Transportation jobs in Long Island climb

July 29th, 2015

The latest employment statistics show that transportation jobs in Long Island continue to trend upwards, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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).

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.

Employers adding finance jobs in Long Island

July 24th, 2015

In the second half of 2015 employers may be adding finance jobs in Long Island, according to a Careerbuilder survey.

Workers are looking to take advantage of a labor market that has produced 245,000 jobs per month on average in the last year1. Three in ten workers (29 percent) plan to change jobs in the next 12 months, up from 25 percent last year.

Information Technology (56 percent), Health Care (56 percent), Hospitality (54 percent), Financial Services (52 percent), Manufacturing (52 percent) and Retail (50 percent) are among industries expected to outperform the national average for full-time, permanent hiring in the back half of the year.

The top functional areas where employers will be adding jobs in the second half of 2015 include:
•Customer Service – 31 percent of hiring managers
•Sales – 23 percent
•Information Technology – 22 percent
•Production – 18 percent
•Accounting/Finance – 12 percent
•Marketing – 11 percent
•Human Resources – 9 percent

Comparing regions, the Northeast displayed the biggest increase in the percentage of employers planning to add full-time, permanent headcount in the second half of the year. Hiring in the other regions is expected to experience a slight shift or stay in line with last year.
•Northeast – 52 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 48 percent last year
•South – 49 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 48 percent last year
•Midwest – 46 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, on par with last year
•West – 46 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, down from 47 percent last year

Looking ahead, 34 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the third quarter, up from 31 percent last year

Helicopter tours create Long Island hospitality jobs

July 23rd, 2015

Helicopter tours are a big deal and create many Long Island hospitality jobs, according to a recent statement.

Michael Philbin, Chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council, said, “Tourism helicopters are a vital part of our local economy – generating more than $30M in direct economic benefits and creating hundreds of jobs, many of which are military veterans – as well as the city’s transportation and emergency response infrastructure. Most troubling is that banning tours from Manhattan will not stop air tours from flying in and around New York as that is federally regulated air space and the helicopters will simply fly to and from other venues in New York and New Jersey. Instead, all this bill will do is eliminate hundreds of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in direct revenue to New York City.”

According to another statement, Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1979 by local helicopter pilots.

Since its inception, ERHC has always had an active community outreach program to address the concerns of residents relating to helicopter and heliport issues and was awarded the first ever Fly Neighborly Award by HAI. ERHC’s first priority always has been, and remains safety, it says.

“For decades ERHC has worked with the elected officials and community leaders to reduce and eliminate impacts to the local communities and as a result there are actually very few noise complaints about tourism helicopters. We urge the City Council to reconsider this illogical and potentially devastating action.”

Long Island transportation jobs added

July 7th, 2015

According to the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Long Island transportation jobs may have been added.

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.

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.

Summer jobs in Long Island paying twice the minimum wage?

July 5th, 2015

Some new summer jobs in Long Island, among other locations, may be paying twice the minimum wage, according to a recent press release from Careerbuilder.

Fifty-three percent of employers offering summer jobs have roles that pay $15 or more per hour on average. Seventy-two percent of employers will pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour on average – up from 64 percent in 2014.

More than a third of private-sector employers (36 percent) are hiring seasonal workers this summer, up from 30 percent last year and an average of 21 percent from 2008-2011.

IT firms and financial services employers are among the first in line for summer workers; leisure and hospitality employers, however, lead all industries.

Employers hiring seasonal workers

Leisure & Hospitality: 50 percent
Financial Services: 48 percent
Information Technology: 46 percent
Retail: 42 percent
Manufacturing: 39 percent
Transportation: 37 percent
Health Care: 26 percent

A wide majority of employers hiring this summer –77 percent – say they will consider some summer hires for permanent positions. Employers say that workers who proactively ask for more responsibilities, are unafraid to contribute ideas, and are forward about their desire to stay on after the summer are the best positioned to turn the temporary job permanent.

Restaurant to create more hospitality jobs in Long Island

June 26th, 2015

A restaurant chain is expanding and will possibly create more hospitality jobs in Long Island.

Arooga has created its fourth multi-unit franchise agreement and its sixth state.

The Grille House and Sports Bar has an agreement with JGJO Development Co. LLC to open a minimum of 10 locations in Long Island (Nassau/Suffolk Counties) & Queens areas of New York.

Arooga’s currently has nine – soon to be 10 corporate locations in Central Pennsylvania, and it opened its first franchise location in Uncasville, Connecticut adjacent to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in March as part of a 15 location multi-unit agreement with the Mohegan Holding company. In May, the brand announced a multi-unit franchise agreement with Jersey Wings Unlimited Inc. to open a minimum of six locations in the Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean County areas of New Jersey.

This is a great time to be an Arooga’s franchise partner and we are thrilled to work with the tremendous team at JGJO to bring this brand to the Long Island area,” said Keith Swade, Director of Franchise Development for Arooga’s. “We have aligned with great partners and will have more exciting news regarding new markets in the very near future.”

