Will the new administration impact Long Island jobs?

January 8th, 2017

A new survey from Careerbuilder takes on the newest administration and its effect on Long Island jobs.

When asked for their opinion on how the Trump administration will impact hiring in 2017, 23 percent of employers said the new administration would increase jobs while 27 anticipated no impact. Seven percent said they expect jobs to decrease while 43 percent were undecided.

The amount of employers planning to hire full-time, permanent staff in the New Year increased four percentage points from 36 percent in 2016 to 40 percent in 2017. Employers in information technology were the most likely to say they were adding new employees at 56 percent, a notable 12 percentage point gain over the prior year.

Eight percent of employers across industries expect a decline in staff levels in 2017, an improvement from 10 percent last year. Forty-four percent anticipated no change while 9 percent were unsure.

In terms of part-time employment, 30 percent of employers expect to increase their number of part-time, permanent employees in 2017, up from 26 percent last year.

The demand for temporary labor will continue to be strong as employers strive to have more flexibility in their staff levels. Fifty-one percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2017, an increase from 47 percent last year. Sixty-three percent of employers plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into permanent roles in 2017, up from 58 percent last year.

“Three in four employers reported that they are in a better financial position than they were a year ago, which is instilling more confidence in adding people to their payrolls,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “Following a divisive election season, employers are entering the New Year with a watchful, yet optimistic approach. One of the key challenges for employers will be bridging the talent gaps within their own organizations by either offering better wages or by helping to reskill and upskill workers.”


Healthcare jobs in Long Island grow

January 8th, 2017

The latest labor numbers are out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they show that healthcare jobs in Long Island may have grown.

The unemployment rate, at 4.7 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 7.5 million, changed little in December. However, both measures edged down in the fourth quarter, after showing little net change earlier in the year.

Employment rose by 156,000 in December, with an increase in health care and social assistance. Job growth totaled 2.2 million in 2016, less than the increase of 2.7 million in 2015.

Employment in health care rose by 43,000 in December, with most of the increase occurring in ambulatory health care services (+30,000) and hospitals (+11,000). Health care added an average of 35,000 jobs per month in 2016, roughly in line with the average monthly gain of 39,000 in 2015.

Social assistance added 20,000 jobs in December, reflecting job growth in individual and family services (+21,000). In 2016, social assistance added 92,000 jobs, down from an increase of 162,000 in 2015. Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in December (+30,000).

This industry added 247,000 jobs in 2016, fewer than the 359,000 jobs gained in 2015. Employment also continued to trend up in transportation and warehousing in December (+15,000). Within the industry, employment expanded by 12,000 in couriers and messengers.

In 2016, transportation and warehousing added 62,000 jobs, down from a gain of 110,000 jobs in 2015. Employment in financial activities continued on an upward trend in December (+13,000). This is in line with the average monthly gains for the industry over the past 2 years.

In December, employment edged up in manufacturing (+17,000), with a gain of 15,000 in the durable goods component. However, since reaching a recent peak in January, manufacturing employment has declined by 63,000.

At-risk youth benefit with grants for Long Island jobs

December 30th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded an additional $5.5 million to help youth between the ages of 16 to 21 who are at risk of dropping out of public or alternative high school gain skills to serve their communities in justice careers, which will help those with Long Island jobs.

Six non-profit organizations received funding for pilot programs that provide at risk youth mentoring and career exploration in justice and emergency services, including police officers, firefighters, lawyers, and paramedics. This is the second set of grants awarded for this initiative, which was first announced in April 2016.

The goal of these projects is for students to graduate from high school prepared to enter the workforce, post-secondary education or a registered apprenticeship.

These grants will provide students: exposure to the world of work, mentoring to encourage students to complete their high school diploma or equivalency, and supportive services like transportation and books to sustain their involvement in the program and in school.

The students will be mentored by justice and emergency services personnel, including judges, attorneys, sociologists, and forensic scientists.

