Long Island construction jobs increase

July 8th, 2018

New labor statistics demonstrate that Long Island construction jobs have grown.

Employment increased by 213,000 in June and has grown by 2.4 million over the last 12 months. Over the month, job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care, while employment in retail trade declined.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 50,000 in June and has risen by 521,000 over the year.

Manufacturing added 36,000 jobs in June. Durable goods manufacturing accounted for nearly all of the increase, including job gains in fabricated metal products (+7,000), computer and electronic products (+5,000), and primary metals (+3,000).

Motor vehicles and parts also added jobs over the month (+12,000), after declining by 8,000 in May. Over the past year, manufacturing has added 285,000 jobs. Employment in health care rose by 25,000 in June and has increased by 309,000 over the year.

Hospitals added 11,000 jobs over the month, and employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up (+14,000).

Construction employment continued to trend up in June (+13,000) and has increased by 282,000 over the year. Mining employment continued on an upward trend in June (+5,000).

The industry has added 95,000 jobs since a recent low point in October 2016, almost entirely in support activities for mining. In June, retail trade lost 22,000 jobs, largely offsetting a gain in May (+25,000).

 

Long Island plumber jobs and pay

July 8th, 2018

A number of Long Island plumber jobs may be paying top dollar, according to recent labor statistics from Careerbuilder.

The job board published a new hot list of ten jobs that:

  • pay ~$20 or more per hour
  • have grown over the last five years
  • are projected to grow over the next five years
  • don’t require a college degree

 

Occupation

Growth in

Jobs

2013-2017

Total No.
of Jobs in
2018

Total No.
of Jobs in

2022

Growth in
Jobs

2018-2022

Average
Hourly
Earnings

Required

Education

Electricians

68,668

11%

705,858

743,451

37,592

5%

$26.33

High School Diploma &

Apprenticeship

Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

63,161

15%

498,239

525,038

26,799

5%

$25.76

High School Diploma & Apprenticeship

Computer User Support Specialists

63,822

10%

713,398

761,801

48,402

7%

$25.50

Some College

Industrial Machinery Mechanics

28,601

9%

361,122

390,328

29,206

8%

$24.87

High School Diploma &

On-the-Job Training

Surgical Technologists

8,691

9%

112,614

120,104

7,490

7%

$22.68

Postsecondary Non-degree Award

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

49,487

17%

354,366

375,649

21,283

6%

$22.39

Postsecondary Non-degree Award & On-the-Job Training

Chefs and Head Cooks

17,585

13%

159,547

169,488

9,941

6%

$21.54

High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

41,224

14%

333,923

354,473

20,550

6%

$20.23

High School Diploma & On-the-Job Training

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

14,617

7%

216,651

231,394

14,743

7%

$19.96

Postsecondary Non-degree Award

Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

38,145

11%

404,029

436,063

32,034

8%

$19.91

High School Diploma

 

Customer service jobs in Long Island climb

June 26th, 2018

The number of customer service jobs in Long Island is growing, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Around 41 percent of employers plan to hire seasonal workers for the summer, on par with last year. Of these employers, 1 in 4 plan to pay summer hires $15 per hour on average – double the federal minimum wage ($7.25). The vast majority (88 percent) expect to transition some summer hires into permanent roles, up from 79 percent last year.

Employers are targeting various workforce segments to fill their summer jobs. Nearly 3 in 4 (73 percent) say they plan to recruit college students, 39 percent say high school students and 26 percent say retirees. Two in five employers hiring for the summer (41 percent) are looking to hire veterans for their summer positions.

A common misconception about summer jobs is that they only pay minimum wage. In reality, the majority of employers hiring this summer (87 percent) plan to pay $10 or more per hour on average, 56 percent expect to pay $12 or more per hour and 25 percent plan to pay $15 or more per hour.

Employers in the Northeast (47 percent) lead the rest of the country with plans to add seasonal workers for the summer, followed by the West (41 percent), the South (39 percent), and the Midwest (37 percent).

