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Economy adds 175,000 jobs, beating forecasts

The job market rebounded from a two-month slump in February as employers added 175,000 jobs, while the unemployment rate rose to 6.7% from 6.6%, the Labor Department said Friday. The report beat most expectations, pumping up stock futures ahead of the market’s opening bell. Economists surveyed by Action Economics estimated that 157,000 jobs were added last month. Businesses added 162,000 jobs, led by strong increases in professional and business services and education and health care. Federal, state and local governments added 13,000 jobs.


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Werkgelegenheid gaat goede kant op

Nadat het een tijd bergaf ging met de werkgelegenheid, schijnt het tij eindelijk te keren. Tijdens het 3de kwartaal van vorig jaar kwamen er netto 6.300 banen bij ten opzichte van het voorgaande kwartaal.

Deze positieve evolutie van de werkgelegenheid gaat, sinds begin 2013, vergezeld van een stijgende trend in de economische groei. De activiteit in de uitzendsector kondigt eveneens een toekomstige verbetering van de werkgelegenheidssituatie aan, aangezien de uitzendsector sinds september 2013 in een stijgende lijn zit.

Naast deze elementen, die wijzen op een recent herstel van de werkgelegenheid en op een verbetering van de conjunctuur, blijft de werkloosheid echter aanhoudend op een hoog peil: eind 2013 was 8,4% van de bevolking werkloos. Vooral de situatie van de jongeren, van wie meer dan 1/5 in de werkloosheid vertoeft, is bijzonder onrustwekkend.

VBO – Daarom is het van cruciaal belang alle nodige maatregelen te nemen om het concurrentievermogen, de groei en zo de werkgelegenheid te ondersteunen en de werkzoekenden aan te moedigen, te activeren en te begeleiden, om zo dit herstel te bevestigen en de werkloosheid terug te dringen.

Driemaandelijkse evolutie van de werkgelegenheid en van de groei

Bron: NBB via VBO

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February 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Top 10 Offices

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Workspaces Facilitate Productivity

Leaving the cubicle behind, today’s offices are designed with flow, accessibility and recreation in mind – ensuring employee’s well-being. Investing time and money to remodel their premises, large- to small-scale companies also strengthen their corporate identities. As societal norms change fast, outdated open-plan schemes are being replaced by village-like structures. Frame went back and selected the 10 best examples of office design.

1. Glass Office by AIM Architecture

Commissioned by the largest office real-estate developer in China – SOHO China – Glass Office uses mirrored partitions, glass screens and reflective surfaces.

2. Real Life at Work by Emily Forgot and Laurie D

Illustrator Emily Forgot and 3D artist Laurie D turned London-based Wieden + Kennedy’s street-facing window into a monochrome scene of office life.

3. Cisco Meraki Office by Studio O+A

Spaciousness, colour and long vistas guided Studio O+A when designing Cisco Meraki office space – giving the company a new identity.

4. Halle A by Designliga

Designliga’s conversion of a 10.4m high metal-working shop into an Munich-based office space resembles a village.

5. Office by Pinkeye Crossover Design Studio

Pinkeye Crossover Design Studio gave their offices a makeover with eclectic meeting rooms, wood-panelled walls, and a hip lunch room.

6. Airbnb Headquarters by Gensler

With its new San Francisco headquarters, apartment-letting website Airbnb transformed an industrial building into an all-encompassing environment.

7. Daxing Factory by Nie Yong and Yoshimasa Tsutsumi

Chinese architect Nie Yong and Japanese Yoshimasa Tsutsumi rehabilitated a 5000m2 factory building with an office landscape approach.

8. Dental Clinic by MMV Arquitecto

Inspired by the clarity of ice cubes, Miguel Marques Venâncio redesigned a dental clinic. Light and sound diffusion create a silent refuge.

9. Ryka Posten by Vida

True to the company’s nature, employees at Ryska Posten’s Stockholm premises – designed by Vida – are encouraged to bike indoors.

10. BGO Headquarters by ///byn

Fashion brand BGO occupies 750m2 of an old industrial building in downtown Shanghai. 6m high ceilings allow for a mezzanine level showroom.


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February 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

The app opportunity and the positive impact on jobs

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Neelie KROES

Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda

The app opportunity

Launch of Eurapp Study on the European apps economy

Brussels, 13 February 2014

To add your comment to this speech, see the social version of the speech here

Thank you very much.

This is a fantastic study, with a lot to teach us.

Here are three things I take from it.

First, the amazing scale of the European app economy is big and getting bigger. With 1.8 million jobs, rising to nearly 5 million by 2018. With revenues of 17.5 billion euros, rising to 63 billion. Yet just 5 years ago, it didn’t exist at all.