The grants announced build on other efforts, including the department’s “Face Forward” initiative to help justice-involved youth overcome early barriers to employment through occupational training and credentials that will help them open the door to career success. This grant’s goal also aligns closely with President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative which seeks to close opportunity gaps still faced by too many young people and often by boys and young men of color.

Will companies spend more on holiday parties for Long Island jobs?

December 9th, 2016

Some companies may be spending more money this year on holiday parties for Long Island jobs.

In its annual survey on holiday party plans, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that 80 percent of companies are planning to host holiday parties this year. Of these, just over 21 percent are budgeting more for their events.

“After dipping in the last of half 2015, corporate profits are back above $1.6 trillion, according to government data. Our survey suggests that employers are ready to spend some of those profits on their workers,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

The Challenger survey was conducted in October among a small sampling of approximately 100 human resources executives, representing a variety of industries across the country.

More than 66 percent of survey respondents said their companies are hiring caterers or event planners, up from 62 percent last year. Companies are also allowing more guests at their parties: 42.9 percent will include spouses or family to attend, up from 31 percent in 2015.

“Company holiday parties are a great way for employers to thank workers for a successful year. For employees, it’s a great way to meet and interact with co-workers and managers who are not part of one’s daily routine. If you happen to be attending the holiday party of a spouse or friend, it could be a great opportunity to network,” suggested Challenger.

“In addition to the benefits, however, holiday parties can be fraught with risks, for both employers, employees, and guests. The biggest risk, of course, is related to alcohol consumption,” cautioned Challenger.

In fact, almost 62 percent of respondents to the Challenger survey said their holiday parties would include alcohol. That is up from the 54 percent that reported they would serve alcohol in 2015.

“Serving alcohol can make for a more celebratory mood, but it also has pitfalls, especially for employees and their guests. Company parties are not necessarily a time to let loose,” warned Challenger.

Act will boost Long Island jobs

December 9th, 2016

A new innovative act may boost Long Island jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center issued a final rule updating the existing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations of the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

“America works best when we field a full team and our nation’s workforce system should reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “This new rule provides the entire workforce system with important clarity on how to protect workers from discrimination based on disability, pregnancy, national origin and limited English proficiency, gender identity and other factors.”

WIOA mandates the department to issue regulations to implement Section 188 of the law, the provisions that require equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the workforce development system. The section prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or political affiliation or belief. For beneficiaries, applicants and participants only, the act also prohibits discrimination related to citizenship status or because an individual participates in a program or activity receiving financial assistance under Title I of WIOA.

This final rule contains changes necessary to address developments in equal opportunity and nondiscrimination law since the substantive provisions of the rule were last updated in 1999. The rule also revises procedures and processes for enforcement of the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions to reflect changes in the practices of recipients, including the use of computer-based and Internet-based systems to provide aid, benefits, services and training through WIOA Title I-financially assisted programs and activities.

Significant changes include:

  • Expanding the explanation of the obligations to prevent discrimination based on national origin and provide services to individuals with limited English proficiency.
  • Making changes to reflect the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008.
  • Clarifying that sex discrimination includes discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, transgender status, gender identity and sex-based stereotyping.


Ready to spend Thanksgiving with those who have administrative jobs in Long Island?

November 30th, 2016

Some coworkers may be enjoying Thanksgiving this year with their fellow coworkers with administrative jobs in Long Island, according to a survey from Careerbuilder.

More than one in four workers (28 percent) say they celebrate Thanksgiving with coworkers either in or out of the office – a substantial increase over 20 percent in 2015 and 19 percent in 2014.

