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Housing and Economy Forecast by NAR – Outlook Optimistic for 2012 and 2013

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(Best Syndication News) - The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is forecasting a positive economic recovery for the next two years. The economy will not be back to the pre-recession levels, however the trends are looking better for housing and employment. The unemployment numbers will still remain high, the report suggested. The NAR said there were slight gains in the real estate marketplace, but there is still a ways to go.

The number of newly constructed homes crumbled during the recession and hit a low in 2009, with an ever so slight increase in 2010 and 2011. The NAR forecast predicts a slight increase again in new home construction, but anticipates that 2013 will be around half the volume of 2005. The NAR based their forecast on the population growth of 3 million each year, but mentions that it has slowed down to 2 million in 2011.

Lowes to close 20 Stores in 15 States within the next Month

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(Best Syndication News) - Lowes Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) announced today the closure of 20 stores in 15 states. These stores were under-performing, the company said. Ten of the stores were already closed at the end this Sunday, October 16, 2011. The remaining stores will be closed in around the next month.

The store closures will cause 1,950 employees to be out of work. The company said that these employees would get 60- 90 days worth of pay and benefits. The company will work with local government agencies to help the displaced employees.

Amazon is now hiring at two Pennsylvania Fulfillment Centers

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced that they are now hiring at two of their fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania. Amazon will be hiring hundreds of new full-time workers at their facilities in Carlisle and Lewisberry.

The full-time employment at these locations offer comprehensive health care benefits. The benefits include medical and dental insurance. Amazon will pay for a vision plan, life insurance policy, and disability insurance. The benefits also include paid vacations. Amazon has annual stock grants and a 401(k) retirement plan with company match.

Hourly positions that are available at these Amazon fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania include Picking, Packing, and Receiving/Shipping. Management employment opportunities available at these facilities include Operations, Safety, and Technical Support.

Amazon is hiring at their Pennsylvania Fulfillment center

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(Best Syndication News) - Amazon.com Inc.(NASDAQ: AMZN) announced they are hiring. The company is looking for several hundred people to fill full-time jobs with comprehensive health care benefits. The jobs are at their Breinigsville, Pennsylvania fulfillment center.

The comprehensive health care benefits include Medical and dental coverage, company-paid vision plan, company-paid life insurance, company-paid disability insurance. Other benefits included are paid vacation, annual stock grants, and a 401(k) retirement savings plan with company matching payments.

The full-time hourly job openings are for picking, packing, and receiving/shipping, with night shifts available. The job candidate must be able to lift 50 pounds. Other requirements is that the person is at least 18 years old and has at minimum a GED or high school diploma.

Local Representative Takes Aim at Jobs

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(Best Syndication News) Citing California’s high unemployment rate, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) put forth HR 2295, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act, to assist those who are unemployed.

McKeon tells Best Syndication that the act is “fundamental to aiding in job creation and retention as it addresses the needs of the employer and the employee by seeking to adequately prepare job-seekers with the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing job market.”

“Having over 14 million Americans currently unemployed and nearly 12% California unemployment has America in an extremely vulnerable position, which is why I consider the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act to be so pressing”, McKeon said.

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