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October 2, 2012
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Workforce News for State and Local Government Professionals

  Public Sector Trends 
  • Report: Government jobs will return to pre-recession levels in 2017
    Total employment by state and local governments will return to its 2008 peak of 19.9 million jobs in 2017, global information company IHS Global Insight said Monday. State and local governments currently accounts for 19.3 million jobs. "We do see that the structural imbalance in government budgets is slowly evaporating," IHS economist Jim Diffley said. "There can be expansion once again." Reuters (9/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Update 
  • Calif. city willing to go off traditional track for new city manager
    The Colusa, Calif., City Council said it is willing to look off the beaten path for a new city manager. Council members said they would consider someone with no experience as a city manager or someone who has worked with municipalities or public utilities, but the candidates must have experience in the public sector, finance and budgeting, and they have to be willing to be part of the community. The council has created a pamphlet outlining specific qualifications for the position, and they hope to hire a new city manager by Feb. 15, 2013. Colusa County Sun-Herald (Colusa, Calif.) (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Calif. pension reform isn't as aggressive as others
    California's action to trim about $239 billion from its budget by overhauling its public-pension system isn't nearly as aggressive as similar efforts in other states, experts say. For example, New Jersey, Colorado and Rhode Island have reduced or suspended cost-of-living increases on benefits for retirees. Pensions & Investments (free registration) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • The biggest mistakes made by freshman bosses
    Mistakes are all too common for new business leaders during their first year, writes Scott Eblin. It's important to avoid micromanaging without seeming detached; to deal effectively with subordinates who feel they should have been given the chance to lead; and to be open and honest with your family about the pressures you're under. Level Blog (9/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why people who follow their passions are all mixed up
    Stop agonizing over the "obnoxiously unanswerable question" of whether you've found your true calling, writes Cal Newport, author of “So Good They Can’t Ignore You." If you get satisfaction from self-improvement and want to make a difference in the world, there are a great number of careers with which you could fall in love. "Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world," he writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
--Will Rogers,
American performer, humorist and critic

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