May 18th, 2013
The Pennsylvania unemployment rate ticked down three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.6 percent in April according to employment statistics released today by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.
Unemployment decreased 17,000 to 496,000. This was the third largest decrease on record, behind only March 2013 and July 1983.
Employment was up 13,000 to 6,008,000. This increase tied September 2012 for the second largest employment increase in the past twelve months.
Private sector jobs were up 8,300 to the highest level since September 2008. The largest gains were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality and educational and health services, which all reached record-high job levels in April.
“April was a tremendous month for job growth and the state’s employment situation,” said Julia Hearthway, Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry. “Pennsylvania has added 125,700 private sector jobs to the economy since Governor Corbett took office.”
The state’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.9 percent in March.
In March unemployment decreased 20,000 over the month to 512,000. This was the largest decrease in 30 years. Only July 1983 had a larger decrease.
Total nonfarm jobs declined by 5,900 in March to 5,742,300. Five supersectors showed gains in March, including an increase of 6,100 jobs in leisure and hospitality and 1,900 jobs in educational services.
May 6th, 2013
Usually found on the list of most-liked jobs, computer software jobs in Washington, D.C. remain highly pursued.
A recent study from CareerBuilder found that IT is one of the top industries for college grads.
In a nationwide online survey of more than 2,000 employers, CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive© asked companies which college majors were most in demand at their firms. Similar to last year, business and technical majors are the most sought after:
1) Business – 31 percent
2) Computer and Information Sciences – 24 percent
3) Engineering – 17 percent
4) Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences – 10 percent
5) Engineering Technologies – 9 percent
6) Math and Statistics – 9 percent
7) Communications Technologies – 7 percent
8) Education – 7 percent
9) Science Technologies – 6 percent
10) Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities – 6 percent
To help determine the hottest areas for hiring for the graduating class of 2013, CareerBuilder analyzed active job listings on its site for entry-level positions. For purposes of this study, CareerBuilder defined an entry-level job as 1) requiring two years of experience or less, and 2) requiring a two-year or four-year college degree or equivalent certification.
Top Industries for Recent College Grads
Industries with the largest year-over-year growth for entry-level jobs (with at least 1,000 active jobs in March) include:
1) Advertising – 55 percent
2) Computer Software – 37 percent
3) Accounting and Finance – 36 percent
4) Hospitality – 36 percent
5) Automotive – Motor Vehicles – 25 percent
6) Sales and Marketing – 21 percent
7) Training – 21 percent
8) Not for Profit - Charitable – 17 percent
9) Retail – 16 percent
10) Healthcare – Health Services – 16 percent
“More than half of employers reported they plan to hire recent college graduates this year,” said
Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “College students who are graduating in business, technology and health-related majors will have an advantage in terms of the volume of opportunities available today. However, other majors such as liberal arts and sciences are also attractive to employers as they look for individuals with strong communications and critical-thinking skills.”
April 29th, 2013
With the expansion of more office suites, one company is creating dozens of hospitality jobs in Maryland, including various other jobs as well.
BusinesSuites, a nationwide operator of executive office suites, announced plans for a new location in Annapolis, Maryland.
The new location will open this month.
BusinesSuites Annapolis will be located in the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, minutes from the Annapolis historic district and a quick drive from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Annapolis Towne Centre is a mixed-use development with upscale dining, shopping, living and exercise options. BusinesSuites Annapolis will be at the heart of this development, at the intersection of Towne Centre Blvd and Harker Place.
The center will offer parking access and will be close to 24 Hour Fitness, Whole Foods, Target and a wide range of dining options.
With over 45 offices and three conference rooms, the center will provide full-service, furnished Annapolis office space, complete with live phone answering, business-class Internet, premium amenities plus access to meeting rooms and a café. This Annapolis executive suite will be available in early April with flexible terms allowing short-term and small space users an economic alternative to the long-term financial commitment of conventional office space.
“Annapolis Towne Centre is a great fit for our model of premium service executive suites and virtual offices. The center offers exceptional amenities and a location that is perfect for entrepreneurs, professionals and even employees of Fortune 1000 companies who want to move away from high-cost traditional office space towards more flexible workspace options like executive suites and virtual offices,” said John G. Jordan, President of BusinesSuites and Past President of the Global Workspace Association. “BusinesSuites Annapolis will offer a range of flexible workspaces including private offices, team rooms, meeting rooms and collaborative spaces in a professional, upscale environment.”
April 16th, 2013
A big name in banking and finance has created finance jobs in Maryland.
Capital One has been named one of the best places to work for hourly workers.
This week the company announced it has been named one of the “Best Companies for Hourly Workers” for 2013 by Working Mother magazine, which awards those employers that have the best policies and programs for promoting women, as well as a dynamic work/life culture.
The survey, conducted by the Working Mother Research Institute, reveals that 41% of hourly employees at the Best Companies participate in family health insurance programs through their employers, and 61% participate in employer-sponsored personal health insurance programs.
Women in full-time service jobs are often completely uninsured, with 35 percent of restaurant workers, 36 percent of cashiers and 26 percent of retail sales assistants lacking insurance versus only 16 percent of all U.S. women, according to an analysis of 2010 Census Bureau data by the National Women’s Law Center.
Capital One was recognized for its customized work arrangements that fit the demands of our associates’ personal life, the wide range of positions that allow associates to adjust their hours, telecommute, job-share, and request night or weekend shifts. Working Mother also applauded the company for its focus on associate advancement–its formal mentoring, coaching and nearly 5,000 training programs and courses.
Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, “Since 2006, the retail and wholesale sector has cut 1 million full-time jobs and added more than 500,000 part-time jobs. Creating programs to help employees succeed at hourly jobs has become not only good business but also the right thing to do.”
Jennifer Owens, Editorial Director of Working Mother Media, says, “The Best Companies for 2013 have found solutions to providing opportunities for nonexempt employees to advance into salaried and management roles.”
Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
April 2nd, 2013
Over 10,000 Maryland jobs were added in March, according to preliminary data from Maryland’s labor department.
Maryland created 10,500 total jobs in February, marking the 33rd consecutive month that monthly job totals have exceeded year-ago numbers.
The private sector created 6,000 jobs, nearly six out of every 10 new jobs. Over-the-year, Maryland added 38,200 total jobs, with Maryland businesses contributing nearly 95 percent of those jobs. Maryland has now recovered more than 94 percent of the jobs lost in the recession.
Maryland’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in February. Maryland’s January unemployment rate remained unchanged with revision at 6.7 percent.
Seven major business categories reported higher job totals in February. The Professional/Business Services sector turned in the strongest performance, adding 1,900 jobs. Industry activity was buoyed by continued hiring in businesses engaged in computer systems design and firms providing accounting services. The Financial Activities sector added 1,000 jobs, with gains reported in lending institutions and among insurance carriers.
Governor Martin O’Malley today issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s release of preliminary employment data for the month of February:
“Together, we set a goal in Maryland to recover every single job we’ve lost during the Bush recession by the end of 2014, and today we are closer than ever before to reaching that goal – we have now recovered nearly 95 percent of those jobs.
“Last month, the people of our State created 10,500 jobs, our best February for job creation in more than a decade. Over the last 12 months, we have now created 38,200 new jobs with our private sector leading the way – creating 95 percent of those new jobs. Today, our unemployment rate has been driven down to its lowest level in four years – 6.6 percent – 14 percent below the national rate.
“This preliminary report marks one more positive milestone in our jobs recovery, but there are still too many Marylanders out of work. That’s why together, we must make the better choices to invest in a stronger future: more job creation, more opportunity, and a stronger, growing middle class.”
