Did recent ruling affect older workers with Tampa jobs?

March 11th, 2019

A new ruling may have been seen as harmful to older workers with Tampa jobs, or any other jobs around the nation.

A recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruling dealt a blow to older job seekers, a cohort that often sees discrimination in labor practices. The ruling restricts age bias claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to those already employed, leaving the thousands of older American job seekers without recourse for potential discrimination.

With a growing number of Americans working well past the traditional retirement age, this ruling allows hiring authorities to dismiss older applicants who may be searching for a job because they experienced age discrimination leading to their job separation in the first place, according to one workplace authority.

“This ruling further hurts older workers who may have experienced age discrimination in the workplace that resulted in a forced retirement or layoff. They now have to contend with a job market that further obstructs their job search efforts,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

In 2017 alone, over 18,000 complaints were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) under the ADEA. An analysis of data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) by ProPublica and the Urban Institute found that of respondents with otherwise stable, long-term job situations, 56 percent left jobs at least once under financially damaging circumstances after turning 50 and before leaving for retirement, indicating forced exits rather than voluntary ones.

Of those, 28 percent experienced a career disruption due to a layoff and another 13 percent experienced an unexpected retirement.

“Older workers already deal with multiple stigmas associated with their age – they demand too much money or they have difficulty learning new technology. These myths create another hurdle for older job seekers during an already stressful job search process,” said Challenger.

“Not only do they have to prove to hiring managers that they have the requisite skills and experience, but they also need to somehow demonstrate that they do not fit these stereotypes, all while making a strong first impression,” he added.

Are retail jobs in Tampa declining?

March 11th, 2019

A number of retail jobs in Tampa may be decreasing, according to labor statistics.

The shortest month of the year saw the highest number of job cuts in over three-and-a-half years, as U.S.-based employers announced plans to cut 76,835 positions from their payrolls in February. That is 45 percent higher than the 52,988 cuts announced in January, according to a report from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Last month’s job cuts are 117 percent higher than the 35,369 cuts announced in February 2018. It is the highest monthly total since 105,696 cuts were recorded in July 2015, primarily due to the U.S. Army’s cutting over 50,000 jobs and tanking oil prices, causing thousands of cuts in the Energy sector.

“Job cuts have been trending upward since the last half of 2018. We continue to see companies respond to shifting consumer behavior, new technology, as well as trade and market uncertainty through workforce restructuring,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

“Meanwhile, Retailers are closing or revamping brick-and-mortar locations, leading to job loss or going bankrupt and cutting their entire workforces,” said Challenger.

Retail leads all sectors in job cut announcements with 41,201 this year, 92 percent higher than the 21,484 Retail cuts announced through February last year. It is the highest January-February total since 2009, when Retailers announced 72,727 job cuts in the first two months of the year.

Healthcare jobs in Tampa climb

March 11th, 2019

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

Payroll employment was little changed in February (+20,000), after increasing by 311,000 in January. In 2018, job growth averaged 223,000 per month. In February, employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, health care, and wholesale trade, while construction employment declined.

In February, employment in professional and business services continued to trend up (+42,000), in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months.

Health care added 21,000 jobs in February and 361,000 jobs over the year. Employment in ambulatory health care services edged up over the month (+16,000). In February, wholesale trade employment continued its upward trend (+11,000).

The industry has added 95,000 jobs over the year, largely among durable goods wholesalers. Employment in construction declined by 31,000 in February, partially offsetting an increase of 53,000 in January.

In February, employment declined in heavy and civil engineering construction (-13,000).

Over the year, construction has added 223,000 jobs. Manufacturing employment changed little in February (+4,000), after increasing by an average of 22,000 per month over the prior 12 months.

In February, employment in leisure and hospitality was unchanged, after posting job gains of 89,000 and 65,000 in January and December, respectively.

Over the year, leisure and hospitality has added 410,000 jobs. Employment in other major industries, including mining, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little or no change over the month.


Low cost of living for Tampa jobs

February 9th, 2019

The city and its Tampa jobs are providing a lost cost of living for its residents.

According to the Cost of Living Index (COLI) report, the Tampa metro area is one of the most affordable metros in the United States with a 2018 average annual index of 89.1. At nearly six points lower than the year prior, and nearly 11 points lower than the national average, the Tampa market continues to be an attractive and affordable place for recruiting businesses and talent alike.

“Everyone always asks what contributes to Tampa’s low index. Well, this year it is our housing and utilities indices,” said Robin DiSalvo, marketing research analyst for the Tampa Hillsborough EDC and author of the report. “Tampa scores lowest in housing and second lowest in utilities. With housing costs making up most of one’s living expenses, this favorable average puts Tampa at a great advantage compared to the other major metros across the country.”

