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Warehouse jobs in San Antonio grow

July 29th, 2015

Employment everywhere is holding strong, and that includes warehouse jobs in San Antonio.

Transportation and warehousing added 17,000 jobs in June. Employment in truck transportation continued to trend up over the month (+7,000) and has increased by 19,000 over the past 3 months.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in June (+30,000) and has increased by 355,000 over the year.

Employment in mining continued to trend down in June (-4,000). Since a recent high in December 2014, employment in mining has declined by 71,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, and government, showed little or no change over the month.

Health care added 40,000 jobs in June. Job gains were distributed among the three component industries–ambulatory care services (+23,000), hospitals (+11,000), and nursing and residential care facilities(+7,000). Employment in health care had grown by an average of 34,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in retail trade increased by 33,000 in June and has risen by 300,000 over the year. In June, general merchandise stores added 10,000 jobs.

Employment in financial activities increased by 20,000, with most of the increase in insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000) and in securities, commodity contracts, and investments (+7,000). Commercial banking employment declined by 6,000. Employment in financial activities has grown by 159,000 over the year, with insurance accounting for about half of the gain.

Is something hurting advancement for San Antonio jobs?

July 25th, 2015

There could be a variety of reasons that prevent workers from getting promoted in their San Antonio jobs, according a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to the national survey, provocative clothing, a disheveled appearance and unprofessional haircut are just a few of the things that cause employers to think twice before promoting them. Behaviors such as exhibiting a negative attitude, consistently arriving late or gossiping can also work against them.

When asked which aspects of a worker’s physical appearance would make them less likely to promote that person, employers were most out of favor with provocative attire (44 percent) and wrinkled clothes or shabby appearance (43 percent). Other answers include:
•Piercings outside of traditional ear piercings: 32 percent
•Attire that is too casual for the workplace: 27 percent
•Visible tattoos: 27 percent
•An unprofessional or ostentatious haircut: 25 percent
•Unprofessional or ostentatious facial hair: 24 percent
•Bad breath: 23 percent
•Heavy perfume or cologne: 21 percent
•Too much makeup: 15 percent

Employers also revealed the top behaviors that hurt an employee’s chances for promotion, with poor attitudes and consistent tardiness taking the top spot.
•Having a negative or pessimistic attitude: 62 percent
•Regularly showing up to work late: 62 percent
•Using vulgar language: 51 percent
•Regularly leaving work early: 49 percent
•Taking too many sick days: 49 percent
•Gossiping: 44 percent
•Spending office time on personal social media accounts: 39 percent
•Neglecting to clean up after himself/herself: 36 percent
•Always initiating non-work-related conversations with co-workers: 27 percent
•Taking personal calls at work: 24 percent
•Taking smoke breaks: 19 percent

Funds will expand training for San Antonio jobs

July 6th, 2015

A round of funds are going to help Texas expanding its training for San Antonio jobs, among other locations around the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $138 million to 27 states and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant program. The funds will develop innovative job-training programs focused on regional and industry-specific collaborations.

The funds awarded today will build on “sector strategies,” industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development that align job-training programs to meet those needs of a local or regional labor market.

Sector partnerships build of the principles in Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s Job-Driven Training Report to encourage greater regional collaborations between employers, educational institutions and the local workforce system.

The awards will connect workers who lost a job through no fault of their own and individuals struggling with long-term unemployment to a broad range of services, including on-the-job training; transitional jobs, pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships; job search assistance; and career planning and job coaching.

“We must constantly innovate and expand best practices to make sure our nation’s workforce can compete in the global economy,” said. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Today’s awards will help better align workforce skills with the needs of regional industries. By doing so, these funds will have a positive and meaningful impact on the communities they serve now and into the future.”

Grants used to align workforce data for San Antonio jobs

July 6th, 2015

A new batch of grant money is going to improve workforce strategies for San Antonio jobs, among other jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor and workforce agencies nationwide are working together in the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. In support of this initiative, the department is announcing $10 million for the program’s fifth round to help nine states build or expand their longitudinal databases that link workforce and education data.

