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Slowdown Affecting Various Categories Of Workers Differently

February 6, 2001

Depending upon their particular areas of expertise, some job-seekers who have been laid off in the cooling U.S. economy will find it easier to find new work than will others.

  • Employees with technical training or service-industry experience are having a far easier time finding new jobs at their former pay level than blue-collar workers in manufacturing, economists report.
  • But laid-off white-collar executives are finding they must market themselves aggressively.
  • Personnel experts say that it took on average about 3.3 months last year for financial services, marketing, accounting and other laid-off white-collar employees to find new jobs -- but so far this year it is taking somewhat longer.
  • Many companies are postponing hiring and delaying plans for new product lines or other business expansions -- which would otherwise create new positions.

During the last recession -- from mid-1990 to March 1991 -- layoffs didn't surge dramatically until a year after the downturn started. But today, companies are reportedly shedding staff far more quickly.

Source: Rachael Emma Silverman and Patrick Barta, "Laid-Off Workers Find Job Search No Longer a Cinch," Wall Street Journal, February 6, 2001.

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