Archive for July, 2015

Healthcare jobs in Jacksonville grow

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The latest employment statistics point out that healthcare jobs in Jacksonville are growing.

Health care added 40,000 jobs in June. Job gains were distributed among the three component industries–ambulatory care services (+23,000), hospitals (+11,000), and nursing and residential care facilities(+7,000). Employment in health care had grown by an average of 34,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

Employment in retail trade increased by 33,000 in June and has risen by 300,000 over the year. In June, general merchandise stores added 10,000 jobs.

Employment in financial activities increased by 20,000, with most of the increase in insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000) and in securities, commodity contracts, and investments (+7,000). Commercial banking employment declined by 6,000. Employment in financial activities has grown by 159,000 over the year, with insurance accounting for about half of the gain.

Transportation and warehousing added 17,000 jobs in June. Employment in truck transportation continued to trend up over the month (+7,000) and has increased by 19,000 over the past 3 months.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in June (+30,000) and has increased by 355,000 over the year.

Employment in mining continued to trend down in June (-4,000). Since a recent high in December 2014, employment in mining has declined by 71,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, and government, showed little or no change over the month.

Employment rose by 223,000 in June, compared with an average monthly gain of 250,000 over the prior 12 months. In June, job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and in transportation and warehousing.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 64,000 in June, about in line with the average monthly gain of 57,000 over the prior 12 months. In June, employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+20,000), in architectural and engineering services (+4,000), and in computer systems design and related services (+4,000).

Are folks with Jacksonville administrative jobs working 24/7?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

A new Careerbuilder study finds that those with Jacksonville administrative jobs, among other locations, may be working 24/7 instead of 9-5.

The eight hour work day may be gone.

According to the survey, 63 percent of workers in these industries believe “working nine to five” is an outdated concept, and a significant number have a hard time leaving the office mentally. Nearly 1 in 4 (24 percent) check work emails during activities with family and friends.

About 50 percent of these workers say they check or respond to work emails outside of work, and nearly 2 in 5 (38 percent) say they continue to work outside of office hours.

“Workers want more flexibility in their schedules, and with improvements in technology that enable employees to check in at any time, from anywhere, it makes sense to allow employees to work outside the traditional nine-to-five schedule,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder. “Moving away from a nine-to-five work week may not be possible for some companies (yet), but if done right, allowing employees more freedom and flexibility with their schedules can improve morale, boost productivity and increase retention rates.”

Though staying connected to the office outside of required office hours may seem like a burden, most of these workers (62 percent) perceive it as a choice rather than an obligation.

When it comes to working outside of traditional office hours, 31 percent of 18- to 24-year-old workers in these fields will work outside of office hours, compared to 50 percent of 45- to 54-year-old workers and 38 percent of workers ages 55 and above. Meanwhile, 52 percent of workers ages 18-24 check or respond to work emails outside of work, versus 46 percent of workers ages 55 and above.

Seventy percent of workers ages 55 and above in these fields say they stay connected to the office by choice, compared to 56 percent of workers ages 18-24 who say the same.

Younger workers in these fields are also more likely than older workers to think about work before going to bed (31 percent of workers ages 18-24 versus 11 percent of workers ages 55 and above), or wake up thinking about work (59 percent versus 31 percent).

Jacksonville jobs suffer losses

Monday, July 6th, 2015

According to the latest jobs report, Jacksonville jobs may have been slashed, along with other jobs around the country.

Job cuts increased by about 10 percent in June, as employers announced plans to reduce payrolls by 44,842 workers during the month.

Meanwhile, heavier-than-expected downsizing throughout the first half of 2015 pushed the midyear total to its highest level since 2010, according to a report released Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Employers announced 287,672 job cuts during the first half of the year. That was up 17 percent from 2014, when the six-month total was 246,034. The midyear total is the highest since 297,677 job cuts were recorded in the first half of 2010.

“Retailers should be enjoying the benefits of falling oil prices, as consumers have the money they are saving at the gas pump to spend elsewhere. However, it appears that consumers were hording that cash, at least through the first half of the year. The most recent data suggests that consumers are finally starting to loosen up the purse strings,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Even if consumers start spending consistently, retailers are always vulnerable to changing consumer trends, technology and operational factors. Retail was the leading job cutting sector in June with 17,947 job cuts. Most of those were related to the closure of all Canadian stores by Minnesota-based Target.

“Not all retail cuts are due to frugal consumers. In Target’s case, the retail chain simply made significant missteps when entering Canada two years ago and never gained traction among Canadian shoppers. The store closures, which resulted in 17,000 job cuts for the American-based employer, was among the first decisions by new CEO Brian Cornell, who is determined to revitalize the store here in America,” said Challenger.

A big return on investment for Jacksonville jobs?

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

A new survey looks at the return on investment for colleges, which could affect those who are seeking Jacksonville jobs.

PayScale’s new analysis provides a look at potential future financial returns on investment for a bachelor’s degree at public and private colleges. This forecast expands upon PayScale’s annual College ROI Report.

Highlights from PayScale’s 2025 College ROI Forecast include:

1. The financial return on investment of a college education will continue to increase in the next 10 years, but at very different rates for public and private colleges. By 2025, the 20-year net ROI of a bachelor’s degree at private colleges will rise 4 percent, but the 20-year net ROI of a bachelor’s degree at public colleges will rise 17 percent.

2. It is projected that the financial ROI at public colleges will be 24 percent better than at private colleges by 2025. Today, the percentage difference is 13 percent – also in favor of public colleges.

*Outcomes for individual alumni at individual schools may vary as this data is projected for public colleges and private colleges as cohorts.

3. Post-graduation earnings do not differ greatly between public college and private college alumni. PayScale data shows that major has the biggest impact on earning potential, rather than school attended.

4. What does differ greatly between private and public colleges is cost. For the schools included in PayScale’s College ROI Report, the average four-year cost for a 2014 public school graduate was $29,609. For a private school graduate, the cost was $83,192. (Cost includes tuition & fees, room & board and books & supplies and was supplied by the U.S. Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System).