At 71.6, Tampa’s housing index came in 28.4 percent lower than the national average. The area’s utilities index came in at 87.6. Only Atlanta at 87.0 had a lower utilities index than Tampa. Changes in the way data was collected in 2017 explains why Atlanta closely mirrors Tampa. Local wireless tax rates are now included in the utilities index replacing landline phone rates. The local cell phone tax rates are responsible for the utilities index going down in most markets.

Raleigh, N.C. at 91.5 and Jacksonville, Fla. at 91.9 had the second and third lowest overall cost of living in the U.S., respectively.

The composite index score is based upon individual scores for items including groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services, which are all weighted differently. While the Tampa market’s index for grocery items came in higher than the national average – at 103.7 – most other markets did also, so it didn’t drive up the overall cost of living.

Company creates e-commerce jobs in Tampa

February 9th, 2019

One company is growing and creating more e-commerce jobs in Tampa.

Ecommerce restaurant supply company WebstaurantStore, Inc. has chosen to expand in Tampa with a new office that will create more than 300 new jobs and include $1 million in capital investment. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created nearly 1.6 million private sector jobs, and Florida’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point since April 2007.

Governor Scott said, “Florida continues to outpace the nation in job growth because businesses are able to grow in Florida. In fact, Florida’s private sector has created nearly 1.6 million jobs since December 2010, and our unemployment rate is the lowest its been in over a decade. I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the past seven-and-a-half years to cut taxes and create an environment that supports economic success. These 300 new jobs will give Florida families more opportunities to find a great job.”

Dave Groff, President of WebstaurantStore said, “We are very excited to open our new location in Tampa. As the largest and fastest growing e-commerce company in our industry, we will have a lot of opportunities for new team members in the next few years. We look forward to finding those people in the Tampa Bay area.”

Sandra Murman, Chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners said, “Hillsborough County offers Webstaurant the highly-skilled IT talent it needs for its next market expansion. We’re thrilled Webstaurant chose our community and look forward to supporting them as they establish their new office in Hillsborough County.”

Webstaurant Store joins a growing list of companies that have chosen to expand in Hillsborough County recently, including Liftup, Validity, and Frank Recruitment Group.

Alan F. List, MD, Chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, and President and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center said, “Webstaurant was in search of a new pool of talent, and as a longstanding leader in IT services, Tampa was able to deliver. We thank Webstaurant for bringing hundreds of high wage jobs to Tampa and we look forward to helping them connect with the talented workforce they need to thrive here.”



Grants for youth jobs in Tampa disbursed

February 7th, 2019

A number of grants have been awarded for youth jobs in Tampa, among other locations.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced $85 million in grants will be awarded to YouthBuild programs in 32 states.

YouthBuild is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, earn industry-recognized credentials for in-demand occupations, and undergo training to build housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

This set of awards mark a significant expansion of the Construction Plus model of YouthBuild, which allows grantees to offer training in locally in-demand industries beyond the required construction training, such as healthcare, information technology, hospitality and retail services, and logistics.

This year’s grant awards include 65 programs that applied to offer Construction Plus training.

The grants announced range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each and will fund 81 YouthBuild programs.

The U.S. Department of Labor YouthBuild program has a network of more than 200 urban and rural YouthBuild programs in 46 states.

Companies plan to hire for Tampa jobs

January 9th, 2019

Many employers are planning to hire for Tampa jobs.

Nearly 55 percent of companies plan to hire in the coming year, according to a survey conducted by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

That’s compared to just over 46 percent of companies who reported they would hire in 2018.

Meanwhile, fewer companies reported that economic fears and soft demand would negatively impact hiring. Nine percent of companies stated low demand and economic uncertainty would slow hiring, compared to 24 percent of respondents who reported this in the 2017 survey.

The survey was conducted in November among 150 companies of various sizes in all industries nationwide.

“Companies are currently locked in a war for talent. With the market at near full employment and companies making plans to expand or invest in technologies requiring workers with new or differing skill sets, it’s no wonder the hiring outlook is so positive,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Employers also report confidence in the economy this year, according to the survey. Over 63 percent of employers feel the economy is stronger than last year. That’s compared to 47.6 percent who reported this in 2017. Another 26.2 percent feel the economy is on par with last year, versus 49.2 percent who reported this in 2017.

“We are beginning to see an increase in job cut announcements, and CEOs are leaving their posts at the highest rate since 2008. However, for the moment, many companies are increasing hiring plans in light of the strong economy and tight labor market,” said Challenger.

