June 17th, 2013
Industry job counts are always up and down, but healthcare jobs in Rhode Island grow.
Health care employment continued to trend up in May (+11,000). Job gains in home health care services (+7,000) and outpatient care centers (+4,000) more than offset a loss in hospitals (-6,000). Over the prior 12 months, job growth in health care averaged 24,000 per month.
Last month nationwide, architectural and engineering services added over 5,000 jobs.
Professional and business services added 57,000 jobs in May. Within this industry, employment continued to trend up in temporary help services (+26,000), computer systems design and related services (+6,000).
Employment in professional and business services has grown by 589,000 over the past year.
Retail trade employment increased by 28,000 in May. The industry added an average of 20,000 jobs per month over the prior 12 months. In May, general merchandise stores continued to add jobs (+10,000).
Employment in other major industries, including mining and logging, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and financial activities, showed little or no change over the month.
The employment increased by 175,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.6 percent.
Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.8 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.6 percent, were essentially unchanged in May.
The civilian labor force rose by 420,000 to 155.7 million in May; however, the labor force participation rate was little changed at 63.4 percent. Over the year, the labor force participation rate has declined by 0.4 percentage point.
June 4th, 2013
Looking back and analyzing numbers more carefully after fresh data, the Rhode Island Labor Dept. has released new figures pertaining to December 2011-2012 and Rhode Island jobs.
This is often the case, that figures are revised and refreshed as new data comes in.
In March 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released revised job numbers for RI and all other states based on employment data reported under the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program by all employers through September 2012. Since then, the subsequent monthly job numbers have been estimated based on a sample of employers in each state. The next annual revision will be completed in March 2014.
The Labor Dept. clarified that they believe these DLT projections, while based on preliminary UI data and several assumptions, are good approximations of what the RI job numbers will look like once the data are officially revised by BLS in March 2014. These estimates, which are the sole responsibility of DLT (not official BLS numbers) put the number of jobs at RI businesses in December 2012 at 466,800, which is 1,200 greater than the official published figure.
The published monthly job numbers data produced according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics methodology indicate that RI gained 3,200 jobs between December 2011 and December 2012. However, based on preliminary UI employment data that DLT now has available through December 2012, DLT has produced projected estimates of the expected revisions in its job numbers for the fourth quarter of 2012. DLT projections indicate that RI actually added some 4,400 (+0.9%) jobs from December 2011 to December 2012.
May 26th, 2013
A dept of labor estimate shows that the number of Rhode Island jobs are growing.
A Department of Labor and Training analysis of tax data from 32,000 businesses now estimates the number of Rhode Island-based jobs in December to be 466,800—1,200 more jobs than were originally estimated. The fourth quarter 2012 estimates released by DLT also show an over-the-year gain of 4,900 private-sector jobs.
The RI Department of Labor and Training offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT protects Rhode Island’s workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. The department also provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers.
Fourth quarter tax data for 2012 shows an increase of 1,400 (+9.5%) in the number of jobs in the Construction sector. The Retail Trade and Accommodation and Food Services sector also showed notable increases of 500 jobs each. The largest downward revisions were seen in Educational Services (-700) and Professional & Business Services (-500).
The RI Department of Labor and Training has chosen to release its own revisions on a quarterly basis, to better track the progress of the economic recovery. Quarterly estimates are based on tax data from 32,000 RI employers, and therefore are considered to have a smaller margin of error than the monthly estimates the department produces in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Monthly estimates are based on a real-time survey of 1,700 RI employers; because the Bureau of Labor Statistics uses the same methodology for all state estimates, the monthly estimates provide a basis from comparing data among states. It is also important to note that because quarterly data is not available for analysis until three months after the close of the quarter, it is not as timely as the monthly estimates.
May 17th, 2013
Rhode Island unemployment ticked down in April, according to the state labor department.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2013 dropped to 8.8 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the March 2013 rate and 1.8 percentage points from the April 2012 rate. This represents the 10th consecutive over-the-month drop in the state’s unemployment rate, and is the lowest unemployment rate for Rhode Island since October 2008.
