Archive for February, 2012

Layoffs hurt Tampa manufacturing jobs

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

According to the latest stats from the BLS, layoffs could be affecting Tampa manufacturing jobs.

Employers took 1,434 mass layoff actions in January involving 129,920
workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment
insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single
employer. Mass layoff events in January increased by 50 from December,
while the number of associated initial claims decreased by 15,728. In
January, 341 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector,
seasonally adjusted, resulting in 33,597 initial claims.

The number of mass layoff events in January was 1,705, not seasonally
adjusted, resulting in 141,703 initial claims for unemployment insurance.
Over the year, the number of average weekly mass layoff
events decreased by 86 to 426, and associated average weekly initial claims
decreased by 13,867 to 35,426. Sixteen of the 19 major industry sectors in
the private economy reported over-the-year decreases in average weekly
initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in manufacturing. (See
table 3.) The six-digit industry with the largest number of private nonfarm
initial claims in January 2012 was temporary help services.

In January the manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent of mass layoff
events and 28 percent of associated initial claims in the private economy.
A year earlier, manufacturing made up 28 percent of events and 32 percent
of initial claims. Within manufacturing, the numbers of mass layoff claimants
in January 2012 were greatest in transportation equipment and food.

Fifteen of the 21 manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year decreases in
average weekly initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in
transportation equipment. Five subsectors recorded January series

Construction jobs in Tampa increase

Monday, February 20th, 2012

According to recent stats from the BLS, construction jobs in Tampa are on the rise.

Employment in construction increased by 21,000 in January, following a
gain of 31,000 in the previous month. Over the past 2 months,
nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 30,000 jobs.

Mining added 10,000 jobs in January, with most of the gain in support
activities for mining (+8,000). Since a recent low in October 2009,
mining employment has expanded by 172,000.

Government employment changed little in January. Over the past 12
months, the sector has lost 276,000 jobs, with declines in local
government; state government, excluding education; and the U.S. Postal

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was
unchanged in January. The manufacturing workweek increased by 0.3 hour
to 40.9 hours, and factory overtime increased by 0.1 hour to 3.4
hours. The average workweek for production and nonsupervisory
employees on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 0.1 hour to 33.8
hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

In January, average hourly earnings for all employees on private
nonfarm payrolls rose by 4 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $23.29. Over the
past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 1.9 percent.
In January, average hourly earnings of private-sector production and
nonsupervisory employees edged up by 2 cents, or 0.1 percent, to
$19.62. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

AmeriLife hiring for customer service jobs in Tampa

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

AmeriLife recently announced it is recruiting for customer service jobs in Tampa, among other positions.

The senior-focused insurance marketing organization is searching for as many as 100 new sales representatives in the Tampa Bay area.

AmeriLife, the Clearwater-based umbrella of a number of insurance marketing groups nationwide, will interview interested parties through its Career Agency on Saturday, February 18, at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, 2225 North Lois Avenue in Tampa, in hotel ballrooms 4, 5 and 6. Interviews and presentations begin at 10 a.m. (more…)

Progressive to hire for insurance jobs in Tampa

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Progressive has announced plans to hire for insurance jobs in Tampa.

The insurance giant is looking to fill 390 positions in sales, service and claims at its Riverview contact center.

Performance bonuses; a casual dress code; on-site medical facilities for employees and their families; and fitness centers are just some of the amenities that make Progressive a popular employer in the Tampa Bay region.

“We’re constantly looking for ways to make it even easier for employees to grow and succeed,” said Katie Koch, recruiting director at Progressive. “At Progressive, employees enjoy the flexibility to balance the demands of home and work. By putting our people first, we attract the best and brightest people around.”

Phone representatives will sell policies, answer customer questions or help customers file accident claims. The positions require work experience in a customer service environment.

Progressive, one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay according to the St. Petersburg Times, offers paid training for all positions. In addition, employees receive medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits.

Progressive employees also enjoy:

An on-site health services facility and massage services;
aerobics, spinning and yoga classes;
quiet rooms for relaxation and meditation;
an on-site cafeteria with a variety of convenient, healthy and economical food choices;
a world-renowned contemporary art collection;
potential bonuses based on company performance;