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Training grants go to boost San Antonio jobs

May 7th, 2017

A new round of training will go to boost San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 26 grants totaling $5 million to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program.

“I congratulate these JET grant recipients as they work to enhance educational curriculum and high-demand job training for students in our high schools and community colleges,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Through innovative partnerships between employers and educators, Texas students will have the education and skills to succeed in the workplace.”

Qualifying educational institutions were awarded a grant for the development of programs or courses leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. TWC previously awarded 25 grants totaling $4,986,000 to public community and technical colleges and independent school districts. The equipment provided through these funds were used to train 5,394 students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“By partnering with local colleges and independent school districts, these grants will prepare our future workforce to meet the needs of Texas employers for high-demand occupations,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “These grants will focus on advanced technical training, and will keep our Texas businesses competitive and our economy growing.”

The JET program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs. The equipment must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“The JET program is one of several initiatives administered by TWC to help prepare workers with high-demand job skills through the development of career and technical education programs,” said Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “These investments help meet existing and emerging needs in our communities, while creating opportunities for our students.”

The JET Advisory Board was established to assist TWC in administering these grants. The six-member board meets at least once each quarter, or as needed, to review applications and make recommendations on grant awards.

San Antonio jobs added

May 7th, 2017

The new labor statistics show that San Antonio jobs have been created.

Texas added 9,500 seasonally adjusted jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February.

“Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 249,000 over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texans continue to have a range of workforce opportunities created by our innovative Texas employers, and I encourage job seekers and students to explore these opportunities with local workforce boards around the state.”

Employment in the Professional and Business Services industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 13,200 jobs added.

Mining and Logging employment grew by 4,800 jobs in March and Construction employment expanded by 4,000 jobs.

“Texas employers continue to keep our state competitive with an overall private-sector annual job growth of 210,500 with 7,000 jobs added in March, said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth R. Hughs. “When Texas employers prosper, Texans prosper, and we want to ensure they have the resources they need to start, grow and thrive their businesses right here at home.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.5 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan and Austin-Round Rock MSAs with a rate of 3.6 percent. The Lubbock and Midland MSAs each registered a rate of 4.0 percent for March.

“Texas workers have much to offer and there are resources available to help them find the perfect occupational fit, I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

 

Home Depot hires for San Antonio retail jobs

May 2nd, 2017

The home improvement giant Home Depot has announced it is hiring for San Antonio retail jobs, among other locations.

The company said it will be filling more than 80,000 positions in stores and distribution centers for its spring selling season.

Opportunities are available at The Home Depot’s nearly 2,000 U.S. stores, as well as 75 distribution facilities. They include customer service and sales, lot associates, freight and receiving, store support and cashier positions. The company’s Merchandising Execution Team – responsible for setting merchandising displays and ensuring products are customer-ready – also is hiring this spring.

The time Home Depot associates accrue during their seasonal assignments generally applies to eligibility for benefits if they transition to a permanent position with the company. Part-time and full-time permanent hourly associates at The Home Depot qualify for profit sharing, tuition assistance, 401k and a discounted stock purchase plan. Plus, all Home Depot associates have access to exclusive deals on cell phones, electronics, gym memberships and more through the company’s associate discount site.

  • The Home Depot’s “Success Sharing” profit sharing program has paid out more than $1 billion in bonus checks over the past five years.
  • The Home Depot has granted associates more than $127 million in tuition reimbursement over the past 11 years.
  • Associates who use The Home Depot’s discount site save an average of $300/year on their cell phone bills and $421 on auto insurance when they switched from their prior carrier.
  • About 80 percent of Home Depot store managers started as hourly associates.
  • More than half of Home Depot’s seasonal hires transitioned to permanent positions last year.

Grants go to improving San Antonio jobs

April 8th, 2017

Some new workforce grants are going to improve San Antonio jobs.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today the availability of approximately $5.7 million in grants in the sixth round of its Workforce Data Quality Initiative.

The initiative increases understanding at the state level about how education and workforce development programs complement each other and, as a result, promotes greater efficiency.

The department plans to award approximately three grants – with a maximum $1 million award – to eligible State Workforce Agencies, or SWAs. The grants will provide for the development or enhancement of a state workforce longitudinal administrative database. These databases include information on programs that provide training and employment services. They are useful in that the databases track the same type of information on the same subjects at multiple points in time.

In addition – and for the first time – the department plans to award one grant with a maximum amount of $2.7 million to an eligible SWA for the integration of the state’s case management system, performance reporting, and/or fiscal reporting systems with the state’s longitudinal database.

The department’s grants are open to eligible SWAs nationwide to improve the quality and availability of workforce data. Grantees will be expected to achieve multiple goals during the three-year grant period. These goals include:

  • Developing or improving state workforce longitudinal databases 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.
  • 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.
  • Integrating performance, fiscal, and case management systems with the longitudinal database.