Grantees must use these longitudinal databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at determining the effectiveness of workforce and education programs.

They will also develop tools to inform customers better about the benefits of the federally funded workforce system. Information gathered through this initiative will develop tools to inform consumer choice about the benefits of the publicly funded workforce system.

Two new states — Alaska and Tennessee — will receive first-time grants in the WDQI program, while seven states — Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington — will use the additional funding to expand work already initiated on their databases.

Grantees will be expected to achieve multiple goals during the three-year grant period. These goals include:

Developing or improving state workforce longitudinal data systems with individual-level information;
Enabling workforce data to be matched with education data to create longitudinal data systems;
Improving the quality and breadth of the data in the workforce data systems;
Using longitudinal data to provide useful information about program operations;
Analyzing the performance of education and employment training programs; and
Providing user-friendly information to consumers, in the form of scorecards or integrated digital platforms, to help them select the training and education programs that best suit their needs.

Facility will create healthcare jobs in San Antonio

June 26th, 2015

The opening of a new facility may create more healthcare jobs in San Antonio.

Potranco emergency room opened today at 7am, operated by First Choice Emergency Room. The new location is 738 W. Loop 1604 N.

First Choice Emergency Room facilities are fully equipped, freestanding emergency rooms located within the community. The facilities are staffed by board-certified physicians, emergency trained registered nurses and radiology technologists.

First Choice Emergency Room made a donation to John Paul Stevens High School. The high school band accepted the donation at First Choice Emergency Room’s ribbon cutting with the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

First Choice rooms have a complete radiology suite of diagnostic technology (CT scanner, Ultrasound, and Digital X-ray) and on-site laboratory. All First Choice Emergency Room locations are staffed with board-certified physicians and emergency trained registered nurses. First Choice Emergency Room has facilities in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Colorado Springs and Denver.

“Our experienced team is thrilled to be a part of this new state of the art facility and look forward to delivering the highest quality emergency medical care to the residents of San Antonio,” said Dr. Carl Bonnett, Facility Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room San Antonio – Potranco.

Home care jobs in San Antonio growing

June 5th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that home care jobs in San Antonio are growing.

“Around one third of all U.S. industries are expected to outperform the national average for employment growth over the next five years,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “While it’s not surprising that technology and health care made the list, the accumulation of new jobs will take place within a diverse mix of industries requiring a broad range of skills and experience.”

Translation and Interpretation Services
Specialty Hospitals (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse)
Residential Remodelers
Home Health Care Services
Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers
Electronic Shopping
Environment, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
Computer Systems Design Services
Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals

“Around one third of all U.S. industries are expected to outperform the national average for employment growth over the next five years,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “While it’s not surprising that technology and health care made the list, the accumulation of new jobs will take place within a diverse mix of industries requiring a broad range of skills and experience.”

The U.S. is projected to create roughly 8 million jobs from 2014 to 2019 – a 5 percent increase – though a significant number of industries will likely experience a greater percentage gain during this period

San Antonio finance jobs paying well?

June 1st, 2015

Many employers may be paying a solid wage for San Antonio finance jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Fifty-three percent of employers offering summer jobs have roles that pay $15 or more per hour on average. Seventy-two percent of employers will pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour on average – up from 64 percent in 2014.

Seasonal hiring is expected to take a nice jump this summer. More than a third of private-sector employers (36 percent) are hiring seasonal workers this summer, up from 30 percent last year and an average of 21 percent from 2008-2011.

IT firms and financial services employers are among the first in line for summer workers; leisure and hospitality employers, however, lead all industries.

