Spain and Greece, at the head of unemployment in Europe

An employment office in Valencia.

An employment office in Valencia.

The unemployment rate of the euro zone stood at 8.4% last October, one tenth below the reading of the previous month, while in the EU as a whole it repeated at 7.6%, according to Eurostat, that places Greece and Spain at the forefront of unemployment in Europe, with a rate of 16.8% (until August) and 16.2%, respectively.

The Community Statistical Office estimates that 16.23 million people were unemployed in the EU in October 2020, of which 13.82 million were in the euro zone, which represents a decrease of 91,000 unemployed in the EU and 86,000 in the euro zone compared to the previous month. However, compared to October 2019, the number of unemployed in the euro area grew by 1.69 million people and by 2.18 million in the EU.

Among the twenty-seven, the countries with the highest registered unemployment were Greece, with 16.8% in August, followed by Spain, with 16.2%. In contrast, the countries with the lowest unemployment levels in October were the Czech Republic, with 2.9%, ahead of Poland (3.5%) and Malta (3.9%).

In the case of those under 25 years of age, the unemployment rate in October was 17.5% in the EU and 18% in the euro zone, above the 17.4% and 17.9% registered, respectively, in September. In absolute figures, the number of unemployed youth in the EU reached 3.11 million in the tenth month of the year, of which 2.55 million corresponded to the euro area.

In the case of Spain, the youth unemployment rate stood at 40.4% in October, the highest in the entire EU, with 627,000 under-25s unemployed.


Department of Labor disburses the retroactive $ 300 per week for unemployment

The secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources, Carlos J. Rivera Santiago reported the disbursement de $10,761,810 del Programa “Low Wages Assistance” ($ 300 retroactive per week) while detailing that $ 56,385,168.00 in money returned from the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has been recovered.

“We continue to make the disbursements corresponding to the LWA payment, we emphasize to the citizens that they receive more than $ 100 a week in Unemployment Insurance compensation and were unemployed or partially unemployed in the months of August and September, they have to certify those weeks on our website at the online services area (LWA certifications) ”, detailed Rivera Santiago.

At the same time he detailed that “Claimants who receive their payments in the direct deposit modality should begin to see the payment reflected in their bank accounts as of next Friday, December 4. In the case of claimants who continue to receive their payment by check, they will receive it in subsequent days ”.

This new disbursement will have a direct impact on 12,015 claimants. These are in addition to the disbursements announced last week.

On the other hand, the head of the DTRH updated the amount of money received returned by citizens who claimed the Unemployment Insurance or the PUA and it did not correspond to them.

“At the moment, the amount of money returned to the Department amounts to $ 56,385,168. Citizens continue to return the money weekly or take advantage of payment plans to restore the money they received, ”he explained.

In the last week we received $ 550,856.00, of which $ 212,911.00 is broken down in regular unemployment checks, $ 175,914.00 in PUA checks, and about $ 162,031.00 in money orders ”detailed Rivera.

Finally, the official reported the preliminary number of employers who requested the exemption from payment of the Bond and announced that in the next few days the announcement of the official list will be made.

“At the moment we have received 335 requests for exoneration, of which 151 have been accepted, 12 requests accepted for exoneration 15%, 7 have been denied and 165 are in the preliminary analysis process. At the end of the week we must have a final number and we will make the announcement, ” he concluded.


$ 63 million disbursement announced for $ 300 second retroactive package for unemployment claimants

Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced and the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources, Carlos J. Rivera Santiago, announced the disbursement of $ 63,373,770 that will directly impact 73,239 claimants who are entitled to receive the second retroactive payment for the $ 300.

“The government and the Department of Labor and Human Resources continue to work hard to bring relief and aid to people who have been affected by the pandemic,” said the governor.

Rivera Santiago explained that “on Friday, November 27, the claimants who receive their unemployment insurance in the form of direct deposit, certified the corresponding weeks and received $ 100 or more weekly will see the retroactive payment reflected in their bank accounts.”