The JGJO agreement, under the direction of Joseph A. Alagna, Jr. and Stephan A. Stein, gives the Arooga’s brand a total of 44 units, 10 corporate and 34 franchise locations, either built or under contract. Mr. Alagna and Mr. Stein are the principals of Joseph Gunnar & Co., the Wall Street brokerage and investment banking firm, and the general partners of Buttonwood, a private equity venture capital fund.

Alagna, Chairman and CEO of the new franchisee, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Arooga’s and are anxious to bring the exciting Arooga’s experience to the Long Island, New York marketplace. We spent more than two years researching dozens of casual dining platforms and are convinced that Arooga’s does it best.”

Grants like these create Long Island jobs

June 7th, 2015

Though it may have occurred years ago, it is clear that certain grants can help boost Long Island jobs.

United Way of Long Island (UWLI) in 2010 received a $3 million grant from the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR).

The funds target special needs and affordable housing projects including multi-unit dwellings in Nassau and Suffolk County, New York. United Way is slated to weatherize 420 dwelling units on Long Island in the next 18 months between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.

The initiative will include weatherizing non-profit agency owned and operated residences, with contract work to be completed by United Way’s Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified weatherization program.

This will be possible through the collaborative efforts of United Way’s YouthBuild Green Collar trainees, participants from United Way’s Green Job Corp Training program and skilled and accredited Long Island based weatherization contractors.

YouthBuild is an educational and vocational training program that prepares young adults 18 – 24 years of age for a career in the green building and home weatherization industry, as well as renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

The Green Job Corp program is a 4 – 6 week industry specific training that prepares participants for direct entry into Long Island’s emerging green industry.

The weatherization contractors partnering with United Way in this initiative will provide the trainees with job shadowing, on-site training, and ultimately permanent job opportunities.

United Way and Suffolk Community College are developing a program to offer educational succession for those graduates wishing to take credit and non-credit offerings at the College for building science, advanced weatherization, thermography, renewable energy technologies, HERS rater, and BPI certifications.

Job seekers looking for Long Island jobs need an online presence?

June 2nd, 2015

Job seekers who want to find Long Island jobs most likely need to have an online presence if they want to get the job, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

More than one third of employers (35 percent) say they are less likely to interview job candidates if they are unable to find information about that person online, according to CareerBuilder’s annual social media recruitment survey.

Fifty-two percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up significantly from 43 percent last year and 39 percent in 2013.

Hiring managers in information technology and financial services are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; retail had the lowest share.
•Information Technology: 76 percent
•Financial Services: 64 percent
•Sales: 61 percent
•Professional & Business Services: 54 percent
•Manufacturing: 49 percent
•Health Care: 49 percent
•Retail: 46 percent

Forty-eight percent of hiring managers who screen candidates via social networks said they’ve found information that caused them not to hire a candidate – down slightly from 51 percent last year. The following are the top pieces of content that turned off employers:
•Provocative or inappropriate photographs – 46 percent
•Information about candidate drinking or using drugs – 40 percent
•Candidate bad-mouthed previous company or fellow employee – 34 percent
•Poor communication skills – 30 percent
•Discriminatory comments related to race, religion, gender, etc. – 29 percent

What are employers offering for Long Island summer jobs?

May 25th, 2015

Employers may be offering big bucks for Long Island summer jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Fifty-three percent of employers offering summer jobs have roles that pay $15 or more per hour on average. Seventy-two percent of employers will pay their summer hires $10 or more per hour on average – up from 64 percent in 2014.

More than a third of private-sector employers (36 percent) are hiring seasonal workers this summer, up from 30 percent last year and an average of 21 percent from 2008-2011.

IT firms and financial services employers are among the first in line for summer workers; leisure and hospitality employers, however, lead all industries.

Employers hiring seasonal workers

Leisure & Hospitality: 50 percent
Financial Services: 48 percent
Information Technology: 46 percent
Retail: 42 percent
Manufacturing: 39 percent
Transportation: 37 percent
Health Care: 26 percent

Companies are hiring for a variety of professional and support positions, including: customer service (25 percent), office support (23 percent), engineering (17 percent) and sales (17 percent).

Funds available for those looking for Long Island jobs

May 8th, 2015

For laid off workers seeking Long Island jobs, some funds may be available.

To help workers find new jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor is making $150 million available through the new Sector Partnerships National Emergency Grant program to help states develop innovative employment and training services that focus on enhanced regional and industry-specific collaborations.

The effort is designed to support proven strategies to help people rejoin the job market and add fuel to the economy.

Sector partnerships are employer-driven partnerships of industry, education and training, and other stakeholders that focus on the workforce needs of key industries in a regional labor market.

This initiative will encourage the development of training strategies based on these partnerships to better address regional workforce needs.

The funding will be used to help states offer new services such as regional sector planning, enhanced career services to dislocated workers, and work-based training opportunities.

Grantees will also develop strong partnerships between workforce and industry organizations and align services with other federal, state or local programs, such as Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. Funds will also be used to provide services such as:

Comprehensive skills assessments, intensive coaching, relocation assistance, and other short-term, specialized services culminating in direct job placement;
Short-term training and work-based learning opportunities such as OJT leading to employment; and
Accelerated skills training, with a focus on work-based training that leads to industry-recognized credentials and employment such as registered apprenticeship.