Surge in hiring

A recent jobs report from U.S. Dept of Labor looked pretty rosy, and economy is looking better, too. However, not all states or demographic groups are participating equally in the recovery. So there’s still a ways to go till we’re out of the woods, but seems we’re moving in the right general direction on the job front.

If you’re hunting for work, check out this resource recently added to the blogroll on the right:

Update on 7-9 Mar 2012: The hiring pace in February continues the good news. And here.


Employment Improvements & Lessons Learned

So the the employment situation in the U.S. has been steadily improving over the past 7 months, with some caveats.

While we can’t quite declare “mission accomplished” on the create-new-jobs front, there are some take-home lessons from our joblessness crisis that should not be lost.

One lesson is: “Stay in school and get that degree!” Since January 2011, jobs GREW by 521,000 for Americans with college degree but FELL 318,000 for those without.

So keep your chins up folks, get those degrees, and encourage you kids scholastically. We’re well on our way to recovering from this economic downturn and making this website obsolete!

Obama says jobs are top priority

In his first State of the Union address today, President Obama said:

jobs must be our number one focus in 2010, and that is why I am calling for a new jobs bill tonight. Now, the true engine of job creation in this country will always be America’s businesses.

The jobs bill of which he speaks is aimed at “promoting clean energy, small businesses and infrastructure projects.”

Check out these links for additional coverage of his address:

White House job forum final report

The White House has released its final report and follow-up from the original jobs forum it held on 3 Dec 2009 with various economic experts. Note that this does not cover input from the community job forums (in which participated). That will be reported in “the coming weeks.”

The White House link above also includes text and video of President Obama’s speech at the Brookings Institution on 8 Dec 2009, where he outlined three key focus areas for job creation:

  1. Helping Small Businesses Expand Investment, Hire Workers and Access Credit
  2. Investing in America’s Roads, Bridges and Infrastructure
  3. Creating Jobs Through Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Investments

Department of Labor resources

Here are some useful employment resources from the US Dept. of Labor: was not submitted in time to be included in the challenge, though it may still eventually be listed. Here’s some info about the challenge, from the DOL’s site:

[this is] part of the President’s Open Government Initiative [which] is intended to increase citizen participation in government. To that end, the Department of Labor designed the Challenge [to] allow jobseekers and workforce development professionals to share their opinions about online job search and career advancement tools. The goal of the Challenge is to help job seekers quickly connect to available jobs and ameliorate the hardship caused by the current recession, by identifying the best online job search and career advancement tools and to help the workforce investment system learn about these tools so they can make appropriate tools available to job seekers through the nation’s almost 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers.  At the end of the Challenge, DOL shared the most highly recommended tools in each of the six categories posted on the

White House hypes jobs stimulus results

The Huffington Post reports: Job Stimulus Results: White House Claims ‘Stunning’ Two Million Jobs Saved Or Created. It states:

the report from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers said the economy is a lot better off than it would have been without the stimulus. Citing its own analysis plus a range of private sector summaries, the council estimated the annual growth rate last year would have been roughly 2 percentage points lower, and there would have been 1.5 million to 2 million fewer jobs.

So this is based on a projection of what might have happened without the stimulus in place, something that is probably tricky to model, and impossible to prove (without a time machine). But if the “range of private sector summaries” were done independently, a positive consensus would indeed be a promising sign.

Here are some other analyses that paint a different picture:

Responses sent to White House

OK, I’ve officially submitted responses to the questions on the White House’s community jobs forum website. My response was fairly minimal, answering only the questions about “jobs of the future” and “other issues and ideas,” with plenty of links to postings here at

Here’s the auto-response they provided after submitting:

Thank you for sharing the results of your community job forum. We will be reviewing submissions and compiling your feedback into a report that will be sent to the Oval Office for review, and will be responding to what we hear on afterwards.

After the 7 Jan deadline for officially submitting feedback to the WH has past, the plan is to keep going as long as it seems relevant. So feel free to keep brainstorming and contribute your ideas and suggestions.

You can contribute by commenting on the posts here, or register with this site and request a promotion to be a contributor/author, along with a bio about yourself, so I know you’re trustworthy ;-).

Genome job opportunities

We are on the verge of a revolution in our understanding of human biology, being driven by the push for the $1000 genome. As the ability to sequence complete human DNA grows ever cheaper, genetic information will be increasingly relied upon by doctors and other healthcare professionals. Yet we remain woefully lacking in our ability to analyze full human genome sequence data and to provide pragmatic interpretations of it that are digestible by individuals and the medical professionals that take care of them.

Stanford law professor Hank Greely has written about an impending shortage of trained professionals to help people and their doctors understand their own genomic information as the ever decreasing cost of producing a complete genome scan makes it possible to routinely do so for more and more people.

As advances in genetic technologies enable more personalized medicine, there will be a growing demand for people trained in the application of pharmacogenetic technologies as well as in these professions:

Here are some resources for clinical genetics.