The second is that this is one area of the digital economy where Europe really leads. Of the global revenue for consumer apps, EU developers raise 43%.

And the third is the huge variety on display. With many different business models , structures, and uses. From advertising to upfront payment to in-app purchase; from small independents to corporate in-house; from games to healthcare.

This sector is as diverse as it is innovative.

But for all that opportunity, the EU app economy is not without challenges.

The apps may be European; but the big platforms are not. The giants, so far, are American: Apple, Google, Facebook. Platforms on which most developers are, in practice, totally dependent. Which means that, in spite of our strength in development, our balance of trade is still negative. That’s an area where Europe could still be stronger.

Plus many in the app economy find a serious skills shortage – it isn’t easy enough to find people with the right talents.

From coding to business skills.

And there is also fragmentation. Between platforms – as systems do not interoperate. And between countries: as poor connectivity, roaming charges, and incompatible legal rules like copyright make it hard to sell your bright idea to a single, integrated market of 500 million.

With a jackpot like this on offer, we need to take those challenges very seriously. So here are three things we are doing.

First, boosting digital skills at all levels.

Because it’s clear that coding is the new life skill, one that opens doors in so many areas, one that’s in too short supply.

So how can we get those skills for the future? In many ways: through companies, through schools, and from the grassroots.

Our grand coalition for digital jobs is about working with the industry and other partners. And the declaration we made in Davos a few weeks ago could mean 250,000 new training courses, 100,000 new traineeships, thousands of new jobs.

By working with schools, in a new push to open up education and modernise it for the digital age. Building digital skills right into the connected classroom.

Plus getting more young people interested in digital careers – and showing they can be challenging and creative, rewarding and fun: for everyone.

I said this sector was diverse: but not quite. Of all that workforce, in fact, this study shows that only around one in ten are women. One in ten! It’s time we stopped excluding half the population.

And by working from the grassroots. Last November, my young advisers organised the first-ever EU Code week – with over 300 events, reaching 10,000 people in 26 countries. That success shows loads of people out there dying to learn the vital life skill of programming – and plenty willing to teach it. This year’s will be the 11th to the 17th of October: and I hope it is just as great a success.

Second: we can boost the environment for innovation, making Europe more startup-friendly. The Startup Manifesto has twenty-two ideas for how to do that: and we’re already acting on them.

Plus, Horizon 2020 will be the EU’s biggest ever programme for R&D, and the most ever focused on innovation. It now includes – for the first time ever – 10 million euros of funding to help startups flourish. In particular by improving app developers’ access to talent.

And here’s the third thing we need. All apps and all mobile devices rely on broadband networks. Yet, today, the framework for European telecoms is shattered and constrained. Meaning poor wireless connectivity, connections that can’t easily cross borders, apps and services that are blocked or throttled by network operators, prohibitive surcharges to use your mobile abroad.

Today, these are already big issues, irritating to citizens and an obstacle to growth.

In tomorrow’s world, where even cars are connected, where we rely on mobile apps even for our healthcare – resolving them will be absolutely critical.

All of these problems could be fixed with the rules for a Connected Continent. So I hope national telecoms ministers and MEPs can agree them very quickly.

This study is interesting in itself. But it leads to a bigger question, and a bigger vision. It’s one that I spend a lot of time thinking about.

It’s this. It’s about the next generation, that of my grandchildren. What kind of life will they lead? How will they learn and play? How will they interact and transact, educate and entertain, shop and socialise? Find jobs, create them, carry them out? Meet friends and partners? What kind of places will they live in? What kind of places will they travel to? How will they stay in touch with distant friends and family? As they grow older, how will they be able to do so with dignity, respect and independence?

The answer to all these questions is digital. Digital tools and apps are an area of great growth and innovation. And this study shows that will only continue.

And these aren’t just about one part of the economy – they’re about every part of the economy, and every part of our lives. From better learning to better living. Creative coding can change everything we do; and a connected continent can underpin our competitiveness.

That’s why I see so much of our future online. On a platform where the only limit is your imagination, the amazing innovative Internet. I hope that Europe can grab that opportunity — long into the future.

Source: EU

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February 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

Wall Street dismisses weak jobs data, edges higher

U.S. stocks jumped on Friday, giving the S&P 500 its first weekly gain in four as the impact of a weak reading on the labor market was dulled by harsh weather conditions and traders focused on expectations of further economic strength. Nonfarm payrolls added 113,000 jobs in January – well shy of the forecast for 185,000. December payrolls were revised upward by only 1,000 to 75,000. The U.S. unemployment rate in January hit a five-year low of 6.6 percent, slightly above the 6.5 percent level that Fed officials have said would prompt them to consider raising benchmark interest rates from near zero.


February 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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