Archive for September, 2015

Manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville dip lower?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

New employment statistics from the BLS posit that manufacturing jobs in Jacksonville may be lower than the previous month.

Manufacturing employment decreased by 17,000 in August, after changing little in July (+12,000). Job losses occurred in a number of component industries, including fabricated metal products and food manufacturing (-7,000 each). These losses more than offset gains in motor vehicles and parts (+6,000) and in miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing (+4,000). Thus far this year, overall employment in manufacturing has shown little net change.

Employment in mining fell in August (-9,000), with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-7,000). Since reaching a peak in December 2014, mining employment has declined by 90,000.

Employment in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and government, showed little change over the month.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours in August. The manufacturing workweek was unchanged at 40.8 hours, and factory overtime edged down by 0.1 hour to 3.3 hours.

Health care and social assistance added 56,000 jobs in August. Health care employment increased by 41,000 over the month, with job growth occurring in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) and hospitals (+16,000). Employment rose by 16,000 in social assistance, which includes child day care services and services for the elderly and disabled. Over the year, employment has risen by 457,000 in health care and by 107,000 in social assistance.

Employment increased by 173,000 in August, and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in health care and social assistance and in financial activities. Manufacturing and mining lost jobs.

Is hiring for Jacksonville jobs taking longer?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

A new survey from Glassdoor shows that the hiring process for Jacksonville jobs, among other jobs, may be taking longer.

The average interview process has increased globally 3.3 to 3.7 days since 2010. In the U.S., the process now takes 22.9 days while hiring in France, Germany and the United Kingdom each takes four to nine days longer on average than in the United States and Canada (22.1 days).

The time required for a candidate to progress through the hiring process varies widely around the world. In the United States, the process took an average of 22.9 days overall in 2014, up from 12.6 days in 2010. Only job candidates in Canada report shorter hiring times at 22.1 days on average.

By contrast, job candidates in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia all report significantly longer hiring processes. French job candidates report the longest duration at 31.9 days, followed by Germany at 28.8 days, the United Kingdom at 28.6 days, and Australia at 27.9 days.

Hiring duration, when viewed from the candidate’s perspective, lengthens when employer demographics such as industry, office location and employee size are taken into account. For example, government job candidates report the longest hiring process ranging from 49.5 days in Australia to 60.4 days in the U.S., whereas franchise candidates secure a job the fastest as it takes eight days in Australia and 10.6 days in the U.S.

This also may explain why job candidates in the Washington D.C. area report a slow hiring process as government jobs in this region tend to be more dominant – candidates in the nation’s capital report the hiring process takes an average of 34.4 days, which is roughly twice the time it takes candidates in Miami (18.6 days) to get hired.