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Warehouse jobs in San Antonio grow

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Employment everywhere is holding strong, and that includes warehouse jobs in San Antonio.

Transportation and warehousing added 17,000 jobs in June. Employment in truck transportation continued to trend up over the month (+7,000) and has increased by 19,000 over the past 3 months.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in June (+30,000) and has increased by 355,000 over the year.

Employment in mining continued to trend down in June (-4,000). Since a recent high in December 2014, employment in mining has declined by 71,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, and government, showed little or no change over the month.

Health care added 40,000 jobs in June. Job gains were distributed among the three component industries–ambulatory care services (+23,000), hospitals (+11,000), and nursing and residential care facilities(+7,000). Employment in health care had grown by an average of 34,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in retail trade increased by 33,000 in June and has risen by 300,000 over the year. In June, general merchandise stores added 10,000 jobs.

Employment in financial activities increased by 20,000, with most of the increase in insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000) and in securities, commodity contracts, and investments (+7,000). Commercial banking employment declined by 6,000. Employment in financial activities has grown by 159,000 over the year, with insurance accounting for about half of the gain.

Is something hurting advancement for San Antonio jobs?

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

There could be a variety of reasons that prevent workers from getting promoted in their San Antonio jobs, according a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to the national survey, provocative clothing, a disheveled appearance and unprofessional haircut are just a few of the things that cause employers to think twice before promoting them. Behaviors such as exhibiting a negative attitude, consistently arriving late or gossiping can also work against them.

When asked which aspects of a worker’s physical appearance would make them less likely to promote that person, employers were most out of favor with provocative attire (44 percent) and wrinkled clothes or shabby appearance (43 percent). Other answers include:
•Piercings outside of traditional ear piercings: 32 percent
•Attire that is too casual for the workplace: 27 percent
•Visible tattoos: 27 percent
•An unprofessional or ostentatious haircut: 25 percent
•Unprofessional or ostentatious facial hair: 24 percent
•Bad breath: 23 percent
•Heavy perfume or cologne: 21 percent
•Too much makeup: 15 percent

Employers also revealed the top behaviors that hurt an employee’s chances for promotion, with poor attitudes and consistent tardiness taking the top spot.
•Having a negative or pessimistic attitude: 62 percent
•Regularly showing up to work late: 62 percent
•Using vulgar language: 51 percent
•Regularly leaving work early: 49 percent
•Taking too many sick days: 49 percent
•Gossiping: 44 percent
•Spending office time on personal social media accounts: 39 percent
•Neglecting to clean up after himself/herself: 36 percent
•Always initiating non-work-related conversations with co-workers: 27 percent
•Taking personal calls at work: 24 percent
•Taking smoke breaks: 19 percent

Funds will expand training for San Antonio jobs

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A round of funds are going to help Texas expanding its training for San Antonio jobs, among other locations around the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Labor is awarding more than $138 million to 27 states and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant program. The funds will develop innovative job-training programs focused on regional and industry-specific collaborations.

The funds awarded today will build on “sector strategies,” industry-focused approaches to workforce and economic development that align job-training programs to meet those needs of a local or regional labor market.

Sector partnerships build of the principles in Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s Job-Driven Training Report to encourage greater regional collaborations between employers, educational institutions and the local workforce system.

The awards will connect workers who lost a job through no fault of their own and individuals struggling with long-term unemployment to a broad range of services, including on-the-job training; transitional jobs, pre-apprenticeships and Registered Apprenticeships; job search assistance; and career planning and job coaching.

“We must constantly innovate and expand best practices to make sure our nation’s workforce can compete in the global economy,” said. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Today’s awards will help better align workforce skills with the needs of regional industries. By doing so, these funds will have a positive and meaningful impact on the communities they serve now and into the future.”

Grants used to align workforce data for San Antonio jobs

Monday, July 6th, 2015

A new batch of grant money is going to improve workforce strategies for San Antonio jobs, among other jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor and workforce agencies nationwide are working together in the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. In support of this initiative, the department is announcing $10 million for the program’s fifth round to help nine states build or expand their longitudinal databases that link workforce and education data.

Grantees must use these longitudinal databases to conduct research and analysis aimed at determining the effectiveness of workforce and education programs.

They will also develop tools to inform customers better about the benefits of the federally funded workforce system. Information gathered through this initiative will develop tools to inform consumer choice about the benefits of the publicly funded workforce system.

Two new states — Alaska and Tennessee — will receive first-time grants in the WDQI program, while seven states — Arkansas, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington — will use the additional funding to expand work already initiated on their databases.

Grantees will be expected to achieve multiple goals during the three-year grant period. These goals include:

Developing or improving state workforce longitudinal data systems 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; and
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.