Federal government invests in apprenticeship programs

As we have been saying for a while now, the job market is booming. The unemployment rate is slightly above 4% (which is considered to be full employment) and the monthly JOLTS report shows a record number of job openings. However there is still a significant skills gap in the economy, and apprentice programs can help people get the skills they need for a better job.

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Retirees turning to gig economy

Retirees and senior citizens often struggle to keep up with their bills while living on a fixed income, so they are working. Others want to stay active in the community, or challenge themselves mentally…so they are staying employed as well. The gig economy is one way for them to get a flexible job to both bring in a few extra dollars per month and to help them stay active in their local community.

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Government assistance to require employment or job training in 2017

It is expected that the trend to require able bodied adults to take personal responsibility for their financial futures will accelerate during 2017. Many more states are requiring people on government assistance to work. Or if they can’t do that for some reason, then they will need to either volunteer to do community service and/or participate in some form of job training program.

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2017 fastest growing jobs

While it is very difficult to measure, the list below shows some of what are expected to be the fastest growing jobs from 2017 up through the middle of the next decade. While there are literally thousands of different industries in the United States, the economy is always evolving and almost impossible to predict, the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as other organizations try to give their estimation of where job growth may come from.

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80% of requests for financial help have errors | How to send emails

After sampling the last 100 emails we have received asking for financial help, at least 80 percent of them had one or more errors in them. We are always shocked that a person asking for assistance to pay their bills does not even take the time to proofread their request. There are examples of the issues below, as well as suggestions on how to send a proper request for aid.

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