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Grants to bolster San Antonio jobs

Friday, December 30th, 2016

A number of career grants are going to help at-risk youth with San Antonio jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded an additional $5.5 million to help youth between the ages of 16 to 21 who are at risk of dropping out of public or alternative high school gain skills to serve their communities in justice careers.

Six non-profit organizations received funding for pilot programs that provide at risk youth mentoring and career exploration in justice and emergency services, including police officers, firefighters, lawyers, and paramedics. This is the second set of grants awarded for this initiative, which was first announced in April 2016.

The goal of these projects is for students to graduate from high school prepared to enter the workforce, post-secondary education or a registered apprenticeship.

These grants will provide students: exposure to the world of work, mentoring to encourage students to complete their high school diploma or equivalency, and supportive services like transportation and books to sustain their involvement in the program and in school.

The students will be mentored by justice and emergency services personnel, including judges, attorneys, sociologists, and forensic scientists.

“Preparing our youth for the challenges and opportunities of the future is our foremost duty as a nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Regardless of their circumstances, every child in America deserves the chance to aspire toward their highest and best dreams. These grants will help our youth lead better lives and put them on a pathway toward fulfilling careers of service.”

Construction jobs in San Antonio climb

Friday, December 9th, 2016

The number of construction jobs in San Antonio have grown, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor.

Employment in professional and business services rose by 63,000 in November and has risen by 571,000 over the year. Over the month, accounting and bookkeeping services added 18,000 jobs.

Employment continued to trend up in administrative and support services (+36,000), computer systems design and related services (+5,000), and management and technical consulting services (+4,000). Health care employment rose by 28,000 in November.

Within the industry, employment growth occurred in ambulatory health care services (+22,000). Over the past 12 months, health care has added 407,000 jobs.

Employment in construction continued on its recent upward trend in November (+19,000), with a gain in residential specialty trade contractors (+15,000).

Over the past 3 months, construction has added 59,000 jobs, largely in residential construction.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, changed little over the month.

The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 178,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Healthcare jobs in San Antonio climb

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

A recent study on the hottest shows shows that healthcare jobs in San Antonio may be climbing.

CareerBuilder compiled a list of the hottest jobs for 2017 based on three factors: 1) occupations that pay, on average, around $20 or more per hour 2) have grown faster than the overall labor market from 2012 to 2016 and 3) have a critical mass of jobs.

Occupation Category 2012 Jobs 2016 Jobs 2012-2016 Increase in Jobs Average Hourly Earnings Examples of In Demand Job Titles
Business and Financial Operations 7,358,038 7,938,303 585,2658% $35.09 *Operations Manager*Business Process Analyst

*Product Development Specialist

*Financial Analyst

*Office Manager

Information Technology 3,926,758 4,398,862 472,10412% $40.82 *Data Scientist*User Interface / Front End Developer

*Product Manager

*Mobile Software Engineer

*Information Security Manager

Health Care 8,035,052 8,641,939 606,8878% $37.77 *Family Practitioner*Medical Director

*ICU Nurse

*Cardiologist

*Physical Therapist

*Rehabilitation Nurse

Sales 15,143,749 16,057,815 914,0666% $19.06 *Account Executive*Account Manager

*Business Development Manager

*Client Services Coordinator

Skill Trades 12,049,958 13,067,497 1,017,5398% $21.38 *Electrician*Plumber

*HVAC Technician

Final rule will affect San Antonio jobs

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The final rule for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act may affect San Antonio jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center issued a final rule today updating the existing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

“America works best when we field a full team and our nation’s workforce system should reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This new rule provides the entire workforce system with important clarity on how to protect workers from discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, national origin and limited English proficiency, gender identity and other factors.”

WIOA mandates the department to issue regulations to implement Section 188 of the law, the provisions that require equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workforce development system. The section prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or political affiliation or belief. For beneficiaries, applicants and participants only, the act also prohibits discrimination related to citizenship status or because an individual participates in a program or activity receiving financial assistance under Title I of WIOA.

This final rule contains changes necessary to address developments in equal opportunity and nondiscrimination law since the substantive provisions of the rule were last updated in 1999. The rule also revises procedures and processes for enforcement of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions to reflect changes in the practices of recipients, including the use of computer-based and Internet-based systems to provide aid, benefits, services and training through WIOA Title I-financially assisted programs and activities.

Significant changes include:

  • Expanding the explanation of the obligations to prevent discrimination based on national origin and provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency.
  • Making changes to reflect the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
  • Clarifying that sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, transgender status, gender identity and sex-based stereotyping.