Manufacturing jobs in Tampa climb

June 6th, 2018

The number of manufacturing jobs in Tampa has grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Payroll employment increased by 223,000 in May, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.

In May, retail trade added 31,000 jobs, with gains occurring in general merchandise stores (+13,000) and in building material and garden supply stores (+6,000). Over the year, retail trade has added 125,000 jobs.

Employment in health care rose by 29,000 in May, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Ambulatory health care services added 18,000 jobs over the month, and employment in hospitals continued to trend up (+6,000).

Employment in construction continued on an upward trend in May (+25,000) and has risen by 286,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 15,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in May (+23,000) and has risen by 206,000 over the year.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs over the month and 156,000 over the year. In May, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+7,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000). Manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000).

Durable goods accounted for most of the change, including an increase of 6,000 jobs in machinery. Manufacturing employment has risen by 259,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries.

Mining added 6,000 jobs in May. Since a recent low point in October 2016, employment in mining has grown by 91,000, with support activities for mining accounting for nearly all of the increase.

Company hires for Tampa customer service jobs

June 6th, 2018

Lowe’s Home Improvement is recruiting for the summer season and hiring for Tampa customer service jobs.

The company is hiring more than 53,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees across its U.S. stores, adding to the company’s nearly 250,000 current U.S. store employees.

In-store seasonal positions, which typically support stores between March and September, include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers, assemblers of outdoor products and loaders. Lowe’s seasonal employees benefit from competitive pay, a 10 percent employee discount and flexible hours, including the ability to see their schedule 17 days in advance and swap shifts with others as needed.

Named one of the top 10 most customer-engaged companies by Forbes, Lowe’s provides leadership development and career advancement opportunities at all levels to support employees and customers. In fact, approximately 200 current store managers started as seasonal employees, and last year nearly 40 percent of the company’s seasonal employees transitioned into permanent part-time and full-time positions.

“When employees join Lowe’s, they are joining more than a Fortune 40 company,” said Jennifer Weber, chief human resources officer. “They are joining a supportive network of caring, inspiring team members who are here to serve customers, communities and each other.”

Construction jobs in Tampa grow

June 4th, 2018

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

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April 2018, unchanged from the March 2018 rate, but down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 398,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,204,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,730,400 in April 2018, up 178,400 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+39,400 jobs, +3.0 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+34,900 jobs, +7.0 percent); leisure and hospitality (+34,100 jobs, +2.8 percent); education and health services (+21,700 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+14,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); manufacturing (+12,300 jobs, +3.4 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+9,400 jobs, +0.5 percent); government (+8,000 jobs, +0.7 percent); and other services (+5,600 jobs, +1.6 percent).

In April 2018, Okaloosa and St. Johns counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (2.7 percent each); followed by Franklin, Monroe, and Walton counties (2.8 percent each); and Wakulla County (2.9 percent).

Sumter County had the highest unemployment rate (4.9 percent) in Florida in April 2018, followed by Citrus and Hendry counties (4.7 percent each); and Putnam County (4.6 percent).

In April 2018, 21 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+40,000 jobs, +3.2 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+34,200 jobs, +2.6 percent), and Jacksonville (+17,300 jobs, +2.5 percent).

Company creates more healthcare IT jobs

May 6th, 2018

One company plans on growing and says it will create more healthcare IT jobs.

Greenway Health has finalized plans to expand operations in the Westshore district with 104 new high-wage jobs and will invest $1.8 million into its consolidated operations.

The expansion is part of the company’s “Project Polaris” announced in October, aimed at providing better technology platforms for patients, physicians and care coordinators. Greenway Health closed an office in the Atlanta-area as part of the project.

The company plans to hire professionals in software development, legal, cybersecurity and marketing through December. The company hired 66 employees to fill existing roles and will continue hiring throughout the year, the company said. Some positions including 42 relocating from the Atlanta area. The average wage for jobs is $57,163.

“By providing physicians and their staffs with technology that more effectively operates as an extension of their work and amplifies intelligence at the point of care, we can support them for greater patient impact and also bring more joy back into their work,” said Greenway Health CEO Scott Zimmerman.

The privately-owned health information technology vendor provides integrated electronic health records and practice management solutions and revenue cycle solutions aimed at improving health care coordination, profitability and ambulatory health care efficiency across the U.S.