Estimated nonfarm payroll in Rhode Island totaled 467,400 in April, reflecting a gain of 500 jobs from the March revised employment estimate of 466,900 and marking the fifth month of job gains in the last six months.
The Accommodation & Food Services sector employment count increased by 500 from March, as job gains were reported in full-service restaurants. Manufacturing employment rose by 400 over the month, mainly due to reported gains among durable goods manufacturing workers.
Job gains in landscaping services and employment services provided a boost to the Professional & Business Services sector which added 300 jobs over the month. In addition, both Health Care & Social Assistance and Educational Services grew by 300 jobs since March. Job gains were also reported in the Other Services (+200) and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (+100) sectors.
Total nonfarm employment was up by 2,700, as job gains appeared in six economic sectors, including Professional & Business Services (+2,600), Health Care & Social Assistance (+1,300), Financial Activities (+1,200), Manufacturing (+1,100), Other Services (+400) and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (+300).
The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in April 2013, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month and down six-tenths of a percentage point over the year.
The number of unemployed RI residents—those residents classified as available for and actively seeking employment—was 49,400, down 1,700 from the March figure of 51,100. This represents the 10th consecutive over-the-month decrease and the lowest unemployment level since September 2008. Over the year, the number of unemployed dropped by 9,700.
The number of employed RI residents was up 1,200 over the March figure, increasing to 508,900 in April. Over the year, the number of employed RI residents increased 9,100 from April 2012.
The RI labor force totaled 558,200 in April 2013, down 700 from March 2013 and down 700 from April 2012.
May 6th, 2013
More and more healthcare workers are searching for additional healthcare jobs in Rhode Island, for various reasons.
More than a third (34 percent) of health care workers plan to look for a new job in 2013, up from 24 percent last year. Nearly half (45 percent) plan to look for a new job over the next two years. Eighty-two percent said that while they are not actively looking for a job today, they would be open to a new position if they came across the right opportunity. This is according to CareerBuilder’s latest survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive between February 11 and March 6, 2013, among more than 500 U.S. health care workers and more than 240U.S. health care employers.
Sixty percent of health care workers say they are burned out on their jobs. Twenty-one percent always or often feel burned out. Of workers who feel always or often burned out, 67 percent plan to look for a new job this year.
Employers said their top staffing challenge for 2013 was lifting employee morale (34 percent). This was followed by retaining top talent (33 percent), finding skill workers (32 percent) and offering competitive compensation (30 percent).
More than one-third of health care employers (34 percent) said they currently have open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. Among health care organizations with more than 50 employees, that number is 43 percent.
“Not only are health care organizations dealing with a shortage of high skill workers, they are facing higher demand fueled by an aging population and more Americans having access to medical benefits,” said Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare. “Nearly half – 46 percent – of health care organizations said they have seen a negative impact on their organizations due to extended job vacancies.* Long hours and juggling multiple patient needs are taking their toll on morale and retention. The survey shows health care workers are seeking a more manageable work experience.”
Seventy-five percent of health care workers say they do not earn their desired salary - with 29 percent saying not anywhere near it. While 44 percent of health care workers say they received a merit raise in 2012, 17 percent say they haven’t received one since before 2008.
Four in ten health care workers (41 percent) say they have not received a cost-of-living increase since before 2008.
Eighteen percent of workers said they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance, and when asked what is preventing them from having a good work/life balance the highest percentage cited a workload that is too heavy (44 percent), followed by their employer’s unwillingness to provide flexible work schedules (21 percent).
Nearly three in ten (29 percent) health care workers say they are currently trying to acquire skills in a new industry or field. Of these workers, 54 percent are going back to school, 18 percent are volunteering, and 7 percent are taking on temporary or contract work.
April 29th, 2013
The state’s labor department has shown the differences between men and women, their career selections, and how they’ve selected Rhode Island jobs.
According to the labor department, US Census data show there is often a clear difference between the career choices of men and women. While women dominate the occupations in Healthcare Support, men represent a higher percentage of workers in the Construction and Extraction occupations. Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters are more likely to be male, while Secretaries and Administrative Assistants are more likely to be female. While some ‘traditional’ female occupations, such as waitresses and maids, are relatively low paying jobs, women also dominate in more high-paying occupations, such as registered nurses and teachers.
