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.

Closing skills gap for Long Island jobs

March 8th, 2017

Employers from Monster.com are working on testifying about closing the skills gap for Long Island jobs, among other jobs.

The former U.S. House of Representatives Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Jack Kingston, along with Susan Fallon, Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development for Monster Government Solutions, testified before the Labor-HHS Subcommittee during its annual public witness hearing. Kingston and Fallon reiterated the importance of Job Corps’ career technical education services and the continued need to invest in job skills training in order to close the “skills gap.”

“Job Corps is a critical lynchpin in closing the skills gap nationwide,” Kingston said. “I strongly believe that the way toward sustainable job growth in these communities is to invest in the mechanisms like the Job Corps program to educate and develop necessary skills in an effort to create and maintain these jobs in a way that adapts to a changing economy.”

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are 5.6 million jobs that remain unfilled because employers cannot find workers with the right set of skills. According to some estimates, the skills gap costs our economy $160 billion annually. Job Corps is a comprehensive education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that each year helps 50,000 underserved youth ages 16 through 24.

“We’ve learned over time that small and large businesses across the nation trust their Job Corps centers and Job Corps graduates to meet their talent needs as evidence by that fact that over 100 local chambers of commerce, from Oklahoma to Connecticut and Florida to Alaska, have signed letters of support for the program,” Fallon said. “That is why Monster Government Solutions worked with the National Job Corps Foundation for Youth Opportunities to create and launch our Youth Opportunities portal, which provides students with online career tools and resources, and employers with tools to be matched to thousands of skilled young Americans, using Monster’s award-winning technologies.”

Romance or Long Island jobs?

February 28th, 2017

The number of romances going on at Long Island jobs may be blooming, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Valentine’s Day survey, 41 percent of workers have dated a co-worker (up from 37 percent last year and the highest since 2007). Additionally, 30 percent of these office romances have led to marriage, on par with last year’s findings.

The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from November 16 to December 6, 2016, and included a representative sample of 3,411 full-time, private sector workers across industries and company sizes.

Office romances are just not happening between peers: Of those who have had an office romance, more than 1 in 5 (29 percent, up from 23 percent last year) have dated someone in a higher position than them — a more common occurrence for women than men (33 percent versus 25 percent). Fifteen percent of workers who have had an office romance say they have dated someone who was their boss.

And as if dating a superior weren’t risky enough, 19 percent of office romances involved at least one person who was married at the time.

About 1 in 5 employees (21 percent) say what someone does for a living influences whether they would date that person (18 percent of men and 24 percent of women). Seven percent say they currently work with someone they would like to date this year.

Unfortunately, not all workplace relationships end happily ever after – and some result in more than heartbreak: 5 percent of workers who have had an office romance say they have left a job because of an office relationship gone sour.

 

Long Island jobs added

February 8th, 2017

The number of Long Island jobs may have increased, according to the latest labor statistics.

n December 2016, New York State’s private sector job count increased by 9,000, or 0.1%, to 7,963,900, a new record 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 869,600 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 61 of the past 72 months. In December 2016, New York’s statewide unemployment rate decreased from 5.1% to 4.9%.

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.

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%)
December 2015 and December 2016

(not seasonally adjusted)*Data are preliminary and subject to change

December
2016*
December
2015

Metro Areas

4.4
4.7

Albany-Schenectady-Troy

4.0
4.1

Binghamton

5.3
5.5

Buffalo-Niagara Falls

5.1
5.1

Dutchess-Putnam

3.9
3.9

Elmira

5.1
5.6

Glens Falls

5.4
5.5

Ithaca

3.4
3.5

Kingston

4.3
4.3

Nassau-Suffolk

3.9
4.0

New York City

4.4
5.0

Orange-Rockland-Westchester

4.0
4.0

Rochester

4.7
4.7

Syracuse

4.9
4.9

Utica-Rome

5.1
5.1

Watertown-Fort Drum

7.0
6.8

Non-metro Counties

5.5
5.6

 

Research going towards Long Island jobs

February 5th, 2017

A new round of funding may go towards research for Long Island jobs.

