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November 6, 2012
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Workforce News for State and Local Government Professionals

  Public Sector Trends 
  • Jobs data show net gain in state government jobs in recent months
    State governments added 9,000 more jobs in August than previously estimated and 23,000 more in September, the Labor Department reported Friday. In October, state governments cut 9,000 jobs. Local governments added jobs in July in August but cut jobs in September, the Labor Department reported. (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Calif. county is left with half of its city managers
    Five of the 10 cities in Ventura County, Calif., are without a city manager after the resignation of Port Hueneme's manager became effective Monday. Financial issues played a significant part in four of the departures. The average manager spends five to seven years with a city, according to ICMA. Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free registration) (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Update 
  • Governments eye reductions in retiree health benefits
    More local governments are cutting benefits for retirees as it's estimated that U.S. health care costs per worker will increase to $11,188 next year, compared with $7,874 in 2007. "There is no guarantee for retiree health, there never has been. It is not as simple to cut as it is in the private sector, but it's a target and it's unfunded," says Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Reuters (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. voters to decide on collective-bargaining rights
    A ballot initiative in Michigan seeks to guarantee collective-bargaining rights for public- and private-sector workers through a constitutional amendment. If the measure passes, similar ones are likely in other states, observers say. Business groups reportedly are spending millions of dollars to defeat the measure. The Hill (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Career Development 
  • 3 principles that are the bedrock of good management
    There will be improvements in performance when companies follow three basic principles of management, write Nicholas Bloom, Raffaella Sadun, and John Van Reenen. Companies should have short- and long-term goals, reward high performers and regularly monitor all aspects of the organization. These principles can also be applied to manufacturing, health care and education, they write. Harvard Business Review (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do you have a fatal flaw?
    More than a quarter of bosses have at least one "fatal flaw," defined as a core competency at which they're ranked as worse than 90% of their peers, Joe Folkman writes. Flawed leaders must act swiftly to address their failings, or else their careers will suffer, Folkman warns. "Fatal flaws are not easy to change, but improvement is possible," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Character is much easier kept than recovered."
--Thomas Paine,
British-American political activist and author

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