“We continue to invite citizens to register for direct deposit so they can receive their payments much faster. A total of 35,793 claimants will receive this compensation on the announced date, while another 37,446 will receive it in the form of checks in days after Friday, ”added the secretary.

The head of the agency reported that, at the moment in percentage terms, unemployment claimants have changed to the direct deposit modality by 50%. “Our goal is that by the end of the year 80% or more of the citizens who receive the compensation make the change,” he said.

He added that “unemployment insurance claimants who have not yet certified their weeks will have until next Monday, November 30, to complete the process.”

Last week the agency reported the disbursement of $ 23 million from the same program targeting the more than 25,657 eligible PUA claimants.


Mass job cuts at Thyssenkrupp: clear cut at the Ruhr group

Thyssenkrupp continues to use the red pencil after losing billions: 11,000 jobs are to be lost in the next three years.

Thyssenkrupp uses red pencil: 5,000 more jobs are to be cut Photo: Rolf Vennenbernd / dpa

ESSEN afp | The industrial group Thyssenkrupp intends to cut almost twice as many jobs over the next three years as previously planned. In addition to the 6,000 job cuts announced in May 2019, 5,000 more jobs are now to be cut, as Thyssenkrupp announced on Thursday when it presented its balance sheet for the fiscal year until the end of September.

“We are in the middle of the largest restructuring process since Thyssenkrupp was founded. This also includes further job cuts, unfortunately there is no getting around it, ”explained Chief Human Resources Officer Oliver Burkhard.

Operational layoffs are “still the last resort,” assured the manager. “At the moment, however, we cannot explicitly rule them out.”

Thyssenkrupp made a net loss of 5.5 billion euros in the past year. Incoming orders fell by 17 percent compared to the previous year, sales by 15 percent to 28.9 billion euros, as the group announced. In the fourth quarter from July to the end of September, however, business “stabilized”.

Pandemic is a tremendous endurance test

Group boss Martina Merz explained that the corona pandemic was “a tremendous test” for Thyssenkrupp. Nevertheless, the company achieved important milestones in the restructuring of the group. Merz mentioned the sale of the elevator business, which had brought in over 17 billion euros.

The group wants to decide on the future of the loss-making steel division by spring. Merz explained: “We are not yet where we need to be. The next steps can be more painful than the previous ones. We’ll have to go anyway. “

So far, Thyssenkrupp says it has cut 3,600 jobs. 7,400 more are to be eliminated in the next three years. A total of around 100,000 people work for the group.


Back to work via chat (

The long-term unemployed often cannot afford a computer.

The long-term unemployed often cannot afford a computer.

Foto: Aleksandr Davydov / Alamy Stock Photo

When the then red-green federal government introduced Agenda 2010 at the beginning of the 2000s, increasing impoverishment and impoverishment were the foreseeable consequences for those affected. How extraordinarily difficult it is in the year 15 after the introduction of Hartz IV to bring those who have been excluded from any social participation back into society, is shown by a scientific study in which the Federal Agency itself is involved.

At the Institute for Business Analytics at the University of Ulm, researchers have long been studying how participants in a so-called peer group, i.e. a group of like-minded people with the same interests and aspirations, exchange ideas via digital chat in order to achieve common goals. Research director Mathias Klier names the topics of weight loss, parenting and health as positive examples. In a preliminary project with the Federal Employment Agency, it was found that digital peer groups also help young people to find work, training and study.

From this, explains the holder of the Péter Horvát Endowed Professorship for Business Administration (BWL) to »nd«, the common idea for the DIGIPEG project emerged: a voluntary offer to make digital peer group exchange accessible to older unemployed people over 50 .

Chat in groups with up to 30 participants is anonymous. Interested parties can download a specific app on their smartphone or laptop and communicate with each other at any time of the day or night without having to disclose their names, addresses or other private information. A moderator from the employment agency supports you in the event of problems or answers questions about training opportunities, financial support and the like. The participants should benefit from their mutual experiences, develop a common motivation or receive support that is difficult to find otherwise.

