Archive for December, 2015

Are employees seeking Jacksonville jobs?

Monday, December 28th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder finds that 1 in 5 employees may be searching for different Jacksonville jobs.

More than one in five employees (21 percent) are pledging to leave their current employers in 2016, a 5 percent increase since last year (16 percent). Among younger workers, the numbers are starker. Three in 10 employees ages 18 to 34 (30 percent) expect to have a new job by the end of 2016, compared to 23 percent last year. To keep their resolution to find a new job, 34 percent of employees are regularly searching for job opportunities, even though they’re currently employed — a four point increase since last year (30 percent).

Aside from finding a new job, the top New Year’s resolutions that workers say they’re making for the office this year are:

  • Save more of my pay: 38 percent (vs. 42 percent last year)
  • Be less stressed: 28 percent (vs. 34 percent last year)
  • Get a raise or promotion: 26 percent (vs. 26 percent last year)
  • Eat healthier at work: 19 percent (vs. 25 percent last year)
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 17 percent (vs. 22 percent last year)

Looking back, workers had the same top five resolutions for 2015, and while not all of their goals were met, here’s what was accomplished:

  • Eat healthier at work: 13 percent
  • Be less stressed: 12 percent
  • Save more of my pay: 11 percent
  • Learn something new (take more courses, training, seminars): 9 percent
  • Perform better on the job: 8 percent

 

Lower cuts for Jacksonville jobs

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Employers may be cutting fewer Jacksonville jobs, according to a new report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

Planned layoffs in November fell to the lowest level in more than a year.

workforce reductions totaling 30,953 in November, 39 percent fewer than the 50,504 planned job cuts in October. Last month’s layoff total was 14 percent lower than November 2014, when 35,940 job cuts were reported.

November represents the smallest job-cut month since 30,477 planned cuts were announced in September 2014. The 14-month low comes on the heels of a four-month period during which 256,263 job cuts were recorded.

To date, employers have announced 574,888 job cuts in 2015. That is 28 percent more than the 450,531 job cuts announced through November 2014. With just one month remaining in the year, job cuts are on pace to be the heaviest since 2009, when 1,272,030 layoffs were tabulated.

While oil-related job cuts have dominated the headlines in 2015, they accounted for just 1,355 in November, the fewest since June (278).

Industrial goods ranked as the top job-cutting industry last month, with firms in the sector announcing 7,398 planned layoffs. That is up 109 percent from the 3,390 job cuts announced in this sector in October.

“The fourth quarter tends to experience heavier cuts, as employers make year-end adjustments to workforce levels in order achieve earnings goals. The November decline could be the quiet before a December storm or it could signal a lower-than-expected downsizing to close out the year. If recent history is any indication, it could be the latter, as December job cuts have been lower than the annual average since the end of the recession,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Companies add Jacksonville construction jobs

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

The amount of Jacksonville construction jobs has increased, according to the latest employment report from ADP.

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 81,000 jobs in November, down from October’s 91,000.

Employment among companies with 50-499 employees increased by 62,000 jobs, a bit less than the 67,000 added last month. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – came in double the upwardly revised 37,000 jobs added in October at 74,000 for the month.

Companies with 500-999 added 57,000 jobs, the largest gain for this segment in the history of the ADP National Employment Report. Companies with over 1,000 employees gained 17,000 jobs, after adding 28,000 in October.

Goods-producing employment rose by 13,000 jobs in November, down from 22,000 the previous month.

The construction industry added 16,000 jobs after gaining over 30,000 in each of the two previous months.

Meanwhile, manufacturing rebounded from two straight months of shedding jobs to add 6,000 in November.

Service-providing employment rose by 204,000 jobs in November, a strong increase from an upwardly revised 174,000 in October.

The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 59,000 jobs, the largest increase in this sector since June of this year.

Trade/transportation/utilities grew by 30,000, off from 36,000 the previous month.

The 9,000 new jobs added in financial activities were below the average of the last four months which ranged from 11,000 to 13,000 per month.