Economy Adds 661,000 Jobs, Strengthening Case for Safely Reopening

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 7.9% as the economy gained 661,000 jobs in September, continuing to show signs of recovery and make the case that policymakers must continue to allow more parts of society to safely reopen.  

Although the unemployment rate beat experts’ predictions of 8.2%, the number of new jobs fell below predictions, largely due to closures of public schools and a decline in temporary workers for the 2020 census 2020.

However, positive revisions to the July and August jobs reports added 145,000 more jobs than previously reported.        

The new jobs report shows that temporary layoffs decreased by 1.5 million, down from the high of 18.1 million in April but still 3.8 million higher than in February.  

In addition, the number of Americans who permanently lost their job increased by 345,000 to 3.8 million; this number has risen by 2.5 million

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House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.

For years, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has defended his aggressive push to land political allies and their friends and family on taxpayer-funded payrolls, but rarely has he waxed as philosophically about it as he did last week in a three-page letter.



Michael Madigan wearing a suit and tie: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District talks with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R) 82nd District before a debate at Illinois House to vote on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.



Michael Madigan standing in front of a door: Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.


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Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan (D) 22nd District watches as Illinois House votes on a bill raising statewide minimum wage during session at the State Capitol in Springfield on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

Facing intense pressure from a federal investigation into ComEd’s bribes-for-favors scandal

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Factbox: New faces, new jobs in Poland’s conservative government

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced a reshuffle of his nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government on Wednesday, streamlining jobs and appointing an arch conservative to the influential education ministry.

FILE PHOTO: Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski wears protective mask as he attends the Polish Parliament session to debate new limits on abortion and sexual education, in Warsaw, Poland April 16, 2020. Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta via REUTERS

PiS chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski took up a post of deputy premier, in what Morawiecki described was an effort to make the three-party coalition govern more effectively.

Only one ministry went to a woman, compared with four in the previous lineup.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, JAROSLAW KACZYNSKI, 71

As a founding head of PiS, Kaczynski is seen as the main arbiter on policy and government jobs in Poland, even though he has held no executive posts since a conservative government

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Factbox: New Faces, New Jobs in Poland’s Conservative Government | World News

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced a reshuffle of his nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) government on Wednesday, streamlining jobs and appointing an arch conservative to the influential education ministry.

PiS chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski took up a post of deputy premier, in what Morawiecki described was an effort to make the three-party coalition govern more effectively.

Only one ministry went to a woman, compared with four in the previous lineup.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, JAROSLAW KACZYNSKI, 71

As a founding head of PiS, Kaczynski is seen as the main arbiter on policy and government jobs in Poland, even though he has held no executive posts since a conservative government he headed collapsed in 2007.

He is said to prefer pulling the levers of power from behind the scenes since the death of his twin brother, Lech, in a plane crash over Russia. Poland’s president at the time, Lech

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Lamont taps Boston Consulting Group to prepare overhaul of state government, eliminating jobs and cutting $500 million

The Massachusetts firm that planned Connecticut’s pandemic reopening strategy will conduct a sweeping overhaul of state government operations designed to reduce costs by as much as $500 million a year — and potentially eliminate thousands of state jobs.

Gov. Ned Lamont has selected the Boston Consulting Group to conduct the $2 million study, which will be completed next February and is timed to take advantage of a projected surge in state employee retirements over the next two years.

It’s been 10 years since the last major state workforce study, the governor noted, and since then Connecticut has gone through a sluggish economic recovery, two major state employee concessions packages, and a pandemic that is far from over.

“We need to dig deep into our state agencies and learn more about what to anticipate, and how best to use this challenge as an exciting opportunity to ensure our government is

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UK Government Denies Offering Powerful Media Jobs To Ferocious BBC Critics Paul Dacre & Charles Moore

Britain’s culture secretary Oliver Dowden has denied a report that the government has asked right-wing commentator Charles Moore and former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to fill two powerful UK media jobs.

The Sunday Times reported that Moore has been tapped to be the next chair of the BBC, while Dacre is set to be installed as the new chair of UK media regulator Ofcom.

The government is responsible for recruiting for both roles and the Sunday Times said prime minister Boris Johnson wants the pair, both ferocious critics of the BBC, to usher in a “revolution” in UK broadcasting.

Senior government insiders told the newspaper that hiring Moore as a replacement for outgoing BBC chair David Clementi is a “done deal,” while Johnson “wooed” Dacre for the Ofcom job over drinks at Downing Street in February.

But speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Dowden denied that

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Indonesian protesters target government’s flagship jobs bill

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian activists and workers held rallies across the country on Thursday to protest against President Joko Widodo’s flagship Job Creation bill, as parliament moves closer to wrapping up debate on a bill that critics say is too pro-business.

However, the size of the rally in Jakarta was far smaller than organisers had planned, with only a few dozen attending the protest outside parliament amid coronavirus restrictions.

The president, whose coalition controls 74% of parliamentary seats, has asked lawmakers to finish deliberations by this month or early October.

The so-called “omnibus” bill aims to revise over 70 laws to improve the investment climate in a single piece of legislation.

But it has been attacked by unions because it aims to cut severance benefits and revise rules on outsourcing, among other proposals. Meanwhile, green groups say it could lead to ecological disasters by relaxing requirements for environmental studies.

Government

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Government Jobs for Felons – Myths About Felony Jobs in Government

Government jobs for felons are an option and it may surprise you to know that being an ex-felon does not automatically disqualify you for federal employment. According to the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM), there is no general prohibition against hiring felons. Just as with many other jobs out there, you just have to prove you are worthy of federal employment for felons.

Although there is no general ban on hiring felons, there are specific regulations that may apply depending on the type of job and the type of felony. To give an example, people who have been convicted of domestic violence crimes may be prohibited from “employment in any position requiring the individual: to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition.”

When you are applying for a job, the OPM will determine your eligibility on a case to case basis. The factors that are relevant to getting … Read More

The Fundamental Importance Of Jobs In Society

Being in employment is critical to living a good life. To many people, this may seem a rather fundamental, if not basic, statement. However, whilst the financial aspect of having a job is important, things are a good deal more important than this. Indeed, jobs play an integral role in the mental and physical health of a society.

Being out of employment for an extended period of time is incredibly damaging to the health of a person; being responsible for the development of many medical conditions. Stress and depression are commonly associated with the unemployed of course, but things go a good deal further than this.

An integral part to being a worthy and valued member of society is to possess good social skills. Whilst these are essentially developed throughout early childhood, maintaining them is necessary; as it is with any other part of the human makeup. As such, being … Read More