(last updated September 2010)
The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many cities, by place of residence.
Regional state employment and unemployment statistics tabulated once a year in August. Data at the regional level are produced by the following programs: Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Consumer Price Index, Employment Cost Index, and Mass Layoff Statistics.
Labor Force Data and Nonfarm Wage and Salary Employment statistics tabulated once a year in August. Data at the State level are produced by the following programs: Local Area Unemployment Statistics, State and Area portion of Current Employment Statistics, and Mass Layoff Statistics.
Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment statistics tabulated once a year in August.
Data at the metropolitan area level are produced by the following programs: Local Area Unemployment Statistics, the State and Area portion of Current Employment Statistics, and, for some metropolitan areas, the Consumer Price Index.
Statistical information on all aspects of library usage including circulation and visitor’s hours asking for reference assistance for the year 2008.
Statistical information on all aspects of library usage including circulation, visitor’s hours and computer usage asking for reference assistance for the year for 2009.
WARN provides protection to employees, their families, and communities by requiring employers to give affected employees and other state and local representatives notice 60 days in advance of a plant closing or mass layoff. Advance notice provides employees and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain alternative jobs and, if necessary, to enter skills training or retraining that will allow these employees to successfully compete in the job market.
This website includes all the information regarding unemployment insurance.
A list of critical information you must have immediately available, regardless of which option you select to apply for UI benefits.
Information on telephone interviews, completing the Continued Claim Form, and following up on a claim check by telephone.
A video on how to complete the continued claim form.
Frequently asked questions for claimants, employers, extended unemployment benefits, identity verification, 1099G, and overpayment
COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) provides eligible individuals with the ability to continue group health insurance benefits during periods of unemployment. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a 65 percent federal subsidy for the costs of paying medical premiums for a period of nine months. The subsidy program is available though December 2009.
IRS website answers questions regarding COBRA administration and eligibility.
Job Loss Survival Guide: “The deeper psychology of dealing with a Job loss” is an interesting article by Jim Davis. It offers interesting insight on the emotional aspects of job loss.
Online Assessments Sources
General information on all aspects of the job search process.
The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is a widely used personality instrument. The personality instrument uses 70 questions to help individuals discover their personality type. The KTS-II is based on Keirsey Temperament Theory™ developed by Dr. David Keirsey.
Holland Occupational Themes
Based on the theory of John Holland, Ph.D., people with the same or similar interests are often found in the same work environments. A short checklist activity provides you with a three-letter Holland code.
You can then explore to learn about occupations with related Interest (Holland) profiles. Career Briefs offers results in English and Spanish.
Online Career Exploration and Preparation Sources
The following websites are available for job seekers to explore salaries, cost-of-living, personal budgets and paycheck deductions:
Links to over 300 free online salary surveys for a wide range of professions and settings. The focus is on California and national surveys.
Search the base salaries of thousands of jobs by job-title and location. It tabulates the low, average and high-end salaries for the area.
A brief and clear explanation of how to create a budget.
A simple budget worksheet for patrons to complete for a better understanding of what their monthly expenses are from Financial Planning at About.com
Generate hourly net pay, or take-home pay, using a free calculator. This calculator is a fast and easy way to find out what your employee actual wages are per hour. Enter gross pay, federal withholdings, federal, state, FICA, and local deductions and exemptions as applicable; the Hourly Net Pay Calculator will do the rest.
These websites have useful information and examples of resumes for job seekers:
Clear and detailed explanation on the importance of resumes.
Samples of resumes by format. Provides samples of the three different types of resumes.
Chronological Resume Format
Functional Resume Format
Combination Resume Format
Template: No template is provided because it varies depending on the job and the applicant.
Plain Text/ASCII/Scannable Resume or Electronic Resume
Definition of an electronic resume.
Instructions to convert your word-processed resume to an electronic resume.
Step-by-step instruction to follow to convert your word-processed resume to an electronic resume.
Why Use Keywords in a Resume
There is an example of a resume with several keywords included in the body of the text (under the Skills Summary section). They are in the body of the resume to ensure hits.
This website explains why employers require job applications and the information needed to accurately complete them.
Privacy Protection on the Internet
What are the risks of not protecting your privacy?
Job Search Correspondence
Online Job Search Preparation Sources (Resumes, Cover Letters, Reference Letters):
Review the following websites with examples of different types of job correspondence:
Offers a great web site for resume writing and sample resumes.
Sample resumes and cover letters
Online Sources for Information on Companies and Job Listings:
The following websites are directories listing other company or industry job search resources. Job seekers can search by type of industry and location to find very specific information on names of professional associations in a given field.
Job search resources by industry, profession and/or location.
Find information on employers and organizations to prepare for an interview or before applying for a position.
This page connects you to 50 pages of job resources, starting with the more general resources and moving through location or audience specific listings to the occupation and industry resources.
