|January 25, 2012|
From the BLS|
REGIONAL AND STATE EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT -- DECEMBER 2011
Regional and state unemployment rates were slightly lower in December.
states and the District of Columbia recorded unemployment rate decreases, 3 states posted
rate increases, and 10 states had no rate change, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Forty-six states registered unemployment rate decreases from a year earlier,
while four states and the District of Columbia experienced increases. The national jobless
rate, 8.5 percent, continued to trend down in December and was 0.9 percentage point lower
than in December 2010. (read more)
In The News
Select International, a provider of employee assessments and hiring systems, announced a new release of SelecTrak, its candidate applicant tracking system, planned for mid-February. The updated version operates all of Select International's pre employment assessment tests.
Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex) is introducing enhanced Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) products, which are now supported by a more robust benefits administration and reimbursement platform.
Impact Achievement Group has released an e-book to help organizations create performance management processes that free leaders from harmful myths and increase morale, engagement and retention.
As part of National Mentoring Month LifeMoxie Mentoring will launch the first ever Mentoring Council on Thursday, January 18. The Mentoring Council is an online community for mentoring program leaders to learn from each other best practices for using mentoring to drive key business strategies, and other talent development and diversity & inclusion initiatives.
Accenture has entered into an agreement to acquire Neo Metrics Analytics S.L., a leading consulting firm specializing in optimization and predictive analytics based in Madrid, Spain.
Alan Fine, New York Times bestselling author, has been invited to participate in The 12 Books in 2012 project. The largest online book group in the personal development/business genre, 12 Books in 2012 introduces readers to a business leadership book each month and provides the unique experience of an author lead discussion forum.
"This is an exciting opportunity to interact with readers and users of the GROW method," says Alan Fine, "guiding readers, chapter by chapter—answering questions and concerns."
Participants in The 12 Books in 2012 project will be reading Alan's book, You ALREADY Know How to Be GREAT, during the month of February. For the entire month, participants will have unprecedented access to Alan's extensive experience and knowledge through weekly online discussions. Readers will receive bonus materials, chapter guides, and access to the You Already Know How to Be Great online community. In addition, participants in the 12 Books in 2012 project will have an opportunity to win a six week bi-weekly coaching engagement with InsideOut Development. The culmination of this month will be a LIVE webinar with Q&A hosted by Alan Fine. The winner of the Executive Coaching Engagement will be announced during this webinar.
"We are thrilled to have an author of Alan's caliber participate in this project." says Jacob Paulsen, Founder of 12 Books in 2012. "As a top performance coach, his experience coaching professional athletes, musicians, and corporate executives will prove to be invaluable to the programs readers."
All book discussion will be hosted by Goodreads.com. Readers interested in participating in The 12 Books in 2012 project can visit www.12booksin2012.com. Participation is free.
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