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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.

Administrative jobs in San Antonio climb

October 7th, 2016

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that administrative jobs in San Antonio may be growing.

According to CareerBuilder’s Q4 2016 U.S. Job Forecast, 47 percent of employers expect to increase pay for seasonal workers in Q4. Of those hiring seasonal employees, 75 percent will pay $10 or more per hour, up from 72 percent last year, and nearly 3 in 10 (28 percent) expect to pay $16 or more per hour, up from 19 percent last year.

 

One-third of employers (33 percent) expect to hire seasonal workers in Q4, the same as last year. An increasing number of these employers are viewing seasonal hiring as a means to test-drive candidates for more permanent roles. Sixty-two percent expect to hire some of their seasonal staff for full-time positions, up from 57 percent last year and a big leap from 42 percent two years ago.

While a significant number of employers will be increasing staff to meet demands of the busier holiday season, others are focused on wrapping up 2016 or getting ready for the New Year. Companies across industries are hiring seasonal workers for:

  • Customer Service – 37 percent
  • Administrative/Clerical Support – 19 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 16 percent
  • Inventory Management – 16 percent
  • Shipping and Delivery – 16 percent
  • Technology – 15 percent
  • Marketing – 13 percent
  • Sales (non-retail) – 13 percent
  • Hosting/Greeting – 13 percent

Thirty-eight percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3, relatively unchanged from 39 percent last year. Ten percent decreased headcount, on par with last year, while 50 percent made no change and 1 percent was unsure.

Region Permanent Hiring in Q4 2015 Permanent Hiring in Q4 2016 Seasonal Hiring in Q4 2015 Seasonal Hiring in Q4 2016
West 33% 39% 42% 40%
Northeast 32% 35% 28% 34%
South 36% 34% 33% 32%
Midwest 34% 29% 31% 27%

 

Grants may help some at-risk youth with San Antonio jobs

September 28th, 2016

A round of new grants are going towards some at-risk youth with San Antonio jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of $80.3 million in YouthBuild grants to non-profit organizations in 35 states to help young people struggling to reach key educational and career milestones and to equip themselves to be successful in the workforce and engaged in their communities.

YouthBuild is a community-based, alternative education program that provides job training and educational opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 16-24. The grants announced today range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 77 YouthBuild programs.

“All young people are gifted and talented, and it is everyone’s responsibility to help draw out those gifts and talents,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said. “YouthBuild provides young people with an important opportunity to gain the education and skills they need for good-paying jobs, while also helping them become more engaged members of their communities. That can mean everything to a young person who didn’t get the easiest start in life.”

The grants announced today will help approximately 5,000 at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs; earn industry-recognized certifications within in-demand occupations; and gain construction skills training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

To ensure that the nation’s most disadvantaged communities have access to funding – for the first time in the program’s history – priority consideration was given to organizations serving localities designated as Promise Zones. The department is awarding grants today to eight organizations specifically targeting seven Promise Zones: Camden, New Jersey; El Paso and San Antonio, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; two communities within Los Angeles; San Diego; and St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

What is shaping the job market for San Antonio jobs?

September 8th, 2016

There may be several forces at work shaping the job market for San Antonio jobs.

CareerBuilder is releasing new research that sheds light on the marketplace in which they operate. CareerBuilder’s 2016 Labor Day study explores three key drivers of employment changes in the U.S., trends associated with each driver and occupations that are among those benefitting the most.

Lifestyle Changes Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
People are choosing to eat out more, giving rise to the “foodie” generation. Cooks, Restaurant 1,219,433 164,804 16%
More people are embracing the sharing economy. (example: Uber) Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 283,175 37,023 15%
America is becoming more health-conscious. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 309,519 33,303 12%
Families are more careful with finances after the last recession. Personal Financial Advisors 257,493 29,913 13%
More people are choosing to bank and shop online. Information Security Analysts 86,563 9,342 12%
Couples are postponing having children until later in life. Obstetricians and Gynecologists 25,219 1,082 4%
Technology Advancement Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
There’s an “app” for everything and “smart” technology is moving beyond phones to clothes, homes and more. Software Developers, Applications 772,195 112,045 17%
Technology has made advertising become more intuitive and effective based on ability to track and interpret online behavior. Marketing Managers 208,611 19,024 10%
Technology has become ingrained in everyday life and is how people stay connected. Computer User Support Specialists 665,646 63,849 11%
Technology is catching health disorders sooner and extending lives. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians 198,831 14,451 8%
Technology is enabling companies to corral and interpret big data to make better business decisions. Database Administrators 120,476 9,794 9%
Technology is integrated into countless consumer and business products with new offerings and iterations released all the time. Technical Writers 55,129 5,381 11%
Globalization Occupation Impacted Current Number of Jobs Number of Jobs Added 2012 to 2016 Percentage of Job Growth
2012 to 2016
Companies are serving customers in different time zones, meaning workers are needed at all hours. Customer Service Representatives 2,674,925 225,910 9%
Companies are looking to gain a greater understanding of international markets they’re targeting. Market Research Analysts 532,336 67,551 15%
Expanding beyond borders is requiring communication in different languages. Interpreters and Translators 78,455 9,845 14%
There is greater emphasis on preserving the global environment. Wind Turbine Service Technicians 7,061 1,889 37%
Maps for mobile phones and navigation systems are in demand as people explore new terrain. Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 13,193 1,802 16%