A Week's Worth: Quick takes on the world of work and money

Americans not as likely to recycle at work – or relocate for a job; but men and women agree on Valentine gifts.

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Wall Street shrugged off news that the US economy lost jobs last month and posted big gains. The Dow and S&P 500 rose more than 4 percent for the week – their steepest gain since March 2003.

•At home, Americans are reasonably attentive to sorting used containers and paper products into their proper bins and piles. But they're less attuned to do so at work, according to a new poll conducted by the Californians Against Waste. The online survey shows that 62 percent recycle at home, compared with only 49 percent at work. To improve the latter rate, the group suggests that employers place recycling containers next to each desk.

•Given the current housing slump, job seekers concerned about selling their homes at marked-down prices hesitate to relocate. During the final quarter of 2007, just 11 percent of job seekers moved to take a new position, a record low, according to the latest Challenger Job Market Index released by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The reluctance to relocate can work a hardship on small- and medium-size companies that generally have less money to offer new workers for moving-related expenses.

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•In its third annual Valentine's Day Shopping survey, Discover Card found that the favorite three gifts women like to receive – a special dinner (57 percent), flowers (48 percent), and candy or chocolates (49 percent) – are the same ones men most like to give – dinner (74 percent), flowers (69 percent), and candy or chocolates (49 percent).

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