Does Long Island have an aging workforce?

June 7th, 2017

A recent survey from Careerbuilder looks at the aging workforce, which may impact Long Island jobs.

The study tracks how the shares of workers ages 22 to 34 and ages 55 and older have changed from 2001 to 2016. Topping the list for cities aging the fastest is North Port, FL, while Madison, WI, takes the lead for cities who are experiencing the biggest infusion of millennials into their workforce.

Summary of Key Trends

  • North Port, FL (North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton), has experienced the greatest increase in the share of workers ages 55+ from 2001 to 2016, followed by Oklahoma City, OK, Virginia Beach, VA, Sacramento, CA, and Spokane, WA. In addition to North Port, FL, seeing the greatest increase in share of workers ages 55+ from 2001 to 2016, it also saw the greatest decrease in millennials over the same period.
  • Madison, WI, has experienced the greatest increase in the share of workers ages 22-34 from 2001 to 2016, followed by El Paso, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, Allentown, PA, and Austin, TX.
  • Looking at more recent years, Madison, WI, and Colorado Springs, CO, experienced the greatest influx of millennial workers since 2011. August, GA, Palm Bay, FL, and Nashville, TN, round out the top five.
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, and Atlanta, GA, saw the biggest increase in millennials since 2011.
  • North Port, FL, has the largest overall share of workers ages 55+ (25.8%), followed by New Haven, CT (24.9%), Pittsburgh, PA (24.7%), Hartford, CT (24.4%), and Deltona, FL (24.4%).
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, Philadelphia, PA (23.1%), Miami, FL (23.0%) and New York, NY (22.8%), have the largest share of workers ages 55+.
  • Provo, UT, has the highest overall share of millennial workers —35.4% of its workforce was aged 22-34 in 2016, roughly the same as in 2001 and 2011. Other top ranking cities include El Paso, TX (32.3%), Austin, TX (32.3%), Salt Lake City, UT (32.2%), and San Diego, CA (31.9%).
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, Washington D.C. (29.0%), Dallas, TX (28.8%), and Los Angeles, CA (28.8%), have the highest overall share of millennial workers.
  • While San Diego, CA, has a high concentration of younger workers, it’s also among the cities that have experienced the greatest exodus of millennials from its workforce since 2011.
  • Cities experiencing the biggest declines in millennial workers since 2011 includeTucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Urban Honolulu, HI, Bakersfield, CA, and Toledo, OH.
  • None of the 10 most populous cities experienced a decline during this period.

 

Are retail jobs in Long Island declining?

June 7th, 2017

A recent survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas takes a look at hiring levels and shows that due to recent company layoffs, retail jobs in Long Island may be declining.

The number of workforce reductions announced by US-based employers remain at a steady level in May, as planned job cuts totaled 33,092 for the month.

May job cuts were 9 percent lower than the 36,602 job cuts announced in April, and 9 percent higher than the same month last year, when employers shed 30,157 jobs.

Employers have announced a total of 195,895 job cuts so far this year. That is down 29 percent from the 275,218 job cuts that occurred last year through May 2016.

Retailers continue to announce the most job cuts this year with 55,910, 5,777 of which occurred in May.

“The retail industry is still shedding jobs. We are now seeing the effect of changing consumer behavior in grocery shopping.

“Grocery stores are no longer immune from online shopping. Meal delivery services and Amazon are competing with traditional grocers, and Amazon announced it is opening its first ever brick-and mortar store in Seattle. Amazon Go, which mixes online technology and the in-store experience, is something to keep an eye on since it may potentially change the grocery store shopping experience considerably,” said Challenger.

Companies in the health care/products industry announced 3,054 job cuts during the month, 55 percent higher than the 1,348 announced in May 2016. To date, 14,323 cuts have been in the in health care/products industry.

Long Island jobs grow

June 5th, 2017

The number of Long Island jobs have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

In April 2017, New York State’s private sector job count increased by 4,700, or 0.1%, to 8,032,300, according to preliminary figures released by the New York State Department of Labor.

Since the end of the State’s recession in late 2009, New York has added more than one million private sector jobs. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added 938,200 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 64 of the past 76 months.

New York’s statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.3% in April 2017. This unemployment rate matches New York State’s lowest level since February 2007.

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.

“The State’s labor market added 4,700 private sector jobs in April 2017 and the unemployment rate remained at its lowest level in over a decade,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Ten metro areas in New York State added private sector jobs over the past year, with the most rapid growth in these areas:

  • Glens Falls (+2.3%)
  • Dutchess-Putnam (+1.2%)
  • Nassau-Suffolk (+1.0%)
  • New York City (+1.0%)
  • Syracuse (+1.0%)
  • Watertown-Fort Drum (+1.0%)

Long Island jobs on the horizon

May 8th, 2017

Walmart’s newest plan to grow the business may include creating more Long Island jobs.

