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Last Hurrah for Jobs?

SpaceVegetable Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 2:35 PM
You are quite correct. I'm a software engineer and I'm completely inundated with calls and emails from recruiters with open jobs. Many are even paying "bounties" for referrals to candidates to fill these jobs. I haven't seen job activity like this since the peak of the dot-com days back in 1999-2000. It's especially good if you're willing to work on contract, since a lot of companies are going that route to avoid adding to their Obamacare burdens. It works for me because I buy my own health insurance through my business (I'm a small group of 1). So I can make more money as a contractor and buy what I want for insurance instead of depending on a company to provide it for me.

The establishment survey reported a gain of  157,000 job this month.

However, for the third consecutive month, the household survey is much weaker than the headline number.

The household survey shows a gain of a mere 17,000 jobs. Last month the household survey gained only 28,000 jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9%.

As measured by the household survey (the basis for the reported unemployment number) the number of unemployed rose by 126,000.

Note: The BLS did not produce its usual...