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156,000 Jobs Added in December

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The US economy added 156,000 jobs in December according to employment data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate raised slightly to 4.7 percent this month. In December, employment gains occurred in health care and social assistance. The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised down from 142,000 to 135,000 and November was revised up from 178,000 to 204,000.

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How to Make the Most Out of Meetings

With a limited number of hours in each day, most of us are looking for ways to be more productive. It can be 3:00 in the afternoon before we really have time to dig into the projects we plan to accomplish on a given day. Poorly organized and executed meetings are often to blame. You can’t control how others run their meetings, but there are simple, practical things that you can do to ensure that the next meeting you host is efficient and productive.

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How to Stay Warm in an Office Tundra

Winter officially started in late December but some workers feel as though they live in the tundra year-long in their offices. Frigid temperatures not only make you extremely uncomfortable but multiple studies have shown it can increase feelings of sadness and negatively impact your productivity. A study published in the journal HVAC&R Research found that those in offices with temperatures in the low 70s had decreased productivity and made more mistakes than their warmer counterparts.

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Your Guide to Gift-Giving at Work

Accounting and finance jobs bring their own demands in terms of day-to-day requirements and deadlines. When the holidays roll around, many workers in these fields feel an added layer of stress related to gift-giving to colleagues and bosses. The following guidelines for end-of-year gift exchanges provide some clarity and suggestions to help you make it through unscathed. You don’t have to participate in gift-giving As a starting point, exchanges should be strictly opt-in, says Allison Green, author of the career and management blog Ask a Manager.

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178,000 Jobs Added in November

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: The US economy added 178,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate dropped, according to employment report data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate — which has held near 4.9 percent since the spring — dipped to 4.6 percent this month. In November, employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

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Put the “Happy” in “Happy Holidays” for Your Employees

The holidays mean bonuses — or do they? Many of your employees would agree, so if you’re reasonably capable, you should deliver. This year, per our “Holiday Bonus and Hiring Survey,” 75 percent of companies plan to give holiday bonuses, with an average bonus of $1,081. What about your company? Are you providing bonuses? If so, how much?

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The Stock Market and the President Elect: What we’ve seen so far

In the early hours of November 9, 2016, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. The win defied the expectations of analysts and pollsters who predicted a win for Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton. The familiar refrain, “The stock markets hate uncertainty” rang true as markets around the world responded with a tailspin. But since that initial sell-off, as the dust has begun to settle and investors start to process a new reality, the markets have rebounded.

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5 Ways to Turn Failures into Success

In an article for Forbes, author Alison Coleman interviewed Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Branson is known primarily for huge successes, but during his nearly five decades in business, he’s become no stranger to failure. Offering advice for entrepreneurs, Branson said, “Failure is a necessary part of business, so it’s incredibly important for all entrepreneurs and business leaders to know when to call it a day, learn from their mistakes, and move on, fast.

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161,000 OCTOBER JOBS REPORT ADDS JOBS

The Latest From the BLS Employment Report: 161,000 Jobs Added in October The US economy added 161,000 jobs in October, and the unemployment rate dropped slightly, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate – which has held at 4.9 percent since the spring – inched up to 5 percent in September but has dropped back down to 4.9 percent this month. In October, employment continued to trend up in healthcare, professional and business services, and financial services.

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