Construction jobs in Long Island climb

January 26th, 2016

The number of construction jobs in Long Island have grown, according to the latest ADP employment report.

Payrolls for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 95,000 jobs in December, up from November’s downwardly revised 72,000. Employment among companies with 50-499 employees increased by 65,000 jobs, up about 10 percent from last month.

Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – came in at 97,000 an increase from the upwardly revised 80,000 jobs added in November. Companies with 500-999 added 39,000 jobs, while companies with over 1,000 employees gained 58,000 jobs.

Goods-producing employment rose by 23,000 jobs in December, well up from a downwardly revised -2,000 the previous month. The construction industry added 24,000 jobs, which was roughly in line with the 21,000 average monthly jobs gained for the year.

Meanwhile, manufacturing stayed in positive territory for the second straight month adding 2,000 jobs. Service-providing employment rose by 234,000 jobs in December, up from an upwardly revised 213,000 in November. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/business services contributed 66,000 jobs, the largest increase in this sector in 2015.

Trade/transportation/utilities grew by 38,000, off a bit from an upwardly revised 41,000 the previous month. The 13,000 new jobs added in financial activities were right in line with the average for the year.

“2015 had a strong close with December showing the largest job gains of the year,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and head of the ADP Research Institute. “Overall, the average monthly employment growth was just under 200,000 for the year in contrast to almost 240,000 jobs per month in 2014. Weakness in the energy and manufacturing sectors was mostly responsible for the drop off.”

The outlook for Long Island jobs

January 9th, 2016

The outlook for Long Island jobs, among other jobs, remains promising, according to a new report from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

While 2015 job cuts are expected to reach a six year high, the pace of downsizing should slow in the new year, while hiring and wages continue to make gains.

“Cuts related to oil prices were heaviest in the first half of year, dropping by more than 50 percent in the second half. With oil prices expected to remain low for the foreseeable future, we could continue to see the industry workforce shrink in 2016, though probably not at the rate we saw in the first part of 2015,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“A decline in oil cuts is expected to result in an overall slowdown in downsizing activity in 2016. Job cuts may not reach the previous post-recession low, achieved in 2014, when year-end cuts fell to 483,171. However, even if job cuts don’t fall to post-recession lows, increased hiring and wages are expected to offset the losses,” he said.

The national unemployment rate stood at 5.0 percent in November, which many economists consider the natural rate of unemployment. But there were several metropolitan areas with an unemployment well below that national average. In fact, there were 94 metropolitan areas with unemployment rates below 4.0 percent in October.

“Furthermore, the national average is skewed higher because of continued high unemployment among young workers, especially those in their teens. Last month, the jobless rate among 16- to 19-year-olds was at 15.7 percent. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate among those 25 and older was 4.1 percent. For those with a four-year college degree it was 2.5 percent.

Healthcare jobs in Long Island increase?

January 6th, 2016

Healthcare jobs in Long Island may have increased, according to some labor statistics.

Employment increased by 211,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In November, the unemployment rate held at 5.0 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 7.9 million, was essentially unchanged. Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons are down by 0.8 percentage point and 1.1 million, respectively.

In November, hospitals added 13,000 jobs. Health care employment has grown by 470,000 over the year. Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in November (+32,000) and has risen by 374,000 over the year.

Job growth occurred in construction, professional and technical services, and health care. Employment in mining and information declined over the month.

Employment in construction rose by 46,000 in November, with much of the increase occurring in residential specialty trade contractors (+26,000). Over the past year, construction employment has grown by 259,000. In November, professional and technical services added 28,000 jobs.

Job gains occurred in accounting and bookkeeping services (+11,000), and employment in computer systems design and related services continued to trend up (+5,000). Over the year, professional and technical services has added 298,000 jobs. Health care employment increased by 24,000 over the month, following a large gain in October (+51,000).

Retail trade employment continued to trend up in November (+31,000) and has increased by 284,000 over the year.

In November, job gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+12,000) and motor vehicle and parts dealers (+9,000).

Over the past 12 months, these industries have added 85,000 jobs and 71,000 jobs, respectively. Employment in mining continued to decline in November (-11,000), with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-7,000).

Since a recent peak in December 2014, employment in mining has declined by 123,000. Information lost 12,000 jobs over the month.

Within the industry, employment in motion pictures and sound recording decreased by 13,000 in November but has shown little net change over the year.

Workplace gifting at Long Island jobs

December 27th, 2015

A new survey from Careerbuilder looks at workplace gift-giving at Long Island jobs, among other jobs in the nation.

For CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey, workers across the nation shared the most unusual gifts they’ve received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

While many gift-bearing workers stick to more traditional holiday offerings, such as ornaments, candy and gift baskets, others get a little more creative with their definition of the word “gift:”

  • A squirrel toilet seat decal.
  • A pair of Christmas socks that look like elf feet.
  • A roll of duct tape.
  • A bell on a string.
  • A mystery bag with a coat in it.
  • A giant heart shaped box of candy … from Valentine’s Day.
  • A picture of a bear.
  • A bowling ball.
  • Homemade sausages.
  • A ceramic sheep you can dress up seasonally.

