Friday, December 3, 2010

Employment Numbers for November are Not Encouraging

The unemployment figures coming out of Washington, D.C. this week are anything but festive as we move further into the holiday season. A new report shows that unemployment in our country rose to 9.8% in November, which is a seven-month high that no one was hoping to achieve. This means that 15.1 million people in the United States did not have a job last month. When you add those workers who have part-time jobs but wish to be working full-time and those who have given up on the job search altogether, this country is looking at a 17% "underemployment" rate.

The numbers concerning jobs in Texas will not be released until later this month, but our state tends to fare better than the nation as a whole. In October, our unemployment stood at 8.1%, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission. Even though this looks better than the numbers in other parts of the country, the figure is no consolation to the many families in Texas that are struggling to find work and pay their bills every month.

If you are fortunate enough to have a steady job in this difficult economy, you certainly don't want anything to threaten your financial security. If your job is in danger or has been terminated for reasons that you believe to be discriminatory or unjust, an employment law attorney may be able to help you.

While most employers want the best for their workers and are distraught by the idea of having to let people go, there are a few bosses out there who may use false pretenses to cut down their workforce. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, the attorneys at Bertolino LLP are here to defend your rights. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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