Tampa is second in state job creation

February 5th, 2018

Tampa is one of the biggest job creation leaders in Florida, according to recent labor statistics.

The Tampa area added 28,400 new private-sector jobs in the last year, continuing to create the second-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas.

The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,839 openings in November. Tampa’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.6 percent, down 1.0 percentage point from one year ago.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 13,900 new jobs in November and the unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent, the lowest rate in more than a decade. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,465,800 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “It is great news that the Tampa Bay area, like the rest of the state, continues to have strong economic growth with more than 28,000 new jobs created over the year. It is clear that Tampa Bay continues to be a great place for businesses to grow and create jobs.”

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in November with 44,792 openings.

In the last year, 199,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 2.0 percent. This rate is nearly three times the national labor force growth rate of only 0.7 percent. In November, 16,990 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.

Wages for Tampa jobs climb

February 5th, 2018

Wages for Tampa jobs have increased, according to labor statistics.

The average annual wage in Hillsborough County rose by $9,552 from 2007 – 2016, the highest dollar amount increase among Florida’s major counties, according to data released by the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

Hillsborough County’s current average annual wage of $50,768 is the second highest average annual wage in Florida, behind Palm Beach County at $51,098.

“Tampa and Hillsborough County’s sustained efforts to attract and grow companies that pay higher wages and invest in our community are paying off,” said Craig J. Richard, CEcD, FM, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC). “Employers are drawn to this region for the quality of talent they find here, and salaries are rising accordingly.”

From 2007–2016, Hillsborough County experienced the second highest percentage wage gain increase, 23.2 percent, among Florida’s most populous counties.

Pinellas County’s average annual wages grew by 24.6 percent for the same period.

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.  Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa rise

February 4th, 2018

New labor statistics show that manufacturing jobs in Tampa are climbing.

Employment increased by 200,000 in January, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

In January, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent for the fourth consecutive month. The number of unemployed persons, at 6.7 million, changed little over the month.

Construction added 36,000 jobs in January, with most of the increase occurring among specialty trade contractors (+26,000). Employment in residential building construction continued to trend up over the month (+5,000). Over the year, construction employment has increased by 226,000.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in January (+31,000). The industry has added 255,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in health care continued to trend up in January (+21,000), with a gain of 13,000 in hospitals. In 2017, health care added an average of 24,000 jobs per month.

In January, employment in manufacturing remained on an upward trend (+15,000). Durable goods industries added 18,000 jobs. Manufacturing has added 186,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, professional and business services, and government, changed little over the month.

Are workers calling in sick to Tampa jobs?

January 6th, 2018

Some workers may be calling sick to Tampa jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to new CareerBuilder data, 40 percent of workers have called in sick in the last 12 months when they weren’t, compared to 35 percent in 2016 and 38 percent in 2015.

Female workers were more likely than their male counterparts to take sick days when they were well – 43 percent to 35 percent respectively.

While they may not necessarily be sick, 30 percent of workers who have called in sick cite having a doctor’s appointment as the top reason to take a sick day, followed by just didn’t feel like going to work (23 percent), needing to relax (20 percent), and needing to catch up on sleep (15 percent). Running errands (14 percent), catching up on housework (8 percent), and plans with family and friends (8 percent) also appeared on the list.

Nearly three in five workers who have a paid time off program (28 percent) say they feel obligated to make up an excuse for taking a day off, even though the majority of employees (54 percent) work for companies with a paid time off (PTO) program which rolls sick, vacation and personal days together.

When asked to share the most dubious excuses workers have given for calling in sick, employers reported hearing the following:

  • A bear was in employee’s yard and they were afraid to come out.
  • Employee’s phone exploded and it hurt their hand.
  • Employee ate a toothpick in his food at restaurant.
  • Employee broke his arm wrestling a female bodybuilder.
  • Employee called in “fat” because uniform didn’t fit.
  • Dog swallowed employee’s car keys so she was waiting until it came out.
  • Employee left his clothes at the laundry mat.
  • Employee did not have enough gas to get to work.
  • Employee had to re-schedule a new manicure because some of their artificial nails fell off.
  • Employee were not sure how the solar eclipse would affect them so it would be safer to stay at home.


Small business health plans and Tampa jobs

January 6th, 2018

Tampa jobs may be affected by a new small business healthcare plan.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to expand the opportunity to offer employment-based health insurance to small businesses through Small Business Health Plans, also known as Association Health Plans.

Up to 11 million Americans working for small businesses/sole proprietors and their families lack employer-sponsored insurance. These 11 million Americans could find coverage under this proposal. Many small employers struggle to offer insurance because it is currently too expensive and cumbersome. These employees – and their families – would have an additional alternative through Small Business Health Plans (Association Health Plans). These plans would close the gap of uninsured without eliminating options available in the healthcare marketplace.

Under the proposal, small businesses and sole proprietors would have more freedom to band together to provide affordable, quality health insurance for employees.

The proposed rule, which applies only to employer-sponsored health insurance, would allow employers to join together as a single group to purchase insurance in the large group market.

These improvements stand to open health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and their families by making it more affordable for thousands of small businesses and sole proprietors.

By joining together, employers may reduce administrative costs through economies of scale, strengthen their bargaining position to obtain more favorable deals, enhance their ability to self-insure, and offer a wider array of insurance options.

The proposed rule includes important protections for Americans. Small Business Health Plans (Association Health Plans) cannot charge individuals higher premiums based on health factors or refuse to admit employees to a plan because of health factors. The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration will closely monitor these plans to protect consumers.


Transportation jobs in Tampa climb

January 6th, 2018

The latest labor statistics show that transportation jobs in Tampa are climbing.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,676,400 in November 2017, an increase of 13,100 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month.