The expansion was a joint effort between the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., Hillsborough County government and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The company will receive $520,000 in tax rebates from Hillsborough County and the city of Tampa once its meets salary and job requirements.

“Companies like Greenway Health continue to invest in Hillsborough County because this community offers the business climate, talent, and quality of life that their business needs to thrive,” said Hillsborough County Commission Chair Sandy Murman.

Tampa education jobs climb

May 6th, 2018

New labor statistics demonstrate how Tampa education jobs continue to grow.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,716,800 in March 2018, an increase of 13,800 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month. The state gained 173,100 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.0 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.5 percent over the year. Prior to September 2017, Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate had exceeded or equaled the nation’s rate since May 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,716,800 in March 2018, up 173,100 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+38,100 jobs, +2.9 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included leisure and hospitality (+32,300 jobs, +2.7 percent); construction (+31,600 jobs, +6.3 percent); education and health services (+21,200 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+15,600 jobs, +2.8 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+15,200 jobs, +0.9 percent); manufacturing (+10,000 jobs, +2.8 percent); other services (+5,500 jobs, +1.6 percent); and government (+5,400 jobs, +0.5 percent).

In March 2018, 22 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains.

The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+43,700 jobs, +3.5 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+28,700 jobs, +2.2 percent), and Jacksonville (+21,500 jobs, +3.1 percent).

The two metro areas losing jobs over the year were Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island (-3,200 jobs, -2.1 percent); and Sebring (-800 jobs, -3.0 percent).

Tampa construction jobs grow

May 6th, 2018

The newest labor statistics show that Tampa construction jobs have grown.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in March 2018, unchanged from the February 2018 rate, but down 0.5 percentage point from a year ago.

There were 400,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,193,000.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in March. Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,716,800 in March 2018, an increase of 13,800 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month. The state gained 173,100 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.0 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.5 percent over the year.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,716,800 in March 2018, up 173,100 jobs compared to a year ago.

The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+38,100 jobs, +2.9 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included leisure and hospitality (+32,300 jobs, +2.7 percent); construction (+31,600 jobs, +6.3 percent); education and health services (+21,200 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+15,600 jobs, +2.8 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+15,200 jobs, +0.9 percent); manufacturing (+10,000 jobs, +2.8 percent); other services (+5,500 jobs, +1.6 percent); and government (+5,400 jobs, +0.5 percent).

The only industry losing jobs was information (-1,700 jobs, -1.2 percent).

Education jobs in Tampa climb

April 8th, 2018

The newest labor statistics posit that education jobs in Tampa are climbing.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in February 2018, unchanged from the January 2018 rate, but down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago.  There were 398,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,176,000.  The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in February.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 8,699,400 in February 2018, an increase of 26,700 jobs (+0.3 percent) over the month.

The state gained 167,800 jobs over the year, an increase of 2.0 percent.  Nationally, the number of jobs rose 1.6 percent over the year.  Prior to September 2017, Florida’s over‐ the‐year job growth rate had exceeded or equaled the nation’s rate since May 2012.

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+31,700 jobs, +6.3 percent); leisure and hospitality (+25,600 jobs, +2.1 percent); education and health services (+18,500 jobs, +1.5 percent); financial activities (+15,300 jobs, +2.7 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+14,900 jobs, +0.9 percent); manufacturing (+7,800 jobs, +2.2 percent); government (+6,200 jobs, +0.6 percent); and other services (+2,500 jobs, +0.7 percent).

Citrus and Sumter counties had the highest unemployment rate (5.5 percent each) in Florida in February 2018, followed by Hendry County (5.2 percent); and Highlands and Putnam counties (5.1 percent each).

In February 2018, 20 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over‐the‐year job gains.  The areas with the largest gains were Orlando‐Kissimmee‐Sanford (+43,800 jobs, +3.5 percent), Tampa‐St. Petersburg‐Clearwater (+30,600 jobs, +2.3 percent), and Jacksonville (+18,600 jobs, +2.7 percent).

Company creates construction jobs in Tampa

April 4th, 2018

A number of new construction jobs in Tampa have been created.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in February 2018, unchanged from the January 2018 rate, but down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago.  There were 398,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,176,000.  The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in February.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,699,400 in February 2018, up 167,800 jobs compared to a year ago.  The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+46,900 jobs, +3.6 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+31,700 jobs, +6.3 percent); leisure and hospitality (+25,600 jobs, +2.1 percent); education and health services (+18,500 jobs, +1.5 percent); financial activities (+15,300 jobs, +2.7 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+14,900 jobs, +0.9 percent); manufacturing (+7,800 jobs, +2.2 percent); government (+6,200 jobs, +0.6 percent); and other services (+2,500 jobs, +0.7 percent).

