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article imageOp-Ed: Job creation will continue to impact politics in 2012

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By Molly Zelvonberg     Dec 31, 2011 in Business
Economic plans are still a very high priority affecting jobs. The year 2012 embarks on implementation of policies effecting its outcome.
Jobs will be the biggest political issue in 2012, labor law statistics suggest that the largest increase in unemployment claims totaled 3,201,000 as of December 17, 2011 with the largest of claims in California, New York, Washington, Nevada, and Missouri. Without an income everything else falls by the waist-side. By the U.S. department of labor's own admission the current crisis is unlike any since the Great Depression.
The highlighted factor in 2012 is the implementation of policies effecting the future of job creation. A Pennsylvania Hospital will began nicotine testing job applicants which is now part of the drug test screening in February. Trying to kill two birds with one stone, encourage wellness and ease the burden of healthcare premiums. The small business act and $2 billion in support for entrepreneurs are some of the provisions in the Americans jobs act that managed to get passed. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act is currently stuck in the senate.
According to Careerbuilders there are areas to look out for in the year 2012. Skilled positions are getting compensation competitive with functional areas of interest in sales, business development, information tech and engineering. Employers are retraining workers into the specifications that reflects companies needs. Federal health officials have recommended upgrading RN nurses education requirements to Bachelors of Science (BSNs). The demand for more skilled nurses is increasing as the population gets older and the new federal health-care law promises to help million of Americans gain insurance within a few years.
With 2012 being an election year, Healthcare Reform will continue to play an important role with the individual mandate taking center stage, many companies are already asking employees to contribute more. As we step into the unknowns of 2012 job creation, ideas, plans and polices will be a major focal point.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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