It seems that people just can’t make up their minds about the U.S. employment outlook. In a survey of more than 8,000 consumers, BIGresearch reports that in December, fewer respondents — 31.3% versus November’s 33.0% — predicted that layoffs would increase in the next six months. But more consumers (49.5% last month versus 44.6% in November) said the rate would remain the same. And the December folks were slightly more worried about their own jobs — 5.9% were concerned about being laid off, up from 5.5% in November.
Go global by all means, but don’t take online orders from Nigeria! That country is the “riskiest” for e-commerce, meaning that orders from there are highly likely to be fraudulent, according to 348 merchants surveyed by CyberSource Corporation. Following Nigeria, with 31% of mentions, were Indonesia (8%), Russia (6%), China (5%), and the U.K. and Afghanistan (4% each). Within the U.S., New York City (26%) is the riskiest place for e-commerce, followed by Miami (10%), Los Angeles (9%), Chicago and Detroit (3%), and San Francisco (2%).