Job openings and hiring up, firings down in January | Ill., SEC settle fraud charges over state pension fund | In fighting unemployment, Fed enters unfamiliar territory
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March 12, 2013
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Job openings and hiring up, firings down in January
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Job openings in the U.S. were up by 81,000 to 3.69 million in January, accompanied by an increase in hiring and a decrease in firings, according to the Labor Department. The numbers will likely make way for the nation's unemployment rate of 7.7% to decrease through this year and they suggest that companies expect demand to be strong. "We’ve got a long way to go to get back to a fully employed economy, but we are on the road," said James Glassman, senior economist at JPMorgan Chase. Bloomberg (3/12)
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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

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Ill., SEC settle fraud charges over state pension fund
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Illinois has agreed to settle with the Securities and Exchange Commission over charges that the state failed to disclose to investors the risks of buying $2.2 billion in municipal bonds from 2005 to 2009. Illinois currently suffers from a pension deficit of $98.6 billion, which makes it the worst-funded state pension program in the country. CNBC/Reuters (3/12)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

Data Points
What your Facebook "likes" say about you
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What a Facebook user "likes" can indicate a lot about that person, including religious beliefs, politics, even sexual orientation. A new Facebook application called "My Personality" gathers and correlates a user's "likes" to compile a profile of the user. Some of the results are intuitive -- Democrats tend to "like" Stephen Colbert and Republicans tend to "like" Rush Limbaugh. However, some connections are less obvious, such as determining that a person is likely to be a smoker by the rock bands he or she follows. Science News (3/11)
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
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New capital gains tax spells D-I-V-O-R-C-E for some Chinese couples
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China has announced plans to tax second homes at a 20% capital gains rate. The action prompted many couples to rush through divorces so they could register their properties under separate ownership before the new tax rate went into effect. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model)/Reuters (3/6)
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The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

Editor's Note
SmartBrief's inside look at #SXSW
SmartBrief is attending the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, with tweeting @SmartBrief and blogging at SmartBlogs. Here's some of our coverage so far.
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