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Baloney Meter: Are Canada's job numbers really the best in the G7?

OTTAWA - "Since the worst of the recession in July 2009, our government has created over 1 million net new jobs. This is the strongest job growth over the recovery among G7 countries." — Finance Minister Joe Oliver, speaking in Halifax on Wednesday --- The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper frequently claims Canada leads the G7 in the number of jobs created since the low point of the global recession.

Amnesty denounces 'forced' domestic labour in Qatar

Amnesty International accused authorities in gas-rich Qatar on Wednesday of failing to protect domestic workers, citing cases of abuse, sexual violence and "forced labour". In a report called "My sleep is my break: Exploitation of domestic labour in Qatar", Amnesty spoke of "shocking testimonies of violent abuse". It said some of the women reported being "slapped, pulled by the hair, poked in the eyes, and kicked down the stairs by their employers" and that three said they were raped.

Labor Department: Job market improved for 2013 college grads but remained weak

WASHINGTON - With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit. But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected or hoped for.

More Canadians leaving their jobs after just two years: Workopolis poll

TORONTO - Canadians may have some commitment issues when it comes to their jobs, according to a new poll by employment website Workopolis. The online survey found that about half (51 per cent) of those polled said they had been in the same job for less than two years, while 30 per cent said they had held one job for more than four years. That compared with survey results from 1990-2000 where just 16 per cent reported holding that same job for less than two years, and fully 60 per cent who said they had been in the same job for more than four years.

Large firms demand too much info from job seekers: survey

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- Large businesses in South Korea demand too much information from job applicants that violate privacy and can be used for discriminatory purposes, such as their religions, marital status and the academic backgrounds of their parents, a survey showed Wednesday. A team of four college students came up with the results after examining the job application forms of 95 large companies since February, the presidential committee on youth affairs said. The students are members of a policy recommendation team of the committee.

Saskatchewan licenses immigration consultants, recruiters to protect newcomers

REGINA - The Saskatchewan government says it's trying to protect newcomers to Canada from scams by licensing immigration consultants and recruiters. The province has published a list of those who can provide services to employers, potential immigrants and foreign workers under the Foreign Worker Recruitment and Immigration Services Act. Economy Minister Bill Boyd says the move is about making sure people are treated properly and fairly.

US stocks fall after weak Chinese trade data

US stocks Thursday opened lower as investors weighed weak Chinese trade data and an encouraging report on US jobless claims. Five minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 14.32 points (0.09 percent) to 16,422.86. The broad-based S&P 500 dipped 3.00 (0.16 percent) to 1,869.18, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 10.15 (0.24 percent) to 4,173.75. March trade data for China, the world's second-largest economy, showed imports dropped 11.3 percent and exports fell 6.6 percent.

Government: Broker sold consumer data that wrongly identified people as possible sex offenders

WASHINGTON - It's tough enough landing a job these days. So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly identified you as a possible sex offender. That's what the Federal Trade Commission says happened in a case it's settling with InfoTrack Information Services of Deerfield, Ill. The company provides employment background screening services. The commission said Wednesday that InfoTrack gave inaccurate information suggesting that job applicants potentially were registered sex offenders.

Ontario cops' spoof video leads to discreditable conduct charges

WHITBY, Ont. - A spoof video depicting disgruntled police officers "on a quest for freedom" from court duty has led to discreditable conduct charges against two members of the Durham Region police. Chief Mike Ewles launched an internal investigation in January after the 63-second video, which shows three employees trying to get re-assigned from court services duty, was posted on YouTube. The video, which appears to be a spoof of a Hollywood movie trailer, describes the three as being "forced to serve prisoners" and shows them mopping up cells and giving out toilet paper.

US employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will pick up

WASHINGTON - U.S. employers posted more job openings in February, a sign that hiring will likely improve in the months ahead. The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 per cent from January. That's the highest number of postings since January 2008, when the Great Recession was just beginning and the economy had yet to suffer the full shock of the downturn.
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