According to the 2008 American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau, females accounted for 51.8% of Rhode Island’s population, down slightly (-0.2%) from Census 2000. Nationally, females represented 50.7% of the population in 2008.
In 2008, there were 276,284 females in Rhode Island’s civilian labor force, representing 61.9% of females 16 years and older. This rate was slightly higher than the national rate of 60.0%.
Military service is still not a large draw for Rhode Island females. In 2000, 462 females were enrolled in the Armed Forces, while 1,100 were enrolled in 2008. Even though these figures are low, they are consistent with the national average of 0.2% of all working-age females in military service.
Rhode Island females aged 25 years and older had a high school graduation rate of 84.5% in 2008, higher than the Rhode Island male rate of 82.8% but lower than the national female rate of 85.6%.
While still trailing Rhode Island men, the percentage of Rhode Island women (25 years and older) that had obtained a Bachelor’s degree or higher was 28.9%, better than the US average of 27.0%.
In 2000, 7.8% of all Rhode Island households with own children under 18 were headed by women (with no husband present), higher than the US average of 7.2%.
In 2008, Rhode Island women working full-time earned 78.7% of their male counterparts. This was the 27th highest earnings ratio in the country. Nationally, women earned 79.9% of their male counterparts.
Between 1998 and 2008, Rhode Island women experienced the third largest gap closure in the US between male and female earnings. In 1998, women earned only 71.2% of a male’s earnings. This gap closed by 7.5 percentage points by 2008, with women earning 78.7% of their male counterparts.
April 14th, 2013
The number of accounting jobs in Rhode Island is getting larger, according to recent stats from the labor department.
Employment edged up in March (+88,000), and the unemployment rate was
little changed at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week.
Professional and business services added 51,000 jobs in March. Over the past 12 months, employment in this industry has grown by 533,000. Within professional and business services, accounting and bookkeeping services added 11,000 jobs over the month, and employment continued to trend up in temporary help services and in several other component industries.
Construction employment continued to trend up in March (+18,000). Job growth in this industry picked up this past fall; since September, the industry has added 169,000 jobs. In March, employment continued to expand among specialty trade contractors (+23,000). Employment in specialty trade contractors has increased by 128,000 since September, with the gain about equally split between the residential and nonresidential components.
Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.7 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.6 percent, were little changed in March.
Employment grew in professional and business services and in health care but declined in retail trade.
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (6.9 percent), adult women (7.0 percent), teenagers (24.2 percent), whites (6.7 percent), blacks (13.3 percent), and Hispanics (9.2 percent) showed little or no change in March. The jobless rate for Asians was 5.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.
Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in March (+13,000). Over the past year, the industry added 262,000 jobs.
In March, retail trade employment declined by 24,000. The industry had added an average of 32,000 jobs per month over the prior 6 months. In March, job declines occurred in clothing and clothing accessories stores (-15,000), building material and garden supply stores (-10,000), and electronics and appliance stores (-6,000).
Employment in other major industries, including mining, manufacturing, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, state government, and local government, showed little change over the month.
April 2nd, 2013
Unemployment compensation has been cut by 12% for those who held Rhode Island jobs.
The RI Department of Labor and Training announced today that beginning April 21, 2013, weekly benefits for the Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program will be reduced.
The reduction is due to federal sequestration.
These reductions will not be reflected in benefit payments until the week of April 28.
The department estimates that up to 8,000 RI unemployment insurance claimants may be impacted by these benefit cuts. The average weekly EUC benefit is $377; therefore, the average reduction will be $46 each week. This represents an estimated loss of $1.5 million in total benefits each month.
The department will be notifying EUC claimants of the upcoming reductions by mail. It also plans to broadcast an automated telephone message to EUC claimants during the week of April 21st.
The EUC program is a federally funded extended benefit program that allows long-term unemployed job seekers up to 47 additional weeks of unemployment insurance beyond the 26-week maximum offered through regular unemployment insurance.
