On Monday, we'll celebrate the 128thLabor Day, and with it, the end of summer, the start of a new school year, and for the sports fans out there, the kickoff to the NFL and college football seasons. Labor Day is also celebrated as a day off for most people, and with the prospect of a three-day weekend lingering, I'm sure most of you are itching to pack up your desks, and head home (or to the beach) for a long weekend of barbecues, fireworks and reminiscing about the days of summer. So let's get right to it.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August unemployment report this morning, indicating another 54,000 jobs lost. This number was less than had been anticipated, but didn't provide much relief for workers this Labor Day weekend. The jobless rate also rose to 9.6 percent, up one-tenth of a percent from July.
Here are a few other reports we've been reading about.
Gallup: On-the-Job Stress is U.S. Workers' Biggest Complaint. Gallup recently polled workers on their satisfaction with 13 characteristics of their work environment—everything from physical safety to job security to salary. The results revealed that the majority of employees are completely satisfied with their relationships with coworkers, workload and flexibility of hours. On-the-job stress, followed by pay, were the two factors contributing most to workers' discontent.
Computerworld: Tech workers, with 'pent-up animosity,' plan to bolt. According to the latest IT Employee Confidence Index conducted by Harris Interactive (and commissioned by Technisource), 61 percent of IT workers earning $35,000 to $50,000 a year, 27 percent of IT workers now making $50,000 to $75,000 a year, and 36 percent of those making more than $75,000, are "likely" to start looking for a new job over the next 12 months.
Have a great long weekend everyone!
This post was written by former Seamless Workforce contributor Donna Vespe.