Company hiring for retail jobs on Long Island

October 9th, 2018

One company is busy hiring for retail jobs in Long Island, along with other parts of the country.

Retail giant Target plans to hire approximately 120,000 seasonal team members across the country for the upcoming holiday season, a 20 percent increase over last year’s hiring commitment. In addition, the company will continue to offer extra hours to current team members to accommodate their interest and availability.

All team members hired after Sept. 16 will begin at $12 an hour minimum wage, part of Target’s commitment to increasing its minimum hourly wage to $15 per hour by the end of 2020. In addition, seasonal team members will be able to take advantage of other benefits, including:

  • A 10 percent discount at Target stores and Target.com
  • An additional 20 percent merchandise wellness discount on fruits and vegetables and all Simply Balanced and C9 Champion merchandise
  • The opportunity to earn holiday pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Flexible schedules that allow team members to work a variety of hours

Target also is investing more than $2 million to reward team members working during the busy holiday season as part of its work.win.give. appreciation program.

One hourly team member from each of Target’s more than 1,800 stores and 39 distribution centers across the country will be randomly selected to receive a $500 holiday gift card and an opportunity to donate $500 to the local community organization of their choice.

Customer service jobs in Long Island grow

October 7th, 2018

More customer service jobs in Long Island are climbing, according to recent labor statistics from Careerbuilder.

The study points to a continued hollowing effect in the labor market where high-wage and low-wage job growth is eclipsing middle-wage job growth by a significant margin. Based on extensive analysis of historical and current labor market trends, the U.S. is expected to add 8,310,003 jobs.

To provide workers with some insights into specific occupations that will add jobs at a strong rate from 2018 to 2023, CareerBuilder compiled a list of examples for each wage category:

Fast-Growing Occupations By
Wage Category

2018 Jobs

2023 Jobs

Jobs
Added
2018 to
2023

2018 to
2023

%
Change

Median
Hourly
Earnings

High Wage

Registered Nurses

3,040,884

3,295,931

255,047

8.39%

$33.55

Software Developers, Applications

921,232

1,064,698

143,466

15.57%

$48.49

Postsecondary Teachers

1,530,589

1,641,544

110,955

7.25%

$33.53

Accountants and Auditors

1,428,748

1,514,827

86,079

6.02%

$32.33

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

660,150

743,337

83,187

12.6%

$30.21

Computer User Support Specialists

722,078

776,122

54,044

7.48%

$24.16

Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters

508,702

552,327

43,625

8.58%

$23.72

Middle Wage

Customer Service Representatives

2,864,930

2,985,603

120,673

4.21%

$15.88

Medical Assistants

705,056

807,330

102,274

14.51%

$15.62

Construction Laborers

1,404,290

1,496,472

92,182

6.56%

$14.73

Maintenance and Repair Workers, General

1,552,441

1,636,372

83,931

5.41%

$18.08

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

753,975

809,320

55,345

7.34%

$21.56

Light Truck or Delivery Service Drivers

954,204

1,003,041

48,837

5.12%

$15.04

Billing and Posting Clerks

515,706

559,989

44,283

8.59%

$17.85

Low Wage

Home Health Aides

926,500

1,134,232

207,732

22.42%

$11.17

Waiters and Waitresses

2,666,275

2,812,556

146,281

5.49%

$10.01

Retail Salespersons

4,574,115

4,682,344

108,229

2.37%

$11.29

Cooks, Restaurant

1,349,883

1,450,547

100,664

7.46%

$12.06

Nursing Assistants

1,522,723

1,619,107

96,384

6.33%

$13.23

Security Guards

1,210,962

1,272,926

61,964

5.12%

$12.97

Receptionists and Information Clerks

1,104,928

1,174,389

69,461

6.29%

$13.70

Will certain social media content keep employers from hiring for Long Island jobs?

September 26th, 2018

Some social media content may close the gates to those looking to hire for Long Island jobs.

Seventy percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates (on par with last year), while seven percent plan to start. And that review matters: Of those that do social research, 57 percent have found content that caused them not to hire candidates.

 

Those in IT (74 percent) and manufacturing (73 percent) are more likely than those in retail/non-retail sales* (59 percent) to do social networking digging on potential job candidates. But it’s not just the social sites that are fair game – 66 percent of employers say they use search engines to conduct their research on potential job candidates.

Nearly half of employers (47 percent) say that if they can’t find a job candidate online, they are less likely to call that person in for an interview – 28 percent say that is because they like to gather more information before calling in a candidate for an interview; 20 percent say they expect candidates to have an online presence.

As social media permeates all aspects of our personal and professional lives, what you post online can have serious and lasting consequences. Employers who found content on a social networking site that caused them not to hire a job candidate said these were the primary reasons:

  • Job candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 40 percent
  • Job candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs: 36 percent
  • Job candidate had discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.: 31 percent
  • Job candidate was linked to criminal behavior: 30 percent
  • Job candidate lied about qualifications: 27 percent
  • Job candidate had poor communication skills: 27 percent
  • Job candidate bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee: 25 percent
  • Job candidate’s screen name was unprofessional: 22 percent
  • Job candidate shared confidential information from previous employers: 20 percent
  • Job candidate lied about an absence: 16 percent
  • Job candidate posted too frequently: 12 percent

Finance jobs in Long Island burgeon

September 9th, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that finance jobs in Long Island are growing.

New York’s Finance and Insurance sector occupies a key position in the overall economy. It was the largest contributor to New York State’s economic output, or Gross Domestic Product (GDP), in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The sector currently generates $279 billion, or over 20% of New York’s GDP, per BEA data.

In 2017, New York State’s F&I sector had just over 509,000 jobs, according to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.

With 8.6% of the nation’s finance and insurance jobs, New York ranked third among the 50 states by sector employment, trailing only California and Texas.

However, when measured by total wages, New York’s F&I sector ranked #1, accounting for 19.2% of the nation’s finance and insurance sector payrolls in 2017.

At more than $235,000, the average annual wage of New York’s F&I sector was the highest of any state, more than twice the national average of $106,045, and more than three times the average wage for all private sector jobs in New York State ($71,850).

Although New York State’s overall job market began to grow in 2010, the state’s F&I sector continued to lose jobs until 2013.

Between 2013 and 2017, the sector added more than 16,600 jobs, or 3.4%. From 2016 to 2017, employment was essentially flat, but wages grew by nearly 9%

Education jobs in Long Island climb

September 9th, 2018

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

New York State’s private sector job count rose by 7,900, or 0.1%, to 8,192,300, a new, all-time employment 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 1,098,200 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 79 of the past 91 months.

The statewide unemployment rate decreased from 4.5% to 4.3% in July 2018. This unemployment rate matches New York State’s lowest level since March 2007. In addition, the number of unemployed New Yorkers fell in July, from 430,400 to 419,800, reaching its lowest level since April 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 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 labor market continued to expand in July 2018 as the State added 7,900 private sector jobs to reach a new, all-time high employment count. At the same time, the statewide unemployment rate fell from 4.5% to 4.3% in July, its lowest level since before the recession,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Thirteen metro areas in New York State added private sector jobs over the past year. The most rapid employment growth was in these areas:

  • Ithaca (+3.9%)
  • Kingston (+2.4%)
  • New York City (+2.2%)
  • Rochester (+2.1%)
  • Glens Falls (+1.8%)
  • Syracuse (+1.5%)

Sales jobs in Long Island are on top

September 3rd, 2018

Sales jobs in Long Island remain in high demand, according to recent labor statistics.

According to CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast, 63 percent of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent workers in the second half of 2018, up from 60 percent last year. A substantial percentage of employers hiring in the second half of 2018 are expecting to offer higher salaries and various perks — such as signing bonuses, extra paid time off, free lunches and the ability to work remotely — to attract and keep the talent they need.


Employers expect to provide a greater financial incentive to new workers and existing staff. Forty-five percent plan to increase starting salaries on new job offers in the back half of 2018; 23 percent of all employers plan to increase starting salaries by 5 percent or more. Fifty-eight percent of employers will increase compensation for current employees before year end, with 24 percent of all employers planning an increase of 5 percent or more on average.

The study shows that compensation increases aren’t limited to high-skill positions. Looking at a subset of human resource managers, 71 percent believe they have to pay entry-level workers more money because of tight talent pools.

From a functional standpoint, the top roles employers hiring in the second half of 2018 say they will be hiring include:

  1. Customer service – 41 percent
  2. Sales – 28 percent
  3. Information technology – 22 percent
  4. Product development – 16 percent
  5. Business development – 16 percent
  •  In an effort to draw in more applicants and, ultimately hires, employers hiring in the second half of 2018 said they would be highlighting different perks in their job offers:
    • Casual dress code – 36 percent
    • Employee discounts – 31 percent
    • Ability to work remotely – 25 percent
    • Extra paid time off – 22 percent
    • Signing bonus – 21 percent
    • Free lunches – 14 percent
    • Gym memberships – 12 percent
    • Work from home Fridays – 10 percent
    • Daycare – 8 percent

Long Island labor statistics

August 5th, 2018

The newest Long Island labor statistics paint a picture of how the economy is growing.

The New York State Department of Labor released preliminary local area unemployment rates for June 2018. Rates are calculated using methods prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The State’s area unemployment rates rely in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each month.

From June 2017 to June 2018, the State’s private sector job count increased by 132,400. In June 2018, the number of private sector jobs in the State was 8,185,900.

The State’s private sector job count is based on a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers, which is conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In addition, the State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.5% in June 2018.

Unemployment Rate Highlights in June 2018 (not seasonally adjusted):

  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates in June 2018 include:
    • Columbia County (3.3%)
    • Saratoga County (3.5%)
    • Yates County (3.6%)
    • Nassau County (3.7%)
    • Queens County (3.7%)
    • New York County (3.8%)
    • Putnam County (3.8%)
    • Seneca County (3.8%)
    • Suffolk County (3.8%)
    • Washington County (3.8%)

Are Long Island jobs growing?

August 5th, 2018

A number of Long Island jobs may be growing, according to new labor statistics.

In June 2018, New York State’s private sector job count rose by 15,000, or 0.2%, to 8,185,900, a new, all-time employment 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 1,091,800 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 78 of the past 90 months.

New York’s statewide unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.5% in June 2018. This unemployment rate matches New York State’s lowest level since June 2007. In addition, the number of unemployed New Yorkers fell in June, from 437,500 to 430,500, reaching its lowest level since May 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 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.

“In June 2018, New York’s labor market continued to grow as the State added 15,000 private sector jobs to reach a new, all-time high employment count. In addition, the statewide unemployment rate remained at its lowest level since before the recession,” said Bohdan M. Wynnyk, Director of the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Research and Statistics.

Exercise and Long Island jobs

July 25th, 2018

Some workers may be gaining weight at Long Island jobs and not finding time to exercise, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

The CareerBuilder survey finds that 57 percent of the nation’s workforce believe they are overweight, and 45 percent believe they’ve gained weight at their present job, on par with last year. Twenty-six percent of all workers said they gained more than 10 pounds at their current job; 1 in 10 (11 percent) gained more than 20 pounds.

Despite more than a third of workers who have gained weight at their present jobs saying they’re too tired or don’t have time to exercise, the majority of U.S. workers (58 percent) say they exercise on a regular basis. While 63 percent of workers in the West say they exercise on a regular basis, 59 percent of those in the South, 56 percent in the Northeast and 53 percent in the Midwest say the same.

But what does “on a regular basis” mean to Americans, and how much exercise is actually helping them lose weight? Nearly three in 10 (29 percent) regularly work out three or fewer days a week, and 29 percent regularly work out four or more days a week. Consistency is key – 26 percent of U.S. workers who regularly work out four or more days a week say they lost weight at their present job, compared to 12 percent of those who regularly work out three or fewer days a week.

Forty-two percent of workers don’t work out regularly or at all, and 48 percent of this group say they gained weight at their current job.

Some employers are stepping in to help their employees get fit, but are employees using these tools? Three in 10 (30 percent) workers say their company provides gym passes, workout facilities or wellness benefits, but 19 percent of this group don’t take advantage of them. Sixty-one percent of workers say their employers do not offer wellness benefits, but if offered, 37 percent believe they would take advantage of them.

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).