All participants must fill out a questionnaire at the beginning and at the end of the three-month project. The scientists from Ulm University then evaluate the content of the anonymous chats. So far, around 500 “customers” from 15 Baden-Württemberg employment agencies have participated in 25 chat groups in the project, which the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing is also supporting with almost 200,000 euros, according to a research assistant. Business mathematician Mathias Klier was impressed by the first interim results to »nd«: »The participants in the digital peer groups improve their application activities significantly and are invited to job interviews more frequently.«

Specifically, the mean number of submitted applications among the participants rose by an average of 40 percent, and the number of job interviews doubled. This development was scientifically analyzed with the inclusion of a control group, which showed a constant development for both sizes. “This enabled us to demonstrate significant positive effects of the digital peer group counseling,” explains the head of research.

In times of the pandemic with closed employment agencies and job centers, in which long-term unemployed people cannot be invited to review their application activities at regular intervals as usual, it makes sense to enable the chat options also for Hartz IV recipients, thought research and administration. However, they had imagined the response to this to be somewhat different. The job center Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald with 240 registered long-term unemployed over 50 years was selected. As Dagmar Manser, managing director of the job center, announced in response to an nd request, all eligible people were written to, informed about the project and asked to participate. “About five,” said the manager, were ultimately ready to do so. The project then had to be expanded to four other job centers in the country in order to even get a chat-capable size.

So it was possible to start with 13 participants on October 5th, and by the end of October six more people could be persuaded to take part. When asked about the reasons, the manager said: »The notifications were made at short notice with little in advance. In particular, there is always very little response to voluntary measures, especially from those who have been receiving benefits for a long time. If you had been able to invite people beforehand, the response would certainly have been greater, ”Dagmar Manser is certain.

Inge Zeller, advisor to the Freiburg Initiative against Unemployment, is somewhat more skeptical about the response to the participation of Hartz IV recipients and the overall project. »The long-term unemployed are largely not financially able to equip themselves with the necessary equipment to take part in such projects. In addition, of course, they lack the knowledge and know-how to participate in digital projects, «reported Inge Zeller from the field.

With regard to the guaranteed anonymity, the counselor calls for caution. In addition, the fundamental question is not only how many of the unemployed are increasingly invited to job interviews, but also how many are actually hired and on what terms. Basically, the longer the people concerned do not find new jobs, the worse and worse the pay.


Recovery in IEFP formation reduces unemployed in October

The recovery in the number of unemployed in training actions by the Institute of Employment and Professional Training (IEFP) contributed in the last month to the most significant drop in the unemployment figures registered since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal. The monthly drop was 1.6%, after IEFP’s occupational programs absorbed an additional 11,525 people in October, an increase of 14%.

The IEFP data for the month of October, released on Thursday, counted a total of 403,555 registered unemployed, a decrease of 1.6% in relation to the month of September, but still 34.5% above the same month of 2019 Compared to February, the last month free from the impact of the pandemic, registered unemployment grew 28%, with an additional 87,993 unemployed enrolled in IEFP centers.

In spite of everything, there was no increase in placements, at the same time that the number of new unemployment records increased again, by 0.9%, to 55,246 enrollments. The decline seen in October in 6620 registered unemployed coincides earlier with the recovery in enrollment levels in training, which have remained low since January.

In October, those employed in IEFP training activities – which, therefore, no longer count towards official unemployment – totaled 93,588. This is a maximum of 21 months. In December 2018 alone, there were more IEFP registrants in training, with 96,825 people.

The recovery in training comes after months of difficulties on the part of the IEFP, admitted later this month in Parliament by the Deputy Secretary of State for Employment and Vocational Training, Miguel Cabrita, according to which “the operational conditions for undertaking professional training were very limited. Even so, the formation of the IEFP will have reached 260 thousand people in the first ten months of this year, he said, currently, 40% of the actions will be provided remotely or in a mixed format (remote and in person).

IEFP data for October show a total of 403 555 registered unemployed.