Twenty-one percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for co-workers (the same proportion as last year, 21 percent), and nearly the same proportion (20 percent) plan to buy a gift for the boss. Of those who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers or bosses, the majority (80 percent) expect to spend no more than $25 on each gift, 36 percent will spend no more than $10, and 9 percent will cap themselves off at $5.

Some employees, however, may get their bonus wishes after all. More than half of employers (54 percent) plan to give employees a holiday bonus this year, up from 47 percent in 2014. More than 1 in 10 employers say they will give a larger bonus than last year (14 percent).


Is holiday hiring down for Long Island jobs?

December 9th, 2015

The number of seasonal jobs in Long Island may be decreasing, according to a recent survey from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

The pace of hiring among the nation’s retailers dropped to a four-year low in November, according to an analysis of employment data.

In addition to the November slowdown, retail hiring in October was adjusted downward from 214,500 to 210,400. That still represents a record high for October retail hiring, but it suggests that overall seasonal hiring may very well shrink from 2014 levels.

Last year, retail employment increased by 755,000 from October 1 through December 31. That was down 4.0 percent from the previous year, when the holiday period saw employment grow by 786,800.

The latest non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that retail employment increased by 394,100 in November. That is 5.0 percent lower than the 414,300 retail jobs added to the economy in November 2014. Last month was the lowest November retail hiring total since 2011, when retail jobs grew by 390,600.

“Foot traffic and retail sales are increasing, but retailers apparently feel that they are able to meet the increased demand with fewer overall workers. Like other industries, retailers doing this through the increase utilization of technology in every aspect of the business – from marketing and logistics to merchandising and sales floor strategies,” said Challenger.

“Seasonal hiring is still a thing, as evidenced by the fact that retail employment has grown by more than 600,000 workers in the last two months. However, the scale of seasonal hiring is definitely shrinking. It also appears to be moving up to late September and early October.


Software developer jobs in Long Island grow

December 7th, 2015

The latest survey from Careerbuilder shows that software developer jobs in Long Island may be growing.

It is among the hottest jobs of 2016.

“For over 100 occupations in the U.S., there is far more job posting activity than hiring month to month,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “While many of these jobs are in the technology and health care sectors, there are also plenty of opportunities in areas such as marketing, sales and transportation. The availability of jobs across industries underscores the need for companies to evaluate where their talent deficits are and become more strategic about how they fill these needs–whether that means reskilling their current workers, offering higher salaries to attract workers, or using data analytics to target talent with the right skills.”

The list includes:


Registered Nurses 296,631 97,549 199,082 171,097 2,776,836 $32.04
Software Developers, Applications 114,921 31,272 83,649 126,277 727,753 $45.92
Marketing Managers 91,630 8,447 83,183 23,692 193,619 $61.12
Sales Managers 70,558 17,750 52,808 35,399 370,648 $53.20
Medical and Health Services Managers 63,683 11,850 51,833 26,080 321,961 $44.62
Network and Computer Systems Administrators 69,636 18,568 51,068 36,640 381,001 $36.44
Industrial Engineers 55,264 7,985 47,279 25,426 244,225 $39.18
Computer Systems Analysts 71,555 24,703 46,852 87,023 556,922 $39.76
Web Developers 52,431 6,641 45,790 22,282 130,161 $30.52
Financial Managers 63,157 23,251 39,906 37,458 542,618 $55.44
Physical Therapists 49,712 10,001 39,711 27,473 210,377 $39.61
Pharmacists 44,738 13,202 31,536 14,591 296,530 $58.15
Accountants and Auditors 103,868 75,968 27,900 133,042 1,278,617 $31.70
Information Security Analysts 31,059 3,547 27,512 15,180 85,133 $42.74
Occupational Therapists 31,546 5,474 26,072 11,952 114,897 $37.89
Speech-Language Pathologists 27,789 5,379 22,410 9,641 128,692 $34.40
Computer and Information Systems Managers 35,758 14,001 21,758 42,942 347,810 $61.37
Mechanical Engineers 28,033 9,920 18,113 28,646 280,416 $39.93
Human Resources Managers 23,231 5,916 17,315 14,218 124,618 $49.41


Employees with healthcare jobs in Long Island spending Thanksgiving together

November 25th, 2015

Employers who have healthcare jobs in Long Island may be spending Thanksgiving together, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.

One in five workers (20 percent) say they plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with coworkers either in or out of the office this year, on par with last year (19 percent). A new CareerBuilder Thanksgiving survey was conducted nationally online by Harris Poll from August 12 to September 2, 2015 and included more than 3,600 workers.


