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People Don’t Have Uprisings When The Unemployment Rate Is 6.7 Percent

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When the December 2013 unemployment rate came out on January 10, some news sources were glad to see that it decreased to 6.7% from 7%. Sounds good, right? In reality, it doesn’t explain everything. Actually, it hardly explains anything. That number only captures people who are still in the job market, who are also still actively searching for a job. So when you hear “unemployment rate,” feel suspicious. Who doesn’t it include?

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Smart Career Options: Specialized Skills (part 2)


While considering recession-resistant career options, there are some key rules to remember. The first key to a good paying job is to differentiate yourself by learning specialized skills. How should you go about this?

The main reason cashiers and retail make low wages
Have you ever wondered why many cashiers and retail workers make below poverty wages? I’m not debating on why this is right or wrong here (that’s a topic for another post!). But it’s useful to understand why. You don’t want to find yourself or your kids stuck on this poverty path if you can help it.

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How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Low-Income Employees?


The “ideal” shift in cost Once the employer provides affordable healthcare to the low income employee, the employee must purchase this healthcare through the employer if he wants any type of health coverage. That’s because he won’t be eligible for

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One Way the Affordable Care Act Will Help You Save Money

Have you thought about whether the Affordable Care Act will hurt or help you? I mean, not the criticism you’ve heard in the news. But how it will affect you on a personal and financial level? Did you realize that

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Will The Affordable Care Act Make You Work Overtime?

Will your employer cut your hours due to the Affordable Care Act? After all, they want to get rid of their full-time workforce so they don’t have to subsidize your healthcare. But will they schedule you to work overtime instead?


Will your company schedule you for overtime?

What were your first thoughts when you heard about the Affordable Care Act in the news? If your employer doesn’t currently offer healthcare, you probably turned up the volume. You knew it would affect you. Many pundits predict the new law will make employers cut hours, saying the law will make it too expensive to comply.

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How Giving Up Healthcare Can Get You Hired

The previous post discussed why it’s more expensive to hire part-time workers. But starting in 2015, this will change. Actually, employers have already started changing their hiring practices to prepare for the Affordable Care Act. In recent years, many employers

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The Little-known Reason Why Employers Won’t Hire You Part Time

Does the state you live in determine an employer’s willingness to hire you part time? In some states, it’s much more costly to hire a part-time vs. full-time employee. Lets see how the unemployment tax affects this cost. I’ll tell

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