Archive for March, 2014

Hiring for IT jobs in Jacksonville is a challenge

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

To employers, hiring for IT jobs in Jacksonville can be difficult, a new survey from CareerBuilder points out.

Forty-nine percent of hiring managers and human resource professionals at information technology companies say, from their company’s perspective, it doesn’t feel like the recession ever ended, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder and – its job site for technology professionals.

A third (32 percent) said their company is struggling to recover from the recession and 34 percent say their staff is still smaller than before the recession.

The following are the top 15 staffing challenges faced by IT hiring managers:

1. Retaining top talent – 36 percent

2. Lifting employee morale – 31 percent

3. Recruiting high skill applicants – 29 percent

4. Providing competitive compensation – 27 percent

5. Worker burnout – 26 percent

6. Maintaining productivity levels – 25 percent

7. Managing organizational changes – 21 percent

8. Providing competitive benefits – 20 percent

9. Providing upward mobility – 17 percent

10. Cutting down on cost-per-hire – 16 percent

11. Providing enough training opportunities to employees – 16 percent

12. Finding time to sort through applications and interview applicants – 13 percent

13. Employee engagement – 12 percent

14. Cutting down on time to hire – 11 percent

15. Adapting to new ways or sourcing/recruiting candidates – 11 percent

“Despite the emergence of successful tech startups and exponential growth of several computer science and engineering occupations, many IT employers are confronted by a variety of staffing challenges that have the potential to limit productivity and innovation,” said Eric Presley, chief technology officer at CareerBuilder. “The top issues in 2014 will be the retention and recruitment of high-skill talent. The most-in demand workers are attracting lucrative offers nationwide, meaning employers have to recognize and incentivize their best talent to stay ahead of the competition.”

Construction jobs in Jacksonville grow

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

The number of construction jobs in Jacksonville continues to climb, according to recent labor statistics.

In February, employment in construction changed little (+15,000). Over the past year, construction has added 152,000 jobs. Within the industry, employment in heavy and civil engineering construction rose by 12,000 in February.

Employment in health care changed little in February (+10,000). This marks the third consecutive month of little employment change in this industry. Offices of physicians added 8,000 jobs in February. Employment in hospitals changed little over the month but is down by 10,000 over the past 3 months.

Retail trade employment changed little in February (-4,000). Among the component industries, a job gain in food and beverage stores (+12,000) was more than offset by declines in electronics and appliance stores (-12,000); sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores (-9,000); and department stores (-7,000). Over the year, retail trade has added 282,000 jobs.

Overall, employment increased by 175,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed. Employment increased in professional and business services and in wholesale trade but declined in information.

Job growth averaged 189,000 per month over the prior 12 months. In February, job gains occurred in professional and business services and in wholesale trade, while information lost jobs.

Information lost 16,000 jobs in February. Most of the decline occurred in motion picture and sound recording (-14,000); employment in this industry can be volatile from month to month.

Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, financial activities, and government, changed little over the month.

The average workweek for all employees on payrolls edged down by 0.1 hour to 34.2 hours in February. The manufacturing workweek was unchanged at 40.7 hours, and factory overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.3 hours.

The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls declined by 0.2 hour to 33.3 hours. For production workers, the manufacturing workweek has declined by 0.6 hour over the past 3 months.

Giant company plans to hire big for customer service jobs in Jacksonville

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

April and May are just around the corner, and to prepare for beautiful spring weather and its projects, the Home Depot is hiring for customer service jobs in Jacksonville, among other locations.

The retail giant plans on hiring 80,000 people in its efforts to plump up staff for the spring rush.

There are plenty of jobs to apply for, which can be found on the Home Depot website.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,263 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico.

In fiscal 2012, The Home Depot had sales of $74.8 billion and earnings of $4.5 billion. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates.

The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

“Spring is our peak hiring season, giving us the opportunity to find some of the best associates who are passionate about customer service,” said Tim Crow, executive vice president—Human Resources.

Job opportunities are available on a market-by-market basis, based on individual store needs and geographical variance in climate. College students, retirees, veterans and reservists are encouraged to apply.

Jacksonville unemployment shrinks

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

After the latest BLS statistics, it appears 43 states saw employment rate declines, including Jacksonville unemployment.

The BLS reports that annual average unemployment rates declined in 43 states and the District of Columbia, rose in 2 states, and were unchanged in 5 states, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment-population ratios decreased in 28 states, increased in 17 states and the District of Columbia, and were unchanged in 5 states.

The U.S. jobless rate declined by 0.7 percentage point from the prior year to 7.4 percent, and the national employment-population ratio was unchanged at 58.6 percent.

In 2013, 25 states and the District of Columbia had statistically significant unemployment rate decreases, the largest of which were in Nevada (-1.7 percentage points), Florida (-1.6 points), and California (-1.5 points). Six additional states had decreases greater than 1.0 percentage point. The remaining 25 states had annual average unemployment rates for 2013 that were not appreciably different from those of the previous year, though some had changes that were at least as large numerically as the significant changes.

Nevada again had the highest unemployment rate (9.8 percent) in 2013, followed by Rhode Island (9.5 percent) and Illinois (9.2 percent). North Dakota had the lowest jobless rate among the states for the
fifth year in a row (2.9 percent), followed by South Dakota (3.8 percent) and Nebraska (3.9 percent).

Overall, 25 states had unemployment rates that were significantly lower than the U.S. rate of 7.4 percent, while 11 states and the District of Columbia had rates significantly above it.

In 2013, the largest employment-population ratio decrease among the states occurred in Tennessee (-1.1 percentage points), followed by Arkansas and North Dakota (-1.0 point each). Five other states also
had statistically significant decreases in their ratios. Utah had the largest increase in its employment-population ratio among the states (+1.4 percentage points). California and Florida had the only other statistically significant increases in their ratios over the year (+0.5 percentage point each).

West Virginia again had the lowest employment-population ratio among the states, 50.1 percent in 2013. West Virginia has had the lowest employment-population ratio each year since the series began in 1976.

Four states in the West North Central division again had the highest ratios: North Dakota (69.4 percent), Nebraska (69.2 percent), South Dakota (67.2 percent), and Minnesota (66.8 percent). Overall, 22 states and the District of Columbia had employment-population ratios that were significantly above the U.S. ratio of 58.6 percent, and 18 states had ratios that were appreciably below it. Three states had the lowest employment-population ratios in their series in 2013: Delaware, 56.7 percent; Nevada, 57.2 percent; and Oregon, 56.7 percent.