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South Leads the Nation in Small Business Job Creation for the Construction Industry

The South led the nation in small business job creation in the construction industry during the month of March, a recent report says. The region’s Small Business Jobs Index ( 100.24) is just above the break even growth marker of 100. The latest Paychex IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch reports a 0.12 percent decrease to 99.65 this month nationally, or 1.07 percent year-over-year. Small Business Job Creation in Construction The Index has been below 100 for nine months with the West at 99.29, being the lowest in March. For…

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Education loan defaults soar 47% on weak job market

HIGHLIGHTS A weak job market and wilful default by even those in well-paying jobs have hit the education loan portfolio of state-run banks. Non-performing assets soared by almost 47% between March 2015 and last March, data shared in Parliament showed. The problem is so acute for at least five lenders that the stock of bad loans has more than doubled. NEW DELHI: A weak job market and wilful default by even those in well-paying jobs have hit the education loan portfolio of state-run banks with non-performing assets soaring by almost…

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Stuck in a 9-5 desk job? Beware, as sitting for too long can cancel out benefits of exercise

No matter how much you exercise, you definitely need to take a ‘movement break’ every half an hour. According to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for early death. There’s a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause, researchers said, based on a study of nearly 8,000 adults. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death. The positive news: People who sat for…

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Shell plans 400 job cuts at Dutch projects and technology department

 Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to cut more than 400 jobs in the Netherlands, mainly at its major projects and energy technology operations, as the oil giant shifts its business model in response to lower oil prices, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. The world’s second-largest oil company by market capitalization said in a statement responding to questions from Reuters that “approximately 400 (staff) are potentially at risk of redundancy during the last quarter of 2017/first half of 2018”. That represents around a quarter of the roles at…

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Five Social Media Mistakes That Will Hurt Your Job Search

ear Liz, I’ve been “cleaning up” my social media presence lately because I’m about to start a job search. What do I need to do to my social media pages to make sure I’m job-search-ready? Thanks, Leona Shutterstock Dear Leona, Good thinking! I’m sure you know that the majority of employers will check out a candidate’s social media presence before making a job offer. Here are five social media mistakes that could really slow down your job search: Risque or racy content on your social media pages Offensive sentiments or…

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Friendly Colleagues at Job Your Gateway To Better Health

Your colleagues at work – and not your spouse or kids — decide how healthy you will be as you age, as you are likely to spend an average of one third of your day on the job. According to the researchers, health at work is determined to a large extent by our social relationships in workplace — and, more particularly, the social groups we form there. In a new meta-analysis covering 58 studies and more than 19,000 people across the globe, psychologists found out that how strongly we identify…

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