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2015 Nurse Practitioner Ranks Doubled Over Past Decade

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The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) today released data showing that the number of nurse practitioners licensed in the United States has nearly doubled over the past ten years, rising from approximately 106,000 in 2004 to 205,000 as of December 31, 2014. AANP also showed that more than 15,000 men and women graduated from nurse practitioner programs during the 2012-2013 academic year.

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Is Your Company’s HR Department Struggling to Seal the Deal?

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Latest Survey Reveals Companies More Willing to Negotiate Salaries for Top Candidates – If They Can Find Them Companies today are more willing to negotiate salary when hiring skilled job candidates compared to one year ago. In a survey from global staffing firm Robert Half, 41 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said they are more open to negotiate starting pay; only 9 percent are less willing.

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December Jobs Report Private Employment has Risen by at Least 200,000 for 11 Consecutive Months

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Today’s solid employment report caps off a strong year for the U.S. labor market, which achieved a number of important milestones in 2014. Total job growth last year was the strongest since 1999, while the unemployment rate fell at the fastest pace in three decades. Although nominal wages fell in December, inflation-adjusted wages have generally been rising, and job growth has picked up in sectors that traditionally provide good, middle-class jobs. This week, the President has been laying out his vision to build on this progress by increasing access to community college, supporting the recovery in the housing sector and investing in U.S. manufacturing.

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US Employee Confidence Reaches Highest Levels in Nearly 8 Years

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Workers Very Confident in the Strength of Economy On the heels of an impressive November employment report from the U.S. Labor Department, workers reported growing confidence in both the overall economy and the labor market in December. According to the Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index, which tracks U.S. workers’ monthly perspectives around jobs and the economy, the December index increased 1.3 points from 58.3 to a nearly eight-year high of 60.0. The last time the Employee Confidence Index reached 60 or above was in February 2007 when it attained 60.4.

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U.S. Employee Confidence Level Rises in November for Third Consecutive Month

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Job security levels remain high; majority of workers feel it is unlikely they will lose their job. For the third consecutive month, U.S. employee confidence rose in November, according to the Randstad U.S. Employee Confidence Index. Nearly four in ten workers (37 percent) believe the economy is strengthening compared to 29 percent who feel the economy is weakening.

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2015 to Kick Off with Steady Hiring Expectations in the U.S.

Global hiring shows few signs of dramatic uptick in new year. The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, released today by ManpowerGroup, demonstrates a continuation of U.S. employers’ growing optimism about the labor market. The result is a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of +16% for the first quarter of 2015, a level last reported seven years ago in Q1 2008 when the Outlook was also +16%. The Outlook is relatively stable compared to Q4 2014 and slightly improved from one year ago at this time.

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Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment October 2014

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METROPOLITAN AREA EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT — OCTOBER 2014Unemployment rates were lower in October than a year earlier in 354 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 14 areas, and unchanged in 4 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Eight areas had jobless rates of at least 10.0 percent and 144 areas had rates of less than 5.0 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment increased over the year in 318 metropolitan areas, decreased in 46 areas, and was unchanged in 8 areas. The national unemployment rate in October was 5.5 percent, not seasonally adjusted, down from 7.0 percent a year earlier.

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