December 6th, 2013
With the release of the latest labor statistics, it appears that San Antonio nursing jobs are increasing.
Health care employment continued to increase over the month (+28,000). Job gains occurred in home healthcare services (+12,000) and offices of physicians (+7,000), while nursing care facilities lost jobs (-4,000). Job growth in health care has averaged 19,000 per month thus far this year, compared with an average monthly gain of 27,000 in 2012.
In November, manufacturing added 27,000 jobs. Within the industry, job gains occurred in food manufacturing (+8,000) and in motor vehicles and parts (+7,000).
In November, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+35,000). Over the prior 12 months, the industry added an average of 55,000 jobs per month.
Retail trade employment also continued to expand in November (+22,000). Within the industry, job growth occurred in general merchandise stores (+14,000); in sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (+12,000); and in automobile dealers (+7,000). Over the prior 12 months, job growth in retail trade averaged 31,000 per month.
Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in November (+18,000). Job growth in this industry averaged 28,000 per month over the prior 12 months.
The unemployment rate declined from 7.3 percent to 7.0 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000.
Both the number of unemployed persons, at 10.9 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.0 percent, declined in November. Among the unemployed, the number who reported being on temporary layoff decreased by 377,000. This largely reflects the return to work of federal employees who were furloughed in October due to the partial government shutdown.
Employment in construction continued to trend up in November (+17,000). Monthly job gains in the industry averaged 15,000 over the prior 12 months.
Federal government employment continued to decline (-7,000) in November. Over the past 12 months, federal government employment has decreased by 92,000.
Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, wholesale trade, information, and financial activities, showed little or no change in November.
November 30th, 2013
Retail numbers are in for October, and it appears hiring for sales jobs in San Antonio and retail jobs was strong.
October holiday hiring got off to its strongest start in 14 years, as retail employment grew by 159,500* in October, according to an analysis of the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
The 159,500 net new jobs in retail last month marks a 6.7 percent increase from October 2012, when retailers increased their payrolls by 149,400.
Last year, the three-month hiring period resulted in 751,800 new jobs being added by retailers; the most since 2000, when retailers added 788,200 workers during the final three months of the year.
“Strong October hiring does not necessarily mean that holiday hiring will surpass last year’s level, but it is certainly a good sign. We have seen steady increases in the number of seasonal workers hired since 2008, when recession-ravaged retailers added a paltry 324,900 seasonal workers in the final quarter of the year. Last year, holiday hiring returned to pre-recession levels. Actually, 2012 returned to pre-2001-recession levels, as retailers turned in the strongest hiring numbers since 2000,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
Last year’s holiday hiring binge brought retail employment in the sector to 15,538,300 in December, the month in which retail employment generally reaches its annual peak. That was the highest number of retail workers in December, since 2007, when employment reached 16,156,400.
Consumer confidence remains shaky in light of political discord in Washington, but consumer spending has still managed to see gains. Retail sales, excluding automobiles, gasoline and building materials, increased 0.5 percent in September, improving upon the 0.2 percent increase posted in August.
November 17th, 2013
A new study from CareerBuilder finds that home health jobs in San Antonio and other cities are expected to rise dramatically in the coming years. It is the job with the highest project growth, followed by market research analysts and medical secretaries.
In addition, the study found that job growth in the United States from 2013 through 2017 is projected to grow at a rate slightly faster than the preceding post-recession years.
The report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) explores projections over a five-year period by occupation, wage group and education level for the U.S. and the 52 largest metropolitan areas.
Other findings include:
The U.S. workforce is projected to grow 4.4 percent from 2013 to 2017 — faster than the 2009-2013 period (3.5 percent), but still down from the pre-recession 2003-2007 period (5.8 percent).
· At 5 percent, high-wage occupations ($21.14 per hour and above) are expected to grow faster than low-wage ($13.83 and below) and medium-wage ($13.84-$21.13) occupations — 4.7 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively.
· 75 percent of the 165 occupations expected to lose jobs nationally are in the middle-wage category.
· Occupations requiring college degrees are growing significantly faster than those that do not. Associate degree and master’s degree occupations are each projected to grow 8 percent, while jobs requiring short-term, on-the job training trail at 4 percent. Bachelor’s degree jobs are projected to grow 6 percent.
· 23 of the 52 largest metro areas will outpace the projected national rate of job growth, led by three in Texas (Austin, Houston and San Antonio); Raleigh, NC, and Phoenix, AZ. Washington, D.C. is poised to have the largest share of new jobs coming from the high-wage sector, but San Antonio is expected to have the fastest rate of high-wage growth.
November 4th, 2013
Vacancies for San Antonio nursing jobs may have a detrimental impact on the entire healthcare organization.
