Grants support apprenticeship jobs in Tampa

April 28th, 2019

A new round of grants are going towards apprenticeship jobs in Tampa.

City officials announced $1.75 million to help Floridians acquire the skills needed for in-demand occupations through new and expanded apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs across Florida.

“The expansion of workforce education and training programs is an essential element of our bold vision to ensure Florida has the No. 1 workforce in the nation,” said Governor DeSantis. “This significant investment in apprenticeship opportunities will help businesses strengthen the skills of their existing and future workforce and allow Floridians to earn while they learn in growing industries.”

The Apprenticeship Expansion Grants announced today may be used to develop or expand Registered Apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs and cover costs such as on-the-job-training, related instruction, curriculum development and outreach to underrepresented populations. The grant program was created and funded by the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors.

“Apprenticeship programs are essential to ensuring Florida has the best, most qualified workforce and that our students have a wide variety of employment options right here in Florida,” said Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran. “This is yet another way that Governor DeSantis is investing in our students and their futures. As a result, Florida is on track to be No. 1 in the nation for workforce education by 2030.”

“Apprenticeships are an important part of Governor DeSantis’ vision for making Florida No. 1 in workforce education by 2030,” said Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson, a member of the CareerSource Florida board. “Our agency remains committed to the collaborative work we are doing with CareerSource Florida and the Florida Department of Education to enhance apprenticeship opportunities throughout our state.”

CareerSource Florida, in partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Department of Education, reviewed applications submitted by local workforce development boards and selected the following projects for funding:

  • CareerSource Brevard – In collaboration with the county’s school district, creates a pre-apprenticeship program to support building and construction trades
  • CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion – Enhances existing pre-apprenticeship program at Marion Technical College to increase participation among underrepresented populations and creates a plumbing apprenticeship program at Withlacoochee Technical College
  • CareerSource North Florida – In collaboration with Klausner Lumber One, expands apprenticeship opportunities at a state-of-the-art sawmill in Suwannee County
  • CarerSource North Central Florida – Provides for development of a Registered Apprenticeship program in advanced manufacturing for out-of-school youth and a program for ex-offenders to be trained in construction
  • CareerSource Research Coast – Provides for development of a Manufacturing Bootcamp training program serving underrepresented populations in Indian River County; incorporates CNC production training in the Industrial Manufacturing Technician Registered Apprenticeship program; and, in collaboration with CareerSource Heartland, creates the CVS Health Pharmacy Technician Registered Apprenticeship program

Tampa job growth accelerates

April 28th, 2019

New labor data from the state shows that Tampa job growth is being fueled by economic growth.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Tampa area added 31,000 new private-sector jobs in the last year, creating the second-highest number of jobs among all Florida metro areas.

The Tampa area’s unemployment rate was 3.3 percent, down 0.2 percentage point from one year ago.

The industry with the highest growth over the year in the Tampa area was professional and business services with 10,900 new jobs.

The Tampa area remained first among the state metro areas in job demand in March with 56,208 openings.

The Tampa area also continues to rank first in the state in demand for high-skill, high-wage STEM occupations with 18,139 openings in March 2019.

Statewide, Florida businesses created 12,600 new private-sector jobs in March 2019. F

lorida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.7 percent continues to exceed the nation’s rate of 1.9 percent. F

lorida’s unemployment rate of 3.5 percent represents a drop of 0.3 percentage point over the year. This is while 158,000 people entered Florida’s labor force, a growth of 1.6 percent in the past year.

Alliance fosters awareness of Tampa construction jobs

April 28th, 2019

A new alliance is fostering awareness of Tampa construction jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expanded its alliance with the SAFETY Alliance, to raise awareness about hazards associated with the construction industry.

This new agreement includes the organization’s Jacksonville Chapter.

The new alliance expands upon the existing partnership between OSHA’s Fort Lauderdale Area Office and the organization, and focuses on falls, electrical, struck-by, and caught-in/between hazards – the four leading causes of construction industry fatalities.

The participants will promote workplace safety and health during several OSHA outreach initiatives, and address how best to inform workers about their rights.

The OSHA Alliance Program fosters collaborative relationships with groups committed to worker safety and health.

Alliance partners help OSHA reach targeted audiences, such as employers and workers in high-hazard industries, giving them better access to workplace safety and health tools and information.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.

OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.

Software CEOs and Tampa tech jobs

April 7th, 2019

A number of software CEOs are collaborating on initiatives regarding Tampa tech jobs.

A coalition consisting of several high-profile Tampa Bay area software company CEOs convened for their fourth meeting this week at Geographic Solutions in Palm Harbor.

During the meeting, the CEOs refined the group’s focus and branding strategy, discussed their dedication to hiring local technology students, and committed to further engaging with the region’s higher educational institutions in order to accomplish these goals.

The coalition’s mission is to foster the local technology landscape by attracting and hiring local talent and creating opportunities for student internships and career development.

Members include Jack Berlin, CEO of Accusoft, Seng Sun, CEO of SunView Software, Jody Haneke, CEO of Haneke Design, Chris Karlo, CEO of Mercury New Media, Fred Duguay, CEO of Bond-Pro, and Paul Toomey, CEO of Geographic Solutions.

“I am proud to partner with CEOs from some of the region’s top software companies in order to help make the Greater Tampa Bay area a magnet for technical talent,” explains Paul Toomey, CEO of Geographic Solutions. “We are surrounded by incredible higher education institutions and we have no doubt they are brimming with motivated and smart tech-driven individuals. It just makes sense for us to engage with the schools to provide these students with internships and an open door for future employment. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”


Tampa education jobs grow

April 7th, 2019

The number of Tampa education jobs are climbing.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in February 2019, a 0.1 percentage point increase from the January 2019 rate, and down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 357,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,343,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in February.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,921,600 in February 2019, up 211,900 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+50,600 jobs, +3.8 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included education and health services (+40,700 jobs, +3.1 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+32,000 jobs, +1.8 percent); leisure and hospitality (+27,800 jobs, +2.3 percent); construction (+22,400 jobs, +4.2 percent); financial activities (+18,300 jobs, +3.2 percent); manufacturing (+9,000 jobs, +2.4 percent); other services (+7,300 jobs, +2.1 percent); and government (+5,600 jobs, +0.5 percent).

The one industry losing jobs was information (-700 jobs, -0.5 percent).

In February 2019, 22 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+49,800 jobs, +3.9 percent), Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (+26,300 jobs, +2.2 percent), and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+26,200 jobs, +1.9 percent).

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa burgeon

April 7th, 2019

More manufacturing jobs in Tampa have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment increased by 196,000 in March, with notable gains in health care and in professional and technical services. Employment growth averaged 180,000 per month in the first quarter of 2019, compared with 223,000 per month in 2018.

Health care added 49,000 jobs in March and 398,000 over the past 12 months.

Over the month, employment increased in ambulatory health care services (+27,000), hospitals (+14,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+9,000). Employment in professional and technical services grew by 34,000 in March and 311,000 over the past 12 months. In March, computer systems design and related services added 12,000 jobs.

Employment continued to trend up in architectural and engineering services (+6,000) and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).

In March, employment in food services and drinking places continued its upward trend (+27,000), in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months.

Employment in construction showed little change in March (+16,000) but has increased by 246,000 over the past 12 months. Manufacturing employment changed little for the second month in a row (-6,000 in March, following +1,000 in February). In the 12 months prior to February, manufacturing had added an average of 22,000 jobs per month. Within the industry, employment in motor vehicles and parts declined in March (-6,000).

Payroll employment increased by 196,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Notable job gains occurred in health care and in professional and technical services.

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.