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San Antonio trade jobs grow

February 9th, 2016

The number of San Antonio trade jobs are growing, according to a new report from ADP.

Goods-producing employment rose by 13,000 jobs in January, well off from December’s upwardly revised 30,000. The construction industry added 21,000 jobs, which was roughly in line with the average monthly jobs gained during 2015. Meanwhile, manufacturing neither added nor lost jobs.

Service-providing employment rose by 192,000 jobs in January, down from an upwardly revised 237,000 in December. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 44,000 jobs, down from 69,000 in December.

Trade/transportation/utilities grew by 35,000, up slightly from a downwardly revised 33,000 the previous month. The 19,000 new jobs added in financial activities were the most in that sector since March 2006. “One of the main reasons for lower overall employment gains in January was the drop off in jobs added at the largest companies compared to December.

These businesses are more sensitive to current economic conditions than small and mid-sized companies,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and head of the ADP Research Institute. “Over the past year, businesses with less than 500 employees have created nearly 80 percent of new jobs.”

Private sector employment increased by 205,000 jobs from December to January according to the January ADP National Employment Report® .

Grants will hope some with San Antonio jobs

February 5th, 2016

About $5 million in grants will go to helping some jail-based employment centers to fill San Antonio jobs, among other locations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration have announced the availability of approximately $5 million for 10 grants of up to $500,000 each to put specialized American Job Centers within county, municipal or regional correctional facilities.

By doing so, the grants will support an integrated approach that links pre-release services directly to post-release services. The “Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release” initiative will fund the grants.

In June 2015, the department awarded $10 million in grants for demonstration projects in 20 communities in 14 states to provide inmates with comprehensive services before release and ongoing support as they regain their place in the community when their incarceration ends.

One of those communities is Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, where U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez visited the Montgomery County Correctional Facility today as part of a “State of the Union: Cabinet in Your Community” tour. There, he observed demonstrations of the facility’s manufacturing and computer occupational skills training, and met participants in the pilot program to discuss their experiences.

Every year, the U.S. Department of Justice reports, the nation’s more than 3,000 county and local jails release more than 9 million people. Many of these individuals have few job skills and face difficult barriers to stable employment. Without a strong support system or a steady job, many once incarcerated people are likely to commit new crimes and return to jail: a cycle of recidivism that recurs nationally.

The LEAP initiative seeks to break down silos and help integrate two services already offered by local governments – correctional facilities and workforce development programs. In nearly every county, municipal or regional area, jail or correctional facilities are located near an American Job Center. Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor funds approximately 2,500 centers, which local governments or non-profit organizations administer through local workforce investment boards.

LEAP aligns closely with the principles driving President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color and to ensure that all young people can realize their full potential.

Are employees looking for new San Antonio jobs?

January 31st, 2016

A recent Careerbuilder survey shows that employees may be searching for new San Antonio jobs, among other locations.

More than one in five employees (21 percent) are pledging to leave their current employers in 2016, a 5 percent increase since last year (16 percent). Among younger workers, the numbers are starker. Three in 10 employees ages 18 to 34 (30 percent) expect to have a new job by the end of 2016, compared to 23 percent last year. To keep their resolution to find a new job, 34 percent of employees are regularly searching for job opportunities, even though they’re currently employed — a four point increase since last year (30 percent).

Aside from finding a new job, the top New Year’s resolutions that workers say they’re making for the office this year are:

  • Save more of my pay: 38 percent (vs. 42 percent last year)
  • Be less stressed: 28 percent (vs. 34 percent last year)
  • Get a raise or promotion: 26 percent (vs. 26 percent last year)
  • Eat healthier at work: 19 percent (vs. 25 percent last year)
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 17 percent (vs. 22 percent last year)

Looking back, workers had the same top five resolutions for 2015, and while not all of their goals were met, here’s what was accomplished:

  • Eat healthier at work: 13 percent
  • Be less stressed: 12 percent
  • Save more of my pay: 11 percent
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 9 percent
  • Perform better on the job: 8 percent

What Workers Are Looking For

When asked what factors rank as more important than salary when considering a position, employees said:

  • Job stability: 65 percent
  • Affordable benefits: 59 percent
  • Location: 56 percent
  • Good boss: 51 percent
  • Good work culture: 46 percent

When asked if they could choose extra perks to make their workplace more satisfying, the most popular choices workers pointed to include:

  • Half-day Fridays: 38 percent
  • On-site fitness center: 23 percent
  • Daily catered lunches: 22 percent
  • Massages: 18 percent
  • Being able to wear jeans: 16 percent

Cuts for San Antonio jobs low in December

January 9th, 2016

Cuts for San Antonio jobs and nationwide were very low in December, according to a report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

A strong economy, coupled with what appears to be a growing reluctance to announce layoffs during the holidays, contributed to December experiencing the lowest number of monthly job cuts in more than 15 years,

December was not only the lowest job-cut month of 2015, it was the lowest job-cut month since June 2000, when employers announced 17,241 planned layoffs. Last month also represents the lowest December job-cut total on record, since Challenger began its monthly tracking in 1993.
The December decline was significant enough to prevent 2015 job cuts from reaching a six-year high. In all, employers announced 598,510 job cuts during the year, 24 percent more than the 483,171 planned layoffs in 2014.