According to a CareerBuilder study, forty-eight percent of nursing jobs and 39 percent of allied health jobs go unfilled for six weeks or longer, on average. Nursing jobs go unfilled for 12 weeks or longer at 20 percent of health care organizations.
A majority of employers cited at least one negative effect of vacancies (59 percent), with the top effects being:
· Employee morale is lower because staff is overworked – 36 percent
· Patients get less attention – 20 percent
· Higher voluntary turnover – 11 percent
· More mistakes in administration of patient care – 10 percent
· Increased lawsuits – 4 percent
Forty-one percent say extended vacancies have not negatively impacted their health care organization.
“The job market for health care positions continues to grow quickly in a sluggish economy, but filling key positions is far from easy. It takes proactive recruitment strategies focused on building pipelines and observing relevant workforce analytics,” said Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare. “Organizations are struggling to find a balance between bringing in new talent and hiring experienced industry veterans capable of stepping into stressful environments with little ramp-up time. It’s important, however, that health care leaders develop pathways for new graduates.”
A separate 2013 CareerBuilder Healthcare survey* of 503 employers asked hiring managers about their biggest barriers to filling a health care position. A lack of experience led the most common responses:
· Applicants do not have any relevant experience – 47 percent
· Applicants have salary requirements that are too high – 42 percent
· Applicants have less than 3 years relevant experience – 40 percent
· Applicants don’t have the proper education or training – 39 percent
· Applicants have poor communication skills – 38 percent
· Work schedule/hours are not desirable – 38 percent
October 29th, 2013
As the holiday season approaches, UPS has decided to hire for packing and shipping jobs in San Antonio, and other locations around the U.S.
UPS said there will be five delivery days within the 2013 peak season where UPS will surpass peak day 2012. To handle the increase in volume, UPS will hire 55,000 seasonal employees across the U.S. to work as drivers, helpers, package sorters, loaders or unloaders.
UPS expects to pick-up over 34 million packages globally on its peak day, December 16. There are 26 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six fewer than last year making it the most compressed holiday season since 2002. Overall, UPS expects peak season daily volume to increase by 8% this year.
October 20th, 2013
Middle wage jobs in San Antonio are possibly increasing, according to a new study from Careerbuilder.
While middle-wage jobs have been on the decline for a number of years, a new study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) shows that there are various fields and states where these positions are thriving.
Wyoming leads the nation in the percentage of middle-wage jobs added in a state post-recession. Forty-five percent of new jobs that were created in Wyoming since 2010 have been middle-wage, well ahead of other high-performing states: Iowa (37%), North Dakota (36%), and Michigan (35%). Texas (25%) and California (23%) have created the largest total number of new middle-wage jobs in the nation, but they’re in the middle of the pack in terms of the share of all new jobs.
At the bottom, Rhode Island is the only state that’s lost middle-wage jobs over the last few years. Meanwhile, Mississippi (10%) and New York (13%) have the lowest share of new middle-wage jobs among states that have seen job increases.
The study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) shows that there are various fields and states where these positions are thriving.
CareerBuilder and EMSI defined middle-wage jobs as those that pay between $13.84 and $21.13 per hour.
One quarter (25 percent) of all new jobs added in the U.S. since 2010 fall in the middle-wage range, trailing the share of both high-wage jobs (29 percent) and low-wage jobs (46 percent). While automation, offshoring and other factors are driving the declining share of middle-wage jobs, a variety of occupations in this segment have performed well post-recession. Most of these occupations typically require on-the-job training, work experience, or short-term certificates and degrees that community colleges specialize in.
Customer Service Representatives – added 132,690 jobs since 2010, up 6%
Median hourly earnings – $14.91
· Heavy/Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers – added 118,541 jobs since 2010, up 7%
Median hourly earnings – $18.41
· Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks – added 77,162 jobs since 2010, up 4%
Median hourly earnings – $17.02
· Construction Laborers – added 69,148 jobs since 2010, up 6%
Median hourly earnings – $14.60
· Machinists – added 49,906 jobs since 2010, up 14%
Median hourly earnings – $19.01
· Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers – added 38,153 jobs since 2010, up 11%
Median hourly earnings – $17.58
· Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics – added 36,229 jobs since 2010, up 5%
Median hourly earnings – $16.47
· Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers – added 34,424 jobs since 2010, up 8%
Median hourly earnings – $16.81
· Medical Assistants – added 29,949 jobs since 2010, up 5%
Median hourly earnings – $14.35
· Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators – added 21,307 jobs since 2010, up 17%
Median hourly earnings – $17.14
· Oil, Gas and Mining Service Unit Operators – added 16,690 jobs since 2010, up 38%
Median hourly earnings – $20.16
October 6th, 2013
When it comes to seasonal hiring, recruiting for San Antonio jobs may be more tepid this year compared to last year.
