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World union leaders urge G20 to keep promise for decent jobs

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 6:51 am

Obama to give tax breaks to businesses creating new jobs

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2010 at 2:24 pm

US President Barack Obama said Saturday he wanted to create tax incentives for businesses that innovate and create new jobs.

Unemployment in the US from September 2009 to September 2010

“I want to give every business in America a tax break so they can write off the cost of all new equipment they buy next year,” the president said in his weekly radio address. “That’s going to make it easier for folks to expand and hire new people.”

The comments came after US government data showed the US economy shed 95,000 jobs in September just weeks ahead of key mid-term elections.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6 percent from August.

Obama also said he wanted to make the research and experimentation tax credit permanent as job creation depended on promoting new ideas and technologies.

He also said he wanted to provide a tax cut for clean energy manufacturing in America.

But Obama criticized previsions in the US tax law that give billions ofkkk dollars in tax breaks to companies that create jobs and profits in other countries, saying: “I want to close these tax loopholes.”

The president he said Republicans in Washington had consistently fought to keep these corporate loopholes open.

“Over the last four years alone, Republicans in the House voted 11 times to continue rewarding corporations that create jobs and profits overseas — a policy that costs taxpayers billions of dollars every year,” Obama said, adding: “That doesn’t make a lot sense.”


Source: SGGP

Hanoi to provide jobs to 135,000 people in 2010

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Hanoi to provide jobs to 135,000 people in 2010

QĐND – Thursday, August 12, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

485,083 people in Hanoi were provided jobs from 2006 to 2009, according to the latest statistics released by the Hanoi Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Department. About 121,207 people found jobs every year, accounting for achieving 104.49% of the city’s target.

Thanks to the new socio-economic development programs launched during the period, 75.3% of the total number of people of working age in the city got new jobs every year, while 24.7% benefited from loan programs and labour exports.

As a result, the unemployment rate in the city decreased from 6.2% in 2005 to 5% in 2010, said the city’s Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Department.

Hanoi has also sent 15,368 labourers to work in foreign countries. On an average, 3,117 workers are sent abroad every year.

This year, the city is expected to provide further 135,000 workers and sending 4,000 other abroad.

Source: HNM/ Photo: Vnexpress

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Latest jobs data is blow to Obama as elections loom

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

WASHINGTON, Aug 6, 2010 (AFP) – The latest grim data on unemployment has dealt a new blow to President Barack Obama as he struggles to maintain his party’s majority in Congress in November elections.

Obama, who has been hurt by the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, has been scrambling to highlight his economic management in helping lift the US economy out of its worst slump in decades.

But the latest data released Friday showed the recovery is sputtering: A Labor Department report showed 131,000 jobs were lost in July and the unemployment rate remained stuck at 9.5 percent, which is better than the worst levels this year but still painfully high.

(AFP file) A man uses a computer to fill out paperwork at an employment centre in Oakland, California.

The private sector created a modest 71,000 jobs for the month, which was not enough to offset the massive government layoff of 143,000 census-takers.

Overall economic growth slowed to a pace of 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2010, and other economic indicators are soft, even though Obama points to four quarters of economic growth.

The White House has dismissed the likelihood of a double-dip recession but some economists warm of a Japanese-style economic stagnation.

Obama tried to put the best face on the most recent employment figures.

“Climbing out of any recession, much less a hole as deep as this one takes some time. The road to recovery doesn’t follow a straight line. Some sectors bounce back faster than others,” Obama said.

Obama said the data showed jobs growing in the private sector for seven consecutive months.

“That’s a good sign. Meanwhile our manufacturing sector that’s been hit hard for as long as folks can remember has added 183,000 jobs this year. That’s the most robust seven months of manufacturing growth in over a decade,” he said.

“But for America’s workers, families, and small businesses, progress needs to come faster. Our job is to make sure that happens.”

Obama said the latest figures underscored the need for final passage of a bill aimed at saving 160,000 teaching jobs, which has cleared the Senate, and for other measures favoring small business.

“We need to decide whether we’re willing to do what it takes to keep this economy moving in the right direction… but also to secure a clean energy future and accelerate our recovery and rebuild our economy around three simple words, ‘made in America.'”

But Republicans are waging their own campaign and blaming Obama for wasting a large part of the big 787 billion dollars in stimulus funding approved a year ago. It remains unclear whether the opposition party will be able to block any new stimulus efforts sought by the White House.

