Chicago Employment

Government Shutdown, No Jobs Numbers; Think Small

With the Washington shutdown, there are no BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) jobs numbers today as planned. Furthermore, all eyes are fixated on BIG government. However, history demonstrates that neither federal, nor state, nor local governments are efficient jobs creators. Furthermore, big companies have been net losers of jobs over … Read More


Two Reports: Hiring Gaining Strength: Go Lean!

According to both: 1) today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report and 2) yesterday’s Institute for Supply Management (ISM) data, hiring, especially in manufacturing and technology, is picking up steam.

BLS said today that U.S. payrolls grew by 162,000 last month and the unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage … Read More


Hiring Picking Up: SHARPEN INTERVIEWING SKILLS!

According to today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report, 195,000 jobs were created in June, which is a sign of solid improvements in the labor market. Added to last month’s BLS figures, 370,000 new jobs have been created during the last two months! Furthermore, anecdotally, I have noticed that many … Read More


Hiring Picking Up Steam: Need A TALENT AUDIT!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 340,000 new jobs have been created during the last two months. Furthermore, anecdotally, I have noticed that many of our clients have significantly ramped up hiring in the last few months (especially technical employees such as engineers and IT professionals). … Read More


Two Conflicting Jobs Reports In Three Days: HIRING HAS GRINDED TO A HALT!

How strong is the jobs market? On Wednesday, payroll-processing firm ADP reported that last month was the weakest private sector hiring month since last September with only 119,000 jobs created. However, today the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said that the U.S. economy added 165,000 jobs last month, more than … Read More