Some thoughts and tips for editors, with short urls included to make sharing easier.
New unemployment numbers come out on Friday, Dec. 2. Early in the week, economists polled by Reuters said they expect employers to have added 122,000 new jobs, up from the 80,000 jobs added in October. To keep pace with population growth, about 150,000 net new jobs are needed each month.
A positive number on Friday could continue to help push stock prices higher. A worse-than-expected showing can dampen the post-Thanksgiving rally.
Is it too late to land one of those jobs? Roanoke.com published one set of tips in October: BBB Serving Western Virginia advises job seekers to start the search now for holiday employment | SWoCo - roanoke.com http://bit.ly/vYfgwb
You may spark a conversation by asking readers if they have applied for a seasonal job and if they know of any openings.
In January, The New Haven Register caught up with a job-training program and talked to young people hoping to join the workforce. At the end of the year, it makes sense to catch up with some of those same people to find out how they did in 2011. From the archives: New Haven Job Corps Center holds first Career Week (video) - http://bit.ly/rutk6h
Other possible prompts for this week for your Facebook page, Twitter feed and for your site:
Will it be lower, higher or the same as the current 9.0% unemployment rate?
*What do readers expect a year from now?
*Ask readers if they know of any company that is hiring, any friend or neighbor who recently started a job, anyone recently let go.
*Ask readers if they know of anyone who started a business in recent months.
*Ask about support groups: is there a person or group who helped you in a recent job search? Do you have a tip for someone looking for a job?
Happy Birthday Roanoke Times!
Do you know your newspaper's birthday? Celebrate once a year on Facebook.
If you have a circulation department with a sense of humor, show them the comment thread from the Roanoke birthday message. It provided me a morning smile.