Archive for April, 2014

Transportation jobs in Tampa grow

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

According to recent labor statistics, transportation jobs in Tampa continue to grow.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in March 2014, up 0.1 percentage point from the February 2014 rate, while down 1.4 percentage points from 7. 7 percent a year ago.

Florida’s unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage point lower than the U.S. rate and was below the national rate for the eighth consecutive month.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 7,742,900 in March 2014, an increase of 22,900 jobs (+0.3 percent) over the month.

Other industries gaining jobs included trade, transportation, and utilities (+47,500 jobs, +3.0 percent); leisure and hospitality (+42,100 jobs, +4.1 percent); construction (+41,000 jobs, +11.5 percent); private education and health services (+15,300 jobs, +1.4 percent); financial activities (+12,200 jobs, +2.4 percent); manufacturing (+9,700 jobs, +3.0 percent); other services (+6,800 jobs, +2.2 percent); information (+2,200 jobs, +1.6 percent); and total government (+300 jobs, less than +0.1 percent).

Compared to March a year ago, the number of jobs in the state was up by 225,100, an increase of 3.0 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs was up 1.7 percent over the year. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012.

The number of jobs in Florida was 7,742,900 in March 2014, up 225,100 jobs compared to a year ago. March 2014 was the 44th consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three years.

Are graduates prepared for Tampa PR jobs?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Some employers are concerned that graduates aren’t being adequately prepared for Tampa PR jobs, among other jobs, according to a recent survey form CareerBuilder.

The survey found that 57 percent of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates, up from 53 percent last year and up significantly from 44 percent in 2010.

Nearly one in four (24 percent) don’t feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for positions needed within their organizations.

The most common concerns include:

· Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real world learning – 53 percent

· My company needs a blend of technical skills and soft skills gained from liberal arts – 35 percent

· Entry level roles are growing more complex – 26 percent

· Not enough focus on internships/apprenticeships – 16 percent

· Technology is changing too quickly for academics to keep up – 16 percent

· Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs– 10 percent

Employers who do not feel students are adequately prepared are most concerned about roles tied to customer service (41 percent), public relations/communications (22 percent), business development (21 percent), sales (21 percent), general office functions (20 percent), and IT (18 percent).

The most sought-after majors this year include:

· Business – 39 percent

· Computer and Information Sciences – 28 percent

· Engineering – 18 percent

· Math and Statistics – 14 percent

· Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences – 14 percent

· Communications Technologies – 12 percent

· Engineering Technologies – 11 percent

· Education – 7 percent

· Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities – 10 percent

· Science Technologies – 7 percent

· Communication and Journalism – 7 percent

Tampa transportation jobs grow

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

The latest small business jobs report shows that the number of Tampa transportation jobs may be growing.

Nationally, private sector employment increased by 191,000 jobs from February to March according to the March ADP National Employment Report.

The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

Service-providing employment rose by 164,000 jobs in March, up from the upwardly revised 153,000 in February. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed the most to growth in service-providing industries, adding 53,000 jobs, slightly more than the 49,000 in February.

Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 36,000, about equal to the 37,000 jobs added in February. The 5,000 new jobs in financial activities mark the strongest pace of growth in the industry since November 2013.

Goods-producing employment rose by 28,000 jobs in March, slightly faster than an upwardly revised pace of 25,000 in February. Most of the gains came from the construction industry which added 20,000 jobs over the month; compared to an average of 16,000 during the prior three months. Manufacturers added 5,000 jobs in March, the same as February.

“The 191,000 U.S. private sector jobs added in March is slightly above the twelve-month average,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “Hopefully, this could be a sign there is more growth to come.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees slowed slightly in March, adding 72,000 jobs, down from 76,000 in February and an average of 83,000 during the past 12 months.

In contrast, job growth accelerated over the month for both medium and large firms and was at its strongest since last November. Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 52,000 and employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 67,000.