Retail jobs in Jacksonville climb

October 9th, 2018

Holiday hiring surveys show that retail jobs in Jacksonville are increasing.

Retailers and logistics companies are gearing up for a huge shopping season in light of a solid economy and high consumer confidence. This will translate into more jobs added for seasonal hiring, according to a forecast from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Macy’s announced it will hire 80,000 seasonal workers, the same number as last year. Macy’s eventually hired another 7,000 seasonal workers in December. FedEx likewise announced it is looking for 55,000 workers, 5,000 more than last year.

“Retailers have been aggressively hiring seasonal workers since July to combat the tight job market. This holiday season will be a good time for workers who have had trouble finding employment or those who are discouraged or marginally attached to the labor force, as retail, transport, and warehousing jobs will be plentiful,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Last year, seasonal retail employment increased by 668,400 during the final three months of the year, 4.3 percent higher than the 641,000 jobs added in 2016, according to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

“Seasonal jobs are no longer in retail alone. With the rise of online shopping, transport and warehousing companies are also looking for seasonal workers. We’ve seen this trend over the last few years,” said Challenger.

Last year, BLS data showed that transportation and warehousing employment increased by a non-seasonally adjusted 279,700, up 13.4 percent from the 246,700 workers in the final quarter of 2016 and 6.6 percent higher than the 262,300 workers hired in this sector in the final three months of 2015.

 

Nursing jobs in Jacksonville climb

October 5th, 2018

A new survey from Careerbuilder is focusing on the addition of new jobs, and nursing jobs in Jacksonville may be growing.

The study points to a continued hollowing effect in the labor market where high-wage and low-wage job growth is eclipsing middle-wage job growth by a significant margin.

Based on extensive analysis of historical and current labor market trends, the U.S. is expected to add 8,310,003 jobs (5.08 percent growth) from 2018 to 2023 – only one-fourth of these jobs will fall within the middle-wage category. Factored into the total job growth is an expected loss of 369,879 jobs over the same time period, with middle wage occupations experiencing the majority of the decline.

High-wage and low-wage occupations are expected to have the highest net job growth from 2018 to 2023 at 5.71 percent and 5.69 percent, respectively. Middle wage employment will grow at 3.83 percent.

High-wage and low-wage occupations will each add 1 million more jobs than middle-wage occupations from 2018 to 2023. High-wage occupations are expected to add 3,117,284 jobs and low-wage occupations are expected to add 3,098,476 jobs compared to 2,094,243 new jobs for middle-wage occupations.

A total of 121 occupations will experience a decline in jobs between 2018 and 2023 – 75 of those occupations are middle-wage. Across the 121 total occupations, 369,879 jobs will be lost with middle-wage occupations accounting for 58 percent of the loss.

 

Warehouse jobs in Jacksonville grow

September 9th, 2018

More warehouse jobs in Jacksonville are being added each month, according to labor statistics.

Payroll employment increased by 201,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and mining.

Professional and business services added 53,000 jobs in August and 519,000 jobs over the year.

In August, health care employment rose by 33,000, with job gains in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) and hospitals (+8,000).

Health care has added 301,000 jobs over the year. Wholesale trade employment increased by 22,000 in August and by 99,000 over the year.

Durable goods wholesalers added 14,000 jobs over the month and accounted for about two-thirds of the over-the-year job gain in wholesale trade. Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 20,000 in August and by 173,000 over the past 12 months.

Within the industry, couriers and messengers added 4,000 jobs in August. Mining employment increased by 6,000 in August, after showing little change in July.

Since a recent trough in October 2016, the industry has added 104,000 jobs, almost entirely in support activities for mining.

Employment in construction continued to trend up in August (+23,000) and has increased by 297,000 over the year.

Manufacturing employment changed little in August (-3,000). Over the year, employment in the industry was up by 254,000, with more than three-fourths of the gain in the durable goods component.

Employment showed little change over the month in other major industries, including retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government.

Healthcare jobs in Jacksonville

September 9th, 2018

A number of healthcare jobs in Jacksonville have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

Payroll employment increased by 201,000 in August, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent in August, and the number of unemployed persons, at 6.2 million, changed little.

Payroll employment increased by 201,000 in August, in line with the average monthly gain of 196,000 over the prior 12 months. Over the month, employment increased in professional and business services, health care, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and mining.

Professional and business services added 53,000 jobs in August and 519,000 jobs over the year. In August, health care employment rose by 33,000, with job gains in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) and hospitals (+8,000).

