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UPS to hire for packing/shipping jobs in San Antonio

Tuesday, 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.

San Antonio middle wage jobs increasing?

Sunday, 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

Hiring for San Antonio jobs may not be as agressive this year

Sunday, 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.