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer with nearly 1.5 million associates in the U.S., will discuss company plans to create American jobs and invest in local communities across the country. The investments in the coming year will support an estimated 34,000 jobs through continued expansion and improvement in the company’s store network, as well as e-commerce services, while providing specialty training for more than 225,000 of the company’s frontline associates.

Walmart is planning $6.8 billion of capital investments in the U.S. in the coming fiscal year, which includes construction and remodeling of stores, clubs and distribution centers, as well as the expansion of new services such as Online Grocery Pickup. Walmart’s fiscal year begins Feb. 1; the company’s capital plans were first shared in October. Bartlett will discuss the company’s investments in job creation and associates — and announce Innovation Fund grants to support the U.S. textile sector — at the 85th Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. Details are highlighted below.

American Jobs

  • Approximately 10,000 retail jobs created through the opening of 59 new, expanded and relocated Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities as well as e-commerce services.
  • An estimated 24,000 construction jobs supported through the opening of those facilities, plus the remodeling and improvement of existing U.S. facilities.

Workforce Investment

  • By July of this year, Walmart will open 160 new training Academies around the country, bringing the total number of Academies to 200. More than 225,000 associates will receive up to six weeks of specialty training and graduate from the academies in 2017.
  • The Walmart Academies are a network of facilities where frontline hourly supervisors and assistant store managers receive hands-on training in retail fundamentals, leadership skills and the specifics of how to run individual store departments. The training is designed to help associates be successful in their careers and in meeting the changing needs of customers.

U.S. Manufacturing Jobs
The company’s investment in American jobs includes a 2013 commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion in American-made, grown, assembled and sourced products through 2023, estimated to help create one million jobs.*

Under the initiative, Walmart works with thousands of suppliers to help them gain access to the retailer’s shelves in stores and online. In the coming year, the program will continue to provide job-creating opportunities. Examples include:

  • California Innovations, producer of the Ozark Trail “super cooler.” The Canadian company with U.S. operations is moving production of the cooler from China to a factory in Atlanta, Ga., creating 350 jobs.

Long Island cashier jobs grow

May 3rd, 2017

As Lowe’s expands, so do the number of Long Island cashier jobs.

The spring season kicks off the busiest time of year for home improvement projects. To meet customers’ needs, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is now hiring more than 45,000 seasonal employees, supplementing its more than 235,000 U.S. store employees.

In-store seasonal positions include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers and assemblers of outdoor products. The company is also hiring loaders to assist the increasing number of customers who order products online at Lowes.com and pick them up at their local store a trend that accounts for approximately 60 percent of Lowe’s online orders.

“Our goal is to meet customers wherever they are whether in stores, online or at home with the support, inspiration and solutions they need to tackle their home projects,” said Jennifer Weber, chief human resources officer. “Seasonal employees play an important role in helping customers during this peak period, and we’re excited to welcome them to the Lowe’s team.”

Lowe’s seasonal positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours and a 10 percent employee discount. They can also lead to potential growth opportunities: In 2016, nearly half of the company’s seasonal employees transitioned into part-time and full-time positions, enabling them to take advantage of incentive programs, 401(k), a discounted stock purchase plan, tuition reimbursement and paid time off for community volunteering.

A 2016 Freedom Award winner, Lowe’s is committed to hiring and training veterans, active military and their spouses. The company employs more than 13,000 veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Healthcare jobs in Long Island climb

April 30th, 2017

New labor statistics show that healthcare jobs in Long Island have grown.

In March, employment in professional and business services rose by 56,000, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months.

Over the month, job gains occurred in services to buildings and dwellings (+17,000) and in architectural and engineering services (+7,000). Mining added 11,000 jobs in March, with most of the gain occurring in support activities for mining (+9,000).

Mining employment has risen by 35,000 since reaching a recent low in October 2016. In March, employment continued to trend up in health care (+14,000), with job gains in hospitals (+9,000) and outpatient care centers (+6,000).

In the first 3 months of this year, health care added an average of 20,000 jobs per month, compared with an average monthly gain of 32,000 in 2016.

Employment in financial activities continued to trend up in March (+9,000) and has increased by 178,000 over the past 12 months. Construction employment changed little in March (+6,000), following a gain of 59,000 in February.

Employment in construction has been trending up since late last summer, largely among specialty trade contractors and in residential building. Retail trade lost 30,000 jobs in March.

Employment in general merchandise stores declined by 35,000 in March and has declined by 89,000 since a recent high in October 2016. Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little or no change over the month.

The unemployment rate declined to 4.5 percent in March, and total nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 98,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Long Island jobs grow

April 8th, 2017

New labor statistics show that Long Island jobs are growing.

Last month New York State’s private sector job count increased by 12,300, or 0.2%, to 8,045,400, a new all-time record high, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor.

Since the end of the State’s recession in late 2009, New York has added more than one million private sector jobs.

Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added 951,300 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 63 of the past 74 months.

In February 2017, New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.6% to 4.4%, its lowest level since April 2007. Pushing the statewide rate lower was a steep drop in the New York City rate, which declined from 4.5% to 4.3%, its lowest level on records going back to 1976.

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.

“The State’s labor market continued to expand in February 2017. Private sector employers in the state added 12,300 jobs, while our statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.6% to 4.4% in February, which reflects the continued growth of the state’s economy,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Will talent acquisition jobs in Long Island be automated soon?

April 4th, 2017

Some experts are Careerbuilder are speculating on whether or not talent acquisition jobs in Long Island will be automated.

The survey shows that 72 percent of employers expect that some roles within talent acquisition and human capital management will become completely automated within the next 10 years.

The study shows that most of the automation is centered around messaging, benefits and compensation, but there is room to increase efficiencies across a variety of basic functions. Among employers who automate at least one part of talent acquisition and management, here are the percentages who do so for the following areas:

  • Employee messaging automation: 57 percent
  • Set up employee benefits: 53 percent
  • Set up payroll: 47 percent
  • Background screening/drug testing: 47 percent
  • Archiving candidates: 37 percent
  • Centralize candidate profiles: 31 percent
  • Interview scheduling: 30 percent
  • Search third party resume databases: 29 percent
  • Performance reviews: 29 percent
  • Employee learning and development: 28 percent
  • Request candidate feedback from hiring managers: 27 percent
  • First day orientation: 26 percent
  • Continuous candidate engagement: 21 percent
  • Tailored career site experience: 20 percent
  • Employee referral process: 20 percent

Of employers who have automated a part of their talent acquisition and management processes, the majority said automation has saved the organization time and money while decreasing the number of errors and enhancing the employee and candidate experience.

  • Saved time and increased efficiency: 93 percent
  • Improved the candidate experience: 71 percent
  • Reduced errors: 69 percent
  • Saved money and resources: 67 percent
  • Improved the employee experience: 60 percent
  • Improved employee satisfaction: 40 percent
  • Improved employee retention: 28 percent

Long Island jobs added

April 3rd, 2017

More Long Island jobs have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

New York State’s private sector job count increased by 12,300, or 0.2%, to 8,045,400, a new all-time record high, according to preliminary figures released by the New York State Department of Labor.

Since the end of the State’s recession in late 2009, New York has added more than one million private sector jobs.

Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added 951,300 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 63 of the past 74 months. In February 2017, New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.6% to 4.4%, its lowest level since April 2007.

Pushing the statewide rate lower was a steep drop in the New York City rate, which declined from 4.5% to 4.3%, its lowest level on record going back to 1976.

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.

“The State’s labor market continued to expand in February 2017. Private sector employers in the state added 12,300 jobs, while our statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.6% to 4.4% in February, reflecting the continuing growth of the State’s economy,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Deputy Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Will March Madness affect productivity at Long Island jobs?

March 8th, 2017

There is some concern that March Madness may impact productivity at Long Island jobs, among other locations.

Millions of workers across the country will likely spend company time researching teams and making their picks. This activity could cost employers over $600 million, according to one more conservative estimate.

More than 40 million Americans fill out tournament brackets, according to the American Gaming Association. Applying the current employment to population ratio to that figure, 23.7 million workers will fill out brackets for this year’s games.

Of course, the distractions do not end with filling out the bracket. Even more productivity is lost over the first two full days of tournament play (Thursday and Friday), when a dozen games are played during work hours.

While this annual tradition has become commonplace in the American office, there is a cost in terms of lost wages paid to distracted and unproductive workers. This year, the cost could reach as high as $2.1 billion, according to calculations by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“While television viewership for last year’s tournament and for NCAA games overall was lower than previous years, the economy has created more workers and a higher hourly wage, which could equate to higher costs to employers,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“In the current political climate, more American workers might welcome this distraction leading to an even higher cost to productivity,” added Challenger.

Challenger’s estimate is based on the number of working Americans who are likely to be caught up in March Madness; the estimated time spent filling out brackets and streaming games; and average hourly earnings, which, in January, stood at $26.00, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The challenge is estimating the number of people who participate in March Madness pools. A 2015 estimate from the American Gaming Association estimated 40 million Americans fill out 70 million brackets. A 2014 article at Smithsonian.com put the number of Americans “filling out brackets” at 60 million.