30 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board , which handles federal firing disputes. Turnover minimal at federal agencies Federal departments or agencies employing 1,000 or more that had the lowest rates of firing or laying off employees in the year ending Sept. 30, 2010: National Aeronautics and Space Administration 18,671 U.S. Agency for International Development 3,376 Department of Housing and Urban Development 10,041 Source: Office of Personnel Management The 1,800-employee Federal Communications Commission and the 1,200-employee Federal Trade Commission didn’t lay off or fire a single employee last year. The SBA had no layoffs, six firings and 17 deaths in its 4,000-employee workforce. When job security is at a premium, the federal government remains the place to work for those who want to avoid losing a job. The job security rate for all federal workers was 99.43% last year and nearly 100% for those on the job more than a few years. HUD spokesman Jerry Brown says his department’s low dismissal rate providing a 99.85% job security rate for employees shows a skilled and committed workforce.
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Apple ( AAPL ) is slated to launch production of the Mac in the U.S. In a well publicized move, General Electric Company ( GE ) will create close to a 1,000 jobs in Kentucky where it will manufacture water heating equipment. With regard to services, again most of the mundane jobs which could be offshored have already been exported leaving only the cerebral output in the U.S. The reshoring phenomenon has not taken off in services to the same extent, except for call centers which are facing demise in India partly due to accent barriers. Delta Air Lines Inc. ( DAL ) recently transferred 2,000 call center positions from the IT Capital, Bangalore to the U.S. Reshoring is a trend whereby some of the lost jobs will drift back to America. Companies are also beefing up their staffing in the U.S. as a part of their normal business. Organizations such as software giants International Business Machines Corporation ( IBM ) and Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation ( CTSH ), who successfully compete with Indian software exporters Infosys Ltd.
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Secure Jobs in the USA
Nevertheless, those people employed by federal, state and local government agencies have strong job security because it’s difficult to fire them. Hence, the loveable, yet disgruntled postal worker who can earn an average hourly wage $20 or more in major cities. In fact, the government has to prove that firing an employee will actually “promote the efficiency of the service.” There has to be a preponderance of evidence, 30 days written notice of poor performance, and 30 to 90 days opportunity to improve work performance. If they manage to fire you, after all that, you can still appeal the firing. Given the tendency of patronage and cronyism to filter down from the elected politicians, it makes sense that it is hard to fire a government employee. These rules may actually improve the efficiency of government, by preventing every employee from being fired every few years when the party in charge changes. Does anyone remember Tammany Hall ? Employment for Legal Nurse Consultants Nurses currently have strong job security because demand exceeds supply. Forbes.com says this is because of an “an aging population and chronic illness.” This is why the Department of Labor reportedly lists nurses at one of the 10 fastest-growing occupations. Nurses are hired by hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, insurance companies (as investigators) and medical sales companies (consultants). Cheryl Peterson, a senior policy analyst at the American Nurses Association, told Forbes.com, “In ’92 or ’93, the spiraling cost of health care and managed care caused lay-offs of nurses.
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Reshoring Bringing Back Jobs to USA
If you think you can’t make a difference by donating a dollar, think again. Every $1 donated makes a big impact. In fact, $1 becomes $7 in financing as a community lender leverages $6 in other funds — funds from corporations, foundations, and banks. And it’s estimated that we only need $3,000 in donations to create or retain one job. So we are asking you to join the more than 800,000 individuals, small businesses, and large corporations who have donated from $5 to $5 million to support Create Jobs for USA. Your donation through the JobRaising Challenge can and will make a difference. And if you believe in this cause, please tell your friends, colleagues, and family to support it, as well. With your help, we can do more to get Americans back to work. Unemployment isn’t a problem we can solve overnight.
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USA Today: Keystone Job Cops
But that number is nonetheless dubious. Curtis Brainard has a pretty thorough rundown at CJR.org ( 1/24/12 ), explaining that the 20,000 figure comes from one estimate provided by TransCanada. Outside evaluations of the likely job numbers look different; the State Department’s estimate is 5,000-6,000, and as Brainard explains: In September, researchers at Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute used the information in the EIS to come up with an estimate that was even more modest. Factoring in the various durations of employment, it calculated that “on-site construction and inspection creates only 5,060-9,250 person-years of employment (1 person-year = 1 person working full time for 1 year). This is equivalent to 2,500-4,650 jobs per year over two years.” The Republican Party wants the Keystone story to be about jobs, jobs and jobs. This is much easier to do when media outlets will print whatever they say without questioning it. Richard Cohen Wowed by Professor Gingrich Newsweek and That Neverending Liberal Media Bias About Peter Hart Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR’s magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR’s syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003).
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