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Monday Motivation: The Brighter Side of Things

It’s Monday. What better time to shine a light on upbeat, potentially positive news and happenings in the world of jobs and job searching? We hope these Monday Motivators will help lift your spirits, or at least nudge them a little higher than where they are now.

Unemployed? Plenty of people have found new jobs. About half of workers who were laid off between January and March of this year reported that they have already found new jobs, according to a survey by CareerBuilder.com. The survey found that 68% of workers age 35 to 44 have found full-time work after their layoffs, and those in the 55+ and 18 to 24 age brackets fared reasonably well, too, with 46% and 41%, respectively, having been rehired.

Initial jobless claims dropped (twice). The federal government reported a lower-than-expected 610,000 first-time jobless claims for the week ending April 11 — and it was the second straight weekly drop. Let's hope this week will make it three in a row!

Sallie Mae plans to create 2,000 jobs.  Over the next 18 months, SLM Corp., the nation's largest student-loan company (aka Sallie Mae) says it will bring 2,000 jobs back to the U.S. by bringing all its overseas operations back into the country and reversing previous outsourcing actions.

Most employers still plan to hire new college grads. The job market may be bruised and battered, but 54% of companies surveyed still plan to hire new college grads this year, according to MonsterTRAK’s annual survey of college students, graduates, and employers.

What other positive signals are you seeing in your work or job search? Tell us in a comment below.

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