With the recovery appearing to falter, two key members of the Obama economic team are on their way out. Budget director Peter Orszag announced his departure in June and top economic aide Christina Romer said on Thursday she would return to teaching.

Obama continues to press his case, hitting the road to tout the rebound in the US auto sector, the finance reform and the huge health care reform measures approved this year.

Source: SGGP

Nearly 4,000 people get jobs

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

Nearly 4,000 people get jobs

QĐND – Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The Hanoi University of Industry and the Hanoi Youth Vocational Counseling Center co-organized the first Job Festival Day of Hanoi University of Industry 2010 on June 28th.

Representatives of over 40 businesses in Hanoi and neighbouring provinces of Hoa Binh, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh participated in the festival, expecting to recruit 10,000 workers for different positions, such as mechanics, office workers, auditors, financiers, businessmen and managers.

As a result, 3,720 workers, of whom 1,180 were professionally skilled, 1,140 were skilled labourers and 1,100 were conventional labourers, all got suitable jobs.

Source: HNM – Photo: tin247

Translated by Mai Huong

Source: QDND

Asian markets lower as dealers await US jobs data

In Uncategorized on June 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

HONG KONG (AFP) – Asian shares fell in quiet trade on Friday with Japanese investors unmoved by the election of a new prime minister while most dealers stayed on the sidelines ahead of key US jobs figures.

Asian shares have fallen in quiet trade with Japanese investors unmoved by the election of a new prime minister (AFP file)

Tokyo’s Nikkei fell and the yen edged lower after former finance minister Naoto Kan, a supporter of a weaker currency and proponent of deflation-fighting measures, was confirmed as the country’s new leader.

Japanese shares closed 0.13 percent, or 13 points, lower at 9,901.19 after Kan succeeded Yukio Hatoyama, who resigned Wednesday over the bungled handling of a US base dispute.

The index had already soared 3.24 percent Thursday, with dealers pricing in expectations that Kan would take the helm of the world’s second biggest economy.

Despite his preference for a weaker yen, which would be good for the country’s key exporters, dealers stuck with the safe-haven unit due to lingering fears over Europe’s debt problems.

The dollar edged up to 92.73 yen in late Tokyo trade, from 92.69 in New York Thursday. The euro rose to 112.88 yen from 112.74 and to 1.2179 dollars from 1.2158.

Analysts had predicted the dollar could pass 93 yen if Kan was elected prime minister. But Mizuho Securities strategist Tsuyoshi Segawa told Dow Jones Newswires: “It is still hard to say if the market really wants ‘DPJ victory-inspired stability’ in the upcoming election.”

Japan will hold upper house elections next month where the Democratic Party of Japan must win a majority to free itself of its coalition partner and ensure a smooth enactment of legislature.

Sydney fell 0.82 percent, or 36.6 points, to 4,449.4. Hong Kong lost 0.30 percent by the break and Singapore was flat.

Dealers moved to sell off and take the cash after Thursday’s rallies, which were boosted by strong US housing data.

Markets were given a weaker lead from Wall Street Friday as the Dow edged up just 0.06 percent after a mixed batch of news showing a weekly drop in initial unemployment claims and a disappointing report on private-sector job creation.

However, focus was on a US Labor Department report due later Friday that will reveal job creation and unemployment figures for May, giving a much clearer idea of the state of recovery in the world’s biggest economy.

Most analysts expect the government will report 500,000 non-farm jobs were created last month, up from 290,000 in April, as the economy mounts a slow recovery from recession.

Unemployment was expected to dip to 9.8 percent from 9.9 percent in April.

Shanghai gave up 0.49 percent, with heavyweight banks leading the fall amid pressures over the imminent launch of Agricultural Bank’s massive initial public offering, dealers said. Many fear the issue could dilute the market, putting pressure on prices.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso on Thursday warned Hungary to cut its budget deficit faster in order to pull itself out of a “delicate situation” amid fears it risked a Greek-like debt crisis.

Oil was lower. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in July shed 29 cents to 74.32 dollars a barrel while Brent North Sea crude for July dropped 31 cents to 75.10 dollars per barrel.

Gold opened at 1,206.00-1,207.00 US dollars an ounce in Hong Kong, down from Thursday’s close of 1,223.00-1,224.00 dollars.