Workers Who Celebrate Thanksgiving with Coworkers By:

U.S. Markets with the Largest Economies

  • Houston: 44 percent
  • Dallas: 36 percent
  • Miami: 35 percent
  • Atlanta: 32 percent
  • New York: 27 percent
  • Los Angeles: 26 percent
  • Washington DC: 22 percent
  • Chicago: 20 percent
  • Boston: 19 percent
  • Philadelphia: 18 percent


  • South: 37 percent
  • West: 27 percent
  • Midwest: 23 percent
  • Northeast: 22 percent


  • Health care: 33 percent
  • Retail: 32 percent
  • Sales: 32 percent
  • Transportation: 30 percent
  • Manufacturing: 26 percent

Diverse Groups

  • Hispanic workers: 35 percent
  • LGBT workers: 35 percent
  • African American workers: 33 percent
  • Asian workers: 31 percent
  • Disabled workers: 27 percent

Apprenticeship week highlights Long Island warehouse jobs

November 9th, 2016

Employers, unions, community colleges, and others are hosting hundreds of open houses and other events to commemorate the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, which also highlights Long Island warehouse jobs, among other locations.

This year’s events include:

  • The South Carolina National Guard, in cooperation with Apprenticeship Carolina, will host an official signing event for its newly created apprenticeship programs that will benefit thousands of its members.
  • DASI Solutions will host an Open House for visitors to learn about the DASI Apprenticeship Program. Attendees will tour the company’s headquarters, including the Stratasys 3D Printing studio and SOLIDWORKS training lab for a first-hand look at its Industrial Design Technician Apprenticeship Program.
  • The Invictus Institute will host an Invictus Apprenticeship Open House to launch their new Regional Training Center. The event will include demonstrations and interactive training opportunities. The apprenticeship program will train unskilled and unlicensed workers to be security officers and put them on a career path toward owning and managing their own private security company.
  • The Ottumwa Job Corps Center will host an Apprenticeship Signing Day to launch the first approved Registered Apprenticeship within Job Corps programming nationwide. Employers and panel members will discuss how advanced training for Certified Nursing Assistants will help address the healthcare gap, low wages, staff shortages and turnover, and enhance placement opportunities through industry specific on the job training.
  • The Urban Institute, New Work Training, and the American Institute for Innovative Apprenticeship are sponsoring the second annual Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum. The forum will offer lessons on how best to attract employers to build apprenticeship programs, drawing on the experiences of U.S. and U.K. intermediaries and employers.

President Obama set a bold goal in 2014 to double and diversify the number of job-driven apprenticeships within five years. Since then – through the collective efforts of employers, labor organizations, training providers, bipartisan support in Congress and state leadership – an additional 125,000 American workers have jump-started their careers through this time-tested, learn-while-you-earn employment model.

Are these employers hiring for Long Island seasonal jobs?

November 2nd, 2016

A slew of employers are hiring this season, and according to Monster, some may be hiring for Long Island seasonal jobs. These are the following employers who are hiring, according to the jobs giant:


(Added Oct. 25)

The department store will hire about 11,400 temporary employees for the holiday hiring shopping season. About 9,500 of those will be hired in sales at stock positions at its Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack locations and the other 1,900 will be hired to support Nordstrom’s stores and e-commerce business through its fulfillment and distribution centers.

Find all jobs at Nordstrom.


(Added Oct. 24)

Radial, which provides e-commerce services for DSW, GameStop and Shoe Carnival, is hiring 20,000 seasonal employees for its call center customer service and freight fulfillment. Some of the seasonal contracts will lead to full-time roles.

Find all jobs at Radial.

HoneyBaked Ham

(Added. Oct. 24)

When it comes to meeting demand for its busy holiday season, The HoneyBaked Ham Company says it “can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen or shippers in the warehouse.” To help meet the annual rush to put meat on the table for countless holiday feasts, the company plans to hire 12,000 employees.

Find all jobs at HoneyBaked Ham.


(Added Oct. 13)

The e-commerce giant is hiring 120,000 seasonal jobs in customer fulfillment and customer service this holiday season. Last year, more than 14,000 seasonal employees moved into full-time positions within the company, and Amazon expects that number to increase this year.

Find all jobs at Amazon.