February 2018, St. Johns County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (3.0 percent); followed by Okaloosa County (3.2 percent); and Monroe, Orange, Seminole, Union, and Wakulla counties(3.3 percent each).

Citrus and Sumter counties had the highest unemployment rate (5.5 percent each) in Florida in February 2018, followed by Hendry County (5.2 percent); and Highlands and Putnam counties (5.1 percent each).

Have Tampa jobs grown?

April 4th, 2018

Tampa jobs may be growing steadily, according to recent labor statistics.

The last recession in the U.S. – more than 10 years ago – lasted only two years, but its impact on the U.S. workforce is still being felt. While the country as a whole boasts 6,692,837 more jobs in 2017 than in 2007, some states still haven’t fully recovered, and many of the occupations that are growing require workers to get additional training and/or education to fill them.

The following are seven states that had fewer jobs in 2017 than they did in 2007:

  • Alabama: 62,637 fewer jobs – 3 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • West Virginia: 33,428 fewer jobs – 4 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Mississippi: 26,666 fewer jobs – 2 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • New Mexico: 23,422 fewer jobs – 2 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Connecticut: 19,781 fewer jobs – 1 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Wyoming: 13,257 fewer jobs – 4 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Illinois: 11,682 fewer jobs – 0.2 percent – in 2017 than in 2007

States That Have Grown the Most Since 2007
Of the 40 states that had more jobs in 2017 than they did in 2007, 14 have outpaced the overall national job growth rate. The seven states with the largest net increase in jobs since 2007 are:

  • Texas: 1,699,505 more jobs – 15 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • California: 1,239,911 more jobs – 7 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • New York: 597,961 more jobs – 6 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Florida: 455,134 more jobs – 5 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Washington: 300,885 more jobs – 9 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Colorado: 293,160 more jobs – 11 percent – in 2017 than in 2007
  • Massachusetts: 288,446 more jobs – 8 percent – in 2017 than in 2007

Occupations That Have Grown the Most Since 2007 Nationally
The recession had wide ranging effects, and no corner of the workforce was completely unaffected. Still, while the country overall has 4 percent more jobs than it did in 2007, some occupations have fared considerably better.

Tampa jobs some of the best in the nation?

March 7th, 2018

New labor market research points out that the Florida market is hot, and that Tampa jobs may be some of the best in the nation.

Indeed debuted the 25 best cities for job seekers in the United States, and found strong showings from the Sun Belt states of Florida, California, and Texas. Three of the top ten metro areas are in Florida, with Miami topping the list (#1), followed by Orlando (#2), and Jacksonville (#7).

A stronger labor market affords many opportunities for job seekers right now and is allowing for more lifestyle considerations to influence their job search. As such, Indeed created the “25 Best Cities for Job Seekers” list by analyzing U.S metro areas with the most job postings according to four categories: job market favorability, salary weighted for cost of living, and employee rankings for work/life balance and job security and advancement opportunities.

“The Sun Belt continues to be a region of high-growth and opportunity as companies and workers alike have moved toward strong job markets,” said Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president at Indeed. “We have seen a migration trend where people are moving away from cold places looking to live in warm climates, so it is no surprise that we are seeing companies providing more job opportunities in Sun Belt cities like Miami, Austin, and San Diego.”

Miami and South Florida serves as U.S. headquarters for Latin American operations for hundreds multinational corporations including Disney, American Airlines, Cisco, Exxon, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, Oracle, Sony, Visa International, and more, adding to a robust job market. According to Indeed data, the Miami metro area work/life balance and job security/advancement ratings by employees are ranked highest. The high marks for employee satisfaction coupled with job market favorability and salary/cost of living brought Miami to the top of Indeed’s “Best Cities for Job Seekers” list.

Texas and California metro areas made a strong showing on the list, with Austin (#4), Sacramento (#5), San Jose (#6), San Diego (#8), and Houston (#9) appearing in the top ten. Indeed findings also indicate that Raleigh (#3) ranked highest for job market favorability and Seattle (#17) ranked highest for salary/cost of living.