“It used to be that companies would not hesitate to announce job cuts around the holidays. In fact, the heaviest job-cut period of the year was often in the closing months. However, that appears to have changed in the wake of the Great Recession,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

According to Challenger data, the average December job cut total from 2009 through 2015 was 34,046. That is 37 percent lower than an overall monthly average of 53,835 recorded during that period.

Meanwhile, from 2000 through 2008, employers announced an average of 107,056 job cuts in December, which was 13 percent higher than the 94,611 monthly job cuts averaged over that entire period.

“Companies are more cognizant than ever of their public image, particularly in the era of social media. It’s not that job cuts are entirely off limits, but the numbers suggest that employers may be more reluctant to announce large-scale layoffs around the holidays. It could also be that, as more companies measure and revise goals and objectives quarter-to-quarter, the importance of making strategic moves at the end of the year has diminished,” said Challenger.

Customer service jobs in San Antonio show growth

January 7th, 2016

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that there may be big growth on the horizon when it comes to customer service jobs in San Antonio.

Thirty-six percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2016, the same as 2015. Nearly half of employers (47 percent) plan to hire temporary or contract workers.


While more than a third of employers are increasing full-time, permanent headcount, 45 percent anticipate no change. One in ten employers (10 percent) plan to decrease staff levels, while 9 percent are unsure of their hiring plans.

Comparing industries, financial services (46 percent), information technology (44 percent), and health care (43 percent) are expected to outperform the national average for employers adding full-time staff. Manufacturing (37 percent) is expected to mirror the national average.

Of the employers who plan to increase the number of full-time employees in the new year, the top areas they’ll be recruiting for include:

  • Customer Service – 32 percent
  • Information Technology – 29 percent
  • Sales – 27 percent
  • Production – 24 percent
  • Administrative – 20 percent
  • Marketing – 18 percent
  • Business Development – 16 percent
  • Human Resources – 16 percent
  • Accounting/Finance – 15 percent
  • Engineering – 13 percent


Is there a gender pay gap for San Antonio jobs?

December 28th, 2015

A new report from Payscale reports that there may be a gender pay gap for San Antonio jobs.

PayScale’s “Inside the Gender Pay Gap” report examines the difference in median earnings of men and women overall, as well as by marital and family status, across industry, job family, degree level, generation, management status, job level, state, and metropolitan statistical area.

Using our proprietary compensation algorithm, we are able to estimate a controlled median pay for females by adjusting for outside compensable factors across gender (years of experience, education, company size, management responsibilities, skills, and more), and calculate the difference in pay between similar men and women working the same jobs.

All data is collected from ~1.4 million full-time U.S. employees who successfully completed the PayScale Survey between July 2013 and July 2015.

Highlights from PayScale’s “Inside The Gender Pay Gap” Report:

  1. The controlled and uncontrolled gender pay gap is higher between married men with children and married women with children than any other demographic.
  2. Married men earn the highest overall salaries ($67,900 for men with children; $60,800 for those without), and single moms have the lowest overall salaries, both uncontrolled ($38,200) and when controlled ($45,500) for all measured compensable factors (experience, job, etc.).
  3. Salaries continue to increase for men until they reach the age range of 50 – 55, with a median salary of $75,000; while salaries for women plateau much earlier, between the ages of 35 – 40, with a median salary of $49,000.
  4. Both the uncontrolled (20.7 percent) and controlled (1.4 percent) gender pay gaps in the tech industry are smaller than the pay gaps in other industries.  This holds true for the controlled pay gap at all job levels except at the executive level, where the controlled gender pay gap for the tech industry is slightly larger than in non-tech industries.
  5. There are 4 states (Alaska, Delaware, Michigan and Washington) in which the most relatively common job for men has a median income of over $100,000. There are no states in which the most relatively common job for women exceeds $77,000.

Are employees shopping for goods at San Antonio jobs?

December 9th, 2015

More employees may be shopping online for things while at San Antonio jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Half of workers (50 percent) say they’ll be spending at least some work time holiday shopping, up 3 percent from last year. Of this group, 42 percent will spend an hour or more doing so.


As mobile technology continues to have a growing presence in the workplace, more workers are using their gadgets to shop. Forty-two percent of employees use their personal smart phones or tablets to shop, a strong increase from last year (27 percent).

Whether desktop or mobile, a higher percentage of workers in the sales and financial services industries online shop compared to those in other industries:

  • Sales: 63 percent
  • Financial Services: 62 percent
  • Information Technology: 57 percent
  • Health Care: 52 percent
  • Transportation: 50 percent
  • Manufacturing: 46 percent
  • Leisure & Hospitality: 42 percent
  • Retail:39 percent

Twelve percent of employers say they’ve fired someone for holiday shopping on the Internet while at work (compared to 8 percent last year), and 56 percent say their organization blocks employees from accessing certain websites from work — up 3 percent from last year.