Over one-fifth of the current U.S. workforce is made up of workers in licensed occupations – jobs that require a government license. Current licensing systems, however, can become inefficient, resulting in barriers for workers trying to enter a profession, restricted worker mobility and ultimately impaired economic growth.

With this in mind, the U.S. Department of Labor today announced an award of $7.5 million to the National Conference of State Legislatures, or NCSL, for a project geared towards improving geographic mobility for workers in licensed occupations. NCSL will direct a coalition of 10 states working to achieve two primary goals:

  • Identify licensing criteria to ensure that existing and new licensing requirements are not overly broad or burdensome and don’t create unnecessary barriers to labor market entry
  • Improve portability for selected occupational licenses across state lines

The project will also produce research and technical assistance materials available to all states in addressing similar issues.

Guidance on research, expertise in technical assistance and help with dissemination of project outputs will be provided by a group of national experts representing the selected occupations and target populations to be served by the project.

The partners will conduct five research projects: (1) a policy literature scan to identify relevant studies and reports and compile the results into a summary analysis; (2) a research effort to collect comprehensive information on licensure requirements for selected occupations across all states; (3) a review of existing research on barriers to entering the labor market for impacted populations; (4) analysis of sunrise/sunset provisions related to occupational licensing; and (5) research on specific topics related to states’ action plans.

Body language and Long Island jobs

January 27th, 2017

Body language can make or break you when it comes to Long Island jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

Around half of employers (51 percent) know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position — on par with last year (50 percent).

 

In a job interview, it’s likely that your body language will have more of a positive impact on your success than anything you say. When asked to identify the biggest body language mistakes job seekers make during an interview, hiring managers named the following:

  1. Failing to make eye contact: 67 percent
  2. Failing to smile: 39 percent
  3. Playing with something on the table: 34 percent
  4. Fidgeting too much in their seats: 32 percent
  5. Crossing their arms over their chests: 32 percent
  6. Having bad posture: 31 percent
  7. Playing with their hair or touching their faces: 28 percent
  8. Having a weak handshake: 22 percent
  9. Using too many hand gestures: 13 percent
  10. Having a handshake that was too strong: 9 percent

What are the absolute worst things you can do when interviewing for a job? Here are five instant deal breakers, according to employers:

  1. Candidate is caught lying about something: 66 percent
  2. Candidate answers a cellphone or text during the interview: 64 percent
  3. Candidate appears arrogant or entitled: 59 percent
  4. Candidate dresses inappropriately: 49 percent
  5. Candidate appears to have a lack of accountability: 48 percent

Will the new administration impact Long Island jobs?

January 8th, 2017

A new survey from Careerbuilder takes on the newest administration and its effect on Long Island jobs.

When asked for their opinion on how the Trump administration will impact hiring in 2017, 23 percent of employers said the new administration would increase jobs while 27 anticipated no impact. Seven percent said they expect jobs to decrease while 43 percent were undecided.

The amount of employers planning to hire full-time, permanent staff in the New Year increased four percentage points from 36 percent in 2016 to 40 percent in 2017. Employers in information technology were the most likely to say they were adding new employees at 56 percent, a notable 12 percentage point gain over the prior year.

Eight percent of employers across industries expect a decline in staff levels in 2017, an improvement from 10 percent last year. Forty-four percent anticipated no change while 9 percent were unsure.

In terms of part-time employment, 30 percent of employers expect to increase their number of part-time, permanent employees in 2017, up from 26 percent last year.

The demand for temporary labor will continue to be strong as employers strive to have more flexibility in their staff levels. Fifty-one percent of employers plan to hire temporary or contract workers in 2017, an increase from 47 percent last year. Sixty-three percent of employers plan to transition some temporary or contract workers into permanent roles in 2017, up from 58 percent last year.

“Three in four employers reported that they are in a better financial position than they were a year ago, which is instilling more confidence in adding people to their payrolls,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “Following a divisive election season, employers are entering the New Year with a watchful, yet optimistic approach. One of the key challenges for employers will be bridging the talent gaps within their own organizations by either offering better wages or by helping to reskill and upskill workers.”