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June 3rd, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Why some companies are hiring, some not

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - In yet another alarm bell of a weakening U.S. economy, the job market took a disappointing turn in May.

The economy gained a mere 54,000 jobs in the month, a significant slowdown from 232,000 jobs added to payrolls in April, the government reported Friday.

Why are some companies hiring at a breakneck pace while others are sitting on the sidelines?

American Morning's Ali Velshi and Christine Romans talk to two business owners. Angela Selden with Arise Virtual Solutions is looking for qualified candidates to fill 11,000 jobs this year, while David Martin with Home Style Foods is not looking to make any new hires this year. On AM this morning, they explain their reasons why.

Filed under: Economy • Jobs
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Sonny R.

    The economy is the biggest problem for me My biggest trouble with the Republicans, is they berate the Presidents' policies, but don't give any solutions. When they criticize the policies, why don't you asked their solutions?

    June 6, 2011 at 8:59 am |

    I would like to know where i can apply for one of the home jobs that Ms. Selden was refering too.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  3. Michael L. Walker

    Dear Ms. Romans and Mr. Velshi:
    After seeing your interview with Ms. Selden of Arise Virtual Solutions, and since I lost my job in a call center due to outsourcing to India, I googled the company, which maybe you should have done. The company is for real but to do contract work for them you must incorporate your business in your state, you must pay several hundred dollars to take their soft skills training course and acheive a passing grade, then you can select a client that you might like to work with and then pay for a training course for that company and pass another testing before you even find out if that company is even hiring. I also read reviews from disgruntled former/current employees about issues they have had with Arise and how it takes months to get answers even for tech concerns you have with the work you are trying to do at the moment. Apparently contacting a live person at Arise with your issue is a virtual solution they have not resolved yet...maybe they need a call center.

    Do more research before you hype a company needing 11,000 employees to make sure it not just some money making scam on people attempting to find a legitmate job.

    Michael L. Walker

    June 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  4. Julie

    Ecomony cannot turn around without a bail out on all credit cards.

    Exorbitant fees, exhorbitant charges.

    People need to stop buying foreign products.

    We need to stop subsidizing oil companies and companies that outsource.

    June 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  5. Booth V.

    That woman was sharp and made a good point about a repatriation tax. Corporations don't give two shakes about the American worker. They care about their bottom line. So maybe a 'bribe' from the government to get them on board is what it will take.

    But here's my question. If it's the same cost to have American workers handle calls then why the hell aren't more companies doing what's not only right for U.S. workers but also cost effective?

    Personally, I'm ready to have my call answered by a voice I can understand. Nothing personal India. You have very nice people who work very hard. But so does America.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  6. Steve

    Hey, I'm not a Rocket Scientist, but what do you think about this? Support American working families and American Jobs – Look for the "Made In America" sign. The American consumer HAS THE POWER to bring our economy back! Demand products and services that display the "Made In America" sign. Stores have to place more orders from Domestic factories, Domestic factories have to hire more labor to fill orders, economy is on the mend! Sounds to simple to be true? The next step may be the hardest, determine how to help regulate Domestic pricing, ex: Oil & Gas, to ensure the consumer is not being "Ripped off" price gouged here at home by "Greedy" domestic companies!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm |