Archive for December, 2014

Employees with Tampa jobs and their unusual holiday gifts

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that employees with Tampa jobs have been busy exchanging unusual holiday gifts.

CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey asked workers to share the most unusual gifts they’ve received from a co-worker during the holiday season.

While many gift-bearing workers stick to more traditional holiday offerings, such as ornaments, candy and gift baskets, others get a little more creative with their definition of the word “gift:”

A box of Hot Pockets.
A chess piece (just one piece, not a set).
A fire extinguisher.
A voucher for a free lawn game of the co-worker’s own invention.
A turquoise leather vest.
Zombie action figures.
A Ziploc® bag with coffee (enough to make one pot).
A ‘gun of the day’ calendar.
A bag of chips.
A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.

Twenty-one percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for co-workers (similar to last year, 22 percent), and nearly the same number (20 percent) plan to buy a gift for the boss. Of those who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers or bosses, the majority (76 percent) expect to spend $25 or less on each gift, 33 percent will spend $10 or less, and 10 percent will spend $5 or less.

It jobs in Tampa are resilient

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

A new survey from Careerbuilder finds that IT jobs in Tampa are holding steady.

Meanwhile, job-to-job movement, or labor market churn, is lagging behind job creation.

Other key findings of the report include:

People aren’t hopping from one job to another – at least not like they did during the economy’s pre-recession peak during the mid-2000s. The average churn rate for all non-farm occupations in the years preceding the recession (2003-2006) was 85.6 percent. During the recession, the rate fell by nearly 19 points (or 23 percent) to 64.8 percent in 2009 and has only recovered modestly since then. In 2013, the national churn rate stood at 68.1 percent. Of note, the churn rate has fallen in every major occupation group over the last decade.

•Churn rates vary by occupation type. In 2013, architecture and engineering occupations (44.8 percent) and legal occupations (45.1 percent) had the lowest average annual churn rates. At the other end of the spectrum, food preparation and serving related occupations (109.4 percent) and construction and extraction occupations (98.3) had the highest churn rates. While no occupation group has fully recovered from the recession, production occupations and the category including arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations saw the strongest rebound in churn rates, each regaining 35 percent of their declines.

•Low-wage occupations tend to have the highest rates of annual churn. For perspective, the occupation with the lowest churn, nuclear power plant operators, had an average annual churn rate of 22.5 percent from 2010 to 2013. Median hourly earnings for this occupation is $37.67 per hour. Meanwhile, fast food cooks, who make $8.88 per hour, had an average churn rate of 113.3 percent.

•Churn rates of IT occupations were, on average, more resilient during the recession and recovered significantly faster than all non-farm occupations. Additionally, the effect of the tech boom is seen clearly in certain occupations and metros. For example, the churn rate of Web developers in the San Jose metro grew from 47 percent in 2003 to 93 percent in 2013.

Tampa unemployment down

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Tampa unemployment rate is down, according to an employment numbers release from the state’s labor department.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.0 percent in October 2014, down 0.1 percentage point from the September 2014 rate of 6.1 percent, and down 0.7 percentage point from 6.7 percent a year ago.

There were 578,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,660,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in October. Florida’s unemployment rate has been less than or equal to the national rate for 14 of the last 18 months.

The number of jobs in Florida was 7,857,300 in October 2014, up 206,900 jobs compared to a year ago. October 2014 was the 51st consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for over three years. The industry gaining the most jobs was trade, transportation, and utilities (+50,500 jobs, +3.2 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included professional and business services (+41,800 jobs, +3.7 percent); construction (+38,900 jobs, +10.2 percent); leisure and hospitality (+32,700 jobs, +3.1 percent); private education and health services (+25,400 jobs, +2.2 percent); other services (+6,800 jobs, +2.2 percent); financial activities (+5,600 jobs, +1.1 percent); manufacturing (+5,300 jobs, +1.6 percent); and government (+800 jobs, +0.1 percent).

Tampa jobs outlook remains positive

Monday, December 1st, 2014

According to a new survey from Manpower, the hiring outlook for Tampa jobs remains positive.

Overall, U.S. employers report the strongest Net Employment Outlook since Quarter 1 2008, when the Outlook was +16%. The Quarter 4 2014 Net Employment Outlook of +15% is up from +14% in Quarter 3 2014 and from +13% during Quarter 4 2013.

Of the more than 18,000 U.S. employers surveyed, 19 percent anticipate an increase in staff levels in their Quarter 4 2014 hiring plans, while anticipated staff reductions are consistent with past fourth quarter results at 7 percent. Seventy-two percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 2 percent of employers are undecided about their hiring intentions, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +12%.

Employers in the Midwest report a Net Employment Outlook of +15%, which is the strongest since Quarter 4 2007 when the Outlook was +18%.
Employers in the South report a Net Employment Outlook of +15%, which is the strongest since Quarter 2 2008 when the Outlook was +17%.
Employers in the West report a Net Employment Outlook of +16%, which is the strongest since Quarter 1 2008 when the Outlook was +22%.

Employers have a positive Outlook in all 13 industry sectors included in the survey, with Leisure & Hospitality, Mining and Wholesale & Retail Trade employers reporting the strongest hiring intentions.

Among the 50 states, employers in North Dakota, Arizona, Mississippi, Texas and Wisconsin indicate the strongest Net Employment Outlooks, while Alaska, Maine, New Jersey and Arkansas project the weakest Outlooks.

Among employers in the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job prospects are expected in:

Houston, Texas
McAllen, Texas
Phoenix, Ariz.
San Jose, Calif.

The weakest Outlooks are projected in:

Akron, Ohio
Little Rock, Ark.
Spokane, Wash.
Providence, R.I.
Hartford, Conn.
Albany, N.Y.