Archive for January, 2014

Study looks at why unemployed can’t find Jacksonville jobs

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A new study from Careerbuilder is examining the reasons why people can’t find Jacksonville jobs, or why the unemployed can’t find jobs in general.

According to the study, thirty percent of workers who were previously employed full time and who have been out of work for 12 months or longer said they haven’t had a single job interview since they became unemployed.

A number of these workers reported losing their homes, struggling to feed their families and having to turn to their parents to supplement income.

Forty-four percent of the long-term unemployed said they look for jobs every day; 43 percent look every week. While three in ten long-term unemployed said they haven’t had any interviews since they lost their jobs (30 percent), the same number (30 percent) said they have had five or more interviews; 14 percent have had ten or more. One in ten have turned down a job while unemployed.

The loss of a regular income has affected the long-term unemployed in various ways from accelerated credit debt to downsizing to tense relationships:

· Not having enough money for food – 25 percent

· Strained relationships with family and friends – 25 percent

· Maxed out credit cards to pay other bills – 12 percent

· Losing their house or apartment due to the inability to pay the mortgage or rent – 10 percent

· Moving back in with their parents – 9 percent (Among long-term unemployed ages 35 to 54, 13 percent moved back in with their parents)

· Moving to a less expensive location – 4 percent

Current Source of Income

Many long-term unemployed said they are relying on their significant other, personal savings or family members to help out with expenses:

· Spouse or partner – 39 percent

· Savings – 31 percent

· Side jobs – 12 percent

· Parents – 11 percent

· Borrowing from family and friends – 9 percent

Jacksonville manufacturing jobs get a boost

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

The number of Jacksonville manufacturing jobs has climbed, according to new economic numbers.

Overall in the nation, manufacturing employment continued to trend up in December (+9,000). Employment rose in primary metals (+4,000) and petroleum and coal products (+2,000), while electronic instruments (-4,000) lost jobs. Manufacturing added 77,000 jobs in 2013, compared with an increase of 154,000 jobs in 2012.

Employment edged up in December (+74,000). In 2013, job growth averaged 182,000 per month, about the same as in 2012 (+183,000 per month). In December, job gains occurred in retail trade and wholesale trade, while employment declined in information.

Wholesale trade added 15,000 jobs. Most of the job growth occurred in electronic markets and agents and brokers (+9,000). Wholesale trade added an average of 8,000 jobs per month in 2013.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in December (+19,000). In 2013, job growth in professional and business services averaged 53,000 per month. Within the industry, temporary help services added 40,000 jobs in December, while employment in accounting and bookkeeping services declined by 25,000.

Health care employment changed little in December (-6,000). Employment gains in the industry averaged 17,000 per month in 2013, compared with an average monthly gain of 27,000 in 2012.

Employment in information fell by 12,000 in December, driven by a decline in the motion picture and sound recording industry (-14,000). Employment in information was essentially unchanged over the year.

Construction employment edged down in December (-16,000). However, in 2013, the industry added an average of 10,000 jobs per month. Employment in nonresidential specialty trade contractors declined by 13,000 in December, possibly reflecting unusually cold weather in parts of the country.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October remained at +200,000, and the change for November was revised from +203,000 to +241,000. With these revisions, employment gains in October and November were 38,000 higher than previously reported.

Employers hiring for Jacksonville engineering jobs

Monday, January 6th, 2014

When it comes to hiring in 2014, employers remain cautious, but some of them are still hiring for Jacksonville engineering jobs, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.

Hiring managers plan to recruit full-time, permanent employees for:

Sales – 30 percent
Information Technology – 29 percent
Customer Service – 25 percent
Production – 24 percent
Administrative – 22 percent
Engineering – 17 percent
Marketing – 17 percent
Business Development – 17 percent
Accounting/Finance – 15 percent
Research/Development – 13 percent
Human Resources – 10 percent

The top two positions companies plan to hire for in the New Year – Sales and Information Technology – are also where employers expect to provide the biggest salary increases.

Trends to watch this year, according to CareerBuilder, include:

Part-time hiring on the rise – Seventeen percent of employers expect to recruit part-time workers over the next 12 months, up three percentage points over last year. While various factors will influence this trend, 12 percent of all employers stated that they will likely hire more part-time workers in 2014 due to the Affordable Care Act.

2) More companies “onshoring” jobs – One of the most popular imports of the New Year just may be previously lost jobs. Twenty-three percent of companieswho offshore jobs said they brought some of those jobs back to the U.S. in 2013; 26 percent plan to do so in 2014.

3) Skills gap widening – Looking at a subset of human resource managers, half (51 percent) said they currently have positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. Forty-six percent said these positions go unfilled for three months or longer.

4) Companies building the perfect employee instead of waiting for one – In light of the skills gap, nearly half (49 percent) of employers plan to train people who don’t have experience in their industry or field and hire them in 2014, up 10 percentage points over last year. Twenty-six percent of employers are sending current employees back to school to get an advanced degree – and picking up all or part of the cost.

5) Companies looking for recruits in high schools – More companies are connecting with future generations of workers to establish a constant pipeline of job candidates.Twenty-seven percent of hiring managers have promoted careers at their firms to high school students or, in some cases, even younger; 25 percent plan to do so in 2014.