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Transportation jobs in San Antonio increase

January 8th, 2017

The new labor numbers show that transportation jobs in San Antonio are growing, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics.

n 2016, transportation and warehousing added 62,000 jobs, down from a gain of 110,000 jobs in 2015. Employment in financial activities continued on an upward trend in December (+13,000). This is in line with the average monthly gains for the industry over the past 2 years.

In December, employment edged up in manufacturing (+17,000), with a gain of 15,000 in the durable goods component. However, since reaching a recent peak in January, manufacturing employment has declined by 63,000.

Employment in professional and business services was little changed in December (+15,000), following an increase of 65,000 in November. The industry added 522,000 jobs in 2016.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, and government, changed little in December.

Employment rose by 156,000 in December, with an increase in health care and social assistance. Job growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016, less than the increase of 2.7 million in 2015.

Employment in health care rose by 43,000 in December, with most of the increase occurring in ambulatory health care services (+30,000) and hospitals (+11,000). Health care added an average of 35,000 jobs per month in 2016, roughly in line with the average monthly gain of 39,000 in 2015.

Social assistance added 20,000 jobs in December, reflecting job growth in individual and family services (+21,000). In 2016, social assistance added 92,000 jobs, down from an increase of 162,000 in 2015. Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in December (+30,000).

This industry added 247,000 jobs in 2016, fewer than the 359,000 jobs gained in 2015. Employment also continued to trend up in transportation and warehousing in December (+15,000). Within the industry, employment expanded by 12,000 in couriers and messengers.

Small business jobs in San Antonio increase

January 5th, 2017

The number of small business jobs in San Antonio have climbed, according to recent employment reports from ADP.

Private sector employment increased by 153,000 jobs from November to December according to the December ADP National Employment Report.

otal U.S. Nonfarm Private Employment: 153,000

By Company Size

  • Small businesses: 18,000
    • 1-19 employees -3,000
    • 20-49 employees 21,000
  • Medium businesses: 71,000
    • 50-499 employees 71,000
  • Large businesses: 63,000
    • 500-999 employees 8,000
    • 1,000+ employees 56,000

By Sector

  • Goods-producing: -16,000
    • Natural resources/mining -5,000
    • Construction -2,000
    • Manufacturing -9,000
  • Service-providing: 169,000
    • Trade/transportation/utilities 82,000
    • Information -6,000
    • Financial activities 10,000
    • Professional/business services 24,000
      • Professional/technical services 18,000
      • Management of companies/enterprises 2,000
      • Administrative/support services 3,000
    • Education/health services 29,000
      • Health care/social assistance 26,000
      • Education 2,000
    • Leisure/hospitality 18,000
    • Other services 11,000

“As we exit 2016, it’s interesting to note that the private sector generated an average of 174,000 jobs per month, down from 209,000 in 2015,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute. “And while job gains in December were slightly below our monthly average, the U.S. labor market has experienced unprecedented seven years of growth that has brought us to near full employment. As we enter 2017, the tightening labor market will likely slow the growth.”

Grants to bolster San Antonio jobs

December 30th, 2016

A number of career grants are going to help at-risk youth with San Antonio jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded an additional $5.5 million to help youth between the ages of 16 to 21 who are at risk of dropping out of public or alternative high school gain skills to serve their communities in justice careers.

Six non-profit organizations received funding for pilot programs that provide at risk youth mentoring and career exploration in justice and emergency services, including police officers, firefighters, lawyers, and paramedics. This is the second set of grants awarded for this initiative, which was first announced in April 2016.

The goal of these projects is for students to graduate from high school prepared to enter the workforce, post-secondary education or a registered apprenticeship.

These grants will provide students: exposure to the world of work, mentoring to encourage students to complete their high school diploma or equivalency, and supportive services like transportation and books to sustain their involvement in the program and in school.

The students will be mentored by justice and emergency services personnel, including judges, attorneys, sociologists, and forensic scientists.

“Preparing our youth for the challenges and opportunities of the future is our foremost duty as a nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Regardless of their circumstances, every child in America deserves the chance to aspire toward their highest and best dreams. These grants will help our youth lead better lives and put them on a pathway toward fulfilling careers of service.”

Construction jobs in San Antonio climb

December 9th, 2016

The number of construction jobs in San Antonio have grown, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor.

Employment in professional and business services rose by 63,000 in November and has risen by 571,000 over the year. Over the month, accounting and bookkeeping services added 18,000 jobs.

