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Construction jobs in San Antonio grow

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The number of construction jobs in San Antonio is climbing, according to the latest labor statistics.

Employment increased by 227,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.8 percent.

Retail trade employment increased by 46,000 over the month and by 229,000 over the year. Three industries added jobs in January–clothing and clothing accessories stores (+18,000), electronics and appliance stores (+8,000), and furniture and home furnishings stores (+6,000).

Employment in construction rose by 36,000 in January, following little change in December. Residential building added 9,000 jobs over the month, and employment continued to trend up among residential specialty trade contractors (+11,000).

Over the past 12 months, construction has added 170,000 jobs. Financial activities added 32,000 jobs in January, with gains in real estate (+10,000), insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000), and credit intermediation and related activities (+9,000).

Financial activities added an average of 15,000 jobs per month in 2016. In January, employment in professional and technical services rose by 23,000, about in line with the average monthly gain in 2016. Over the month, job gains occurred in computer systems design and related services (+13,000).

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+30,000). This industry added 286,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in health care also continued to trend up in January (+18,000), following a gain of 41,000 in December. The industry has added 374,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.


Funds go to help job seekers find San Antonio jobs

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

New grants will go towards those seeking San Antonio jobs, among other locations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration today awarded $65 million to 52 state workforce agencies, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, to operate Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment programs for unemployment insurance beneficiaries.

“Unemployment insurance claimants in danger of exhausting their benefits require responsive, timely services to avoid becoming long-term unemployed,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu. “The RESEA program offers these claimants access to the wide array of services available in the workforce system to help them find good jobs. The grants also help us maintain the integrity of the UI program by ensuring their continued eligibility for benefits.”

The funding will allow states to continue operating their RESEA programs through April 2017. Upon receipt of a full year’s appropriation for 2017, ETA expects to provide additional funding to administer these programs through December 2017.

The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments in American Job Centers. The assessments include:

  • Developing an individual re-employment plan for each claimant selected for services.
  • Providing career and labor market information to inform their job search.
  • Help developed job skills and employment prospects.
  • Customizing reemployment services.
  • Review the claimant’s continued eligibility for UI benefits.

The target populations for RESEA services include individuals who are identified as most likely to exhaust their UI benefits and transitioning veterans receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Servicemembers.

This is the 13th year that the department has awarded grants through this initiative. Several studies have shown that this type of program is effective in helping unemployed individuals successfully get back to work. Participating claimants need benefits for a shorter period of time, are less likely to exhaust their benefits, and are more successful in returning to work. Every dollar invested produced a savings of $2.60, one study found.

Looking for art director jobs in San Antonio?

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

If you are more the creative type, you may be interested in art director jobs in San Antonio, according to a new Careerbuilder survey.

“Jobs that require creative thinking aren’t as numerous as STEM jobs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t available or lucrative,” said Rob Sentz, chief innovation officer of Emsi. “We continue to see these jobs grow and pay a good salary.”

The following are 10 creative occupations where workers will find a larger number of opportunities.

  • Graphic designers: There is a high demand for graphic designers these days. There are currently 287,000 graphic designers in the U.S., and they’ve added 21,000 new jobs since 2011. They earn about $37K-$57K/year.
  • Public relations specialists: These specialists love working with people (the media) and words (writing material to pitch to the media) to help grow their company. There are 237,000 public relations specialists in the U.S., with 21,000 new jobs since 2011. They earn approximately $43K-$79/year.
  • Producers and directors: Producers are responsible for the big plan of getting the movie made while directors execute actual creative decisions. With 11,000 new producer and director jobs since 2011 (123,000 total in 2016), America sure loves the folks who make good movies. Typically, producers and directors earn $49K-$103K/year.
  • Interior designers: Do you have an eye for turning rooms from ducklings into swans? Interior designers are in charge of colors, lighting, furniture and the like. There are 93,000 interior designers in the U.S. (9,700 new since 2011), and they earn about $38K-$56K/year.
  • Interpreters and translators: Heads up if you speak more than one language: You are in high demand. Since 2011 the U.S. has added 13,000 jobs in interpreting (spoken word) and translation (written word), making a total of 78,000 today. You would earn about $35K-$55K/year.
  • Art directors: People who love both art and the responsibility of leading a team would make good art directors. Directors manage other artists in creating everything from magazines to movie productions. There are 57,000 art directors in the U.S. (5,000 new since 2011) and they earn about $54K-$89K/year.
  • Technical writers: Technical writers thrive on words and tight deadlines. They prepare instruction manuals, how-tos and blog articles. Right now there are 55,000 technical writer jobs in the U.S. (6,500 new since 2011), and they earn about $57K-$87K/year.
  • Multimedia artists and animators: These guys create animation and visual effects for movies, TV, video games, etc. There are 51,000 artists and animators in the U.S., adding 5,200 new since 2011, and they earn about $40K-$64K/year.
  • Commercial and industrial designers: Magicians who combine art, business and engineering — that’s these guys. They create new products based on what real people will actually buy. There are 43,000 commercial and industrial designers in the U.S. (4,300 new since 2011). Of all the designer types (graphic, interior), they earn the most at about $51K-$75K/year.
  • Film editors: Sometimes the director edits their own film, sometimes they don’t, and that’s when the film editor comes in. Editors are in charge of cutting all the footage and turning it into the movie you see on the screen. There are 36,000 film editors in the U.S. (4,800 new since 2011), and they earn about $46K-92K/year.