Where Are the Jobs — and Employees?

I understand your optimism. There are strong signs that the economy is on the uptick and we are recovering from the recession. In the last week of December 2009, the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in 18 months, a sure sign that jobless rates are leveling off. On the agency side, the last quarter of 2009 showed a significant increase in account shifts, and agencies with new business need new bodies.