Long Island retail jobs climb

October 6th, 2014

The latest labor statistics point to good news – Long Island retail jobs are growing.

Employment in retail trade rose by 35,000 in September. Food and beverage stores added 20,000 jobs, largely reflecting the return of workers who had been off payrolls in August due to employment disruptions at a grocery store chain in New England. Employment in retail trade has increased by 264,000 over the past 12 months.

In September, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 5.9 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 329,000 to 9.3 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons were down by 1.3 percentage points and 1.9 million, respectively.

Among the major worker groups, unemployment rates declined in September for adult men (5.3 percent), whites (5.1 percent), and Hispanics (6.9 percent). The rates for adult women (5.5 percent), teenagers (20.0 percent), and blacks (11.0 percent) showed little change over the month.

Employment in information increased by 12,000 in September, with a gain of 5,000 in telecommunications. Over the year, employment in information has shown little net change.

Mining employment rose by 9,000 in September, with the majority of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+7,000). Over the year, mining has added 50,000 jobs.

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in September (+20,000) and is up by 290,000 over the year.

In September, construction employment continued on an upward trend (+16,000). Within the industry, employment in residential building increased by 6,000. Over the year, construction has added 230,000 jobs.

Retailer prepares for more Long Island sales jobs

October 1st, 2014

Retail giant Walmart is hiring for the holiday season and hopes to add more Long Island sales jobs.

The holidays are a special time but it can also be a very busy time for many families. This year, Walmart is pulling out all the stops to make shopping even easier and more convenient for our customers across the country,” said Gisel Ruiz, Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.

“We know this is the busiest time of year for our stores and we are going to make sure we are delivering for our associates and customers. First, current associates who are interested in working additional hours this season will have priority access in their store.

Walmart plans to hire 60,000 seasonal associates, nearly 10 percent more than they hired last year.

“We are committed to making sure our customers can find the products they want for Christmas at low prices and can get through the checkout lanes quickly. To accomplish this we will have more registers than ever open during peak shopping hours between Black Friday and Christmas.

“We appreciate the work our associates do all year long to take care of our customers. We are excited about the holidays and Walmart is ready help families have a memorable and affordable Christmas.”

Workers with Long Island jobs face bullying

September 25th, 2014

Bullying is a serious problem in the workplace that affects all races and walks of life, and now a recent survey from Careerbuilder is showing how workers with Long Island jobs are dealing with the issue.

Twenty-eight percent of workers reported they have felt bullied at work – nearly one in five (19 percent) of these workers left their jobs because of it.

Minorities continue to face challenges in being treated fairly and equally in the workplace, according to the study. Forty-four percent of physically disabled workers have felt bullied at the office. Thirty percent of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) workers shared this sentiment.

Comparing genders, female workers were significantly more likely to experience bullying at work (34 percent) than their male counterparts (22 percent).

Comparing racial segments, minorities were not the only ones to experience strong-arming at the hands of co-workers or the boss. Twenty-seven percent of African American workers and 25 percent of Hispanic workers said they have been bullied at work compared to 24 percent of Caucasian males.

Of those who reported being bullied at some point in their careers, the percentages that said that they are currently being bullied break down as follows:

Job Level

Management (manager, director, team leader, vice president and above) – 27 percent
Professional and technical – 21 percent
Entry-level/administrative and clerical– 26 percent

Highest Level of Education Attained

High school graduate – 28 percent
Associate’s degree – 21 percent
Bachelor’s degree or higher – 23 percent

Compensation Level

Earning less than $50,000 – 28 percent
Earning $50,000 or more – 19 percent

High schooleres look for engineering jobs in Long Island

September 5th, 2014

A new survey points out that high schoolers are busy searching for their dream jobs and preparing for engineering jobs in Long Island.

A survey from Careerbuilder shows that high school seniors may be taking a more active role in providing a solution to the skills gap. Nearly three in four high school seniors know what career they want to pursue, and STEM-related fields (science, technology, engineering and math) top their choices.

According to the survey, 37 percent of hiring managers reported that they currently have positions that, on average, stay open for 12 weeks or longer, up from 35 percent last year. Comparing industries, Information Technology (52 percent), Health Care2 (49 percent) and Manufacturing (44 percent) all came in significantly higher than the national average.

For example, employment in industries such as Manufacturing had been on a downward trajectory for a number of years due to automation and sending jobs overseas.

