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In this July 21, 2011 photo, Sonya Mosey from Altoona, Pa. fills out an employment application for Gillece Services at the Pittsburgh Career Fair, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

With the unpredictable stock market, the job front doesn’t look like it’s headed in the right direction any time soon. Employers are still hesitant to hire, and in many cases, workforce reductions are continuing. Despite the economic troubles companies are facing, most employers are not cutting back on severance packages or unemployment benefits.  

In fact, according to a recent survey by WorldatWork, most employers still provide one or two weeks’ severance pay for each year of service, and virtually half of employers offer outplacement benefits to all terminated employees while 36 percent of employers provide it on an individual basis, an increase from 27 percent in 2009.

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