Employers hiring seasonal workers

Leisure & Hospitality: 50 percent
Financial Services: 48 percent
Information Technology: 46 percent
Retail: 42 percent
Manufacturing: 39 percent
Transportation: 37 percent
Health Care: 26 percent

A wide majority of employers hiring this summer –77 percent – say they will consider some summer hires for permanent positions. Employers say that workers who proactively ask for more responsibilities, are unafraid to contribute ideas, and are forward about their desire to stay on after the summer are the best positioned to turn the temporary job permanent.

Are college students confident about San Antonio jobs?

May 27th, 2015

College students may not be very confident about San Antonio jobs. has released a new survey that shows gender disparities in confidence and perceived earning ability among those in college and college graduates in the early phase of their careers.

About 81% of respondents currently enrolled in college report feeling at least somewhat confident in securing a job after graduation.

But only 16% of women feel “absolutely confident,” compared to 27% of men. Results also showed a gender gap in the perceived ability to find a high-paying job, with 48% of men enrolled in college believing their first job salary will exceed $50,000 compared to just 33% of women.

There is a distinct gender gap in the perceived importance of college degrees. For women, the value of a degree decreased with experience and time; for men, however, it remained stable or increased. When college students were asked how important their degree would be to the success of their career, 82% said it would be important. In contrast, only 62% of female college graduates said their college degree has been important to their careers.

According to the survey, 83% of male students compared to 74% of female students say they are prepared to start their college career; when college graduates were asked how prepared college made them for their career, males reported slightly higher rates (88%) and females views were stable (76%) compared to college students.

San Antonio healthcare jobs increase

May 8th, 2015

According to a recent release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, San Antonio healthcare jobs may be increasing.

Employment rose by 223,000 in April, after edging up in March (+85,000). In April, employment increased in professional and business services, health care, and construction, while employment in mining continued to decline.

Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs in April. Over the prior 3 months, job gains averaged 35,000 per month. In April, services to buildings and dwellings added 16,000 jobs, following little change in March. Employment continued to trend up in April in computer systems design and related services (+9,000), in business support services (+7,000), and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).

Health care employment increased by 45,000 in April. Job growth was distributed among the three major components–ambulatory health care services (+25,000), hospitals (+12,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+8,000). Over the past year, health care has added 390,000 jobs.

Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components.

Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).

Employment in mining fell by 15,000 in April, with most of the job loss in support activities for mining (-10,000) and in oil and gas extraction (-3,000). Since the beginning of the year, employment in mining has declined by 49,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.

Are people in San Antonio jobs overweight?

May 4th, 2015

A new study from Careerbuilder finds that a lot of people with San Antonio jobs, among other locations, think they are overweight.

Fifty-seven percent of U.S. workers feel they are overweight, up from 55 percent in 2014. Additionally, 42 percent of workers say they’ve gained weight in their present job, up from 39 percent last year. Twenty-two percent reported gaining more than 10 pounds, while 16 percent of workers say they’ve lost weight.

When asked what they felt contributed to their weight gain at their current job, 37 percent of workers said “eating because of stress,” and 43 percent said they are “too tired from work to exercise.” Sedentary behavior, however, is seen as the leading culprit, in workers’ minds. Fifty-six percent said “sitting at the desk most of the day” contributed to the weight gain at their present job.

Industry/Job type: Workers in desk or office-based jobs are more likely to be gaining weight at their present job:
•Professional & Business Services: 51 percent
•IT: 48 percent
•Financial Services: 45 percent
•Health Care: 45 percent
•Sales: 41 percent
•Leisure & Hospitality: 39 percent
•Manufacturing 39 percent
•Retail: 35 percent

Gender: Women (46 percent) are more likely to report gaining weight at their present jobs than men (38 percent).

Job-level: Workers in management roles (43 percent) are almost equally likely as workers in non-management roles (42 percent) to report weight gains at their present jobs.

Age: Workers in the middle of their careers appear more prone to weight gain than younger or mature workers. Forty-five percent of workers age 35-54 reported gaining weight at their present job, compared to 38 percent of workers age 18-34 and 39 percent of workers 55+.