Industry Research - Obtain news about a given field or industry, discover trends, professional pay scales, names of associations in the field, schedule of meetings or networking events, and so on.
Mega Job Sites:
These are the three biggest job sites on the Internet. Job seekers may register with each service to post their resumes, search for jobs, and get advice on every aspect of job searching.
Search for jobs locally and nationally—especially good for finding jobs from small and mid-sized companies
This search engine searches job sites, newspapers, associations, and company career pages.
Traditional or Face-to-face Networking
Social Networking Resources
LinkedIn has over 48 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Members are linked to potential clients, service providers, and subject experts who come recommended by other members.
Networking For Professionals is a dynamic business networking organization that powerfully combines online business networking and real life events.
Users can add friends and send them messages. They can update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, or region.
Career and social networking online resources. Where to network online as part of your job search and how to use a social network to help land a job.
Privacy Issues and Other Disadvantages of Social Networking:
This is an interesting article on the pros and cons of using social networking in the job search.
Print and Media Sources on Traditional Networking and Social Networking:
How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn: Making Connections and Capturing Opportunities on the World's #1 Business Networking Site. Eric Butow and Kathleen Taylor. AMACOM, 2008
I’m on LinkedIn, Now What? By Jason Alba. Happy About; 2 edition, 2009.
7 Secrets to Getting Your Next Job Using Social Media, by Dan Schwabel
Don’t Search for Jobs; Search for People!, by Meg Busse/Idealist.org
How to: Find a Job on Twitter by Sarah Evans
How to Get the Most Out of LinkedIn, by Brian Wallace
Leveraging Social Media in a Nonprofit Job Search: Q&A with Beth Kanter, Author of Beth’s Blog, by Bridgestar and Beth Kanter
Professional Social Networks That Take on LinkedIn, by Don Reisinger
Search Me, by Scott Westcott
Twitter, Facebook, Digg: Can You Join too Many Networks? by Dan Schwabel,
Online Resources on Interviewing
An extensive list of resources including a video on interviewing.
Thank-You Letter after the Interview
Evaluating a Job Offer
Letter of Acceptance
Letter of Resignation
Provides information on mental health agencies and private mental health organizations in each state.
This locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources and is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public. You can access this information in several ways by selecting a State or U.S. Territory from the map or drop-down menu.
A locator service for local employment and workforce services.
A national network of free voice mail providers.
A monthly listing of programs provided by volunteers from
SCORE and Job Link/AmeriCorps.
Provides job and career resources, programs, networking
opportunities and podcasts.
An extensive listing of career resources and information about the Maple Heights Branch Career Center.
A web page that serves as the syllabus for a class taught at the San Francisco Public Library.
An Infopeople webinar presented by Joan Frye Williams and George Needham.
Library websites with extensive resource pages for job seekers:
Fresno County Library (CA)
Burlington County Library System (NJ)
North Carolina State Library (NC)
Columbus Metropolitan Library (OH)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburg (PA)
State Library of Ohio (OH)
Camden County Library System (NJ)
The Seattle Public Library (WA)
Queens Library (NY)
Workforce resources include programs, services, and tools that libraries can use to assist the unemployed in their community. Also includes information about statewide initiatives and partnerships that help local libraries provide these resources.
Provides a list of state and local libraries that have created or enhanced their websites to provide ready access to a variety of online resources to help job seekers.
Resources for how libraries can support small business development and local economies.
Ohio Library Council, Marketing the Library.
A marketing history reference resource.
Library staff has partnered with community organizations to establish a “Career Fridays” programs offer FREE career development and lifelong learning workshops. These classes empower individuals with educational, vocational, and technological skills that will make a difference to the Pasadena community.
Library staff has partnered with Women At Work to establish a “Fresh Start Tuesdays” program which provides one-on-one career counseling. Attendees receive free guidance with resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, and other career development assistance. All are welcome. Services available in Spanish.
Patrons using the Seattle Public Library are asked to provide feedback on how the library’s job resources assisted them in finding a job.
Peggy Barber and Linda Wallace, Building a Buzz: Libraries and Word-of-Mouth Marketing, ALA Editions, 2010, in Library Marketing: Beyond Bookmarks and Brochures, an Infopeople online course.
Peggy Barber and Linda Wallace, “The Power of Word-of-Mouth Marketing,” American Libraries, November, 2009, p. 38.
The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), no stranger to innovative programs (read about LJ's 2008 Librarian of the Year NJ State Librarian Norma Blake), has launched a six-month pilot using mobile communications to promote library services. Libraries will use text messaging, averaging two messages a week, as a tool to reach out to teens and the parents of younger children.
Twitter is a rich source of instantly-updated information. It's easy to stay updated on an incredibly wide variety of topics.
Kansas City Public Library uses Facebook pages to promote job search programs.