Economy Adds Jobs in January

Employment Overview January 2017 saw job gains of 227,000, up from 157,000 in December. Leading industries for job growth were retail trade, construction and financial. In addition, average hourly earnings by employees on private payrolls increased by 3 cents an hour to $26. The monthly Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics gives a broad picture of the current state of the job market. Despite job gains, the unemployment rate ticked up to 4.8 percent. The number of …

Job Scams: Tip-Offs to Rip-Offs

Looking for a job? Whether full time or seasonal — retailers expect to hire up to 690,000 workers for the holiday shopping season — here are the tip-offs to employment opportunity rip-offs. You have to pay. Along with classic cons such as requiring applicants to pay up front for supposed background or credit checks, drug testing or other due diligence (typically handled by employers), newer job scams include asking for money (again, before you start working) for equipment, certifications, training …

Looking for Work? Attend AARP’s Virtual Career Fair!

Are you seeking a career change or a new job? If so, plan to attend AARP’s Virtual Career Fair, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The fair will feature employers from across the country. This live event is a great way to reignite your career, search for a new opportunity, meet potential employers, get job search advice and connect with other job seekers. You can access all of this from the comfort of your home through your computer. …

Eldercare Primarily Concerns Older Workers and Their Employers, Right? Think Again

For employers big and small, the need to support workers who also provide unpaid care for a family member is a growing reality. Most family caregivers today — or an estimated 23.9 million workers — work at a paying job on top of their caregiving responsibilities. Yet today, care for a relative with a serious illness or disability takes place in a very different world from that of our grandparents’ generation.  To start, the role of family caregivers has greatly …

New Year … New Job … New You

The new year is a good time to reflect, recharge, regain your momentum and renew your commitment to achieving goals.  It’s the time when many are thinking about changing careers or simply finding a new job. It’s a great time to jump-start the new you! Gone are the days when you looked in the newspaper for your next job. Today’s job market has changed vastly. Many experienced workers are finding themselves a bit unprepared on how to search for a new job and sell …

At Your Fingertips: A Trove of Data on Boomers and Americans 50-Plus

We are a data-driven society. We need data to address the challenges and opportunities facing the 50-plus population. I am pleased to announce that today AARP’s Public Policy Institute launched the AARP DataExplorer, a free website tool that provides a rich collection of data on issues relevant to people age 50 and older. The 50-plus group accounts for a third of the United States’ population, with about 110 million people. People in the baby boom generation make up 80 million …