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The February jobs report showed that U.S. employers added 236,000 jobs in February, which in turn brought the unemployment rate down to 7.7%.  The rate is at its lowest since December, 2008 when it was 7.3%.

Unfortunately, with the proposed budget cuts, the jobless rate could take another hit, however in the industries of construction, healthcare and retail, there is continued growth.  Temporary services and the motion picture industry also figured into the numbers for February, and all of these things point to positive signs ahead.

Companies are now going through the steps of their hiring process, and while varied from business to business, there should be some common steps taken by all.  For those that take the necessary steps, an employment screening is an important part of that hiring scenario.  Through a background check provided by PeopleG2, a hiring manager can gain information about an applicant that will help make the correct hire.  Many of the jobs noted in February’s growth, such as healthcare, require certification or a degree.  It’s important to verify that these applicants have received the degree that they state through an education verification.  Also, for those that have been out of work for a while, or are claiming on a resume that they are moving from one position to a new opportunity, it is necessary for a company to complete an employment verification on past employers to show that the applicant has the needed experience.

Since February 2010, the U.S. economy has added 5.7 million jobs, but that leaves employment about 3 millions jobs lower than when the recession started in December, 2007.  Having the opportunity to hire after such a long drought is exciting for companies, but it is important to exercise due diligence through a background check.  With so many people still vying for the new opportunities, an employment screening can help weed out those who are presenting false information on resumes and job applications.