March 26th, 2013
There are a large amount of green jobs in Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The BLS reports that in 2011, the percentage of total employment associated with the production of Green Goods and Services (GGS) increased by 0.1 percentage point to 2.6 percent.
The number of GGS jobs increased by 157,746 to 3,401,279. GGS employment accounted for 2.3 percent of private sector jobs and 4.2 percent of public sector jobs in 2011. The private sector had 2,515,200 GGS jobs, while the public sector had 886,080 GGS jobs.
Among private sector industries, construction had the largest employment rate increase, from 7.0 to 8.9 percentage points, while manufacturing had the most GGS jobs (507,168).
While California had the most green jobs, Washington, D.C. had the second largest amount of green jobs.
The District of Columbia had the highest proportion of GGS employment, at 5.1 percent; Oregon had the second highest proportion, at 4.3 percent.
GGS employment data are compiled through the Green Goods and Services survey under the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program. The QCEW includes nearly all businesses with employees covered by state or federal unemployment insurance, which constitute approximately 95.7 percent of civilian wage and salary employment in the U.S.
The trade sector had 223,079 GGS jobs in 2011, accounting for 1.1 percent of the industry’s employment. This sector’s increase of 17,512 GGS jobs, or 8.5 percent over the year, was the second largest significant change in the private sector.
March 12th, 2013
A nationwide hiring outlook shows that transportation jobs in Maryland and across the U.S. may be getting stronger.
According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, the Net Employment Outlook for Quarter 2 2013 is +11%, a 1 percentage point decrease from Quarter 1 2013 and slightly elevated from +10% during the same period last year.
For Quarter 2 2013, employers have a positive Outlook in all 13 industry sectors included in the survey: Leisure & Hospitality (+24%), Professional & Business Services (+18%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+15%), Mining (+14%), Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+14%), Transportation & Utilities (+14%), Information (+13%), Durable Goods Manufacturing (+12%), Financial Activities (+11%), Construction (+10%), Other Services (+9%), Education & Health Services (+7%) and Government (+7%). When the industry sector data is compared quarter-over-quarter, employers in the the Construction, Nondurable Goods Manufacturing, Transportation & Utilities and Leisure & Hospitality sectors anticipate a considerable hiring increase, while employers in the Mining, Durable Goods Manufacturing and Professional & Business Services sectors anticipate a moderate hiring increase. Employers in the Other Services industry sector look for the hiring pace to slightly increase.
Staff levels are expected to remain relatively stable among employers in four industry sectors: Information, Financial Activities, Education & Health Services and Government. The Wholesale & Retail Trade sector anticipates a slight decrease in the hiring pace.
Of the more than 18,000 employers surveyed, 18 percent expect to add to their workforces in Quarter 2 2013, while 5 percent expect a decrease in payrolls, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +13%. When seasonally adjusted, the Net Employment Outlook becomes +11%. Seventy-three percent of employers expect no change in their hiring plans. The final 4 percent of employers indicate they are undecided about their hiring intentions.
“Quarter over quarter our data reports slow and steady hiring projections, which is good news compared with the hiring downturns we experienced several years ago,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup president. “The main priority for employers today should be to refine management methods to build winning teams so they have the right people in place when the economy takes off again.”
“As the economic tailwinds of the housing, banking and auto industries continue to pick up, we are seeing a gradual acceleration in hiring, accompanied by fewer companies decreasing staff,” said Prising. “The considerable growth of the Construction sector is a reflection of continued progress and employers are responding to this as outside momentum gives them more confidence to push their plans forward.”
February 26th, 2013
The number of computer jobs in Washington, D.C. are growing at a healthy rate.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, several thousand jobs are opening up.
The U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of computer scientists will increase by 19% through 2020 and a 2011 report by the Computing Research Association (CRA) found that the number of students enrolling in college computer science programs has increased for the last three years.