United States Postal Service (USPS)

(Added Oct. 4)

USPS plans to hire between 35,000 and 40,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season to perform as mail handlers and retail associates as well as some tractor trailer drivers and city carrier assistants.

Find all jobs at USPS.

Toys “R” Us

(Added Sept. 29)

The toy store plans on making thousands of seasonal hires—all eligible for the company’s team member discount—with the largest batches of hiring in New York, New York; Los Angeles, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Chicago, Illinois and Washington, D.C. In recent years, 15-20% of the company’s holiday workforce retained their positions after Christmas.

Find all jobs at Toys “R” Us.


(Added Sept. 29)

FedEx expects to hire more than 50,000 employees across the country to handle peak season volume between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year, more than 325 million shipments were handled during peak.

Find all jobs at FedEx.


(Added Sept. 22)

The department store chain will hire 83,000 workers this holiday season, about 1,000 of which will be in customer service positions across telephone, email and online chat. Another 1,000 workers will be hired nationwide for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and other holiday events. All workers will get a 20% merchandise discount.

Grants will provide job training for Long Island jobs

October 31st, 2016

New grants from the Department of Labor will go towards job training for low-income adults and Long Island jobs.

More than $140 million in grants will go to 19 non-profit organizations nationwide to provide critical job training and employment services through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.

“The grants announced today provide important opportunities for low-income seniors to improve their employment situation and contribute to the mission of non-profit organizations nationwide,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These funds support our goal of helping every American who wants to work find a job that leads to better economic stability.”

Twenty grants are being awarded to 19 national non-profit organizations through the program’s general funds or funds set aside by statute to serve Native Americans or Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. The grants will support more than 34,000 positions. In addition, state and territorial grantees, which are awarded separately from this competition through a formula process, provide services for an additional 10,000 positions.

These awards provide funding through the end of Program Year 2016. After Program Year 2016, the department expects these grantees to receive approximately $337 million annually for an additional three years, subject to appropriations.

The SCSEP fosters economic self-sufficiency for older, low-income adults by providing tangible job skills training through community service assignments at non-profit and public facilities. Participants are unemployed, low-income individuals ages 55 years and older with poor employment prospects who will gain access to needed services. These services include orientations, community service assignments, occupational, work skills and aptitude assessments, skills training, free physical examinations, an assessment of needs-based supportive services and job search assistance. Participants can also receive employment assistance through the American Job Centers.

Job cuts in Long Island fall?

October 10th, 2016

A new report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas show that job cuts in Long Island may have fallen.

Downsizing slowed in August, as US-based employers announced plans to cut their payrolls by 32,188, a 29 percent decline from the 45,346 cuts in July, according to the report.

The August figure was the lowest monthly total since May (30,157) and the second lowest of the year. It was 22 percent lower than August 2015, when 41,186 planned job cuts were announced.
To date, employers have announced 391,288 job cuts in 2016. That is 10 percent fewer than the 434,554 job cuts recorded between January and August 2015.

The computer sector saw the heaviest job cuts during the month with 6,103. The bulk of the cuts came from Cisco Systems, which announced plans to reduce its workforce by 5,500. That was lower than the initially reported 14,000 cuts that were expected from the tech giant, but still represents a sizable downsizing in an industry that has experienced a surge in job cuts over the last 18 months.

“Since January of last year, there has been a string of large scale job cuts from major players in the technology sector, including Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Dell, Microsoft and, now, Cisco. The surge in cuts does not necessarily signal weakness in the sector, but it certainly signals a shift. In most cases, we are seeing these firms move from making hardware to providing services,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Computer firms have announced 55,567 job cuts this year. That is up 111 percent from last year, when cuts totaled 26,374 through the first seven months.

The computer sector ranks second in year-to-date job cuts behind the energy sector, which has announced 97,366 job cuts in 2016, including 2,430 in August. Unlike most months, August energy cuts were not dominated by oil-focused firms. Surprisingly, the majority of last month’s cuts came from solar firms, including SolarCity and SunPower.