 

Salesforce developer jobs in San Antonio climb

April 4th, 2017

A new survey from Indeed posits that salesforce developer jobs in San Antonio have grown.

The job search engine displayed the best jobs of 2017, and all but a few jobs are technical roles. Seven of the top ten jobs are software engineers and developers, with positions in management, healthcare and engineering rounding out the top 25 list. Indeed curated the list based on number of job postings, salary and growth opportunity.

“As every business morphs into the digital version of itself, the demand for workers with highly technical abilities is increasing far faster than supply,” said Indeed Senior Vice President Paul D’Arcy. “The result is a rapid growth in open, unfilled jobs and increases in salaries for the talent that can fill these roles.”

Many of the technical roles are offering six-figure salaries and an ever-increasing number of job postings. Some of the highest paying positions ranked in the top ten include full stack developers (#1), data scientists (#2), development operations engineers (#3), Salesforce developers (#6), and cloud engineers (#9).

“Software engineers and other technical roles continue to dominate many of the top positions for employer demand and competitive pay,” said D’Arcy. “But there are certainly opportunities in other sectors, with roles in management, engineering, and healthcare in high demand.”

While tech roles are certainly prominent, time-honored positions like civil engineers (#14), commercial project manager (#19), registered nurses (#20), and construction superintendent (#24) round out the top 25 best jobs of 2017.

San Antonio physical therapist jobs in the spotlight

April 2nd, 2017

A new Careerbuilder looks at jobs that are a great opportunity for youth, including San Antonio physical therapist jobs.

CareerBuilder research shows that nearly 1 in 4 high school students pick their career based on something they saw on TV or in a movie, and that 33 percent of full-time workers regret the college major they chose. As college debt rises, the skills gap widens and a significant number of workers fall prone to unemployment or underemployment, it is important to start educating students early about their options.

 

CareerBuilder is releasing a series of studies that provide surprising insights into labor market and hiring trends. Today’s release focuses on top occupations for younger workers based on jobs that are growing quickly, pay a good wage and have a solid concentration of workers ages 19 to 24.

Occupation Number of 2017 jobs Growth in jobs from 2013 to 2017 Average hourly earnings Percentage of workers employed who are ages 19-24
Social Science Research Assistants 29,494 5% $21.96 28%
Coaches and Scouts 233,107 7% $19.50 22%
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors 68,590 5% $25.90 22%
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 35,352 7% $22.28 20%
Forensic Science Technicians 15,033 12% $29.04 18%
Camera Operators, TV, Video and Motion Picture 20,616 7% $27.85 15%
Physical Therapist Assistants 87,426 13% $26.59 15%
Biological Technicians 76,615 5% $21.77 14%
Film and Video Editors 30,073 18% $38.89 13%
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers and Repairers 27,818 7% $19.12 13%
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 656,896 7% $19.65 12%
Surgical Technologists 106,195 7% $22.17 11%
Sound Engineering Technicians 15,755 8% $29.87 11%
Public Relations Specialists 240,660 7% $31.66 9%
Web Developers 142,682 19% $34.09 8%

 

Healthcare jobs in San Antonio climb

March 8th, 2017

New data shows that healthcare jobs in San Antonio has climbed.

Employment rose by 227,000 in January. Employment increased in retail trade, construction, and financial activities.

Retail trade employment increased by 46,000 over the month and by 229,000 over the year. Three industries added jobs in January–clothing and clothing accessories stores (+18,000), electronics and appliance stores (+8,000), and furniture and home furnishings stores (+6,000).

Employment in construction rose by 36,000 in January, following little change in December. Residential building added 9,000 jobs over the month, and employment continued to trend up among residential specialty trade contractors (+11,000).

Over the past 12 months, construction has added 170,000 jobs. Financial activities added 32,000 jobs in January, with gains in real estate (+10,000), insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000), and credit intermediation and related activities (+9,000).

Financial activities added an average of 15,000 jobs per month in 2016. In January, employment in professional and technical services rose by 23,000, about in line with the average monthly gain in 2016. Over the month, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services (+13,000).

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+30,000). This industry added 286,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Employment in health care also continued to trend up in January (+18,000), following a gain of 41,000 in December.

The industry has added 374,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

 

Construction jobs in San Antonio grow

February 27th, 2017

The number of construction jobs in San Antonio is climbing, according to the latest labor statistics.

Employment increased by 227,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.8 percent.

Retail trade employment increased by 46,000 over the month and by 229,000 over the year. Three industries added jobs in January–clothing and clothing accessories stores (+18,000), electronics and appliance stores (+8,000), and furniture and home furnishings stores (+6,000).

Employment in construction rose by 36,000 in January, following little change in December. Residential building added 9,000 jobs over the month, and employment continued to trend up among residential specialty trade contractors (+11,000).