In other markets:

— Seoul closed 0.14 percent, or 2.29 points, higher at 1,664.13.

— Taipei fell 0.21 percent, or 15.69 points, to 7,344.59.

IT giant Hon Hai was 0.8 percent lower at 124.5 Taiwan dollars while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company rose 0.33 percent to 61.0

— Manila closed flat, edging up 1.82 points to 3,357.05.

SM Prime Holdings was unchanged at 11.00 pesos, Banco de Oro Unibank fell 1.0 percent to 46.00 and Ayala Corp was off 2.9 percent at 325.00.

— Wellington added 0.20 percent, or 6.04 points, to close at 3,030.14.

Telecom led the market higher, gaining 1.6 percent to 1.86 New Zealand dollars, but exchange operator NZX ended down 1.9 percent at 1.55.

Source: SGGP

Tens of thousands of people laid off last year found jobs last quarter

In Vietnam Society on November 11, 2009 at 11:01 am

Hundreds of people flock to jobs centers to find a job.

The Ministry of Labor, Invalids, and Social Affairs has informed Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that tens of thousands of people lost their jobs last year found jobs in the third  quarter, only 11,200 lost-job people remain unemployed, 68 percent down since the end of June.

As the economy climbed out of the global financial crisis, thousands of unemployed workers found jobs in the third quarter, it said, adding the demand for workers has also risen.

Binh Duong Province needed around 20,000 workers, Long An 8,700, Vinh Long 7,000, and Ca Mau more than 3,000, it said.

In related news, a conference on measures to build capacity among ethnic minority officials in the Central Highlands region was held in Kontum town on November 10.

Ethnic officials make up more than 30 percent of all public officials in the highlands provinces.

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Few jobs for few teachers, survey reveals

In Vietnam Education on September 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm

The country’s education sector is facing the paradox in which it badly lacks teachers while graduates struggle to find teaching jobs, a recent survey by Sai Gon Giai Phong found.

The shortage of teachers has been seen for the past few years.

For example, in the 2008-09 school year the average rate of teacher per class at high school level is just 1.98 compared to the required 2.25. Similarly, the number of primary teachers is just 86 percent of total needs, according to statistics of the Ministry of Education and Training.

In the new school year, many provinces and cities are still struggling with the chronic shortage of teachers.

In Ho Chi Minh City, to ease the serious lack of teachers, many pre-school teachers have had to assume teaching at the primary level.

In Hanoi, urgent recruitment of hundreds of teachers has been made recently to meet the needs of the school year.

Meanwhile, a good deal of graduates from the teachers’ university and colleges cannot find a job.

Students in a science lab at HCM City Teachers’ Training University. To make it easier for graduates to find a teaching job, experts said the education sector must re-examine actual demand for teachers and then set up proper training plans. (Photo: SGGP)

Phan Thi Lieu, from the central Nghe An Province, is an example. She has not found a teaching job since she graduated from the Hue Teachers’ Training University in 2008.

Failing to find a job in Hue, she and her husband left for Ho Chi Minh City, with the hope that she could became a teacher. But after she submitted applications, including private and international schools, the only answer she have so far received is “to wait and see.”

“To make a living, I have had to take a job as a worker for a South Korean garment company, getting paid VND1.5 million per month, most of which is spent on rent,” Ms Lieu said.

Similarly, Nguyen Thi Thom, from the northern Tuyen Quang Province, a graduate from Hanoi Teachers’ Training University, has been working as an insurance agent for the past four years after failing to find a job as a literature teacher.

Many graduates have also complained that they are required to spend a lot of money in securing jobs as teachers, said Prof. Dinh Quang Bao, the former head of the Hanoi Teachers’ Training University.

For instance, Ms. Thom said, “At every school I visited, I was asked to pay US$5,000 to be accepted. Where can I get such money?”

Besides this problem, many students have had to resort to social relationships to secure a job. Specifically, they must rely on influential people’s help when they want to be accepted at certain schools.

Training must fit demand

To make it easier for graduates to find a job, some educational experts told Sai Gon Giai Phong that the sector must re-examine national demand for teachers so that they can map out proper plans for teachers’ training.

In practice, there has long existed a paradox, in which the line-up of teachers is both insufficient and redundant, Prof. Bao said.

As compared to actual demand, it is not enough, while “redundancy” meant that many teachers are not included in list of regular teachers at schools, he explained.