Although summer jobs are commonly associated with recreation and outdoor work, many positions are available in offices or other corporate settings. Employers are hiring seasonal help in the following areas:

  • Customer Service: 25 percent
  • IT: 25 percent
  • Office Support: 25 percent
  • Engineering: 18 percent
  • Manufacturing: 16 percent
  • Sales: 15 percent
  • Construction/Painting: 10 percent
  • Research: 10 percent
  • Banking: 9 percent

 

Healthcare jobs in Long Island grow

June 6th, 2018

The latest labor statistics demonstrate that healthcare jobs in Long Island are burgeoning.

Payroll employment increased by 223,000 in May, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.

In May, retail trade added 31,000 jobs, with gains occurring in general merchandise stores (+13,000) and in building material and garden supply stores (+6,000). Over the year, retail trade has added 125,000 jobs.

Employment in health care rose by 29,000 in May, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Ambulatory health care services added 18,000 jobs over the month, and employment in hospitals continued to trend up (+6,000).

Employment in construction continued on an upward trend in May (+25,000) and has risen by 286,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 15,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in May (+23,000) and has risen by 206,000 over the year.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs over the month and 156,000 over the year. In May, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+7,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000). Manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000).

Durable goods accounted for most of the change, including an increase of 6,000 jobs in machinery. Manufacturing employment has risen by 259,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries.

 

 

New tool may fill Long Island retail jobs

June 6th, 2018

Home Depot has created a new tool that may help the company fill its Long Island retail jobs.

Home Depot has launched a new tool that allows job applicants to self-schedule in-person interviews as the company works to fill more than 80,000 positions for its busy spring selling season.

Using the tool, which is available 24/7 on any device, candidates who have completed an application for an open job in a Home Depot store or distribution center can easily choose the most convenient interview appointment available. About 80 percent of The Home Depot’s candidates have taken advantage of the tool since the pilot began this past November.

“Just as we’re continuously evolving to meet the changing expectations of our customers, we’re harnessing new technologies to do the same for job seekers,” said Tim Hourigan, EVP – Human Resources. “This consumer-like experience helps us hire the best talent to serve our customers.”

Candidate Self-Service is the latest in a series of enhancements The Home Depot has made to its application process. Last spring, the company saw a 50 percent increase in candidates after rolling out its 15-minute application, Mobile Apply and Text-to-Apply capabilities.

The Home Depot is also enhancing its onboarding experience this spring with the introduction of PocketGuide for associate training, a mobile application that leverages gamification to help associates learn while they’re in the aisles. PocketGuide delivers product knowledge and learning activities to the palm of an associate’s hand, significantly reducing backroom training. The application is rolling out to all garden associates for this spring season and will expand to more store departments throughout 2018.

Excellent outlook for IT jobs in Long Island and new grads

May 27th, 2018

There is a strong outlook for IT jobs in Long Island for new grads.

According to a new Careerbuilder survey, employers say they are planning to hire more recent college graduates this year than they have in more than a decade, according to new CareerBuilder research. Eighty percent of employers say they plan to hire college graduates this year, up from 74 percent last year and 58 percent in 2008. Those who are not hiring college grads say it’s because their organization isn’t expanding headcount this year (57 percent) or they need more experienced workers (26 percent).

Nearly half (47 percent) plan to offer recent graduates higher pay than last year, and a third of employers will be paying a starting salary of $50,000 or more. Forty-five percent anticipate no change in salary compared to last year and 8 percent plan to decrease.

Expected starting salaries for recent college graduates break down as follows:

  • Under $30,000: 21 percent
  • $30,000 to less than $40,000: 23 percent
  • $40,000 to less than $50,000: 22 percent
  • $50,000 and higher: 33 percent

Employers are seeking a handful of significant skills and backgrounds from new college grads. More specifically, employers hiring recent college graduates in 2018 say they’re looking to fill roles in these areas:

  • Information technology: 31 percent
  • Customer service: 26 percent
  • Business development: 20 percent
  • Sales: 18 percent
  • Finance/accounting: 18 percent
  • Human resources: 15 percent
  • Production: 14 percent
  • Marketing/public relations: 10 percent
  • Clinical: 9 percent
  • Legal: 5 percent

Revised numbers show Long Island jobs grew last year

May 8th, 2018

The numbers have been crunched to show that Long Island jobs grew last year.

Newly revised data from the federal government show that New York’s economic expansion continued in 2017. Last year, the state’s annual private sector job count reached 8,067,400, a new, all-time high, and the state’s unemployment rate fell to 4.7%, its lowest level in a decade. 2017 also marked the state’s eighth consecutive year of job growth. Since 2009, the state’s economy has added more than one million private sector jobs on an annual basis.

Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, New York State’s economy has added 1,025,400 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 74 of the past 85 months. In January 2018, New York’s statewide unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7% and the state’s private sector job count fell by 4,400.

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 become 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.

“New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the New York State economy continued to grow last year. In 2017, our annual private sector job count exceeded 8 million for the first time and the state’s jobless rate reached its lowest yearly level since 2007,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Labor force data, including unemployment rates, are also revised at the end of each year, using methods established by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The revised labor force data show that New York State’s annual average unemployment rate fell from 4.8% in 2016 to 4.7% in 2017, its lowest annual average rate since 2007.

Long Island jobs grow

May 8th, 2018

The number of Long Island jobs are growing, according to recent labor statistics.

In March 2018, New York State’s private sector job count rose by 200 to 8,152,500, a new, all-time high, according to preliminary figures released today 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 1,058,400 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 76 of the past 87 months.

New York’s statewide unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.6% in March 2018. This unemployment rate matches New York State’s lowest level since July 2007. New York City’s jobless rate was also unchanged, at 4.2%, in March 2018, and remains at an all-time low (the current series dates 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 become 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.

“New York State’s economy continued to expand in March as we reached a new, all-time high private sector job count and remained at our lowest statewide unemployment rate since before the recession,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Manufacturing jobs in Long Island climb

May 7th, 2018

The number of manufacturing jobs in Long Island is growing, according to recent labor statistics.

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.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised down from +326,000 to +324,000, and the change for March was revised up from +103,000 to +135,000. With these revisions, employment gains in February and March combined were 30,000 more than previously reported.

Retail jobs lost in Long Island

April 8th, 2018

The latest labor statistics are in, and it appears some retail jobs in Long Island may have been cut, as well as parts of the nation.

Job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers surged in March to 60,357, a 71 percent increase from the 35,369 cuts announced in February. Last month’s total is the highest monthly total since April 2016, when 64,141 job cuts were announced, according to a report by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

March’s total is 39 percent higher than the 43,310 announced job cuts during the same month last year.

Through the first quarter of this year, employers have announced 140,379 cuts, 11 percent more than the 126,201 job cut announcements in the first quarter of 2017 and 44 percent higher than the 97,292 cuts announced in the final quarter of last year. First quarter job cut plans are the highest since Q1 2016, when 180,920 cuts were announced.

“In 2016, cuts in retail and oil drove announcements in the first quarter. This year, we are likewise seeing cuts in retail, as that industry continues to pivot to meet consumer demand,” said Challenger.

Retail leads all sectors in job cuts in 2018, with 56,526. So far this year, Challenger has tracked 1,730 announced retail store closures. That is in addition to the 9,241 store closures that were announced in 2017.

Health Care/Products companies announced the second highest number of job cuts in 2018, with 12,491, while the Consumer Products sector announced 11,778. The Services sector announced 10,564 job cuts this year.

“The growth and job creation we’ve seen over the last few months may be coming to an end. As wages grow and the labor market tightens, companies are going to switch to a no-risk strategy and potentially begin contracting,” said Challenger.