Still without guests, hotels will have to pay employees who were unemployed by the coronavirus in New York

Still without guests, hotels will have to pay employees who were unemployed by the coronavirus in New York

Times Square looks unrecognizable without pedestrians

Photo: Andrés Correa Guatarasma / Courtesy

Dozens of NYC hotel owners will have to pay $ 500 million in severance pay and insurance to employees who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Will the payment be the largest of its kind, according to a report. Tens of thousands of industry employees will now benefit from an arbitrator’s ruling in September, which requires approximately 75 hotel owners to turn off compensation and health care benefits for its workers, reported The Wall Street Journal.

The pay is the highest among hotels and workers in NYC history and probably in the entire country, once compensation figures are finalized, according to the report.

“Continuing medical care in the context of a pandemic is critical,” declared the president of the labor union Hotel Trades Council (HTC), Rich Maroko. “These indemnities are a necessity for the workers of our hotel after the federal supplements ended last summer. “

The ruling comes as the hotel industry has been devastated by the pandemic, since the tourism and business travel have plummeted, Broadway shows are suspended until at least May 2021 and restaurants and museums are subject to limited capacity restrictions.

At least a hotel owner is contesting the ruling while others have started issuing payments, according to the report.

At the beginning of the pandemic, many hotels were kept afloat with the help of federal assistance loans, but with a second round of stopped assistance, large shelters like Hilton Times Square and Roosevelt Hotel have announced that they will be closing permanently, reported the medium.


ÖGB Vorarlberg angry about the end of hackers’ regulation – Vorarlberg –

ÖGB: “Federal government reaches into other people’s pockets”.
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PRO-GE state chairman Wolfgang Fritz speaks of the planned abolition of the hacking regulation of “lousy rip-offs”.

“Take it from the workers and spare the rich – that seems to be the credo of the federal government,” says PRO-GE regional chairman Wolfgang Fritz about the planned abolition of the hacking regulation. “Instead of finally taxing millionaires and large corporations higher and obliging them to contribute to the crisis management, Kurz and Co. want to cut hard-working people’s pension . The “early starter bonus” provided instead of the hackers’ regulation was only “eyewash” and could not compensate for the massive discounts by far. Fritz accuses the Greens of finally saying goodbye to all social reason.

Fritz accuses ÖVP of “electoral fraud”

“After 45 years, the employees are often at the end of their tether and have paid enough contributions. It is only fair that this small group of those affected can take early retirement at the age of 62 without deductions of up to 12.6 percent,” says Fritz once more firmly. He accuses the ÖVP of “electoral fraud” because the People’s Party agreed to a new version of the hackers’ regulation before the election. Fritz doesn’t spare the Greens with criticism. “First, State Councilor Rauch wants to send thousands of people into unemployment by shutting down industrial companies, and now the ÖVP’s raid on pensioners is dutifully approved.” The abolition of the hacking regulation should also go quietly and secretly over the stage. The ÖVP will bring the motion to parliament on Friday and pass it with the votes of the Greens – without a parliamentary debate.

The labor market is also under pressure

Fritz also criticizes the fact that especially now, during the largest labor market crisis of the Second Republic, the labor market is being put under additional pressure by the abolition of the hacking regulation. “Older employees are particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis,” explains Fritz. Of the 13,262 registered job seekers in Vorarlberg at the end of October, almost 4,000 were over 50 years old. “With the hacking regulation, 62-year-olds can retire after they have worked for 45 years – that also takes the pressure off the job market. With the end of the hacking regulation, more and more older people are threatened to be driven into unemployment.”

Already over 100,000 signatures

Fritz also has no understanding for “the fact that multimillionaires and large ÖVP donors can continue to throw their millions around unmolested without having to make a contribution to overcoming the crisis.” Fritz appeals to the federal government’s common sense: “Do not abolish the hacking regulation, the hard-working people have more than earned their pension!” The PRO-GE signature campaign against the abolition has already been signed by over 100,000 people: “This is a crystal clear signal from the population to the federal government,” concluded Fritz.


The outlook on disability at work is slowly changing

Employees with disabilities may not be the losers from the Covid-19 crisis. The third Agefiph-Ifop barometer of the employment perception of people with disabilities (1), published this Tuesday, November 17 and presented exclusively by The cross, points out that, despite the confinement, two employers in three (67%) are inclined to hire a disabled person, an increase of 6 points compared to 2018.