Employment continued to trend up in administrative and support services (+36,000), computer systems design and related services (+5,000), and management and technical consulting services (+4,000). Health care employment rose by 28,000 in November.

Within the industry, employment growth occurred in ambulatory health care services (+22,000). Over the past 12 months, health care has added 407,000 jobs.

Employment in construction continued on its recent upward trend in November (+19,000), with a gain in residential specialty trade contractors (+15,000).

Over the past 3 months, construction has added 59,000 jobs, largely in residential construction.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, changed little over the month.

The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 178,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Healthcare jobs in San Antonio climb

December 6th, 2016

A recent study on the hottest shows shows that healthcare jobs in San Antonio may be climbing.

CareerBuilder compiled a list of the hottest jobs for 2017 based on three factors: 1) occupations that pay, on average, around $20 or more per hour 2) have grown faster than the overall labor market from 2012 to 2016 and 3) have a critical mass of jobs.

Occupation Category 2012 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2012-2016 Increase in Jobs Average Hourly Earnings Examples of In Demand Job Titles
Business and Financial Operations 7,358,038 7,938,303 585,2658% $35.09 *Operations Manager*Business Process Analyst

*Product Development Specialist

*Financial Analyst

*Office Manager

Information Technology 3,926,758 4,398,862 472,10412% $40.82 *Data Scientist*User Interface / Front End Developer

*Product Manager

*Mobile Software Engineer

*Information Security Manager

Health Care 8,035,052 8,641,939 606,8878% $37.77 *Family Practitioner*Medical Director

*ICU Nurse

*Cardiologist

*Physical Therapist

*Rehabilitation Nurse

Sales 15,143,749 16,057,815 914,0666% $19.06 *Account Executive*Account Manager

*Business Development Manager

*Client Services Coordinator

Skill Trades 12,049,958 13,067,497 1,017,5398% $21.38 *Electrician*Plumber

*HVAC Technician

Final rule will affect San Antonio jobs

December 1st, 2016

The final rule for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act may affect San Antonio jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center issued a final rule today updating the existing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

“America works best when we field a full team and our nation’s workforce system should reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This new rule provides the entire workforce system with important clarity on how to protect workers from discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, national origin and limited English proficiency, gender identity and other factors.”

WIOA mandates the department to issue regulations to implement Section 188 of the law, the provisions that require equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workforce development system. The section prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or political affiliation or belief. For beneficiaries, applicants and participants only, the act also prohibits discrimination related to citizenship status or because an individual participates in a program or activity receiving financial assistance under Title I of WIOA.

This final rule contains changes necessary to address developments in equal opportunity and nondiscrimination law since the substantive provisions of the rule were last updated in 1999. The rule also revises procedures and processes for enforcement of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions to reflect changes in the practices of recipients, including the use of computer-based and Internet-based systems to provide aid, benefits, services and training through WIOA Title I-financially assisted programs and activities.

Significant changes include:

  • Expanding the explanation of the obligations to prevent discrimination based on national origin and provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency.
  • Making changes to reflect the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
  • Clarifying that sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, transgender status, gender identity and sex-based stereotyping.

Target adding retail jobs in San Antonio?

November 9th, 2016

A new holiday hiring outlook from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas shows that Target is busy adding retail jobs in San Antonio.

Target was the first major retailer to reveal its national holiday hiring plans, announcing Monday that it will add nearly 70,000 extra workers in its stores this year. That represents just under 10 percent of the more than 700,000 retail job gains expected this holiday season in a new outlook from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Retail hiring this holiday season is forecast to remain unchanged from a year ago, when seasonal employment in the sector increased by 738,800 during the final three months of the year. Last year’s job gains were 1.4 percent lower than the previous year, when retailers added 749,100, according to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

“The big change we are seeing, however, is that while seasonal retail jobs remain flat or shrink, there has been a marked increase in seasonal job gains in other sectors. The sector with the biggest increase in holiday hiring in recent years has been transportation and warehousing, as more and more holiday shopping is done online,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Indeed, even as Target announced its plans to add 70,000 retail workers, which is unchanged from a year ago, the company reported that it would also be adding 7,500 people in its distribution facilities, which ship online orders and send products to stores.

Last year, BLS data show that transportation and warehousing employment increased by a non-seasonally adjusted 200,500 workers in November and December. A decade ago, the seasonal job gains for this sector measured just 42,400.

