Company creates tech jobs in Tampa

September 7th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more tech jobs in Tampa.

Cognizant Technology Solutions, a global provider of business and technology services, will expand operations in Tampa and create 75 new jobs. This expansion will be the company’s fourth facility in Tampa and will focus primarily on healthcare organizations services and support. Cognizant currently employs more than 1,900 Floridians, with over half based in the Tampa area.

Cognizant has more than 100 delivery and operations centers worldwide, employing more than 255,000 globally, and is one of the largest providers of services to healthcare organizations in the U.S. This new expansion builds on Cognizant’s $5.7 million investment made in 2014 which led to the creation of 400 new local jobs. Cognizant also has growing partnerships with Career Source Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Community College to develop technology training courses for students and help put them on the path toward careers in the new digital economy.

Cognizant Chief People Officer James Lennox said, “Florida is a great place to do business and we are delighted to make this expansion.  A number of Cognizant clients, particularly in the healthcare and financial services industry, are based in Tampa and surrounding Hillsborough County, and we’re pleased to continue expanding our footprint as we see demand for our services continue to grow. Tampa and the State of Florida overall provide the type of robust infrastructure critical to supporting our business needs as a technology company, thanks in part to the continued efforts of Governor Scott and his team.  Cognizant benefits from a local talent pool fed by the State’s post-secondary education system and the high concentration of skilled military veterans and their spouses.  We also appreciate the thriving array of academic institutions, government and non-profit organizations available to partner with us in driving STEM education and reskilling initiatives that are central to our business philosophy as one of the nation’s largest employers of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) professionals.”

Florida is home to over 27,000 high tech companies that employ more than 237,000 professionals. The Tampa Bay region is the state’s largest and fastest growing tech hub. This project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Hillsborough County, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Florida’s families and the local economy will benefit from Cognizant’s expansion and investment in the Tampa area. These new jobs will add a variety of opportunities for hardworking Floridians in the healthcare, business and technology industries. We are proud that they chose the Sunshine State for our low taxes, ideal business climate and valuable workforce.”

Company creates IT jobs in Tampa

September 7th, 2017

One company is expanding and creating more IT jobs in Tampa.

About 20 new jobs have been created at Think Anew, an information technology managed services provider in Tampa. The new building is the company’s first Florida location. The small business considered other locations, including Mississippi, but ultimately chose Tampa as the best location for their new facility.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I’m proud to highlight small business Think Anew which chose Florida as the best place to expand and create 20 new jobs for families. Florida continues to outpace the nation for job growth and our unemployment rate is at a 10-year low which is great news. In order to attract more companies like Think Anew to Florida, we created the new $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. This transparent, flexible program will continue our push to make Florida the premiere destination for job creation.”

Think Anew CEO Don Glidewell said, “The excitement building around job creation and recruitment of top tier companies to the Tampa area, especially in the Health and Life Sciences sector, is undeniable. This is a reflection of not only the talent coming from the communities and universities, but also the hard work and determination of the staff at Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Enterprise Florida, and Governor Scott’s office. As a company that believes in the American Dream and supports the healthcare community by making their operations safer, compliant and more efficient, Think Anew will bring new advancements and higher paying jobs to Florida.”

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

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Think Anew, LLC is a great example of our pro-growth policies coming to fruition and helping Floridians find jobs. The company will find a talented workforce in Hillsborough to fill its high-skill, high-wage STEM job openings. I am proud that Florida has created an environment ideal for business expansion and job creation.”

Tampa private sector jobs added

August 8th, 2017

Many Tampa private sector jobs were added last year.

The Tampa area added 44,700 new private-sector jobs in the last year, the second-highest number of jobs among all metro areas.

Tampa’s unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from one year ago. Statewide, Florida businesses created 17,800 new jobs in June and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest rate since June 2007.

Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created 1,397,400 new private-sector jobs.

Governor Scott said, “Tampa continues to have strong economic growth, with nearly 45,000 jobs created over the year and the state’s highest number of job openings. Thanks to our focus on cutting taxes and making Florida more competitive and business-friendly, Tampa Bay job creators are helping connect families with the opportunities they need to be successful.”

Tampa led the state in job growth over the year in the following industries: professional and business services with 16,200 new jobs; construction with 8,200 new jobs; other services with 3,800 new jobs; and information with 600 new jobs.

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in June with 46,860 openings. The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 14,988 openings in June.

For 63 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.1 percent is exceeding the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. In June, 22,977 Floridians were placed in jobs by CareerSource Tampa Bay and the state’s other 23 local workforce boards.

Healthcare jobs in Tampa grow

August 8th, 2017

The number of healthcare jobs in Tampa have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in June 2017, down 0.2 percentage point from 4.3 percent in May 2017, and down 0.8 percentage point from a year ago.  There were 419,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,138,000.  The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in June.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,602,700 in June 2017, an increase of 19,400 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month.

