Posts Tagged ‘employment’

70% of employers screen using Facebook etc.

March 17, 2010

According to this Microsoft study, 70% used information they found out about a potential candidate to reject them for employment.  These numbers are U.S. only.  The number of H.R. professionals using social networking for employment is much lower in other countries.

However, only 15% of employees think their online information will matter in the hiring decision.  Oops.

Social media and employment: what next?

July 3, 2009

This is an interesting article:

Employment statistics: why so off?

December 10, 2008

Okay the Bureau of Labor Statistics have released “revised” employment statistics for September and October.   Look at the difference:

September Original: 159,000  Revised: 403,000

October Original: 240,000 Revised: 320,000

What happened?  They claimed that 399,000 jobs were lost when actually it was 723,000.  Did someone spill coffee on a spreadsheet?  That’s not even close.  Lets say they had originally claimed the economy lost a couple hundred thousand jobs for Sept. and then came back and said, oops actually it gained fifty thousand.  Does it kind of make you wonder a few things:

1.  Um, wasn’t there an election happening when these figures were first released? 

2.  What good are these figures if they are so revisable?

3.  Don’t they owe us an explanation as to how they got it so wrong?

November 2008 press release

New Census tool on employment

December 7, 2008

The U.S. Census Bureau is a great resource for lots of macro-economic information. I have to admit that frequently the information is too macro to be useful to me. For business development purposes, some macro information is helpful but really only if its tied to specifics, like actual companies and that is not the mission of the Census Bureau.

I was interested in this new tool called “Business Dynamics Statistics” but turns out to be another geek-orama that I’m hard pressed to see how I’d use. Give it a try and let me know if can do something cool that I can use.

Business Dynamics Statistics