  • 36 percent of employers say their organization monitors the sites employees visit, a 4 percent increase since last year.
  • 55 percent of employers restrict employees from posting on behalf of the company on social media, and 32 percent have adopted stricter policies in this regard over the past year (compared to 50 and 25 percent last year, respectively).
  • 28 percent say they’ve fired someone for using the Internet for non-work related activity, and 18 percent have fired an employee for something they posted on social media (compared to 24 and 12 percent last year, respectively).

Will hiring be strong for San Antonio jobs?

December 8th, 2015

A survey from Careerbuilder predicts that Q4 hiring for San Antonio jobs among other locations will be strong.

Full-time, permanent hiring in the fourth quarter is projected to be the most robust since 2006 and seasonal hiring is poised to outpace last year’s projections by a healthy margin, according to CareerBuilder’s latest forecast. Thirty-four percent of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff in Q4, and nearly the same percentage (33 percent) expect to add seasonal staff.

Thirty-nine percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3, up from 34 percent in the same period in 2014 and 28 percent in 2013. Ten percent decreased headcount, on par with last year, while 49 percent made no change to staff levels and 1 percent was unsure.

Looking ahead, 34 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in Q4, up from 29 percent in 2014 and 25 percent in 2013. Ten percent expect to reduce staff, on par with last year, while 52 percent anticipate no change and 4 percent are unsure.

Seasonal hiring activity over the next three months is also expected to show notable year-over-year gains. One third (33 percent) of employers expect to hire seasonal workers in Q4, up from 26 percent last year. Fifty-seven percent expect to transition some seasonal staff into full-time, permanent roles, up from 42 percent last year.

Seasonal workers will likely benefit from recent minimum wage increases implemented at the federal and state level and among large name brands. Thirty-seven percent of employers say they will increase pay for their seasonal staff, up 10 percentage points over last year. Seventy-two percent of seasonal employers will pay $10 or more per hour while 19 percent will pay $16 or more.

Half of seasonal employers (52 percent) say they’re boosting staffs to help with the busier holiday season while others are focused on wrapping up the year (30 percent) or ramping up for 2016 (31 percent).

Healthcare jobs in San Antonio added

November 27th, 2015

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there may be more healthcare jobs in San Antonio.

Employment increased by 271,000 in October. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth had averaged 230,000 per month. In October, job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 78,000 in October, compared with an average gain of 52,000 per month over the prior 12 months. In October, job gains occurred in administrative and support services (+46,000), computer systems design and related services (+10,000), and architectural and engineering services (+8,000). Health care added 45,000 jobs in October.

Within the industry, employment growth continued in ambulatory health care services (+27,000) and in hospitals (+18,000). Over the past year, health care has added 495,000 jobs.

Employment in retail trade rose by 44,000 in October, compared with an average monthly gain of 25,000 over the prior 12 months. In October, job gains occurred in clothing and accessories stores (+20,000), general merchandise stores (+11,000), and automobile dealers (+6,000).

Food services and drinking places added 42,000 jobs in October. Over the year, the industry has added 368,000 jobs.

Construction employment increased by 31,000 in October, following little employment change in recent months. Employment in nonresidential specialty trade contractors rose by 21,000. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 233,000 jobs.

Employment in mining continued to trend down in October (-5,000). The industry has shed 109,000 jobs since reaching a recent employment peak in December 2014.

Employment increased by 271,000 in October, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.0 percent


Retailer hires big for San Antonio seasonal jobs

November 2nd, 2015

Walmart is hiring big for San Antonio seasonal jobs.

“The holidays are one of the most anticipated times of the year for families, and one of the busiest. Walmart has been working all year to give our customers a great shopping experience and we believe they will see a difference when they visit us during the holidays.

“Walmart will have more associates in our stores working more hours this season, all with a focus on providing service and convenience to our customers. We will continue our ‘Checkout Promise’ by having more registers open during peak shopping times, helping customers save time by getting through our lines quicker.

“Walmart is thankful for the hard work and dedication of our associates. I see every day how our people make the difference. Associates are doing amazing things to help create an excellent experience for our customers. As we head into our busiest time of the year, we know associates are going to deliver for our customers and help give them a memorable and affordable Christmas.”

“To help exceed our customer’s expectations, Walmart will give current associates the first opportunity to pick up additional hours. We are also hiring 60,000 seasonal associates, with a starting rate of at least $9 an hour. We know some of these hires are looking for a short-term opportunity to earn extra Christmas money, but for many, this could be the start of a career. In fact we have hundreds of store managers who started with the company as a seasonal associate. Last year, more than half of our seasonal associates stayed with Walmart in a permanent role after the holidays.” – Judith McKenna, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S..