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by Bill Sizemore

March 8, 2006

The first time I heard this story, I assumed it was a rare, isolated event. After all, there are good people and bad people in pretty much every walk of life from secretaries to carpenters; from politicians to preachers.

If a person is dishonest, that lack of integrity will be exhibited, whether it's at work or at the friendly Wednesday night poker game. Over time, however, I have come to believe that due to the nature of public sector work there may be a lot more stealing going on there than one might think. I want to begin by telling you about a lady who used to work as a carpenter in the maintenance department of the Portland Public School District. I will call her Terri.

The Seattle Times (WA)

by Benjamin J. Romano

March 7, 2006

The Seattle area's unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in January as the area added an estimated 8,600 new jobs since December, according to a Washington Employment Security Department report released today.

The national unemployment rate in January was 4.7 percent. Seattle's January unemployment rate of 4.3 percent is the lowest since December 2000. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from December and compares to a statewide rate of 4.6 percent for January. The statewide figure was released last week and has since been adjusted down one-tenth of a point to reflect effects of Hurricane Katrina, the state said.

The Badger Herald (WI)

by Ann Babe

March 7, 2006

A state lawmaker announced plans Monday to introduce a bill allowing state colleges to refuse employment to convicted felons.

The announcement came in response to a state audit released last week disclosing the University of Wisconsin System employed 40 felons as of the September 2005 payroll. According to bill author Rep. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, the measure would give the UW System - as well as the technical college system - the discretion to employ or fire individuals based on their past criminal activity.

Industry Week

by Kevin Prouty

January 31, 2006

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is quickly gaining prominence in the global market, hastened by recent Department of Defense and major-retailer mandates that require suppliers to provide them with RFID-tagged products.

The technology is almost certain to co-exist with existing bar code technologies for several years. RFID portals can be placed on shelves and at entrances so that companies know where a product is, from the dock door to the point of sale. RFID enables companies to better control their inventory, reduce shrinkage, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction and sales through better availability. The global RFID market will increase from $2.2 billion in 2005 to $10.9 billion in 2009.

VNUNet (Netherlands)

by James Murray

January 30, 2006

IT trade body Comptia is poised to launch of a new entry-level qualification for staff working on radio frequency identification (RFID) wireless tag systems, in anticipation of an imminent shortfall in IT professionals.

Experts welcomed the news and predicted demand for RFID skills is set to soar as large retailers such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer undertake wider rollouts of the technology. Matthew Poyiadgi, regional director at Comptia in Europe, said the exam will cover RFID standards and regulations, network design, implementation and site analysis, testing and troubleshooting.

Press Release Newswire

January 24, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. wind energy industry easily broke earlier annual installed capacity records in 2005, installing nearly 2,500 megawatts (MW) or over $3 billion worth of new generating equipment in 22 states.

Instead of the slow year that has previously followed boom years for the industry, 2006 is expected to be even bigger, with installations topping 3,000 MW. The final tally of 2,431 MW boosted the cumulative U.S. installed wind power fleet by over 35%, bringing the industry's total generating capacity to 9,149 MW(1).

Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV)

by Ed Vogel

January 24, 2006

CARSON CITY -- Unemployment in Nevada plunged to 3.8 percent as the jobless rate in the state came close to equaling the lowest rate since 1990, the state reported Monday.

The statewide rate represents a drop from a 4.1 percent unemployment rate in November and is just a shade higher than the 3.7 percent rate recorded in December 1998.

Dateline Alabama

by Jim Davenport

January 24, 2006

South Carolina's jobless rate eased slightly to 7 percent in December, but even with the improvement, the state was left with one of the nation's highest unemployment rates.

South Carolina's November unemployment rate was 7.1 percent. The good news is the December decrease breaks a four-month trend of rising joblessness; the bad news is South Carolina is second in unemployment only to hurricane-ravaged Mississippi's 9.9 percent, according to preliminary figures from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Press Release Newswire

January 24, 2006 is a new web service enabling the employment industry to access substantial employment candidate leads from newspaper online and print classifieds.

75 percent of U.S. workers are considering switching jobs this year and the online recruitment industry anticipates an annual compounded growth rate of 22 percent through 2008. At present, it is reported that approximately 96 percent of Fortune 500 companies now use a form of online recruitment.

Reuters (UK)

January 24, 2006

LONDON - The City of London is set to see strong job growth this year, as activity within investment banking and financial services is expected to remain buoyant in 2006, a recruitment survey showed on Tuesday.

Robert Thesiger, chief executive of recruitment firm Morgan McKinley, said: "Over the first two weeks of 2006, we have already seen a significant increase in the number of City workers looking for new career opportunities, as well as new jobs coming onto the market."

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