Over the past 12 months, construction has added 170,000 jobs. Financial activities added 32,000 jobs in January, with gains in real estate (+10,000), insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000), and credit intermediation and related activities (+9,000).

Financial activities added an average of 15,000 jobs per month in 2016. In January, employment in professional and technical services rose by 23,000, about in line with the average monthly gain in 2016. Over the month, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services (+13,000).

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+30,000). This industry added 286,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in health care also continued to trend up in January (+18,000), following a gain of 41,000 in December. The industry has added 374,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

 

Funds go to help job seekers find San Antonio jobs

February 8th, 2017

New grants will go towards those seeking San Antonio jobs, among other locations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today awarded $65 million to 52 state workforce agencies, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, to operate Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment programs for unemployment insurance beneficiaries.

“Unemployment insurance claimants in danger of exhausting their benefits require responsive, timely services to avoid becoming long-term unemployed,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu. “The RESEA program offers these claimants access to the wide array of services available in the workforce system to help them find good jobs. The grants also help us maintain the integrity of the UI program by ensuring their continued eligibility for benefits.”

The funding will allow states to continue operating their RESEA programs through April 2017. Upon receipt of a full year’s appropriation for 2017, ETA expects to provide additional funding to administer these programs through December 2017.

The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments in American Job Centers. The assessments include:

  • Developing an individual re-employment plan for each claimant selected for services.
  • Providing career and labor market information to inform their job search.
  • Help developed job skills and employment prospects.
  • Customizing reemployment services.
  • Review the claimant’s continued eligibility for UI benefits.

The target populations for RESEA services include individuals who are identified as most likely to exhaust their UI benefits and transitioning veterans receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers.

This is the 13th year that the department has awarded grants through this initiative. Several studies have shown that this type of program is effective in helping unemployed individuals successfully get back to work. Participating claimants need benefits for a shorter period of time, are less likely to exhaust their benefits, and are more successful in returning to work. Every dollar invested produced a savings of $2.60, one study found.

Looking for art director jobs in San Antonio?

February 4th, 2017

If you are more the creative type, you may be interested in art director jobs in San Antonio, according to a new Careerbuilder survey.

“Jobs that require creative thinking aren’t as numerous as STEM jobs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t available or lucrative,” said Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer of Emsi. “We continue to see these jobs grow and pay a good salary.”

The following are 10 creative occupations where workers will find a larger number of opportunities.

  • Graphic designers: There is a high demand for graphic designers these days. There are currently 287,000 graphic designers in the U.S., and they’ve added 21,000 new jobs since 2011. They earn about $37K-$57K/year.
  • Public relations specialists: These specialists love working with people (the media) and words (writing material to pitch to the media) to help grow their company. There are 237,000 public relations specialists in the U.S., with 21,000 new jobs since 2011. They earn approximately $43K-$79/year.
  • Producers and directors: Producers are responsible for the big plan of getting the movie made while directors execute actual creative decisions. With 11,000 new producer and director jobs since 2011 (123,000 total in 2016), America sure loves the folks who make good movies. Typically, producers and directors earn $49K-$103K/year.
  • Interior designers: Do you have an eye for turning rooms from ducklings into swans? Interior designers are in charge of colors, lighting, furniture and the like. There are 93,000 interior designers in the U.S. (9,700 new since 2011), and they earn about $38K-$56K/year.
  • Interpreters and translators: Heads up if you speak more than one language: You are in high demand. Since 2011 the U.S. has added 13,000 jobs in interpreting (spoken word) and translation (written word), making a total of 78,000 today. You would earn about $35K-$55K/year.
  • Art directors: People who love both art and the responsibility of leading a team would make good art directors. Directors manage other artists in creating everything from magazines to movie productions. There are 57,000 art directors in the U.S. (5,000 new since 2011) and they earn about $54K-$89K/year.
  • Technical writers: Technical writers thrive on words and tight deadlines. They prepare instruction manuals, how-tos and blog articles. Right now there are 55,000 technical writer jobs in the U.S. (6,500 new since 2011), and they earn about $57K-$87K/year.
  • Multimedia artists and animators: These guys create animation and visual effects for movies, TV, video games, etc. There are 51,000 artists and animators in the U.S., adding 5,200 new since 2011, and they earn about $40K-$64K/year.
  • Commercial and industrial designers: Magicians who combine art, business and engineering — that’s these guys. They create new products based on what real people will actually buy. There are 43,000 commercial and industrial designers in the U.S. (4,300 new since 2011). Of all the designer types (graphic, interior), they earn the most at about $51K-$75K/year.
  • Film editors: Sometimes the director edits their own film, sometimes they don’t, and that’s when the film editor comes in. Editors are in charge of cutting all the footage and turning it into the movie you see on the screen. There are 36,000 film editors in the U.S. (4,800 new since 2011), and they earn about $46K-92K/year.