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Candidates and recruiters touching base at a job fair in Miami last month.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
Candidates and recruiters touching base at a job fair in Miami last month. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
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‘I quit,’ heard more often, is good news for US workforce

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Quitting your job - all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession - is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans.

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Job application, Ban the Box
Certain employers can no longer ask about a job applicant's criminal history until an initial interview has been completed. (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Ever convicted? Most job applications can no longer ask that in NJ

The new law states that Garden State employers with 15 or more workers cannot inquire about a job applicant's criminal history until completion of an initial interview.

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Wealth index improving in New Jersey

New Jersey's environment for wealth creation is close to average, according to the RegentAtlantic New Jersey Wealth Index (RANJWI).

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A job applicant, in foreground, shakes hands with recruiter during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute in Miami last month. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
A job applicant, in foreground, shakes hands with recruiter during a job fair at the Hospitality Institute in Miami last month. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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US adds 257,000 new jobs as wages increase as well

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years - evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.

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Help wanted: Highly-skilled workers are in short supply

The improving U.S. economy brings with it a very high demand for workers that possess skill sets in certain specialized job areas, however, many companies are struggling to find those type of workers.

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How can New Jersey attract more jobs?

New Jersey's unemployment rate may be down, but finding a job is still tough in the Garden State. Only 29,000 jobs were added in 2014, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the job market grew only 0.7 percent compared to a 2.1 percent gain for the rest of the nation.

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New Jersey unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent last month

The state Labor and Workforce Development Department says New Jersey lost 400 jobs in December, but the unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent from 6.4 percent in November.

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Decrease In Unemployment Claims Shows Economy Continuing To Improve
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US job openings jump to 14-year high; sign of strong hiring

The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down.

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A survey finds that one in three workers will quit their present jobs if they don't get a pay raise in 2015. (Polka Dot RF, ThinkStock)
A survey finds that one in three workers will quit their present jobs if they don't get a pay raise in 2015. (Polka Dot RF, ThinkStock)
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1 in 3 workers will quit without a raise in 2015

Many employees are looking for a pay raise this year. A new survey by Glassdoor.com found that 35 percent of 900 people surveyed plan to look for a new job if they do not get a salary bump in 2015.

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Is US trade deficit with China hurting NJ jobs?

New Jersey is losing jobs. Since 2001, 92,000 New Jersey jobs were either displaced or have been completely eliminated because of the growing U.S. trade deficit with China, according to a study by the Economic Policy Institute.

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