Now, more Manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S., but the talent pool has shrunk over time due to workers moving into other fields and students avoiding related majors because jobs were being offshored.

From 2010 to 2014, there were an estimated 23,861 annual job openings for Machinists, but the number of college degrees awarded for this field was only 6,184 in 2013. Moreover, 25 percent of Machinists are ages 55 and older and approaching retirement, hastening the need to find replacement workers.
The Harris Poll survey shows the majority (97 percent) of high school seniors plan to go to college to obtain a two-year or four-year degree or other training that may ultimately help to close the talent gap. The most popular majors these students plan to sign up for are largely STEM-related:

Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Physical Sciences
Arts, Visual and Performing
Computer and Information Sciences
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
English Language and Literature
Math and Statistics

Manufacturing jobs in Long Island added

August 26th, 2014

The number of manufacturing jobs in Long Island may have climbed, according to the most recent ADP employment report.

Overall, private sector employment increased by 218,000 jobs from June to July according to the report.

Goods-producing employment rose by 16,000 jobs in July, down from 43,000 jobs gained in June. The construction industry added 12,000 jobs over the month, less than half last month’s gain. Meanwhile, manufacturing added 3,000 jobs in July, less than one-third the number of jobs added in June.

Service-providing employment rose by 202,000 jobs in July, down from 238,000 in June. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed 61,000 jobs in July, down from 79,000 in June. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 52,000, down slightly from June’s 56,000. The 9,000 new jobs added in financial activities was down 25% from last month’s number.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The July employment gain was softer than June, but remains consistent with a steadily improving job market. At the current pace of job growth unemployment will quickly decline. Layoffs are still receding and hiring and job openings are picking up. If current trends continue, the economy will return to full employment by late 2016.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 84,000 jobs in July. That’s down from 126,000 in June. Job growth was also down over the month for medium-sized and large firms. Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 92,000, down from 112,000 in June. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 41,000, down slightly from the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees added 14,000, on par with June’s 15,000.

Those with Long Island jobs giving false info?

August 21st, 2014

Are some of those with Long Island jobs filling their resume with false info? A recent survey from Careerbuilder shows that some people might be.

The Careerbuilder survey shows that fifty-eight percent of hiring managers said they’ve caught a lie on a resume; one-third (33 percent) of these employers have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.

Half of employers (51 percent) said that they would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on his/her resume, while 40 percent said that it would depend on what the candidate lied about. Seven percent said they’d be willing to overlook a lie if they liked the candidate.

According to employers, the most common lies they catch on resumes relate to:

Embellished skill set – 57 percent
Embellished responsibilities – 55 percent
Dates of employment – 42 percent
Job title – 34 percent
Academic degree – 33 percent
Companies worked for – 26 percent
Accolades/awards – 18 percent

When asked about the most unusual lie they’ve ever caught on a resume, employers recalled:

Applicant included job experience that was actually his father’s. Both father and son had the same name (one was Sr., one was Jr.).
Applicant claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a foreign country that doesn’t have a prime minister.
Applicant claimed to have been a high school basketball free throw champion. He admitted it was a lie in the interview.
Applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.
Applicant claimed to have been a construction supervisor. The interviewer learned the bulk of his experience was in the completion of a doghouse some years prior.
Applicant claimed to have 25 years of experience at age 32.
Applicant claimed to have worked for 20 years as the babysitter of known celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Madonna, etc.
Applicant listed three jobs over the past several years. Upon contacting the employers, the interviewer learned that the applicant had worked at one for two days, another for one day, and not at all for the third.
Applicant applied to a position with a company who had just terminated him. He listed the company under previous employment and indicated on his resume that he had quit.
Applicant applied twice for the same position and provided different work history on each application.

While employers have caught lies on resumes submitted for jobs of all types, levels and industries, some report a higher rate of fibbing than others. The survey found that employers in the following industries catch resume lies more frequently than average:

Financial Services – 73 percent
Leisure and Hospitality – 71 percent
Information Technology – 63 percent
Health Care (More than 50 employees) – 63 percent
Retail – 59 percent

Construction jobs in Long Island climb

August 5th, 2014

The number of construction jobs in Long Island have grown, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment in construction increased by 22,000 in July. Within the industry, employment continued to trend up in residential building and in residential specialty trade contractors. Over the year, construction has added 211,000 jobs.

