As the dust clears on the recession, and the job market picks up, employers are re-examining their compensation and bonus pay structures.

While there were job gains in professional and business services and health care, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that the national unemployment rate was “little changed” at 6.1% in August. But it is a far cry from 7.2% rate reported this time last year, indicating that the economy is slowly regaining its footing.

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