But what’s the outlook for computer science majors today? Indeed gathered data and found that the following cities have the most cs job openings:
1 Washington, DC 10,722
2 New York 7,740
3 San Jose 7,248
4 San Francisco 6,302
5 Boston 4,957
6 Seattle 4,929
7 Chicago 4,543
8 Atlanta 3,366
9 Los Angeles 2,866
10 Dallas 2,794
Companies that are hiring include:
1 General Dynamics 809
2 Amazon 805
3 CSC 784
4 AppLabs 767
5 Deloitte 643
6 Microsoft 615
7 HP 508
8 Raytheon 498
9 Northrop Grumman 425
10 Intel 389
11 ManTech International 380
12 SAIC 324
13 Ernst & Young 282
14 Google 278
15 Dell 253
February 19th, 2013
Autism After 16 announced this week it has hired a new writer to contribute to its columns, adding to the number of writing jobs in Virginia.
Autism After 16 is a website devoted to providing information and analysis of adult autism issues. Autism After 16 provides informational articles on accessing adult services, commentary, links to useful resources, and a library of videos to help teach independent living skills.
Rose Donovan, a long-time professional journalist and former copy editor at The Washington Post, to contribute a bimonthly column as well as feature articles. Donovan is the mother of a 19-year-old son on the autism spectrum.
According to her bio, Donovan started her journalism career as an investigative reporter at a newspaper in Sarasota, Florida. She moved with her husband to Washington, D.C., where she spent six years as a reporter and editor for a chain of daily newspapers in the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs.
“We are very happy to have Rose join our team of talented writers,” says editor Merope Pavlides. “Not only does she bring a great deal of experience as a journalist, but her family is going through precisely what many of our readers tell us they are experiencing. Rose’s son has left the public education system and has entered postsecondary training. He is moving towards a more independent life.”
“I heard about Autism After 16 from another parent at Reilly’s high school and found it interesting and informative. Transition from the relative shelter of K-12 school into the bigger world and adulthood is a scary prospect. We need all the support we can get on the journey. I hope to learn a lot by writing about our experience.”
February 7th, 2013
The demand for psychologist jobs in Washington, DC, is growing.
During January, more than 68,000 job ads were available online for Scientists, according to WANTED Analytics, a source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace.
The current locations with the least difficult conditions for sourcing Scientists are Peoria (Illinois) and Wilmington (North Carolina.) While the US average Hiring Scale score is 60 (out of a possible 99, with 99 denoting the hardest-to-fill,) these cities score a 6. Recruiters in these 2 locations are likely to have more potential candidates to choose among and spend a shorter time sourcing candidates than the rest of the United States. Online job ads in these areas are posted for an average of 3.5 weeks.
The five metropolitan areas with the highest volume of science job ads during January were New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington (DC). Not only were the most job ads seen in the New York metro area, but they also experienced the highest year-over-year growth of these locations. Hiring demand grew 25% in January compared to January 2012. Washington, DC was close behind with a 24% increase, and Los Angeles saw the third highest growth at 23%.
Despite a slowing in the last quarter of 2012, the number of science related job ads grew 15% in January compared to one year ago. In addition, hiring is up about 42% since the recession began four years ago.
Among the industries with the highest demand for scientists were pharmaceutical manufacturing, colleges and universities, conservation programs, life sciences research and development, and medical and surgical hospitals. In addition, the most commonly advertised science occupations are:
1. Research Analysts
2. Medical Scientists (except Epidemiologists)
3. Biological Technicians
5. Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
6. Clinical Psychologists
7. Environmental Scientists
9. Food Scientists and Technologists
10. Chemical Technicians
With more than 11,000 employers currently sourcing for various science professionals, there is heavy competition to attract qualified talent. According to the Hiring Scale™, the locations currently experiencing some of the most difficult conditions for recruiting this talent are Rochester (Minnesota) and Jefferson City (Missouri). In these areas, there is higher demand by employers in comparison to the available, local talent pool. This factor not only contributes to more difficult recruiting, but also increases the time-to-fill, with ads remaining online for an average of 6 weeks.