According to Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, shaky consumer confidence and increased efficiencies among retailers may prevent seasonal employment gains from reaching such lofty heights this year.
Challenger estimated that seasonal job gains will not see a significant decline from last year’s robust numbers, but they are likely to at best match the level of hiring that occurred in October, November, and December 2012.
In 2012, retail employment increased by a non-seasonally-adjusted 751,800 between October 1 and December 31. That was the heaviest holiday hiring binge since 2000, when retailers added 788,200 to their payrolls during the final three months of the year. The 2012 holiday hiring total was up 11 percent from the previous year, when 679,300 extra seasonal workers were hired.
“There are several factors that could keep holiday hiring from reaching last year’s level. While, the economy and job market are improving, it has now been four years since the recession officially ended and millions of Americans are still unemployed or underemployed. As a result, consumers remain uneasy, which is evidenced by wide monthly mood swings in confidence surveys,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
“Price conscious consumers are doing more and more of their holiday shopping online, where they often find the best deals and can typically enjoy free delivery and no sales tax. The ongoing shift to Internet shopping could see some seasonal hiring in this area, but the numbers will never match the employment gains seen in traditional brick-and-mortar establishments, primarily because there simply are not has many. For every Amazon, there are dozens of national retail chains with the potential to hire thousands,” said Challenger.
September 23rd, 2013
CSG, a certified veteran-owned small business (VOSB) that offers contact center outsourcing solutions to organizations, is reportedly hiring for customer service jobs in San Antonio, among many others.
The company plans to add more than 300 positions.
Jennifer Ferrill, CSG’s Director of HR, says, “Our competitive advantage is simple – our front line employee focus and our ability to attract great people.”
CSG has added about 250 people to its team over the last three years.
CSG is hiring for a variety of positions, supporting companies in several industries. “We’ve had amazing success in attracting world-class talent in San Antonio, and this is a key reason we made the choice to expand locally,” adds Ferrill.
Job Fairs for the fast-growing company are scheduled for Saturday, October 5th and 19th, from 9 AM – 1 PM at its headquarters on 8415 Datapoint Drive.
CSG’s services include contact center outsourcing, back-office outsourcing, and consulting.
September 20th, 2013
Texas Allstate Insurance locations have reportedly been busy hiring for sales jobs in San Antonio.
The agents plan on hiring about 400 people for sales jobs.
The hires are expected to be made before the end of the year.
The sales professionals work side by side with agency owners, educating and assisting customers with their insurance needs.
Interested candidates should have selling and customer service skills, a high school diploma and the ability to obtain or begin the process of obtaining a Property and Casualty license at the time of hiring.
Candidates can apply for licensed sales professional positions by calling their local Allstate agency owner.
Candidates are interviewed and hired by Allstate exclusive agency owners who are independent contractors for all purposes. Although licensed sales professionals represent Allstate, they are employees of the exclusive agency owner and not employed by Allstate Insurance Company.
“Sales positions with Allstate agency owners are a great opportunity for talented, motivated people with strong communication and customer service skills, to work with a world-class brand and an experienced sales staff,” said Adam Pisani, an Allstate agency owner in the Houston area. “As agency employees, interested candidates will become licensed sale professionals and get the help, support and training they need to help them succeed.”
September 8th, 2013
The number of IT jobs in San Antonio may be decreasing, a new report shows.
Robert Half International just released their fourth quarter reporter on CIOs, and many are discussing their plans for hiring for IT jobs in San Antonio, among other cities.
Eleven percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed recently say they will expand their IT teams in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.
That’s less than the 12 percent from the previous quarter.
Sixty-five percent of CIOs plan to hire only for open IT roles, 19 percent expect to put hiring plans on hold, and 5 percent plan to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.
Eighty-six percent of CIOs said they are somewhat or very confident about their companies’ prospects for growth in the fourth quarter, and 64 percent said they are somewhat or very confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the fourth quarter.
The survey is based on more than 2,300 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees in 23 major metro areas. Robert Half Technology has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.
Fifty-four percent said that desktop support was the skill set in greatest demand within their IT department. Network administration and database management followed, each with a response of 52 percent.
Eighty-six percent reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013; 64 percent said they are somewhat or very confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the fourth quarter.
“IT hiring managers remain selective when hiring, but know they need to move fast to acquire top talent in hot specialty areas such as networking and help desk support,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Nearly seven in 10 CIOs surveyed cited current recruiting difficulties. Many firms are increasing their focus on retention because candidates in these areas of IT can be hard to find.”