Archive for February, 2014

Engineering jobs in Jacksonville increase

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The labor report has come in, and it appears engineering jobs in Jacksonville are on an incline.

Nationwide, heavy and civil engineering construction also added 10,000 jobs.

Mining added 7,000 jobs in January, compared with an average monthly gain of 2,000 jobs in 2013.

Employment in professional and business services continued to trend up in January (+36,000). The industry added an average of 55,000 jobs per month in 2013. Within the industry, professional and technical services added 20,000 jobs in January.

Leisure and hospitality employment continued to trend up over the month (+24,000). Job growth in the industry averaged 38,000 per month in 2013.

Employment in health care was essentially unchanged in January for the second consecutive month. Health care added an average of 17,000 jobs per month in 2013.

Employment in retail trade changed little in January (-13,000). Within the industry, sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores lost 22,000 jobs, offsetting job gains in the prior 3 months. In January, motor vehicle and parts dealers added 7,000 jobs.

In January, federal government employment decreased by 12,000; the U.S. Postal Service accounted for most of this decline (-9,000).

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

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (6.2 percent), adult women (5.9 percent), teenagers (20.7 percent), whites (5.7 percent), blacks (12.1 percent), and Hispanics (8.4 percent) showed little change in January. The jobless rate for Asians was 4.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted), down by 1.7 percentage points over the year.

Employment increased by 113,000 in January. In 2013, employment growth averaged 194,000 per month. In January, job gains occurred in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining.

Construction added 48,000 jobs over the month, more than offsetting a decline of 22,000 in December. In January, job gains occurred in both residential and nonresidential building (+13,000 and +8,000, respectively) and in nonresidential specialty trade contractors (+13,000). Heavy and civil engineering construction also added 10,000 jobs.

Company recruits for customer service jobs in Jacksonville

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

AmeriHealth is expanding and hiring for customer service jobs in Jacksonville, according to a local news article.

The national company with headquarters in Philadelphia is holding an open house to staff for a call center in Jacksonville.

The call center open house will be at the Embassy Suites Jacksonville Baymeadows at 9300 Baymeadows Road.

The city issued a permit for a $650,000 tenant build-out for 66,202 square feet of space among all four floors at the Deerwood building.

AmeriHealth Caritas serves 4.8 million Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP members.

The company will open its call center in the Cambridge West building at 8171 Baymeadows Way W. in Deerwood Center.

It is currently looking for experienced candidates for positions that include customer service representatives, bilingual customer service representatives, claims examiners and claims management.

AmeriHealth Caritas spokeswoman Michelle Davidson said the goal was for the center to be fully operational in the spring.

This is the company’s second national companywide center.

Training will begin in January.

According to the article, AmeriHealth is owned by Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. It has experience serving low-income and chronically ill populations.