A Week's Worth

Euphoria over the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossing the 11000 threshold didn't last long. The index took its biggest weekly slide in seven months, closing Friday at 10667.39. The slide was magnified by the fact that the market was closed Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day.

Despite hurricanes, surging fuel prices, and a steady diet of interest-rate hikes, US employers generated 2.02 million new jobs last year, the Labor Department says. And they're not stopping there, apparently. The Society for Human Resource Management surveyed 485 member companies and found that 66 percent expect to add jobs in 2006. Another 14 percent plan to hire contract workers for short-term projects.

The sales rep who services your company's account may just be among the 1 in 3 who plans to quit in the coming months and look for work that pays better, according to the findings of a new survey by CareerBuilder.com, a website that seeks to connect job-seekers with employers. Respondents also griped about lack of opportunity for advancement and increased workloads.

With winter weekend getaways so popular, the online travel site Hotwire.com has ranked the best destinations, based on value for the money. No. 1: Denver, which is serviced by three budget airlines and offers impressive mountain scenery, a plethora of outdoor activities, and lodging for less than $100 a night.

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