The state gained 238,600 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.9 percent.  Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year.  Florida’s over‐the‐year job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

Other industries gaining jobs included education and health services (+40,300 jobs, +3.3 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+35,600 jobs, +2.1 percent); leisure and hospitality (+33,500 jobs, +2.9 percent); construction (+32,400 jobs, +6.9 percent); other services (+17,400 jobs, +5.0 percent); manufacturing (+10,900 jobs, +3.1 percent); financial activities (+10,800 jobs, +2.0 percent); and government (+10,800 jobs, +1.0 percent).

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,602,700 in June 2017, up 238,600 jobs compared to a year ago.  June 2017 was the 83rd consecutive month with positive over‐the‐year job growth.  The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+47,800 jobs, +3.7 percent).

Education jobs in Tampa

August 4th, 2017

A number of education jobs in Tampa may have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in June 2017, down 0.2 percentage point from 4.3 percent in May 2017, and down 0.8 percentage point from a year ago.  There were 419,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,138,000.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in June.

Florida’s employment was 8,602,700 in June 2017, an increase of 19,400 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month.  The state gained 238,600 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.9 percent.

Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year.  Florida’s over‐the‐year job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,602,700 in June 2017, up 238,600 jobs compared to a year ago.  June 2017 was the 83rd consecutive month with positive over‐the‐year job growth.  The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+47,800 jobs, +3.7 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included education and health services (+40,300 jobs, +3.3 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+35,600 jobs, +2.1 percent); leisure and hospitality (+33,500 jobs, +2.9 percent); construction (+32,400 jobs, +6.9 percent); other services (+17,400 jobs, +5.0 percent); manufacturing (+10,900 jobs, +3.1 percent); financial activities (+10,800 jobs, +2.0 percent); and government (+10,800 jobs, +1.0 percent).

Are those with Tampa jobs aging?

July 8th, 2017

Tampa may have a growing aging workforce, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

The study explores employment trends for the 100 most populous U.S. cities, tracking how the shares of workers ages 22 to 34 and ages 55 and older have changed from 2001 to 2016. Topping the list for cities aging the fastest is North Port, FL, while Madison, WI, takes the lead for cities who are experiencing the biggest infusion of millennials into their workforce.

Summary of Key Trends

  • North Port, FL (North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton), has experienced the greatest increase in the share of workers ages 55+ from 2001 to 2016, followed by Oklahoma City, OK, Virginia Beach, VA, Sacramento, CA, and Spokane, WA. In addition to North Port, FL, seeing the greatest increase in share of workers ages 55+ from 2001 to 2016, it also saw the greatest decrease in millennials over the same period.
  • Madison, WI, has experienced the greatest increase in the share of workers ages 22-34 from 2001 to 2016, followed by El Paso, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, Allentown, PA, and Austin, TX.
  • Looking at more recent years, Madison, WI, and Colorado Springs, CO, experienced the greatest influx of millennial workers since 2011. August, GA, Palm Bay, FL, and Nashville, TN, round out the top five.
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, and Atlanta, GA, saw the biggest increase in millennials since 2011.
  • North Port, FL, has the largest overall share of workers ages 55+ (25.8%), followed by New Haven, CT (24.9%), Pittsburgh, PA (24.7%), Hartford, CT (24.4%), and Deltona, FL (24.4%).
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, Philadelphia, PA (23.1%), Miami, FL (23.0%) and New York, NY (22.8%), have the largest share of workers ages 55+.
  • Provo, UT, has the highest overall share of millennial workers —35.4% of its workforce was aged 22-34 in 2016, roughly the same as in 2001 and 2011. Other top ranking cities include El Paso, TX (32.3%), Austin, TX (32.3%), Salt Lake City, UT (32.2%), and San Diego, CA (31.9%).
  • Among the 10 most populous cities, Washington D.C. (29.0%), Dallas, TX (28.8%), and Los Angeles, CA (28.8%), have the highest overall share of millennial workers.
  • While San Diego, CA, has a high concentration of younger workers, it’s also among the cities that have experienced the greatest exodus of millennials from its workforce since 2011.
  • Cities experiencing the biggest declines in millennial workers since 2011 includeTucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Urban Honolulu, HI, Bakersfield, CA, and Toledo, OH.
  • None of the 10 most populous cities experienced a decline during this period.

Grants may go towards Tampa jobs

July 3rd, 2017

More grants may go towards funding Tampa jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced $72,797,326 in grant funds to be awarded to 32 programs to strengthen access to opportunity for individuals exiting correctional systems.

