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State unemployment rate ticks upward to 5.7% in July Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published Aug. 18, 2014 South Carolina’s jobless rate ticked upward in July to 5.7% from 5.3% in June, the state Department of Employment and Workforce reported today. The official unemployment rate for the state had remained stable at 5.3% in April, May and… Read more »

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What It Really Means When Your Doctor Says He Doesn’t Take Insurance Beth Pinsker / Reuters A denial may not be as straightforward as it seems. Here’s what your doctor’s policy could be—and what that could mean for your medical bills. Some doctors really mean it when they say they do not take health insurance…. Read more »

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GPS Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!   Hi, I’m Charlie Gallman with GPS with two members from my management team answering the ALS Ice Bucket challenge from Avionte’. We would like to pass along the challenge to a few of our business partners.  For each one that takes the ALS Ice Bucket challenge within… Read more »

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Congratulations to Justin Cook (Staffing Assistant at GPS Orangeburg) and Brian Byrd (spouse of Donna Byrd, Director of Placement for Gallman Consulting)!!  Winning…they each received a trophy (ear of corn) and $50 gift card! Justin and Brian became the 2014 GPS Cornhole Champs at the GPS Lake Party on Saturday, August 16! And the biggest losers… Read more »

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Companies Deal With Employees Who Refuse to Take Time Off by Requiring Vacations, Paying Them to Go Evernote Gives Employees $1,000 to Disconnect From Work for a Week or More; FullContact Offers $7,500 a Year By Sue Shellenbarger Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com Updated Aug. 12, 2014 11:05 p.m. ET Employees who refuse to go on vacation can cause… Read more »

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11:17 am ET Aug 14, 2014 The Truth About Retirement for Baby Boomers By Josh Zumbrun  The Wall Street Journal One of the biggest changes in the U.S. labor market over the past two decades has been the increasing number of people working over the age of 55. From the end of World War II… Read more »

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CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists List the Best Paying Jobs for Workers with High School Degrees 115 occupations that require a high school degree pay $20 per hour or more CHICAGO – Aug 14, 2014 – U.S. workers with only a high school diploma face an unemployment rate nearly twice that of college educated workers… Read more »

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Saluda County certified as ACT ‘Work Ready Community’   Staff Report colanews@scbiznews.com Published Aug. 4, 2014 Saluda County has become the fourth county to receive the S.C. Work Ready Community designation through ACT, a national testing company. Earning the designation means the county has met workforce and education goals required of the nationwide initiative aimed… Read more »