Archive for June, 2013

Companies to add more construction jobs in Jacksonville

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Employer confidence is growing, and that may mean the addition of more construction jobs in Jacksonville.

According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today by ManpowerGroup, 22 percent of employers nationwide plan on adding staff.

This is the highest percentage of employers projecting an increase in hiring since before 2009.

Employers in two industry sectors convey notable national growth for Quarter 3 2013.

o Construction employers anticipate a moderate increase in hiring in Quarter 3 2013, with the Net Employment Outlook rising 8 percentage points compared with Q2 2013. The Construction industry sector last surpassed the current Outlook of +18% in Quarter 3 2007.

o Employers in the Leisure & Hospitality industry sector also indicate a moderate increase in hiring in Quarter 3 2013 with an Outlook increase of 6 percentage points. The Leisure & Hospitality industry sector’s Outlook for Quarter 3 2012 is 30%. This rivals the previous strongest Outlook in the Leisure & Hospitality industry sector, which was last seen one year ago.

“Continued uncertainty plays a critical role in hiring decisions, and employers are forced to function in a fast-moving business environment where local and global events impact employment strategies more than ever before,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup President. “These new market conditions require employers to think differently about workforce models and the talent they need for business success. Many economic indicators pointed toward measured optimism during the first half of the year, and our third quarter data show a rise in hiring intentions that demonstrates improved demand for products and services.”

Six percent expect a decrease in payrolls, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +16%. When seasonally adjusted, the Net Employment Outlook becomes +12%. Seventy percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 2 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring intentions.

Jacksonville government jobs remain little changed

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Although some cities saw these jobs increase last month, Jacksonville government jobs are little changed.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that were 375,000 other separations for total nonfarm, little changed from the previous month.The number of other separations for total private and government was little changed.

In April, the hires rate was little changed at 3.3 percent. The hires rate was little changed in all industries and regions over the month.

There were 3.8 million job openings on the last business day of April, little changed from 3.9 million in March.

Job openings increased over the year for several industries and state and local government. Job openings decreased over the year for information; arts, entertainment, and recreation; and federal government. Job openings were up over the year for the West and little changed in the other regions.

In April, the quits rate was little changed at 1.7 percent. The quits rate was up for total private and little changed for government. The quits rate increased for professional and business services. The quits rate was little changed in all four regions.

The layoffs and discharges component of total separations is seasonally adjusted at the total nonfarm, total private, and government levels and for the four regions. The layoffs and discharges rate was unchanged in April at 1.2 percent. The rate also was unchanged for total private and government and little changed in all four regions.

There were 375,000 other separations for total nonfarm, little changed from the previous month. The number of other separations for total private and government was little changed.

Unemployment rates in Jacksonville lower?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Nationwide, unemployment rates were lower in April than a year earlier in 276 of the 372
metropolitan areas, higher in 78 areas, and unchanged in 18 areas, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, and the unemployment rate in Jacksonville may be even lower this month.

Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., had the highest unemployment rates in
April, at 30.3 percent and 24.0 percent, respectively. Midland, Texas, had the
lowest unemployment rate, 3.0 percent. A total of 213 areas had April
unemployment rates below the U.S. figure of 7.1 percent, 153 areas had rates
above it, and 6 areas had rates equal to that of the nation. (See table 1.)

El Centro, Calif., had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease in
April (-3.9 percentage points). Seventeen other areas had rate declines of at
least 2.0 percentage points, and an additional 66 areas had declines of at least
1.0 point. Yuma, Ariz., had the largest over-the-year jobless rate increase
(+4.0 percentage points). The next largest increases were in Decatur, Ill., and
Eau Claire, Wis. (+0.8 percentage point each).

Eleven of the most populous metropolitan areas are made up of 34 metropolitan
divisions, which are essentially separately identifiable employment centers. In
April, Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, Mass.-N.H., had the highest jobless rate among
the divisions, 10.6 percent. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Wash., had the lowest
jobless rate, 4.5 percent.