U.S. Economy Adds 103,000 Jobs; Unemployment Remains At 9.1%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in September, according to data released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gain included about 45,000 striking telecommunications workers who returned to their jobs.

UCEDC Offers Workshop On Federal Contract Compliance Best Practices

UNION — UCEDC, a statewide non-profit economic development corporation, is hosting a free workshop giving federal contractor/subcontractors a clear direction on the employment compliance practices that can keep them in the running for government contracts. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UCEDC’s headquarters in Union.

Home Ownership Rate Still Historically High Despite Biggest Drop Since 1940

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Census Bureau today released a 2010 Census brief, “Housing Characteristics: 2010,” that shows the homeownership rate is the second highest on record, behind only 2000, since homeownership data collection began in 1890.

Survey: NJ Health Insurance Costs Among Highest In The Nation

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – New Jersey has the fifth-highest average annual cost per employee for employer-sponsored health plans in the nation, according to findings released today from the United Benefit Advisors 2011 Health Plan Survey.

IRS Outlines Options For Taxpayers Affected by Hurricane Irene

MOUNTAINSIDE –– The Internal Revenue Service reminded all New Jersey taxpayers affected by Hurricane Irene that they have until Oct. 31 to meet certain tax filing and payment obligations and announced that e-File and Free File would remain available to accept their returns.

What Employers Need to Know About Claiming the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit

Many small employers that pay at least half of the premiums for employee health insurance coverage under a qualifying arrangement may be eligible for the small business health care tax credit, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Flexible Spending Accounts Slash Your Taxes

Admit it: You probably spend more time comparison shopping online than reviewing your annual benefits enrollment materials. That’s a big mistake because the money you could save by choosing the right employee benefits package probably far exceeds any savings you could get on a big-screen TV.