March 26th, 2013
Rhode Island nursing jobs are looking strong, according to the latest outlook from CareerBuilder.
Forty percent of employers plan to hire temporary and contract workers in 2013, up from 36 percent last year, according to CareerBuilder’s annual job forecast. Many of these employers – 42 percent – plan to transition some temporary workers into full-time, permanent employees.
CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists (EMSI) released a list of occupations that are hiring temporary workers at an accelerated rate.
Among the fastest-growing temporary jobs are:
· Team Assemblers (help to assemble an entire product or part of a product1)
o Number of people employed2: 128,096
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 21,529 – 20 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $13.25
· Office Clerks (handle administrative tasks such as typing, filing, answering phones, etc)
o Number of people employed: 132,264
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 21,219 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $13.18
· Customer Service Representatives (provide information to customers and handle complaints)
o Number of people employed: 76,445
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 12,334 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $14.90
· Human Resources, Training and Labor Relations Specialists (support various HR functions such as training, benefits, etc)
o Number of people employed: 59,597
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 11,893 – 25 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $26.44
· Registered Nurses (provide patient care, advice and support)
o Number of people employed: 66,844
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 8,766 – 15 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $32.10
· Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants (provide basic care to patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities)
o Number of people employed: 31,975
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 5,155 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $11.91
· Home Health Aides (monitor health status and assist with routine care such as changing bandages, applying topical medications, bathing, etc)
o Number of people employed: 27,308
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 4,786 – 21 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $9.96
· Maintenance and Repair Workers (maintain and repair machines, equipment and buildings)
o Number of people employed: 24,238
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 3,917 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $16.94
· Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers (drive a tractor-trailer vehicle and may assist with unloading)
o Number of people employed: 22,701
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 3,700 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $17.96
· Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers (assess products for defects, wear and deviations from specifications)
o Number of people employed: 21,458
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 3,414 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $16.63
· Sales Representatives, Services (sells services to businesses and consumers)
o Number of people employed: 21,485
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 3,336 – 18 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $24.60
· Computer Support Specialists (help people or organizations using computer software or equipment)
o Number of people employed: 16,197
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 2,574 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $23.58
· Computer Programmers (write code to create and develop software programs)
o Number of people employed: 11,487
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,821 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $34.48
· Accountants and Auditors (prepare and examine financial records to ensure accuracy)
o Number of people employed: 10,855
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,689 – 18 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $30.04
· Business Operations Specialists (analyze and reengineer business processes to enhance product or service delivery and other functions)
o Number of people employed: 10,528
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,677 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $30.82
· Electricians (install and maintain electrical systems in homes, businesses, etc)
o Number of people employed: 7,657
o Jobs added from 2010 to 2012: 1,245 – 19 percent growth
o Median hourly wage: $23.64
March 11th, 2013
The state’s labor department just revised its numbers from December, and it looks like Rhode Island unemployment had better numbers than initially expected.
Revised statistics indicate that the RI unemployment rate for December 2012 fell to 9.9 percent—three-tenths of a percentage point lower than the 10.2 percent originally estimated.
The revised rates show a consistent month-to-month decline in the RI unemployment rate over the year, from a high of 10.8 percent in January to a low of 9.9 percent in December. In a similar vein, the number of unemployed RI residents for December 2012 was 55,600, a decrease of 2,200 from the original estimate.
The revised statistics also indicate the number of RI-based jobs for the end of 2012 was 465,600, up 6,800 from original December 2012 estimates. In all, ten industry sectors experienced upward revisions as a result of the benchmark process with the largest gains being reported in the Professional & Business Services (+1,900), Other Services (+1,700), Accommodation & Food Services (+1,600), Health Care & Social Assistance (+1,500), Retail Trade (+1,500), Financial Activities (+1,000) and Government (+800) sectors. Smaller but still positive gains were noted in the Wholesale Trade (+400), Transportation & Utilities (+200) and Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (+200) sectors. Offsetting the upward revisions were downward revisions reported in four industry sectors; Educational Services (-1,300), Information (-1,100), Manufacturing (-1,000) and Construction (-600).