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San Antonio trade jobs grow

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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.