Archive for May, 2018

Staying cool at Jacksonville manufacturing jobs

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Battles are being waged over the temperature at Jacksonville manufacturing jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to the survey,  nearly half of workers (46 percent) say their office is either too hot or too cold — and 51 percent say sitting in an office that is too cold impacts their productivity, 67 percent say sitting in an office that is too warm does the same.

Fifteen percent of workers say they have argued with a coworker about office temperature (7 percent of men vs. 22 percent of women), and nearly 1 in 5 (19 percent) have secretly changed the office temperature during the summer—13 percent to make it cooler, 6 percent to make it warmer.

Instead of fighting for control over the thermostat, some workers are taking matters into their own hands. To stay at a comfortable temperature at work during the summer, workers say they:

  • Drink cool beverages: 42 percent
  • Dress in layers: 27 percent
  • Use a personal fan: 26 percent
  • Drink hot beverages: 20 percent
  • Wear a jacket all day: 19 percent
  • Use a space heater: 13 percent
  • Use a blanket: 6 percent

Three Ways to Keep Your Cool in Extreme Temperatures
Take action with the following tips, and create a working environment that is neither too hot nor too cold, but just right.

Agree to this degree: As much as it might feel easier to simply change the thermostat behind your co-workers’ backs, a more effective resolution might be to try talking to your co-workers about it and find a compromise.

Take breaks: It’s summer, so enjoy the sun and a little vitamin D. Even if your office temperature isn’t bothering you, a quick break is always a good idea to boost productivity.

Are youth jobs in Jacksonville decreasing?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

A new report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas show that youth jobs in Jacksonville may be declining.

Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. predicts teen hiring will remain stagnant this summer, as more and more teens focus on education, family obligations, and extracurricular activities.

Although over 1 million teens found jobs in June of last year, the strongest hiring numbers for this cohort since 2007, teen hiring fell nearly 4 percent last summer to 1,288,000 jobs gained, according to an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Challenger.

Employment among workers aged 16 to 19 was 190,000 in July, the lowest July total on record. That is 61.4 percent lower than the 492,000 job gains in July 2016.

Last year’s summer total was the lowest number of job gains since 2015, when 1,160,000 teens found positions.

“Some of these declines could be due to the pivot in retail, which is leading to thousands of store closures. In March, Toys“R”Us, a large employer of teens, announced they were closing all of their U.S. stores. Since January 2017, Challenger has tracked over 5,000 announced closures of retail locations,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“However, teen employment has been falling steadily since the 90s and especially since the recession. The teen participation rate in the summer months has hovered near 40 percent since 2009, well below the highs of the 70s, 80s, and 90s at near or over 60 percent,” he added.

Healthcare jobs in Jacksonville burgeon

Monday, May 7th, 2018

The latest labor statistics demonstrate that healthcare jobs in Jacksonville are climbing.

Payroll employment increased by 164,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

In April, job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.

In April, employment in professional and business services increased by 54,000. Over the past 12 months, the industry has added 518,000 jobs. Employment in manufacturing increased by 24,000 in April.

Most of the gain was in the durable goods component, with machinery adding 8,000 jobs and employment in fabricated metal products continuing to trend up (+4,000).

Manufacturing employment has risen by 245,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries. Health care added 24,000 jobs in April and 305,000 jobs over the year.

In April, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+17,000) and hospitals (+8,000). In April, employment in mining increased by 8,000, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+7,000).

Since a recent low in October 2016, employment in mining has risen by 86,000.

Employment changed little over the month in other major industries, including construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government.