In fact, employers at U.S.-based companies have announced 494,775 cuts through November, according to Challenger tracking. That’s compared to 386,347 cuts announced through the same period last year. Meanwhile, 1,323 CEOs have left their posts through November, the most since 2008, when 1,361 CEOs left their posts through the same month.

Healthcare jobs in Tampa climb

January 6th, 2019

A number of healthcare jobs in Tampa have increased, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in November 2018, down 0.1 percentage point from the October 2018 rate, and down 0.6 percentage point from a year ago.

There were 335,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,256,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,873,000 in November 2018, up 241,600 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was leisure and hospitality (+53,200 jobs, +4.4 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included education and health services (+50,700 jobs, +4.0 percent); professional and business services (+45,400 jobs, +3.4 percent); construction (+32,900 jobs, +6.4 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+25,400 jobs, +1.4 percent); financial activities (+17,900 jobs, +3.1 percent); other services (+12,200 jobs, +3.5 percent); manufacturing (+11,600 jobs, +3.2 percent); and information (+1,700 jobs, +1.2 percent).

In November 2018, 23 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+60,800 jobs, +4.8 percent), Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (+24,200 jobs, +2.0 percent), and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+23,500 jobs, +1.7 percent).

Company creates more facility jobs in Tampa

December 9th, 2018

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

Alternative fuels technology firm MLMC Florida (“MLMC”) announced that it will open a new facility in Plant City. The company will add 45 new jobs and invest more than $10 million in the project. The jobs will fulfill various functions including production, maintenance, sales, logistics, control room operation and administration.

“Every new job is an opportunity for Florida families,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott. “I’m proud to announce more job growth in Plant City and I will never stop fighting to make sure that Florida continues to outpace the nation for job creation. Since December 2010, Florida businesses have created nearly 1.6 million jobs and our unemployment rate is the lowest since April 2007.”

“As we were planning our market entry, we were targeting the Midwest and Southeast, but most importantly, we were looking for a community that was business friendly and had the workforce we needed to succeed,” said Jim LaDue, Chief Operating Officer at MLMC Florida. “Hillsborough County and Plant City stood out to us, and we’re confident we made the right decision.”

MLMC Florida acquires and processes pre-consumer waste materials, such as non-recyclable, coated paper and cardboard, Styrofoam, plastic films, wood materials and other process and packaging materials to manufacture a clean, energy dense fuel product called Enviro-Fuelcubes® (EFCs). The first fuel of its kind to receive a USEPA non-waste designation, EFCs are engineered to either augment or replace traditional fossil fuels like coal in energy intensive industries, offering a more cost-effective, cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuel sources. In addition, MLMC has developed proprietary and patented fuel injection technology that is capable of independently delivering EFCs into high efficiency combustion units requiring suspension burn which is common in utility power generation. This technology is also used to independently deliver EFCs into rotary kilns which are used to manufacture cement and lime.

Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “MLMC Florida’s decision to open a new manufacturing facility in our state proves that Florida’s commitment to developing a competitive business environment and a talented workforce, specifically for manufacturers, is working.  We are proud to have companies like MLMC Florida move to our state and create jobs for hardworking Florida families.”

Company to create legal jobs in Tampa

December 9th, 2018

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

Global law firm Baker McKenzie announced plans for a new center in Tampa, which will create more than 300 new jobs.

The Tampa Center will provide support to Baker McKenzie and its global clients — for example, in Legal Services, Finance, IT, Knowledge Management, Operations, Business Development, Marketing and Communications, and Talent.

Baker McKenzie will be the largest global law firm to establish operations in Tampa. The project was made possible through strong partnerships with Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

“This announcement is a huge win for Tampa and further evidence that our city has what it takes to compete and attract major global operations,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa. “Tampa has earned a reputation as a top business destination with the exceptional talent and quality of life that the world’s most competitive employers demand. The addition of Baker McKenzie will bring great prestige to Tampa and help fuel our increasing momentum.”

Financial and professional services is the fastest growing industry sector in the Tampa metro area, with year-over-year employment gains and a workforce of around 1.5 million in the vicinity. Tampa and Hillsborough County offer a competitive alternative to the traditional financial centers of the US Northeast.

“Tampa and Hillsborough County are hugely attractive to global investment, as today’s announcement demonstrates — and in particular because of the exceptional talent available here for the information technology and financial and professional services sectors,” said Judy Genshaft, Ph.D., chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president of the University of South Florida System. “We know that Baker McKenzie will enjoy the success other multinational companies have had in this market. The EDC is committed to supporting them as they establish and grow their operations here.”