Health care has added 301,000 jobs over the year. Wholesale trade employment increased by 22,000 in August and by 99,000 over the year.

Durable goods wholesalers added 14,000 jobs over the month and accounted for about two-thirds of the over-the-year job gain in wholesale trade. Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 20,000 in August and by 173,000 over the past 12 months.

Within the industry, couriers and messengers added 4,000 jobs in August. Mining employment increased by 6,000 in August, after showing little change in July.

Since a recent trough in October 2016, the industry has added 104,000 jobs, almost entirely in support activities for mining.

Employment in construction continued to trend up in August (+23,000) and has increased by 297,000 over the year.

Do people with Jacksonville jobs make mistakes on their resume?

August 27th, 2018

A recent survey from Careerbuilder takes a look at resume mistakes for Jacksonville jobs, among other locations.

Employers are feeling the heat of the tight labor market as they struggle to find qualified candidates to fill their open jobs. While job seekers are getting their attention, it’s often for the wrong reasons. The CareerBuilder survey found that among human resource managers, who are typically the ones who determine which applicants get in front of the actual hiring managers, 75 percent have caught a lie on a resume.

The pressure to make a good first impression quickly is high, as 39 percent of hiring managers said they spend less than a minute looking at a resume and 23 percent spend less than 30 seconds. In their effort to get noticed, however, some candidates are making critical blunders. The HR managers surveyed shared their most notable and cringe-worthy real-life examples of gaffes found on actual resumes:

  • A 22-year-old applicant claimed three different degrees.
  • An applicant listed 40 different jobs in one year.
  • An applicant thought they attached a resume to an email but instead sent their full credit application for an apartment.
  • An applicant applied for a job for which they were vastly unqualified (e.g. grocery store shelf-stocker applying for a physician position).
  • An applicant referred to having “as many marriages as jobs.”
  • An applicant listed out their extensive arrest history.
  • An applicant’s resume had a different font type for every sentence.
  • An applicant stated at the bottom of their resume that they do not like babies or puppies.
  • An applicant’s resume was only one sentence.
  • An applicant had the same employment dates for every job listed.

You’re Not Hired
An implausible resume is not the only obstacle preventing job seekers from getting interviews and job offers. Hiring managers identified the seven most common resume mistakes job seekers make that are instant deal breakers:

  • Typos or bad grammar: 77 percent
  • Unprofessional email address: 35 percent
  • Resume without quantifiable results: 34 percent
  • Resume with long paragraphs of text: 25 percent
  • Resume is generic, not customized to company: 18 percent
  • Resume is more than two pages: 17 percent
  • No cover letter with resume: 10 percent

Did CEO jobs in Jacksonville decrease?

August 8th, 2018

New data may show that CEO jobs in Jacksonville declined.

The number of chief executive officers leaving their posts reached 90 in June, virtually unchanged from the 91 who did so in May. June’s total rounds out the quarter at 290 CEO exits, up 9 percent from the same quarter last year, according to a report by global outplacement consultancy and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

June’s total is 5 percent lower than the 95 CEOs who left their posts in the same month last year. The quarterly total is 15 percent lower than the 341 CEOs who left their posts in the first quarter of this year.

So far this year, 631 CEOs have left their posts, up 11 percent from the 567 who left their posts through the first six months of last year.

Computer companies announced 78 exits so far this year, 90 percent more than the 41 CEOs who left their posts through June 2017.

Through June, 10 percent of CEOs found new positions in other companies or left to pursue other interests.

Meanwhile, Health Care/Products firms have announced 66 CEO exits in 2018, and Financial companies reported 59 through the year.

The Government/Non-Profit sector leads all industries in departures this year with 118, 55 percent more than the 76 CEOs who left in this sector last year.

Teen summer jobs in Jacksonville grow

August 8th, 2018

The number of teen summer jobs in Jacksonville are growing, according to recent labor statistics from Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Teen hiring in July rose 62 percent from the 190,000 jobs added in the same month last year, as 307,000 workers aged 16 to 19 found employment, according to analysis of non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

This summer saw 1,388,000 jobs gained by teens, 7.8 percent higher than the 1,288,000 jobs gained by teenagers last summer. It is the highest number of teen jobs gained since 2012, when 1,397,000 jobs were added.

