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JULY 2012

Posted by nahetsblog on July 24, 2012

Initial jobless claims dropped to its lowest level in four years during the first week in July,their were 14,000 new claims bringing the total to374,000,the more accurate and less volatile four week running average improved to 358,000.Construction employment rose by 8000 jobs ,reversing eight weeks of stagnation.The Associated General Contractors said that June was the worst month in the second quarter but it was still on the plus side.

Washington D.C. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said last week that heavy equipment operators was listed number 4 on their list of "in demand" careers,this is the list of 101 "hard-to-fill" occupations.Citing their 2020 Vision report Secretary Rosalinde Baldoz said that this line of work can absorb yhe most in the next five to ten years.Requirements are a high school diploma,experience or graduating from a heavy equipment school or heavy equipment training through a on-the-job apprenticeship,the more pieces of equipment you can run safely the better,the three most common pieces found on the job site are back-hoe,grader and bulldozer.you need to be acquainted with hand signals and radio communication,basic knowledge of site planning,ground conditions,map reading,basic maintenance,and be able to read,check and shoot grade.

Salaries vary widely depending on who,where,when and the client but the entry level range is between $3500 and $6500 per month,their is foreign work available and the compensation is even more varying ,but it is at least 50 percent more than the wages paid in the states.

Secretary Baldoz that the job market is increasing in all of the heavy equipment construction market,the mining sector has increased the most over the last two years,when the spot price of gold is less than the extraction cost of getting the ore it makes no sense to keep digging.Four years ago the price of gold was less than $600 per ounce and a lot of mid-sized and small mines that were forced to close down,now with the price between $1500 and $1700 per ounce most of those mines are open again.

If you are interested in a mining job these web sites are advertising for jobs,the pay is $19 to $24 per hour,www.rigzone.com or www.StromEngineering.com

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