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Sunday, 11 January 2009

Jobs news summary for the week

UK governments plan to create more internships - The UK government is planning on giving unemployed graduates three month paid internships as a way of increasing skills, work experience and reducing unemployment.

Banks keen to employ graduates - Banks are keen to continue to employ the best young graduates whilst continuing to cut the jobs of more experienced staff. Graduates are proving attractive to banks as a cheap source of labour that will be available and ready for when the markets recover.

Help for long term jobless - The UK government announces plans to tackle long-term jobless, i.e. those unemployed for over six months. Unlikely to be a significant change in policy as tackling long-term unemployment has been a stated goal of the government since 1997.

Obama jobs stimulus plan - It is estimated that Obama's fiscal stimulus could create four million new jobs. It is hard to see how this figure has been calculated and will almost certainly be way off.

US unemployment increases to 7.2%, half million jobs lost in December - US unemployment surged to a 16-year high of 7.2 percent as a deepening recession pushed employers to shed a massive 524,000 jobs in December, capping a yearly loss of 2.6 million, data showed Friday.

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