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Unemployment Claim Filings Reduced by 38,000

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[Best Syndication News] The number of unemployment benefits were reduced by 38,000 people last week. There was 550,000 filings for unemployment benefits claims for the week ending of August 1st, according to the Labor Departments jobless benefit report.

New claims filings are showing a trend to be less. The new claim filings showed 4,750 less new claims for the four-week moving average in the same report. The moving average has declined for six consecutive weeks.

Those collecting long term unemployment benefits rose by 69,000, with 6.31 million people receiving financial assistance.

The highest rates for insured unemployment rates for the week ending of July 18th were Puerto Rico (8.0 percent), Michigan (6.7), Oregon (6.5), Pennsylvania (6.5), Nevada (6.1), Wisconsin (5.7), Connecticut (5.5), New Jersey (5.5), California (5.4), Rhode Island (5.3), and South Carolina (5.3).

eBay Announces New Stricter Selling Requirements - Discounts to Good Rated Sellers to Start this Fall

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[Best Syndication News] Ebay Inc. announced on Monday that they will be reducing fees by 20 percent for its top-rated sellers and they will also push their listing to the top of the list in the search.

In addition eBay will be giving the “Top-Rated Seller” title to around 150,000 sellers that meet their requirements for this, which should put a few smiles on these sellers face after having suffered from search criteria hurting their business in the past few months. The new changes could also continue to put the fear in many eBay sellers.

In order to be considered a “Top-Rated Seller” you have to have at least 100 transactions in a years time and have at least generated $3,000 in sales volume during that same time period. In addition the sellers will need to have a seller rating of at least a 4.6 out of of possible 5.

Federal Minimum Wage will Increase to $7.25

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[Best Syndication News] The United States federal minimum wage will increase from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour effective on July 24th, 2009. This will benefit workers in 30 states and are for those workers that are covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 is a 3-step process to increase the minimum wage hourly rate. The first increase occurred on July 24, 2007, with a minimum wage rate of $5.85 per hour, the second increase happened on July 24, 2088 with an rate change to $6.55 per hour and the last increase is the one that is scheduled to occur on this Friday July 24th, 2009 with the increase reaching $7.25 per hour.

The 30 states that will see the benefits are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These states either had a minimum wage that was below the federal minimum wage rate or they had no minimum wage at all.

What's New in Microsoft Office 2010 Software - Online Free Version

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[Best Syndication News] Microsoft announced that they will have a 2010 online version of their Office software available for free use online. Microsoft will have a limited version of the online application but it will do some basic text editing. Google Docs, which is also free, is the closest comparison to what Microsoft will be doing online.

What the online version of Office 2010 won't have is PowerPoint with video editing capabilities, and Word with image editing features.

I think that online applications could have some benefits, especially if you are on the go and what to access your documents through your mobile phone, your computer at home and your computer at work. So next time you are wanting to work while you are away from your desk, you can still plug along and get some work done.

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The Art of Networking

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(Best Syndication News) Networking is an art, not just a science, according to Marilyn Edelson. A guest speaker at the Boston Women Communicators symposium this month, the career coach and consultant emphasized that every action creates a reaction in the job hunt. “Before you leave your house, have an intention. Once you focus, it is the power of attraction.”

Edelson says with the current state of the recession, people already know networking is a necessity. However, she believes that people who do it correctly separate themselves from those who remain unemployed. “The way to stay in the game is to keep in action. Even if what we’re doing isn’t immediately getting us the job we want.”

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