Some schools have plenty of teachers for some subjects, while lacking teachers for some others, he added.

Except for some provinces and cities in need of teachers, many others have seen their demand saturated but recruitment has continued, leading to too many teachers, said Tran Xuan Mau, the deputy head of the Department for Teachers and Educational Administrators, under the Ministry of Education and Training.

Meanwhile, as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Thien Nhan put it, “mountainous areas and areas with disadvantaged conditions are badly in need of teachers.”

The fact that teacher graduates face difficulty in finding a job partly comes from the inadequate forecast of demand for teachers at all educational levels, he added.

To improve the situation, all education and training departments must re-consider their demand for teachers and organize training at the request of potential employers within the next three years, he instructed.  

To ease the lack of teachers, particularly in remote and disadvantaged areas, incentive policies, including those on salaries, should be applied for teachers in such areas, said Prof. Dr. Tran Trung, the principal of the Hung Yen Technical Teachers’ Training University.

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Low pay, few jobs hinder education sector

Source: SGGP

Deputy Premier urges businesses to create jobs for former addicts

In Vietnam Society on September 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Businesses, particularly State-owned ones, should be pioneers in creating jobs for former drug-addicts to help them re-integrate into society and avoid a relapse into addiction, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong said September 26.

Former drug addicts trained in making bricks at the Nhi Xuan Vocational Training and Job Creating Center in Ho Chi Minh City during their detoxification (Photo: SGGP)

His appeal was made at the conference on “the reality of HIV/AIDS, drug addiction and prostitution in the workforce and policies to deal with them,” held in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The deputy PM, also chairman of a committee in charge of these issues, highly appreciated the efforts of relevant agencies in preventing and fighting HIV/AIDS, drug addiction and prostitution in the workforce.

He called on businesses to enhance their social responsibility for creating jobs for former addicts and prostitutes so that they can stabilize their life and rejoin society.

The conference’s attendants heard many related reports by ministries and local authorities.
They also heard some presentations, such as “Trade unions’ role in information dissemination, education and propaganda related to fight HIV/AIDS and prostitution among the labor force,” “Businesses’ social responsibility in anti-HIV/AIDS,” and “Impediments in fighting HIV infections at workplaces and in generating jobs for former drug-addicts.”

Reviewing past performances in the field, the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor said that the propaganda on fighting and preventing social problems has been well executed at State-owned enterprises and government agencies, but it has not been paid due attention by other sectors.

After the conference, participants took a trip to Ha Tu Coal Co. in the province’s Ha Long City, where they were introduced to the company’s model of employing former drug addicts.

Source: SGGP

Low pay, few jobs hinder education sector

In Vietnam Education on September 23, 2009 at 11:30 am

Students  of HCMC-based University of Technical Education are practicing electric circuit (Photo: SGGP)

Over the past tens year, the education sector attracted many good students, wiping out the idea that only low-quality students desired to become teachers. However, in recent years that idea has returned, with a drop in high school graduates sitting entrance exams for pedagogy universities.

With 21,000 senior students vying for 2,500 places at Hanoi University of Pedagogy this year, statistically, the number of students taking this year’s entrance exams fell by 2,600 applications compared to last year.

In addition, the school has lower qualifying scores with 22 marks for math, and chemistry and biology at 16.

The current worry is that many good quality students have not registered to enter these schools for teacher training.

In the 1980s, only students with average or low abilities applied for teacher training facilities.

The sector made a breakthrough in 1997 when the Government decided to exempt would-be teacher students from tuition fees. Moreover, an increase in teachers’ salary promoted the sector’s qualifying scores.

The golden era of education sector lasted for five or six years. However, some students recently told Sai Gon Giai Phong why they turned their back on teaching training.

Take Vu Quang Long, from the northern province of Nam Dinh, an excellent graduate of Hanoi University of Pedagogy in 2005 as an example. Graduating top of the year, he was kept as a lecturer at the school with a salary of just VND2 million (US$109) per month.

Teacher Pham Hong Cuong shocked the deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Nguyen Thien Nhan, over the online question-and-answer session “Education and Training of Vietnam in the new academic year” on August 31, when he told the deputy PM that his pre-school teacher wife earned VND360,000 a month.

In addition to low pay, new graduates are struggling to find work.

Source: SGGP