Overall, manufacturing added 28,000 jobs in July. Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts (+15,000) and in furniture and related products (+3,000). Over the prior 12 months, manufacturing had added an average of 12,000 jobs per month, primarily in durable goods industries.

Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in July and has added 648,000 jobs over the past 12 months. In July, employment continued to trend up across much of the industry, including a gain of 9,000 jobs in architectural and engineering services. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month.

Overall, employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent.

In July, retail trade employment rose by 27,000. Employment continued to trend up in automobile dealers, food and beverage stores, and general merchandise stores. Over the past year, retail trade has added 298,000 jobs.

Social assistance added 18,000 jobs over the month and 110,000 over the year. (The social assistance industry includes child day care and services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.)

Employment in health care changed little over the month, with job gains in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) largely offset by losses in hospitals (-7,000) and nursing care facilities (-6,000).

Mining added 8,000 jobs in July, with the bulk of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000). Over the year, mining employment has risen by 46,000.

Employment in leisure and hospitality changed little in July but has added 375,000 jobs over the year, primarily in food services and drinking places.

Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change in July.

Fire department looks to hire for firefighter jobs in Long Island

July 28th, 2014

The Rockville Centre Fire Department is busy attracting people to fill fire fighter jobs in Long Island.

The department is able to help attract 80 new volunteers to the RVCFD and provide incentives for specialty training through a federal grant $865,225.

The RVCFD has added 36 new members to the department and is hoping to build on that number.

With 348 volunteers, the RVCFD remains one of the largest all Volunteer Fire Departments in New York State.

During 2013, the RVCFD answered more than 2,400 alarms, including over 1,400 calls for emergency medical services; over 1,000 other alarms which included over 100 automobile accidents, many with personal injury, over 400 reports of fire alarms, 65 carbon monoxide alarms, vehicle fires, brush fires, elevator rescues, and other incidents.

In addition, the department acted on over 30 requests for mutual aid assistance from neighboring fire departments.

The four-year recruitment and retention program is funded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response [SAFER] program, administered through the United States Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The grant also provides tuition reimbursement for members attending college, physicals for new members, personal protective gear that includes a helmet, bunker gear (coats and pants), a protective hood, gloves and boots. In addition, each new member receives station gear that includes work shirts, work pants, hats, and work boots.

Temporary hiring for Long Island jobs to increase

July 20th, 2014

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that temporary hiring for Long Island jobs, along with permanent jobs, may increase. This pertains to cities all over the U.S.

Half of U.S. employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount over the next six months, and one-third plan to hire temporary or contract workers – both improvements over the same period in 2013.

The following industries are expected to outperform the national average for permanent hiring in the months ahead with Information Technology, Financial Services and Hospitality poised to experience the highest year-over-year gains:

Information Technology – 59 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 51 percent last year
Financial Services – 57 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 52 percent last year
Hospitality – 55 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 46 percent last year
Health Care – 54 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 51 percent last year
Manufacturing – 54 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 52 percent last year

When asked to identify the types of roles they will be creating within their organizations over the next six months, employers were most likely to report:

Jobs tied to social media – 11 percent
Jobs tied to mobile technology – 11 percent
Jobs tied to cloud technology – 10 percent
Jobs tied to wellness – 10 percent
Jobs tied to content strategy for the Web – 9 percent
Jobs tied to managing and interpreting big data – 9 percent
Jobs tied to cyber security – 8 percent
Jobs tied to financial regulation – 8 percent
Jobs tied to search technology – 8 percent
Jobs tied to health informatics – 8 percent

Long Island transportation jobs get a boost

July 7th, 2014

The new job numbers show that Long Island transportation jobs are growing, according to a report from ADP.

Employment increased by 281,000 jobs from May to June according to the June ADP National Employment Report.

Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 50,000, up from May’s 36,000. The 11,000 new jobs added in financial activities was about double last month’s number.

“The June jobs number is a welcome boost,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “The number of construction jobs added was particularly encouraging, representing the highest total in that industry since February of 2006.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The job market is steadily improving. Job gains are broad based across all industries and company sizes. Judging from the job market, the economic recovery remains fully intact and is gaining momentum.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 117,000 jobs in June. That’s up from 82,000 in May and represents the highest number since February 2012. Job growth rebounded over the month for medium-sized and large firms.

Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 115,000, up from 62,000 in May. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 49,000, up from 36,000 the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees added 16,000 jobs after shedding 3,000 in May.

The construction industry added 36,000 jobs over the month, more than double the May number.