Archive for July, 2014

Funding helps those seeking Tampa jobs

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

A round of federal funding from the Dept. of Labor has been given to many states, including those seeking Tampa jobs, to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.

The grants total $154,757,547 and were awarded to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program.

The grants will help create or expand employer partnerships that provide opportunities for on-the-job training, Registered Apprenticeships or other occupational training that result in an industry-recognized credential. Funding will also be used to provide services, such as career coaching and counseling, as well as assisting with job placement that help connect laid-off workers, including the long-term unemployed, with available jobs.

“At the President’s request, I’ve been leading an effort to help Americans get the skills they need to secure good quality jobs that are a path to the middle class,” Vice President Biden said. “The grants announced today will help build partnerships between industry, labor and communities to help more Americans learn about job openings, identify what skills are needed to fill them, and train and apply for the good-paying jobs that are out there in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing and other high-growth industries.”

“President Obama has made it a priority to expand opportunities for people to access in-demand skills training. That’s why, at the Department of Labor, we are investing in proven strategies that connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. This year, we will release roughly $1 billion in targeted, job-driven training funds,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Providing workers with access to the skills training they need to pursue in-demand jobs is critical to expanding opportunity and to helping businesses grow and thrive. We know that job-driven training programs work, and that they’re often the best way to provide real ladders of opportunity. Today’s awards will help states establish or expand programs that can change peoples’ lives.”

“Since taking office about one year ago, I have spoken to more than 1,000 CEOs and business leaders around the country. Across the board, they have told me that finding the right workers to fill available jobs is a top challenge they are facing, and that is one reason the Department of Commerce has made skills and workforce development a top priority for the very first time,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “From my personal experience, I know this: businesses have to be at the table as we develop training mechanisms to define precisely what they are looking for as they hire employees. These investments will assist in the creation of new or expanded employer partnerships that will help us break down silos between businesses, workforce training initiatives and government to create a collaborative environment that supports the needs of both our workers and our businesses.”

Employers push to fill IT jobs in Tampa

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Employers are seeking applicants for IT jobs in Tampa, among other locations, according to a Careerbuilder survey.

Hiring promises to be strong.

Fifty-nine percent of information technology employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees from July through the end of the year, up from 51 percent in 2013 and 12 points higher than the national average (47 percent).

The survey also found that:

First-half hiring: 67 percent of IT employers hired full-time permanent employees in the first half of 2014, tied with financial services for first among all industries.

Q3 Hiring: From July through September, 42 percent of IT employers plan increase full-time headcount, up from 37 percent in 2013. Nine percent expect headcount to decrease, down 1 percent from last year.

Temp and contract hiring remains an industry staple: 59 percent of IT employers hired temporary or contract workers in the first half of the year (20 points higher than the national average and up from 45 percent in 2013) and 53 percent plan to hire temporary contract workers in the back half (20 points higher than the national average and up from 46 percent in 2013).

Temp and contract assignments growing longer: 45 percent of IT employers say temp or contract assignments have become longer post-recession and 59 percent are relying more heavily on temporary workforce post-recession, citing the desire for workforce flexibility and cost reduction.

Job vacancies remain a challenge: Nearly half (49 percent) of IT employers have open positions for which they cannot find qualified candidates – a seven point increase from last year.

“Tech hiring remains the hottest employment sector in the United States. The need for skilled talent across a range of occupations, from software application development to network security, is not expected to taper off in the near future,” said Rob Morris, director of “Along with the growth, however, comes the challenge of filling niche positions. To circumvent costly job vacancies, companies must ensure they’re paying competitively and consider the adoption of training and development programs to ensure their workforce keeps pace with the rapid evolution of technology skills.”

Retail jobs in Tampa pop up

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The number of retail jobs in Tampa are growing, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the BLS, jobs increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent.

In June, the unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 6.1 percent. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 325,000 to 9.5 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons have declined by 1.4 percentage points and 2.3 million.

Employment in professional and business services rose by 67,000 in June and had averaged 53,000 per month over the prior 12 months. In June, employment within the industry increased in management and technical consulting services (+8,000), architectural and engineering services (+7,000), and computer systems design and related services (+7,000). Employment continued to trend up in temporary help services.

Employment in food services and drinking places rose by 33,000 in June and has increased by 314,000 over the past year.

Health care employment increased by 21,000 in June, about in line with the prior 12-month average gain of 18,000 per month. Within health care, employment continued to trend up in ambulatory health care services (+13,000) and in nursing and residential care facilities (+6,000).

Transportation and warehousing employment increased by 17,000 in June. Over the prior 12 months, this industry had added an average of 11,000 jobs per month. In June, couriers and messengers added 6,000 jobs.

Financial activities added 17,000 jobs in June, with a gain of 9,000 in insurance carriers and related activities. Employment in real estate and rental and leasing continued to trend up in June (+9,000). Financial activities had added an average of 5,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months.

Manufacturing added 16,000 jobs in June, with all of the increase in durable goods manufacturing. Within durable goods, employment increased in motor vehicles and parts (+6,000) and in computer and peripheral equipment (+3,000).

Wholesale trade added 15,000 jobs over the month and has added 140,000 jobs over the year.

Employment changed little over the month in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, information, and government.