→ READ. The direct employment rate of people with disabilities is not increasing

“Even if the investigation was carried out just before the re-containment, we can only welcome this development”, notes Véronique Bustreel, director of innovation, evaluation and strategy of Agefiph, who judges “Encouraging” the view on disability in companies.

According to the barometer, in fact, only 34% of business leaders consider it difficult for a disabled employee to flourish in the company and 16% think that he could not be respected by his colleagues.

80% of the handicap is invisible

However, the survey reveals the ambiguous view of disability in the world of work. Because if 76% of bosses actually see disabled employees “An opportunity to open up to new profiles”, and 59% “A way to stimulate performance and innovation within teams”, they are still 76% to consider their hiring as “An objective difficulty”.

Nevertheless, if nearly two thirds of employers see the integration of the disabled “A social obligation imposed by law”, even “An additional burden for the organization of the company”, they are only a quarter to live it as “A budget constraint”. And, even if this figure has declined sharply, 63% still believe ” difficult ” to hire a person with a disability.

“Our barometer reveals above all a lack of awareness of disability”, regrets Véronique Bustreel. It belongs “The persistence of the representation of visible disability, whether it is ‘the armchair’ or ‘the white cane’. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg ”. The survey also shows that only 10% of French people know that 80% of disability – 12 million people anyway! – is in fact invisible: deafness, psychological disorders, disabling illnesses …

Daily work with disabled people “lifts taboos”

“This lack of knowledge is undeniably a barrier to the integration of disabled people into the company, recognizes Véronique Bustreel. Because we tend to see the issue of disability only as a question of accommodation when it should rather be considered in terms of social interactions and management. “

TO READ. Ways to improve the employment of people with disabilities

The survey shows, however, that this ignorance is gradually receding, in particular because employees are increasingly confronted with it, thus breaking down prejudices. Half of those who work with a disabled colleague thus recognize that this has contributed to changing their view of disability. For 80% of them, it was even “The opportunity to set up new ways of doing things” while 17% of them say that it slows them down in their daily life.

“Having experienced daily working with people with disabilities allows us to remove many taboos, rejoices Véronique Bustreel. The work of the media over the past few years has also allowed another perspective: we are much less in pity. ” An evolution which, according to her, is also emerging in the company: “More and more, we admit that this is as much a place of vulnerability as of skills. “


New aids for disability

An interministerial committee for disability (CIH) met on Monday November 16 in Matignon under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Jean Castex.

The aid of € 4,000 granted, as part of the recovery plan, for each disabled person recruited on a CDI or CDD for more than three months will be extended until June 30, 2021.

The disability compensation benefit (PCH) will be extended from 1is January to allow 17,000 parents with disabilities to pay a worker, one hour a day, to help them take care of their child. Some equipment will also be covered.

Ten million euros will be devoted to the subtitling and the translation into sign language of all the ministerial speeches.

120 million euros of the stimulus plan will be allocated to station accessibility.


Industry resists re-containment, but services suffer

SURVEY – In areas not subject to bans, activity has not fallen from its October level. The bosses remain worried.

“The second confinement will have less impact on the economy than the first, but it could be the coup de grace for some companies,” says Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister of Industry. ERIC PIERMONT/AFP

Main failure of the first containment, the collapse of the activity does not repeat itself in the second. In the spring, the decline, stronger than in Germany, terrified business leaders and the Minister of the Economy, who had failed to make the President of the Republic listen to reason. Obsessed by the health imperative, Emmanuel Macron refused to call on the French to get back to work. When he announced the re-containment on October 28, his speech was quite different.

“It’s a difference compared to spring, the activity will continue with more intensity, hammered the president. The economy must neither stop nor collapse. ” On this point, he was heard. Certainly, the restriction of travel, the obligation to close bars and restaurants and the ban on the sale of many products have a disastrous impact on entire sectors, the most vulnerable during the first confinement. But for the rest of the economy, the results of the first two weeks

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