The state gained 195,000 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.3 percent.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,676,400 in November 2017, up 195,000 jobs compared to a year ago.   November 2017 was the 88th consecutive month with positive over‐the‐year job growth.

The industry gaining the most jobs was construction (+41,800 jobs, +8.7 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included professional and business services (+41,000 jobs, +3.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+33,500 jobs, +1.9 percent); financial activities (+15,500 jobs, +2.8 percent); education and health services (+15,200 jobs, +1.2 percent); manufacturing (+14,100 jobs, +3.9 percent); other services (+13,500 jobs, +3.8 percent); government (+12,200 jobs, +1.1 percent); leisure and hospitality (+5,200 jobs, +0.4 percent); and information (+3,000 jobs, +2.2 percent).

In November 2017, 22 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over‐the‐year job gains.  The areas with the largest gains were Orlando‐Kissimmee‐Sanford (+38,800 jobs, +3.1 percent); Tampa‐St. Petersburg‐Clearwater(+30,600 jobs, +2.3 percent); and Miami‐Miami Beach‐Kendall (+27,100 jobs, +2.3 percent).

Award spotlights consulting jobs in Tampa

December 6th, 2017

One business is getting acknowledged for their consulting jobs in Tampa.

BlueLine Associates, a firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida, announced they received the recognition as #15 on Consulting Magazines “Fastest Growing Firms.” This is BlueLine’s second appearance on such a prestigious list in addition to making the 2016 Top 10 for Consulting Magazine’s “Best Firms to Work For”.

During the awards gala in New York City on Thursday, November 1, Rob Blanchette, a Partner at BlueLine Associates, acknowledged that “Making Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms list is a great achievement and is owed completely to the hard work and dedication of BlueLine’s consultants and staff.” He added, “It’s a strong sign we’re on the right track and poised for long-term growth and success.”

Rocky Silvestri, BlueLine President and CEO, said, “We’re fortunate to have the best people in consulting working for BlueLine Associates. The passion and spirit of our employees are what makes us great. We aim to create an environment where employees can thrive and make a difference by helping our clients overcome their most critical business challenges. This in turn drives success in all aspects of the business, and the reason we are growing in all service lines across the U.S.”

BlueLine has a creative culture that creates an environment that best promotes the development of client solutions in business process improvement, operational excellence, organizational change management and implementation of strategic initiatives for a wide range of industries including health care, banking, finance, insurance, government, consumer goods and higher education.


Videos aim to attract Tampa jobs

December 6th, 2017

New videos are hoping to attract Amazon to create more Tampa jobs.

Pinellas County Economic Development, St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation, and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation – the team that put together the Tampa Bay region’s response for Amazon’s HQ2 – is rolling out the videos created in support of the proposal to the public.

The videos were submitted as part of the online version of Tampa Bay’s proposal to Amazon for HQ2.

“The videos were created to help us introduce our community to Amazon in a way that text alone cannot do,” said Mike Meidel, director of Pinellas County Economic Development. “Amazon can experience the personalities of our leaders, hear what they have to say about why Tampa Bay would be a great fit for HQ2, and take a visual tour of our region. Our goal is to have Amazon imagine what it would be like for their people to live and work here and engage with our community leadership.”

Each video speaks to a specific decision driver Amazon outlined in their request for proposals (RFP).  The first video, rolled out today, features City of St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn welcoming Amazon to our region and their respective cities and talking about why Tampa Bay would be a perfect fit for HQ2.

Insurance jobs in Tampa created

December 6th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating insurance jobs in Tampa.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation announced that MetLife, Inc., is expanding its Tampa operations, adding 430 additional, high-wage jobs at its existing campus and investing $25 million in the project.

One of the world’s leading financial services companies, MetLife will hire for a variety of new positions that will pay an average of 150% of Hillsborough County’s annual private sector wage.

MetLife first established operations in Tampa over four decades ago and currently employs more than 1,500 at its Tampa campus. Providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

“We are thankful for MetLife’s continued investment in Hillsborough County and the 430 high-wage jobs they are creating for local families,” said Stacy White, chairman of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “With this significant expansion, Hillsborough County strengthens its position as the preferred location in the Southeast for the world’s leading financial and professional services firms.”

The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“Tampa has earned an international reputation for the excellence of its financial and professional services workforce, and MetLife’s success here is a key reason why,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “We deeply appreciate MetLife’s decision to expand again in our market, and look forward to supporting their continued success.”


Will seasonal jobs in Tampa grow?

November 8th, 2017

Holiday hiring is happening, and many labor experts are predicting that seasonal jobs in Tampa, among other cities, will grow.

Retailers are signaling that there might be high demand for seasonal jobs, according to a forecast released Thursday from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Target announced it was hiring 100,000 seasonal positions for the holidays, up from the 70,000 in-store workers and 7,500 fulfillment and warehouse workers announced last year. Target also indicated they were lowering prices in all stores, a response to Amazon and Walmart’s price-slashing practices.

“The competition among major big-box retailers will incentivize consumers to spend more this holiday season. These stores will need to add staff in order to meet demand,” said John Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Last year, seasonal retail employment increased by 641,000 during the final three months of the year, the lowest number since the 495,800 retail hires announced in the final months of 2009.

Last year’s job gains were 9.6 percent lower than the previous year, when retailers added 708,800 jobs, according to employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Last year, BLS data showed that transportation and warehousing employment increased by a nonseasonally adjusted 246,700 workers in the final quarter of the year, 8 percent higher than the 228,400 workers hired in this sector in the final three months of 2015. In 2007, the seasonal job gains for this sector measured just 24,300.