Workers Who Celebrate Thanksgiving with Coworkers By:

U.S. Markets with the Largest Economies

  • Houston: 41 percent
  • Dallas: 31 percent
  • Miami: 29 percent
  • Atlanta: 27 percent
  • Los Angeles: 20 percent
  • New York: 15 percent
  • Boston: 14 percent
  • Chicago: 13 percent
  • Philadelphia: 12 percent
  • Washington DC: 11 percent

By Region

  • South: 27 percent
  • West: 19 percent
  • Midwest: 15 percent
  • Northeast: 16 percent

By Industry

  • Health care: 28 percent
  • Sales: 22 percent
  • Manufacturing: 21 percent
  • Retail: 20 percent
  • Transportation: 20 percent

By Diverse Groups

  • African American workers: 26 percent
  • Hispanic workers: 26 percent
  • LGBT workers: 21 percent
  • Disabled workers: 20 percent
  • Asian workers: 16 percent

Macy’s hiring for Long Island retail jobs

November 7th, 2015

Macy’s is hiring big this holiday season, and one area is most like Long Island retail jobs.

The company said it plans to hire seasonal associates for approximately 85,000 positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2015 Christmas and holiday season.

Macy’s, Inc.’s 2015 seasonal hiring plan includes the following:

Approximately 12,000 of the 85,000 total seasonal positions will be based in direct-to-consumer fulfillment facilities that support sales generated by the company’s omnichannel business strategy. These positions are located in megacenters in Goodyear, AZ; Cheshire, CT; Tulsa, OK; Portland, TN, and Martinsburg, WV, and well as in product-specific fulfillment centers in Sacramento, CA, Stone Mountain, GA, Secaucus, NJ, and Joppa, MD.
About 1,600 associates will be hired to interact with customers via telephone, email and online chat at customer service centers in Mason, Ohio; Clearwater, FL; Tempe, AZ; and St. Louis, MO.
More than 1,000 persons will be hired across the country to support the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santalands and other iconic holiday events.

Most seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired. Many positions require the applicant to work evenings, weekends or overnight. In some cases, temporary seasonal associates are offered open year-round positions based on their skills and performance over the holiday season.

“Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s customers have come to appreciate the higher level of our staffing and service throughout the Christmas and holiday shopping season, and our associates love the employment and income-earning opportunities at this very special time of the year,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. “We first offer our current associates the opportunity to work extra hours over the holidays, then supplement our ongoing workforce with seasonal hires. This enhanced staffing allows us to provide additional help to customers, whether they are shopping in stores or online.”

Retailer hires for Long Island seasonal jobs

November 2nd, 2015

Kohl’s is busy hiring big for Long Island seasonal jobs.

The company will be hiring more than 67,000 associates nationwide this holiday season to support seasonal business in stores.

Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 50 associates per store to provide customers with excellent customer service throughout the holiday season at its 1,163 stores in 49 states.

In addition, the company anticipates hiring approximately 9,300 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and approximately 670 seasonal credit operations positions.

Hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Holiday positions are also being filled at the company’s distribution centers, where hiring began in August.

Associates working at distribution centers help ensure Kohl’s products get to the retail stores and into the hands of customers.

Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of jobs, including assisting customers with orders.

“Kohl’s is building a winning team by hiring more than 67,000 seasonal associates across the country to ensure we sustain the great service our customers know and have come to expect,” said Richard Schepp, Kohl’s senior executive vice president, human resources and general counsel.

“By adding these associates, Kohl’s will continue to deliver an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience to all our valued customers, whether they choose to shop in store or online at this holiday season.”

Employers add Long Island jobs

October 25th, 2015

Employers are busy adding Long Island jobs, according to a recent survey.

Thirty-four percent of U.S. employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff in Q4, and nearly the same percentage (33 percent) expect to add seasonal staff. More than half (53 percent) of retailers plan to hire seasonal workers in Q4, up from 43 percent last year.

Thirty-nine percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3, up from 34 percent in the same period in 2014 and 28 percent in 2013. Ten percent decreased headcount, on par with last year, while 49 percent made no change to staff levels and 1 percent was unsure.

Seasonal workers will likely benefit from recent minimum wage increases implemented at the federal and state level and among large name brands. Thirty-seven percent of employers say they will increase pay for their seasonal staff, up 10 percentage points over last year. Seventy-two percent of seasonal employers will pay $10 or more per hour while 19 percent will pay $16 or more.

Looking ahead, 34 percent of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in Q4, up from 29 percent in 2014 and 25 percent in 2013. Ten percent expect to reduce staff, on par with last year, while 52 percent anticipate no change and 4 percent are unsure.

Seasonal hiring activity over the next three months is also expected to show notable year-over-year gains. One third (33 percent) of employers expect to hire seasonal workers in Q4, up from 26 percent last year. Fifty-seven percent expect to transition some seasonal staff into full-time, permanent roles, up from 42 percent last year.