The teen job market is far from the highs of the late 90s. After the dot-com bust at the turn of the century, teen employment fell below 2,000,000 jobs added and never recovered. In 2000, with a 52 percent participation rate, teen summer hiring dropped 25 percent from the previous year, from over 2,000,000 jobs added to just over 1,500,000. Last year, the teen participation rate averaged 35 percent for the year, with nearly 1,300,000 jobs added.

“Some retailers announced they were beginning to hire for the holiday season early, a boon to teen workers who want employment,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“While the participation rate among teenagers has averaged under 40 percent per year since the recession years, teens can certainly benefit from the tight labor market, especially as employers struggle to fill positions,” he added.

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville grow?

August 5th, 2018

The newest labor data shows that manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville may be climbing.

Employment increased by 157,000 in July, compared with an average monthly gain of 203,000 over the prior 12 months.

In July, job gains occurred in professional and business services, in manufacturing, and in health care and social assistance.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 51,000 in July and has risen by 518,000 over the year. Over the month, employment edged up in temporary help services (+28,000) and in computer systems design and related services (+8,000). Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in July, with most of the gain in the durable goods component.

Employment rose in transportation equipment (+13,000), machinery (+6,000), and electronic instruments (+2,000). Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has added 327,000 jobs.

In July, employment in health care and social assistance rose by 34,000. Health care employment continued to trend up over the month (+17,000) and has increased by 286,000 over the year. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs over the month. Within social assistance, individual and family services added 16,000 jobs in July and 77,000 jobs over the year. Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up over the month (+26,000).

Over the year, the industry has added 203,000 jobs. Construction employment continued to trend up in July (+19,000) and has increased by 308,000 over the year.

In July, employment in retail trade changed little (+7,000). Job gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+14,000), clothing and clothing accessories stores (+10,000), and food and beverage stores (+8,000).

These employment gains were offset by a decline of 32,000 in sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores, reflecting job losses in hobby, toy, and game stores.

Employment showed little or no change over the month in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government.

 

Rental car company may hire for Jacksonville management jobs

July 8th, 2018

Enterprise Rent-A-Car may soon be hiring for Jacksonville management jobs.

More than 5,800 Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations throughout the U.S. plan to hire 8,500 college graduates into the renowned Enterprise Management Training program and 2,000 interns into the Management Internship program this year. And for the first time, ties are not required.

Enterprise Holdings Inc. operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, as well as National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car, through its integrated global network of independent regional subsidiaries and franchises. These regional subsidiaries employ 100,000 worldwide.

In fiscal year 2017 alone, Enterprise Holdings grew total revenues 6.5 percent to $22.3 billion and expanded its network to include 9,900 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 90 countries throughout the world.

Enterprise’s total revenues have more than doubled during the last decade along with overall fleet size – now nearly 1.9 million vehicles. In addition, since 2007, the company has grown its share of the U.S. airport market 10 percentage points.

To support this growth, Enterprise branch offices hire thousands of college-educated, career-oriented men and women into the Enterprise Management Training program each year.

This program teaches employees how to run a business, empower teams and provide face-to-face customer service. Other hallmarks of the program include extensive training in a wide range of business skills, including profit and loss management, business-to-business marketing and sales, and operational logistics.

New grants may affect Jacksonville jobs

July 8th, 2018

A number of new grants may affect the workforce at large, including those with Jacksonville jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $20 million in grants to help Americans who are injured or ill remain in or return to the workforce. The grants are intended to identify new, replicable strategies to help individuals with a work-related disability stay on the job.

“America’s workforce is strengthened by the participation of all Americans. After an injury or illness, it is critical for workers to have the ability to return to the labor force as quickly as possible,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “These grants will help develop innovative strategies that enable injured or ill Americans to return to work so they can support themselves and provide for their families.”

The grants represent the first phase of funding for Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN) Demonstration Projects, which will be administered by the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in partnership with the Department’s Employment and Training Administration  and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Successful applicants will propose coordinated employment and health services through an integrated network of partners, including state and/or local workforce development agencies; health-care systems and/or provider networks; and other strategic partners, such as employers or insurers.

The Department anticipates awarding up to eight grants of approximately $2.5 million each to be spent over an 18-month period for planning and start-up activities, including the launch of a small pilot demonstration. Near the conclusion of this first phase, the Department anticipates competitively awarding up to four of the Phase One grantees with additional funding up to approximately $19.5 million each to implement their demonstration projects at full scale. The Department anticipates Phase Two will span 42 months, including 30 months for project implementation and 12 for closeout and final assessment activities. The SSA will administer an independent evaluation of the RETAIN projects.