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Chaos as thousands are called to Stockholm job office by mistake

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Police dispersed an angry crowd of job-seekers outside an employment office in Stockholm on Wednesday after it called 61,000 people for a recruitment meeting by mistake. "Something has gone wrong with the mailing list...it has set off a very messy situation at the city office," said Clas Olsson, acting director of the employment office.

Poor left behind, jobs scarce as Philippines takes off

The Philippines should create more investment opportunities in agriculture, tourism, manufacturing and mining to escape the curse of jobless economic growth, experts and businessmen said Wednesday. Economic growth in the Philippines has been among the highest in Asia in recent years. But the benefits have escaped the vast majority, particularly farm workers, they told an economic forum.

More changes on temporary foreign workers rules coming in April: Kenney

OTTAWA - The next spate of changes to Canada's controversial temporary foreign workers program will likely include a limited fast track for workers in high-demand professions in regions of the country with low unemployment, says Employment Minister Jason Kenney. The government plans to introduce Round 2 of its changes to the program in April, Kenney said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "There's no doubt we've seen abuses that really tick me off, and that's one of the reasons that we changed some of the rules last year," Kenney said.

Gov't to push for labor market flexibility in 3-year plan: sources

SEJONG, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- The government is expected to include measures aimed at enhancing labor market flexibility in its three-year innovation plan to be unveiled within this month, government sources said Thursday. The "three-year economic innovation plan," initiated by President Park Geun-hye earlier this year, is reportedly focused on revamping public organizations, streamlining regulations and nurturing promising industries in the service sector. It is expected to be announced later this month.

Local firms to overhaul wage system against top court's ruling

By Nam Kwang-sik SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean companies plan to counter the top court's ruling expanding the scope of ordinary wages by overhauling the wage system to reduce an expected increase in labor costs, a poll showed Wednesday. In mid-December, the Supreme Court ruled that regular bonuses paid to employees should be counted as ordinary wages, which are used as a basis for setting the amount of main allowances like overtime pay, holiday shift pay and paid annual leave.

Federal budget's jobs training funds targeted to West: Nova Scotia minister

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's finance minister says she's concerned Ottawa's plans to forge ahead with the Canada Job Grant is targeted to the West and will result in slashed training programs in her province. Diana Whalen said Tuesday that she needs to see more details, but fears the federal government will reduce funding of an existing job training agreement. She said the focus of Ottawa's program would be on young people who are almost ready for jobs and need an internship in a high-demand field.

Canada jobless rate falls to 7% after January gains

The Canadian economy created 29,000 jobs in January, almost twice as many as expected, helping the unemployment rate fall to 7.0 percent, the government's statistics agency said Friday. The figures were a welcome rebound from December, when the jobless rate jumped 0.3 percent, wiping out most of the job gains of the past year. The numbers showed that employment increased in transportation and warehousing in January, while it declined in business, building and other support services as well as public administration, Statistics Canada said.

Canada jobless rate falls to 7% after January gains

The Canadian economy created 29,000 jobs in January, almost twice as many as expected, helping the unemployment rate fall to 7.0 percent, the government's statistics agency said Friday. The figures were a welcome rebound from December, when the jobless rate jumped 0.3 percent, wiping out most of the job gains of the past year. The numbers showed that employment increased in transportation and warehousing in January, while it declined in business, building and other support services as well as public administration, Statistics Canada said.

Feds set to announce funding to help skilled newcomers land jobs in their fields

OTTAWA - Ottawa is committing $800,000 to help skilled newcomers to Canada find work in their fields — part of a larger, job-centred effort that promises to be one of the key planks in next week’s budget. The cash infusion is for the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC), an organization representing an array of schools across the country that provide training in sectors with skilled worker shortages. Employment Minister Jason Kenney is to announce the funding Friday in Toronto.

Senate panel holds hearing on fraud in Army recruiting program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 1,200 Army recruiters and assistants are under investigation on suspicion of fraud involving tens of millions of dollars from a program aimed at boosting recruitment during the Iraq war, according to papers released on Monday by a congressional panel. One person, now under prosecution, was fraudulently paid $275,000 under the recruitment program, and four other top recipients received more than $100,000 apiece, documents from a panel of the Senate Homeland Security committee said.
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