The Reentry Project grant program supports the improvement and effectiveness of research-based, evidence-informed services that lead to better employment opportunities and outcomes for eligible participants.

These grants give organizations the opportunity to develop new models with a focus on assisting communities with high poverty and crime rates in planning and implementing comprehensive reentry programs for justice-involved young adults ages 18-24 and adults age 25 and older.

The department’s Employment and Training Administration will award a total of $39,995,965 to nine intermediary organizations with up to $4.5 million awarded to each – four to serve adults and five to serve young adults.

The department will also award $32,801,361 to 23 community-based organizations, with up to $1.5 million awarded to each – 14 to serve adults and nine to serve young adults.

Tech giant hires for cybersecurity jobs in Tampa

June 28th, 2017

IBM is busy hiring veterans for cybersecurity jobs in Tampa.

The employer has begun a big initiative to hire 2,000 U.S. veterans over the next four years. These positions are part of the company’s broader pledge to hire 25,000 U.S. workers through 2020, and many are “new collar jobs” that do not always require a four-year college degree.

“The men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces have unique talents and skill sets that make them a natural fit for some of the technology industry’s most exciting fields,” said Diane Gherson, IBM’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. “Many of the positions IBM is eager to fill are new collar jobs. What’s most important in these roles is having the right mix of skills and experience that our clients need in fast-growing areas like cloud computing, cybersecurity, network management, and digital design. Veterans bring a disciplined work ethic as well as strong collaboration and communications skills acquired through their military service, all capabilities that IBM values highly.”

Furthering its commitment to help veterans build new collar job skills, IBM also has expanded its nationwide program to train U.S. vets in software that is widely used in the defense and law enforcement industries.

Since January 2016, IBM has been hosting one U.S. training session per month that certifies participating veterans in the use of i2 Analysts’ Notebook. Recent training sessions have taken place in Pittsburgh, Tampa, and Las Vegas, with upcoming sessions in Philadelphia, Fort Drum, and Houston. More than 500 veterans have been trained to-date, and hundreds more will participate in the program this year.

The free certification in IBM analytics solutions that will aid in cybersecurity and national security software skills is followed-up with career placement services provided by Corporate America Supports You, a nationwide non-profit that provides employment assistance for current and former military personnel, together with IBM and other corporate partners.

Tampa jobs grow

June 5th, 2017

New labor statistics show that Tampa jobs have grown.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in April 2017, down 0.3 percentage point from 4.8 percent in March 2017, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 460,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,142,000.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,552,500 in April 2017, an increase of 10,900 jobs (+0.1 percent) over the month.

The state gained 215,400 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.6 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year. Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,552,500 in April 2017, up 215,400 jobs compared to a year ago. April 2017 was the 81st consecutive month with positive over-the-year job growth. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+39,500 jobs, +3.1 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included trade, transportation, and utilities (+36,600 jobs, +2.1 percent); construction (+34,400 jobs, +7.4 percent); education and health services (+32,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); leisure and hospitality (+30,500 jobs, +2.6 percent); other services (+12,500 jobs, +3.6 percent); financial activities (+11,700 jobs, +2.1 percent); manufacturing (+11,100 jobs, +3.1 percent); government (+6,300 jobs, +0.6 percent); and information (+200 jobs, +0.1 percent).

Colt creating Tampa manufacturing jobs

June 5th, 2017

Colt is busy creating more Tampa manufacturing jobs.

Cott Corporation, one of the world’s largest beverage producers and distributors, will be expanding their headquarters in Hillsborough County. The expansion will create 60 new jobs and invest $800,000 in the local community.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce Cott Corporation is expanding their headquarters in Hillsborough County and creating 60 new jobs for Tampa families. Florida businesses have added more than 1.25 million private-sector jobs in the last six years and we will keep working every day to make our state the number one place to grow a business. I look forward to welcoming more job creators like Cott Corporation to Florida.”

Jerry Fowden, CEO, Cott Corporation said, “Cott has undergone a significant and positive transformation in recent years including acquisitions such as DS Services, Aquaterra, Eden Springs and most recently, S&D Coffee and Tea. As we grow, we continue to strive to be an employer of choice in the Florida and Tampa market. Tampa has been a very good location for our global headquarters, offering a workforce whose skills align with our business needs. That makes this region increasingly attractive to us.”

With over 12,000 employees, Cott maintains operations in 20 countries worldwide. Cott also develops and manufactures beverage concentrates, which it exports to approximately 50 countries around the world.

Brad Goist, President, North America, Cott Beverages said, “We had an opportunity to evaluate aspects of our North America support structure recently and have decided to relocate positions from other domestic and international locations and further invest those jobs in Tampa. We believe this is a good investment for our business unit and we look forward to continuing to grow with Tampa in the years to come.”