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San Antonio education jobs added

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The latest labor statistics demonstrate that San Antonio education jobs have been added.

The Texas economy added 23,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July, which marked 25 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 377,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 3.1 percent.

Private-sector employers added 25,900 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.0 percent in July, unchanged from June 2018.

“Private-sector employers continue to boost the Texas economy adding another 25,900 jobs in July and 372,700 jobs over the year, said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Thanks to the innovation and expansion by employers in a wide range of industries, Texans continue to be offered more opportunities to demonstrate their first-class skills and start a career in the nation’s #1 state for business.”

July’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 6.2 percent. Over the month, Construction led all major industries, adding 10,500 jobs.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 7,500 positions over the month.  Also within this sector, Education and Health Services added 6,400 jobs, followed by Leisure and Hospitality with a gain of 5,700 positions.

“The Texas labor force continues to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC is continually committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Amarillo and Odessa MSAs with a rate of 2.9 percent, each. The Austin-Round Rock MSA recorded the fourth lowest rate of 3.1 percent for July.

Forum may address diversity and San Antonio jobs

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, University of North Texas and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS), will host area employers, human resource professionals and employment stakeholders at a DiverseAbility Forum, which may address diversity in San Antonio jobs.

The forum will provide an opportunity for discussion on best practices for hiring and retaining people with disabilities; creating a culture of inclusivity through leadership; and the importance of fair and consistent employee relations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 1.6 million working age (18-64) Texans who have one or more disabilities. Of that number, 85,000 individuals are actively seeking employment.

“As Texas continues to experience rapid job growth, it is imperative that we have skilled, trained employees to fill job positions,” said TWCChair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Creating ongoing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities is one of our main objectives at TWC. We’re confident that this forum and others like it will help us reach our goal of providing more work and career choices for individuals with disabilities, and we want to ensure employers are aware of this talent pipeline.”

“One of the reasons the University of North Texas was recognized by Forbes as one of the top places to work, is its welcoming and inclusive environment,” said University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk. “We value the diversity of ideas, abilities and backgrounds. Our neurodiversity initiative is a prime example of our commitment to creating a culture of inclusivity.”

Participating employers in panel discussions will include AT&T, CVS, Embassy Suites, Ernst & Young and Texas Instruments. In addition to TWC Chair Hughs and TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney will be among other leaders attending the forum.

“We’re excited that TWC and its partners have chosen Frisco to launch the DiverseAbility Forum,” said Mayor Cheney. “Having a career, a job that helps one build a better future, has a lasting impact on the individual and community. This forum continues the discussion and reaffirms the state of Texas and the city of Frisco’s commitment of employing people with disabilities.”

 

Social media and San Antonio

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Social media content may be keeping some employers from hiring for San Antonio jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Seventy percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates (on par with last year), while seven percent plan to start. And that review matters: Of those that do social research, 57 percent have found content that caused them not to hire candidates.

Broken down by industry, those in IT* (74 percent) and manufacturing (73 percent) are more likely than those in retail/non-retail sales* (59 percent) to do social networking digging on potential job candidates. But it’s not just the social sites that are fair game – 66 percent of employers say they use search engines to conduct their research on potential job candidates.

Nearly half of employers (47 percent) say that if they can’t find a job candidate online, they are less likely to call that person in for an interview – 28 percent say that is because they like to gather more information before calling in a candidate for an interview; 20 percent say they expect candidates to have an online presence.

According to employers who use social networking sites to research potential job candidates, what they’re looking for when researching candidates is:

  • Information that supports their qualifications for the job: 58 percent
  • If the candidate has a professional online persona: 50 percent
  • What other people are posting about the candidate: 34 percent
  • A reason not to hire the candidate: 22 percent

Employers continue to monitor employees’ online presence even after they’re hired. Nearly half of employers (48 percent) say they use social networking sites to research current employees—10 percent do it daily. Further, a third of employers (34 percent) have found content online that caused them to reprimand or fire an employee.