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Archive: May, 2012

Who should pay for unemployment benefits?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 5:57 PM
So, who should pay for unemployment benefits? Should employers pay the brunt, as they do now? What about workers? After all, it's an insurance policy for them. How about the unemployed themselves? Maybe if they got a little less, or if fewer of them qualified for benefits, Pennsylvania's fund wouldn't... Read more

Jump start your job search

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 11:58 AM
Just a quick last-minute reminder for those of you who need some help in a job search -- maybe you've been laid off, maybe you are a graduate, maybe you just hate where you work and need a change. There's a 5 p.m. deadline to sign up for Saturday's "Jump Start Your Job Search" at Rosemont College's... Read more

Translating from college classroom to workplace

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 2:02 PM
Being a dean in a liberal arts college, Susan Lawrence worries that graduates don't know how to translate what they've learned into something that is saleable in the job market. "They have to take their everyday experiences [as students] and show how they speak to employers' needs," she said. I spoke... Read more

Bias in jobs reporting?

Monday, May 7, 2012, 12:23 PM
When I opened my email this morning, I received a note from a reader who clearly saw some bias in my reporting of April's job numbers from the U.S. Labor Department on Friday. Here's his email: "Why did you only quote someone from the Obama administration and not someone from the GOP, even Romney’s... Read more

Union leverage

Friday, May 4, 2012, 2:25 PM
I'm not going to get into who is right or wrong in this dispute between developers Michael and Matthew Pestronk and the building trades. Certainly there are merits to everyone's point of view. But I did find it interesting to hear Michael Pestronk's take on why he thought he and his brother were getting... Read more

Union battle

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:15 PM
Whoever is right in the battle between Philadelphia's building trades and developers Michael and Matthew Pestronk, war is not cheap. Just a brief recap: The Pestronk brothers are turning the 13-floor former Goldtex factory at 12th and Wood streets, into an 163-unit apartment building, a $38 million... Read more

Jersey job loss

Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 10:33 AM
Today the U.S. Dept. of Labor published its monthly accounting of the job situation in metropolitan areas. Once again, I was reminded of how much worse the job situation is in our New Jersey counties. In March, the unemployment rate in the metropolitan division that consists of Camden, Gloucester and... Read more
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Jobbing covers the workplace – employment, unemployment, management, unions, legal issues, labor economics, benefits, work-life balance, workforce development, trends and profiles.

Jane M. Von Bergen writes about workplace issues for the Inquirer.

Married to a photographer she met at her college newspaper, Von Bergen has been a reporter since fourth grade, covering education, government, retailing, courts, marketing and business. “I love the specific detail that tells the story,” she says.

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