Long Island jobs added

February 8th, 2017

The number of Long Island jobs may have increased, according to the latest labor statistics.

n December 2016, New York State’s private sector job count increased by 9,000, or 0.1%, to 7,963,900, a new record high, according to preliminary figures released by the New York State Department of Labor. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added 869,600 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 61 of the past 72 months. In December 2016, New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased from 5.1% to 4.9%.

The State’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Monthly payroll employment estimates are preliminary and subject to revision as more data becomes available the following month. The federal government calculates New York State’s unemployment rate based partly upon the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%)
December 2015 and December 2016

(not seasonally adjusted)*Data are preliminary and subject to change


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Research going towards Long Island jobs

February 5th, 2017

A new round of funding may go towards research for Long Island jobs.

Over one-fifth of the current U.S. workforce is made up of workers in licensed occupations – jobs that require a government license. Current licensing systems, however, can become inefficient, resulting in barriers for workers trying to enter a profession, restricted worker mobility and ultimately impaired economic growth.

With this in mind, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of $7.5 million to the National Conference of State Legislatures, or NCSL, for a project geared towards improving geographic mobility for workers in licensed occupations. NCSL will direct a coalition of 10 states working to achieve two primary goals:

  • Identify licensing criteria to ensure that existing and new licensing requirements are not overly broad or burdensome and don’t create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry
  • Improve portability for selected occupational licenses across state lines

The project will also produce research and technical assistance materials available to all states in addressing similar issues.

Guidance on research, expertise in technical assistance and help with dissemination of project outputs will be provided by a group of national experts representing the selected occupations and target populations to be served by the project.

The partners will conduct five research projects: (1) a policy literature scan to identify relevant studies and reports and compile the results into a summary analysis; (2) a research effort to collect comprehensive information on licensure requirements for selected occupations across all states; (3) a review of existing research on barriers to entering the labor market for impacted populations; (4) analysis of sunrise/sunset provisions related to occupational licensing; and (5) research on specific topics related to states’ action plans.

Body language and Long Island jobs

January 27th, 2017

Body language can make or break you when it comes to Long Island jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

Around half of employers (51 percent) know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position — on par with last year (50 percent).


In a job interview, it’s likely that your body language will have more of a positive impact on your success than anything you say. When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make during an interview, hiring managers named the following:

  1. Failing to make eye contact: 67 percent
  2. Failing to smile: 39 percent
  3. Playing with something on the table: 34 percent
  4. Fidgeting too much in their seats: 32 percent
  5. Crossing their arms over their chests: 32 percent
  6. Having bad posture: 31 percent
  7. Playing with their hair or touching their faces: 28 percent
  8. Having a weak handshake: 22 percent
  9. Using too many hand gestures: 13 percent
  10. Having a handshake that was too strong: 9 percent

What are the absolute worst things you can do when interviewing for a job? Here are five instant deal breakers, according to employers:

  1. Candidate is caught lying about something: 66 percent
  2. Candidate answers a cellphone or text during the interview: 64 percent
  3. Candidate appears arrogant or entitled: 59 percent
  4. Candidate dresses inappropriately: 49 percent
  5. Candidate appears to have a lack of accountability: 48 percent

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.