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Labor Dept grants to help veterans get jobs in San Antonio

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor have been announced to help veterans get jobs in San Antonio and other locations around the nation.

Grants totaling $36,710,368 were awarded to 156 organizations nationwide to provide more than 12,000 veterans with training to help them succeed in civilian careers.

The grants are being awarded under the department’s Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, administered by the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.

The grants include $9,094,355 in funding for 37 new grantees to provide job-driven training, in which they will actively engage with employer partners to identify the skills needed for in-demand jobs and careers.

They will also provide job placement, career counseling, life skills and money management mentoring, as well as help in finding housing. VETS estimates that these new funds will help approximately 3,000 veterans.

“These job training programs will provide the skills that veterans require to find and keep a job and secure housing,” said Secretary Perez. “The progress made in recent years to reduce veterans’ homelessness is encouraging, but it remains our moral duty to do all we can to honor our veterans with the dignity of a good job and opportunities to build a solid middle-class life for their families.”

Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations. Notably, this year’s new grantees also include one tribal organization, Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe.

These grantees are familiar with the areas and populations to be served and have demonstrated that they can administer effective programs to help homeless veterans.

Bosses with San Antonio jobs doing an above-average job?

Friday, June 20th, 2014

A recent survey from job board Careerbuilder posits that employees think their bosses with jobs in San Antonio, among other locations, are performing above-average.

Asked to evaluate their bosses’ performance, more than 6 in 10 (63 percent) U.S. workers say their manager deserves an “A” or a “B” while 1 in 7 would assign a “D” or “F” (14 percent).

Additionally, about four in ten workers (39 percent) say they are friends with their boss.
A plurality of workers give their boss a “B” and about 1 in 4 assign a “C”:

A: 24 percent

B: 39 percent

C: 23 percent

D: 9 percent

Thirty-one percent of workers who interact several times a day in person with their boss assign them an “A” compared to just 17 percent of workers who interact with their boss once a day or less.

Twenty-five percent of workers say their boss typically communicates with them via text or instant message. Of those employees, 30 percent assign an “A” to their boss’s performance.

Twenty-two percent of employees say their current boss asks them do things unrelated to their jobs, and unsurprisingly, 51 percent of those employees give their bosses grades of “C” or worse.

The following are real requests bosses asked of their employees, as shared by survey respondents.

· Asked employee to coach other employees on how to pass a drug test

· Asked employee to fire a colleague and then drive them home

· Asked for employee’s opinions of Tinder profiles

· Asked employee to order items on personal Amazon account so boss’s spouse wouldn’t know about it

· Asked employee to pluck a client’s unibrow for a photo shoot

· Asked that employees “Like” his Facebook videos

· Asked if employee would be better friends with him

· Asked employee to find out how to obtain death certificate for her deceased ex-husband

· Asked employee to commiserate with daughter-in-law about the death of her cat

· Asked employee to climb on roof to see if there were any dead birds

Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

A payroll report from ADP shows that manufacturing jobs in San Antonio are growing.

Overall, private sector employment increased by 179,000 jobs from April to May.

Goods-producing employment rose by 29,000 jobs in May, up from 21,000 jobs gained in April. The construction industry added 14,000 jobs over the month, down slightly from 16,000 in April.

Meanwhile, manufacturing added 10,000 jobs in May, up from April’s 2,000 and the largest number since December last year.

Service-providing employment rose by 150,000 jobs in May, down from 194,000 in April. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed the most to the lower overall number in May – adding 46,000 jobs, down from 75,000 in April.

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased in May adding 82,000 jobs, up from a downwardly revised 76,000 in April and almost reaching the twelve-month average of 84,000. Job growth slowed over the month for medium-sized and large firms.

Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 61,000, down from 82,000 in April.

Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 37,000, down from 56,000 the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees shed 3,000 jobs after adding 23,000 in April.

Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 35,000, the same number of jobs added in April. The 6,000 new jobs added in financial activities was down slightly from 8,000 last month.