Archive for April, 2015

Companies paying college grads with Tampa jobs more

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Companies are pledging to hire more college grads for Tampa jobs, among other locations, and to pay them better, according to a recent Careerbuilder study.

According to the survey, 65 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 57 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007. One third will offer higher pay than last year, and 1 in 4 will pay $50,000 or more.

Twenty-one percent do not feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for roles needed within their organizations. When asked where academic institutions fall short, these employers cited the following concerns:
•Too much emphasis on book learning instead of real world learning: 46 percent
•I need workers with a blend of technical skills and soft skills gained from liberal arts: 38 percent
•Entry-level roles within my organization are more complex today: 22 percent
•Not enough focus on internships: 15 percent
•Technology is changing too quickly for academics to keep up: 14 percent
•Not enough students are graduating with the degrees my company needs: 10 percent

When asked to name which skills they think recent college graduates lack for the workplace, most of these employers cited interpersonal or problem-solving skills:
•Interpersonal or people skills: 52 percent
•Problem-solving skills: 46 percent
•Oral communication: 41 percent
•Leadership: 40 percent
•Written communication: 38 percent
•Teamwork: 37 percent
•Creative thinking: 36 percent
•Project management: 26 percent
•Research and analysis: 16 percent
• Math: 15 percent
•Computer and Technical: 13 percent

Tampa trade jobs increase

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

The number of Tampa trade jobs may be increasing, according to recent unemployment statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in February 2015.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.6 percent in February 2015, down 0.1 percentage point from the January 2015 rate of 5.7 percent, and down 0.9 percentage point from 6.5 percent a year ago.

There were 548,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,702,000.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted total nonagricultural employment was 7,990,200 in February 2015, an increase of 19,700 jobs (+0.2 percent) over the month.

Compared to February a year ago, the number of jobs in the state was up by 266,600, an increase of 3.5 percent. Nationally, the number of jobs was up 2.4 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 7,990,200 in February 2015, up 266,600 jobs compared to a year ago. February 2015 was the 55th 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 (+53,900 jobs, +3.4 percent).