The Week’s Best Hiring News: Week of May 3, 2010
In terms of hiring news, the best was kept until last this week: Friday saw the announcement that the economy added 290,000 jobs in April. Unfortunately, that was accompanied by a rise in the official unemployment rate—it went up from 9.7 percent to 9.9 percent—as more people actively began searching for work again.
That wasn’t the only good news this week, however. In fact, aside from concerns over the fate of various European economies and their potential for weighing down a recovery, most of the news that emerged this week was remarkably positive. As you’ll see below:
- Imagine the U.S. workforce is a lemon, and you want to use it to make lemonade. What happens when you’ve squeezed it as hard as you can, there’s no juice left, and you’re still thirsty? That’s right: you need more lemons. That tortured analogy, ladies and gentlemen, is by way of introducing another good piece of news: productivity growth is maxed out. Which means the only way companies are going to grow is to hire.
- Xerox-owned Affiliated Computer Services is opening a call center in Oklahoma City. Number of hires: 500.
- The second-biggest airline story of the week: Delta is set to begin hiring 240 pilots.
- Facebook is taking over the world. Well, kind of: In addition to “previously announced plans to open offices in Austin, Texas, and in India”—not to mention “building a data center in central Oregon”—everyone’s favorite friend-finding website is opening an office in Seattle, which will likely employ up to 30 software engineers.
- Want more evidence of an economic swing? How’s this: Employers are planning less layoffs than at any time in the last 4 years.
- Solar manufacturer SolarWorld is hiring 350 workers in Hillsboro, Oregon, as it expands its factory operations.”
- UBS is hiring. Lots. The Swiss bank “is now looking to bring in hundreds of new bankers and traders across its international operations, including London, as confidence returns.” View UBS’ profile on Vault.
- MTV News needs a writer. Actually, make that a writer/reporter.
- GE announced another 220 jobs in Michigan, bringing its total planned hires in the state to 1,300 over the next five years.
- ICICI Bank will hire 5,000 to 7,000. This year. In India. It’s also adding branches and ATMs.
- Got a boat? Live anywhere near the Louisiana shoreline? Head out this Sunday and you could be taking home “$38 to $48 an hour” cleaning up oil.
- Nationwide Insurance is hiring 1,400 nationwide.
- Great news if you’re in (or would like to be in) Ohio: Not only is The Home Depot hiring 300 associates for a new distribution center in Van Buren, OH, Nationwide Insurance is hiring in the state as well. Of 1,400 nationwide openings, some 600 of the positions are in the Buckeye State.