Archive for June, 2018

Office jobs in Tampa grow

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

The number of office jobs in Tampa are growing, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Employers are targeting various workforce segments to fill their summer jobs. Nearly 3 in 4 (73 percent) say they plan to recruit college students, 39 percent say high school students and 26 percent say retirees. Two in five employers hiring for the summer (41 percent) are looking to hire veterans for their summer positions.

Although summer jobs are commonly associated with recreation and outdoor work, many positions are available in offices or other corporate settings. Employers are hiring seasonal help in the following areas:

  • Customer Service: 25 percent
  • IT: 25 percent
  • Office Support: 25 percent
  • Engineering: 18 percent
  • Manufacturing: 16 percent
  • Sales: 15 percent
  • Construction/Painting: 10 percent
  • Research: 10 percent
  • Banking: 9 percent

When asked to describe the most unusual summer job they ever had, workers said:

  • Teaching ice skating classes
  • Ambulance driver
  • All-girl valet parking crew
  • Assembly line worker for loose-leaf binders
  • Candling eggs
  • Detasseling corn
  • Killing mosquitos
  • Picking pineapples in Hawaii
  • Scaring seagulls off roofs
  • Senior citizen softball league umpire
  • Worm farmer

Manufacturing jobs in Tampa climb

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

The number of manufacturing jobs in Tampa has grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Payroll employment increased by 223,000 in May, and the unemployment rate edged down to 3.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Employment continued to trend up in several industries, including retail trade, health care, and construction.

In May, retail trade added 31,000 jobs, with gains occurring in general merchandise stores (+13,000) and in building material and garden supply stores (+6,000). Over the year, retail trade has added 125,000 jobs.

Employment in health care rose by 29,000 in May, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Ambulatory health care services added 18,000 jobs over the month, and employment in hospitals continued to trend up (+6,000).

Employment in construction continued on an upward trend in May (+25,000) and has risen by 286,000 over the past 12 months. Within the industry, nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 15,000 jobs over the month.

Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in May (+23,000) and has risen by 206,000 over the year.

Transportation and warehousing added 19,000 jobs over the month and 156,000 over the year. In May, job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+7,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000). Manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000).

Durable goods accounted for most of the change, including an increase of 6,000 jobs in machinery. Manufacturing employment has risen by 259,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries.

Mining added 6,000 jobs in May. Since a recent low point in October 2016, employment in mining has grown by 91,000, with support activities for mining accounting for nearly all of the increase.

Company hires for Tampa customer service jobs

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Lowe’s Home Improvement is recruiting for the summer season and hiring for Tampa customer service jobs.

The company is hiring more than 53,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees across its U.S. stores, adding to the company’s nearly 250,000 current U.S. store employees.

In-store seasonal positions, which typically support stores between March and September, include cashiers, lawn and garden associates, stockers, assemblers of outdoor products and loaders. Lowe’s seasonal employees benefit from competitive pay, a 10 percent employee discount and flexible hours, including the ability to see their schedule 17 days in advance and swap shifts with others as needed.

Named one of the top 10 most customer-engaged companies by Forbes, Lowe’s provides leadership development and career advancement opportunities at all levels to support employees and customers. In fact, approximately 200 current store managers started as seasonal employees, and last year nearly 40 percent of the company’s seasonal employees transitioned into permanent part-time and full-time positions.

“When employees join Lowe’s, they are joining more than a Fortune 40 company,” said Jennifer Weber, chief human resources officer. “They are joining a supportive network of caring, inspiring team members who are here to serve customers, communities and each other.”

Construction jobs in Tampa grow

Monday, June 4th, 2018

The number of construction jobs in Tampa have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April 2018, unchanged from the March 2018 rate, but down 0.4 percentage point from a year ago. There were 398,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,204,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in April.

The number of jobs in Florida was 8,730,400 in April 2018, up 178,400 jobs compared to a year ago. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+39,400 jobs, +3.0 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs over the year included construction (+34,900 jobs, +7.0 percent); leisure and hospitality (+34,100 jobs, +2.8 percent); education and health services (+21,700 jobs, +1.7 percent); financial activities (+14,700 jobs, +2.6 percent); manufacturing (+12,300 jobs, +3.4 percent); trade, transportation, and utilities (+9,400 jobs, +0.5 percent); government (+8,000 jobs, +0.7 percent); and other services (+5,600 jobs, +1.6 percent).

In April 2018, Okaloosa and St. Johns counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rate (2.7 percent each); followed by Franklin, Monroe, and Walton counties (2.8 percent each); and Wakulla County (2.9 percent).

Sumter County had the highest unemployment rate (4.9 percent) in Florida in April 2018, followed by Citrus and Hendry counties (4.7 percent each); and Putnam County (4.6 percent).

In April 2018, 21 out of 24 metro areas in Florida had over-the-year job gains. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+40,000 jobs, +3.2 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+34,200 jobs, +2.6 percent), and Jacksonville (+17,300 jobs, +2.5 percent).