Archive for May, 2016

Administrative assistant jobs in Jacksonville grow

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A new survey points out that temp jobs are growing, along with administrative assistant jobs in Jacksonville.

Hiring temporary and contract employees can help businesses sidestep talent gaps and remain nimble.

CareerBuilder compiled a list of fast-growing occupations for temporary employment from 2016 to 2018. The following occupations have at least 10,000 jobs available, are expected to grow 6 percent or more, and pay $15 or more per hour*:

Occupation Temp Jobs (2016) Temp Jobs (2018) % Change (2016 – 2018) Median Hourly Earnings
Computer Service Representatives 98,574 104,311 6% $15.27
Administrative Assistants (excluding legal, medical and executive)** 69,627 73,931 6% $16.22
Human Resources Specialists 67,956 73,094 8% $28.02
Construction Laborers 46,488 49,226 6% $16.23
Registered Nurses 42,260 44,885 6% $33.28
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks 28,124 29,878 6% $17.73
Computer User Support Specialists 24,218 25,664 6% $23.27
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 21,683 23,038 6% $19.15
Machinists 21,187 22,512 6% $19.38
Software Developers, Applications 14,731 15,624 6% $46.72

The following occupations have at least 10,000 jobs available, are expected to grow at least 6 percent and pay less than $15 per hour (but well above the federal minimum wage*):

Occupation Temp Jobs (2016) Temp Jobs (2018) % Change (2016 – 2018) Median Hourly Earnings
Team Assemblers 166,057 176,639 6% $13.95
Nursing Assistants 32,143 34,133 6% $12.32
Personal Care Aides 27,217 28,813 6% $10.10
Substitute Teachers 27,155 28,973 7% $13.48
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 18,067 19,198 6% $10.50
Retail Salespersons 17,490 18,569 6% $10.34
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers 15,300 16,248 6% $12.01
Security Guards 13,322 14,106 6% $12.27
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers 12,863 13,644 6% $14.38
Telemarketers 7,636 8,082 6% $11.24

Workers are gaining weight at Jacksonville jobs

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Some workers may be putting on the pounds at Jacksonville jobs, according to a recent study from Jacksonville.

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 55 percent of U.S. workers feel they are overweight, and 44 percent of workers say they’ve gained weight in their present job. Twenty-five percent reported gaining more than 10 pounds, while 17 percent of workers say they’ve lost weight.

When asked what they felt contributed to their weight gain at their current job, 53 percent said “sitting at the desk most of the day,” 45 percent said they are “too tired from work to exercise,” and 36 percent of workers said “eating because of stress.”

Survey results reveal a strong association between on-the-job stress levels and workers who say they are overweight. Fewer than half of workers (41 percent) with extremely low stress levels feel they are overweight compared to 77 percent of workers with extremely high stress levels. Meaning, workers who say they have extremely high on-the-job stress are 53 percent more likely to say they’re overweight than workers who say they have extremely low stress.

In effort to help promote healthy living at the office, some employers have put wellness initiatives in place. Still, while a quarter of employees (25 percent) have access to employer sponsored wellness benefits, including onsite workout facilities and gym passes, 55 percent of this group does not take advantage of them.

“Workers are becoming more and more health conscious, but due to higher stress, longer work days and constant multitasking, it is more difficult to find the time to act on wellness goals,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. “To make wellness at work a priority, companies should emphasize its importance from top leadership down and focus on engagement, motivation, support and strategy when implementing new programs.”


Industry/Job type: Workers in certain industries and occupations are more likely to have gained weight at their present job:

  • Transportation: 49 percent
  • Health care: 48 percent
  • Financial services: 46 percent
  • Sales: 46 percent
  • Retail: 40 percent
  • Manufacturing: 39 percent
  • IT: 38 percent

Jacksonville healthcare jobs grow

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The number of Jacksonville healthcare jobs has grown, according to recent employment statistics.

Overall, employment rose by 215,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent.

In March, the unemployment rate (5.0 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (8.0 million) were little changed. Both measures have shown little movement since August.

Retail trade added 48,000 jobs in March. Employment gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+12,000), health and personal care stores (+10,000), building material and garden supply stores (+10,000), and automobile dealers (+5,000).

Over the past 12 months, retail trade has added 378,000 jobs. Construction employment rose by 37,000 in March. Job gains occurred among residential specialty trade contractors (+12,000) and in heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000).

Over the year, construction has added 301,000 jobs. Employment in health care increased by 37,000 over the month, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. In March, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+27,000) and hospitals (+10,000).

Over the year, health care employment has increased by 503,000. Over the month, employment continued to trend up in food services and drinking places (+25,000) and in financial activities (+15,000).

In March, employment in professional and business services changed little for the third month in a row. In 2015, the industry added an average of 52,000 jobs per month. Employment in manufacturing declined by 29,000 in March.

Most of the job losses occurred in durable goods industries (-24,000), including machinery (-7,000), primary metals (-3,000), and semiconductors and electronic components (-3,000). Mining employment continued to decline in March (-12,000) with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-10,000).

Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in mining has decreased by 185,000. Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, changed little over the month.

Dept. connects veterans with Jacksonville jobs

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A new site from the Department of Labor is connecting veterans with Jacksonville jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has launched a newly enhanced online one-stop for employment services, The website brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top-trending industry sectors, and employer assistance in a single online location.

For job seekers, the site offers:

  • One-on-one assistance in the nearly 2,500 American Job Centers in communities nationwide.
  • Veterans’ Job Bank/National Labor Exchange online job listings.
  • Searchable career paths by industry, by similarity to military careers, or by keyword.
  • Links to approved local training programs, colleges and universities.
  • Resources from federal partners to connect with industry-specific career programs in sectors including agriculture, transportation, energy/utilities, homeland security and other federal employment.
  • Tools to learn how to become an entrepreneur and to start a business.
  • Connection to the Veterans Employment Center portal.

For employers, the site provides:

  • Ability to connect with the VETS’ regional employer outreach specialists to access local resources for meeting your unique hiring needs.
  • Ability to upload available openings and position descriptions to the Veterans’ Job Bank/National Labor Exchange database.
  • Access to “America’s Heroes at Work,” a free toolkit to assist employers seeking to hire veterans.
  • Ability to make a commitment to hire veterans on the Veterans Employment Center portal.

“There are many resources for veterans seeking employment and for those employers eager to hire veterans, but it’s often difficult for both groups to know where to start,” saidAssistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans’ Employment and Training Mike Michaud. “ brings those resources together in one place, making it an effective first stop on the path to meaningful employment.”

VETS and leading federal agencies worked together to add valuable content on employment resources in their organizations. Agencies including the Small Business Administration, the departments of Energy, Transportation, Agriculture and Homeland Security, as well as the U.S. Office of Personnel Management collaborated to provide valuable and useful content to