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January 8, 2013
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Workforce News for State and Local Government Professionals

  Public Sector Trends 
  • State, local hiring is likely to pick up this year, analysts say
    State and local governments are expected to add about 220,000 jobs in 2013 after losing 653,000 jobs from 2008 to 2011, Moody's Analytics says. The forecast is one of several indications that states and municipalities are bouncing back from the recession, analysts say. States' tax collections have increased for 11 straight quarters, beginning with the first quarter of 2010, according to the Rockefeller Institute for State Government. USA Today (1/2) , The Daily Beast (1/7) , Bloomberg (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ohio sees a wave of retirements as pension changes take effect
    The Ohio Public Employee Retirement System saw a spike in retirement applications at the end of 2012, possibly because of a state law that decreases payouts to some public employees who remained on the job past 2012. Starting next year, the minimum number of years that state employees need to work in order to qualify for health care in retirement will increase, which could cause another spike in retirements, this article says. News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Update 
  • 3 employee benefits affected by the "fiscal cliff" deal
    The "fiscal cliff" bill passed by Congress this week permanently renews a tax break for employers that offer education benefits, temporarily increases the maximum pretax contribution that employers can make toward employees' mass-transit expenses and makes it easier for employees to convert their 401(k) plans into Roth 401(k) plans. Business Finance (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. unions threaten lawsuit over proposed pension changes
    Illinois lawmakers have revealed a proposal to address a $96 billion pension shortfall by increasing costs for workers, raising the retirement age and placing a cap on pensionable salaries. Unions representing public workers said they will sue if the plan is approved. Reuters (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • How to impress a new boss
    Establish positive relations with a new boss by helping her learn the ropes of the job and by finding out the best way to communicate with her, says George Bradt, a career expert. "If you don't want to help a new leader do well, then you won't do well. And you're going to fail before she does," he says. USA Today (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to scrub your online image before a job interview
    Since most interviewers will check you out online before an interview, take time to clean up your social media profiles, experts say. "Use the About You section on Facebook, Bio section of Twitter and the Introduction section of Google+ to showcase your knowledge base in your industry," social media consultant Crystal Washington says. CBS MoneyWatch (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final."
--Roger Babson,
American entrepreneur and business theorist

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