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Economy Adds 2.64 million Jobs in 2018

Over the year, the U.S. economy added 2.64 million jobs, making it the third best year for job growth since the recession a decade ago and the third best year since 2000. The Labor Department also reported that there were 312,000 jobs created in the U.S. economy in December, well above the consensus expectation of […]

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NIC Skilled Nursing Data Report: Key Takeaways from the Third Quarter 2018

Occupancy Edged Up To 82.2% in Q3 2018 Managed Medicare Revenue Mix Reached 10%  NIC released its third quarter 2018 Skilled Nursing Data Report last week, which includes key monthly data points from January 2012 through September 2018.  The report also includes the latest urban vs. rural comparative data points as well as revenue mix […]

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November Unemployment Rate Unchanged at Lowest Level in Nearly 50 Years

The unemployment rate remained low at 3.7% in November, which is the lowest rate since December 1969. The jobless rate remains well below the rate of what is generally believed to be the “natural rate of unemployment” of 4.5%, which suggests that upward pressure on wage rates will continue. Further indications that this is in […]

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Building an Engaged Workforce Leads to Significant Cost Savings

It’s the open secret that leading operators have long known—an engaged workforce leads to success in other parts of operations, including key financial and performance metrics. In the words of one senior living executive, “Happier employees means happier residents. That’s what we’re all about.” But can we quantify it? What is the business case for […]

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October Jobless Rate Remains at Lowest Level Since 1969

The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7% in October, which is the lowest rate since December 1969. The jobless rate remains well below the rate of what is generally believed to be the “natural rate of unemployment” of 4.5%, which suggests that there will be building pressure on wage rate growth. Evidence is mounting that […]

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