacancy relationship' posted this past weekend on the Vox site. 

    January 15, 2013

    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

    In case you missed it, here’s what happened on We Know Next this week.

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    October 19, 2012
    In September, for the second consecutive month, the hiring rate will rise in the manufacturing and service sectors compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for September 2012.  
    September 7, 2012

    Legislation approved by the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 4078) on July 26, 2012, would prohibit the federal government from issuing any new “significant” workplace-related regulations until the national unemployment rate drops to 6 percent or less.

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    August 13, 2012