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Women's Job Gains Continue to Catch Up to Men's
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 9, 2012 - According to analysis by the Institute for Women's Policy Research of the August employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), private sector job growth continued in August with 103,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls.
However, BLS reported that there were 7,000 fewer jobs in government resulting in a net total of 96,000 jobs added to nonfarm payrolls in August. Of these, women gained 43,000 jobs, or 45 percent of the total, and men gained 53,000 jobs.
Women's employment growth was aided by strong growth in education and health services (22,000 jobs added for women), leisure and hospitality (14,000 jobs added for women), professional and business services (13,000 jobs added for women) and trade, transportation, and utilities (10,000 jobs added for women). Women lost 16,000 jobs in government in August.
IWPR analysis of the BLS payroll data shows that women have regained 41 percent (1.1 million) of the total jobs they lost in the recession from December 2007 to the trough for women's employment in September 2010 (2.7 million).
The picture looks somewhat better for men: men have regained 49 percent (2.95 million) of the jobs they lost between December 2007 and the trough for men's employment in February 2010 (6.1 million). In the last year, from August 2011 to August 2012, of the 1.8 million jobs added to payrolls, 669,000 or 37 percent were filled by women, and 1,139,000 or 63 percent were filled by men. The gap between women's and men's employment is 1.9 million jobs in August.
According to the household survey data reported by the BLS, the unemployment rate for women aged 16 and older declined from July to August (to 7.8 percent from 8.1 percent). The unemployment rate for men aged 16 and older declined slightly (to 8.3 percent from 8.4 percent). As of August, 12.5 million workers remain unemployed.
Ameren Pledges to Hire 200 Veterans and Military Spouses to Support Joined Forces Initiative
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 7, 2012 - First Lady Michelle Obama recently recognized companies such as Ameren for pledging support to Joining Forces, which is asking private sector businesses to collectively hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans and their spouses by 2013.
It is the second time in as many years Washington, D.C. has acknowledged Ameren's commitment to hiring and supporting military veterans. A year ago, Ameren received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for going to extraordinary lengths to support its military employees. Now the company has now accepted the Joined Forces job challenge initiative. Ameren pledges to hire 200 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.
"We are proud of our legacy of hiring veterans," said Thomas R. Voss, chairman, president and CEO of Ameren, and an Air Force veteran. "We have long supported our employees who are called for active duty by providing security and support through continued benefits to employed reservists and their families."
Through the first eight months of this year, 10 percent of Ameren's new hires have been military veterans. Overall, of Ameren's 9,300 employees working in Illinois and Missouri, more than 600 are veterans.
"Today and long into the future, we believe veterans fill an important need at Ameren," said Mark Lindgren, vice president, Human Resources, Ameren. "The skills, leadership and work ethic veterans bring to the company are absolutely essential to our mission - meeting our customers' energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient an environmentally-responsible manner."
UMSL Fall Internship & Job Fair
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - The University of Missouri - St. Louis is hosting a Job Fair, Friday, September 14, 2012, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, in the Mark Twain Building on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus.
This is your opportunity to meet and discuss internship & employment opportunities with employer representatives in one location!
Pre-registration is only available for current UMSL students and UMSL alumni - you must present your admission ticket at the door. Pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
Admission for UMSL students/alumni who do not pre-register is $5.00 at the door and for non-UMSL job seekers is $10.00 at the door.
For more information, visit UMSL Career Services, 278 Millennium Student Center, 314-516-5111.
Wanted: Animal Lovers to Work As Docents at Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - Wanted: Animal lovers to help teach about the wonders of the natural world at the Saint Louis Zoo. Interviews are taking place hrough October 2012 for docent training sessions beginning Saturdays in January 2013.
Docents are volunteer educators dedicated to helping school children and Zoo visitors understand and enjoy wildlife, ecosystems and conservation. These specialized volunteers generate enthusiasm about the natural world by conducting classes at the Zoo and in the community, leading educational tours, and teaching about Zoo animals.
No experience necessary! The Zoo offers a one day per week basic training course that runs for 13 weeks, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training includes information about the Zoo, its animals and conservation programs, and the basics of informal education. The program also provides mentoring with experienced docents, hands-on training and continuing education.
The Zoo provides this training free of charge; however, docents must be at least 18 years old, interview and be accepted into the training program. Docents are required to volunteer a minimum of 62 hours per year.
This is a very special volunteer opportunity! Our next basic training class starts January 12, 2013, and will be held Saturdays into April 2013. If you think this might be the volunteer job for you, call to schedule an interview right away. Interviews will take place August thru October.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Kim Schaefer at (314) 646-4723, or Hannah Petri at (314) 646-4548. Visit the Zoo's website at www.stlzoo.org/docent.
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