FedEx and UPS, alone, announced plans to add 150,000 extra holiday workers last year. Both are expected to announce hiring plans soon and the expectation is that they will add at least 150,000 between them again this year.

Walmart hires for seasonal jobs in San Antonio

November 6th, 2016

Walmart is looking to hire big for the holiday season and is recruiting for seasonal jobs in San Antonio.

Walmart announced today plans to deliver its trademark low prices for customers this holiday while meeting their everyday needs throughout the season. For the first time, Walmart is deploying an army of Holiday Helpers to better serve customers in the checkout line.

The retailer has also dramatically increased the amount of products available through its Pickup service, launched thousands of rollbacks along with other great prices available every day, and will add millions of items to Walmart.com in the coming months.

Starting Nov. 4, Walmart’s Holiday Helpers will be in stores dedicated to helping customers get through the checkout process faster. Holiday Helpers, ready with candy canes and smiles, will assist customers with finding the shortest line, open registers as needed and will even quickly grab items customers might have forgotten. During peak times, Walmart stores will increase the number of Holiday Helpers serving customers.

These Holiday Helpers will bring the holiday spirit to stores, which will be transformed into winter wonderlands this year. Customers will also enjoy more than 150,000 planned demos and visits from Santa who will make 23,000 appearances throughout the season.

“I can’t remember another year when I’ve been this excited about the merchandise we are offering customers,” said Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “It’s not just about one category or one item. Our whole store is going to be stocked with new, exciting items from hot toys to new electronics available at the best prices. We will win the season on price, from the first weekend in November to Black Friday and Cyber Monday and through those final weeks in December.”

Companies hiring for healthcare jobs in San Antonio

November 2nd, 2016

A new post from jobs giant Monster.com shows that companies may have hired last month for healthcare jobs in San Antonio.

These companies are making the biggest hires in September:

Company name # of jobs
1. Unitedhealth Group 1,481
2. Macy’s 930
3. TruGreen 742
4. Pilot Flying J 739
5. T-Mobile 551
6. Aflac 467
7. American Income 403
8. AT&T 398
9. Advantage Solutions 353
10. Brookdale Senior Living 333
11. Christus Health 311
12. Kindred Healthcare 297
13. KinderCare Education 266
14. UPS 265
15. Northrop Grumman 261
16. Good Samaritan Society 260
17. RehabCare 258
18. Aramark 210
19. Murphy Oil 208
20. Avon 197
21. Sprint 177
22. Wells Fargo 172
23. ESRI 171
24. The Bon-Ton 159
25. Younkers 145
26. NVIDIA Corporation 134
27. Liberty National Insurance 133
28. Rite Aid 122
29. Forever 21 121
30. National Vision 120
31. Herberger’s 115
32. Swift Tranport 106
33. Terminix 103
34. Carson’s 100
35. Ajilon 99
36. Ciber 98
37. Kenan Advantage Group 95
38. Enterprise Rent-a-Car 91
39. Power Home Remodeling 90
40. Saber Healthcare 88
41. Learning Care Group 87
42. RetailData 86
43. Life Care Centers of America 84
44. Sears 74
45. Maintenance Engineering 65
46. Clean Harbors 65
47. Oldcastle 62
48. PMA USA 61
49. Agfa 59
50. ABM 58

Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio unchanged?

October 7th, 2016

The number of manufacturing jobs in San Antonio may remain unchanged, according to the latest employment data.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 156,000 in September. Thus far this year, job growth has averaged 178,000 per month, compared with an average of 229,000 per month in 2015. In September, employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care.

Professional and business services employment rose by 67,000 in September and has risen by 582,000 over the year. Over the month, job gains occurred in management and technical consulting services (+16,000), and employment continued to trend up in administrative and support services (+35,000). Health care added 33,000 jobs in September.

Ambulatory health care services added 24,000 jobs over the month, and employment rose by 7,000 in hospitals.

Over the past 12 months, health care has added 445,000 jobs. Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in September (+30,000) and has increased by 300,000 over the year. Retail trade employment continued to trend up over the month (+22,000).

Within the industry, job gains occurred in clothing and clothing accessories stores (+14,000) and in gasoline stations (+8,000).

Over the year, employment in retail trade has risen by 317,000. Mining employment was unchanged in September after declining by 220,000 from a peak in September 2014.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, changed little over the month. The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 0.1 hour to 34.4 hours in September.

In manufacturing, the workweek increased by 0.1 hour to 40.7 hours, while overtime was unchanged at 3.3 hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 33.5 hours.