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Monday, June 18th, 2012
Jobs in Rhode Island may be on the decline, according to recent statistics. But there is still a bright spot for the New England state.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nonfarm payroll employment increased in 27 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 22 states, and was unchanged in Maine.
The largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in California (+33,900), followed by Ohio (+19,600) and New Jersey (+17,600). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in North Carolina (-16,500), followed by Pennsylvania (-9,900) and Maryland (-7,500).
Vermont experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+1.1 percent), followed by Montana (+0.9 percent) and Nebraska (+0.7 percent).
Alaska experienced the largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment (-0.8 percent), followed by New Mexico (-0.6 percent) and Delaware and Hawaii (-0.5 percent each).
Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 43 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 7 states. The largest over-the-year percentage increase in employment occurred in North Dakota (+6.8 percent).
The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Rhode Island (-0.8 percent).
Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states, 11.6 percent in May. Rhode Island and California posted the next highest rates, 11.0 and 10.8 percent, respectively.
North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.0 percent, followed by Nebraska, 3.9 percent. In total, 27 states reported jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 8.2 percent, 5 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 18 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
Sunday, May 20th, 2012
Rhode Island scored the worst when it came to small business owners and jobs, according to a new survey.
Thumbtack.com, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, conducted a two-month survey of over 6,000 small business owners nationwide. The data shines a new light on the United States’ business regulatory climate and the nation’s economic health.
Some findings include:
- Small businesses said licensing requirements were nearly twice as important as tax-related regulations in determining their state or city government’s overall business-friendliness.
- An important predictor of small business friendliness was whether small business owners are aware of the state or local government offering training programs for small businesses.
- Among small business owners nationally, women were 9% more likely than men to feel supported by their state governments.
“Asking entrepreneurs to rank state friendliness to their businesses is a powerful resource for helping policymakers understand the needs of business owners and for helping aspiring founders understand the full dimensions of their business environment,” said Dane Stangler, director of research at the Kauffman Foundation.
“Six thousand small business owners have told an unusually nuanced story about what they value in their state or city government,” said Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com. “Although Texas and Idaho clearly come out on top as the nation’s friendliest states towards small business, entrepreneurs value a lot more than just tax-related regulations. Easy-to-understand licensing regulations and well-publicized training programs are often overlooked as critical tools necessary to support small business.”
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Rhode Island unemployment has once again climbed, according to recent stats from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
In March 2012, nonfarm payroll employment increased in 29 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 20 states, and was unchanged in Alabama. The largest over-the-month increase in employment occurred in New York (+19,100), followed by California (+18,200) and Arizona (+13,500). The largest over-the-month decrease in employment occurred in Ohio (-9,500), followed by New Jersey (-8,600) and Wisconsin (-4,500). Arizona experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+0.6 percent), followed by the District of Columbia and Nebraska (+0.5 percent each). Maine experienced the largest over-the-month percentage decline in employment (-0.5 percent), followed by Wyoming (-0.3 percent). Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 45 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 4 states, and was unchanged in Alabama. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+6.5 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-0.9 percent).
Nevada continued to record the highest unemployment rate among the states, 12.0 percent in March. Rhode Island and California posted the next highest rates, 11.1 and 11.0 percent, respectively.
North Dakota again registered the lowest jobless rate, 3.0 percent, followed by Nebraska, 4.0 percent. In total, 23 states reported jobless rates significantly lower than the U.S. figure of 8.2 percent, 7 states and the District of Columbia had measurably higher rates, and 20 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.
Thirty states recorded unemployment rate decreases, 8 states posted rate increases, and 12 states and the District of Columbia had no change.
Thursday, April 5th, 2012
For the first time in years, hiring is picking up, and jobs in Rhode Island are also increasing.
According to CareerBuilder’s latest nationwide survey, one-third of employers added full-time, permanent employees in the first quarter of this year, on par with 2007 and the highest increase reported since the recession began. The momentum is expected to continue with 30 percent of employers planning to add new full-time, permanent staff in April through June.
The national survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive from February 9 to March 2, 2012, included more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.
“We have moved from an anemic job market to one that is stable and growing,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “While still cautious, employers are feeling better about the state of the U.S. economy and the debt situation in Europe. Forty-one percent of companies reported their sales have increased over the last six months, which is helping to fuel greater confidence in hiring. The amount of job listings we’re seeing for key categories on CareerBuilder.com are similar to that of 2007. All indicators point to steady improvement in the job market in the second quarter and beyond.”
The study also showed there is increased competition for talent among employers. Of employers who recruited for positions in the last year, more than half (56 percent) reported that a candidate rejected a job offer from their organization. Forty-one percent of those attributed the rejection to their inability to provide the candidate’s desired salary while 22 percent said they didn’t offer the position quickly enough and the candidate was already hired somewhere else.
In a previous survey completed in December 2011, 24 percent of employers planned to hire full-time, permanent employees in the first quarter of 2012. The number of employers who actually added headcount in the first quarter of 2012 was 33 percent, significantly higher than what was initially expected and up from 28 percent in Q1 2011.
Saturday, March 10th, 2012
According to the newest report from the BLS, Rhode Island hospitality jobs have risen.
Other cities showed growth in manufacturing and other various industries, including mining, research, and healthcare.
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 227,000 in February. Private-sector employment grew by 233,000, with job gains in professional and business services, health care and social assistance, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, and mining.
The BLS reports that professional and business services added 82,000 jobs in February. Just over half of the increase occurred in temporary help services (+45,000). Job gains also occurred in computer systems design (+10,000) and in management and technical consulting services (+7,000). Employment in professional and business services has grown by 1.4 million since a recent low point in September 2009.
Health care and social assistance employment rose by 61,000 over the month. Within health care, ambulatory care services added 28,000 jobs, and hospital employment increased by 15,000. Over the past 12 months, health care employment has risen by 360,000.
In February, social assistance employment edged up (+12,000). In February, employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 44,000, with nearly all of the increase in food services and drinking places (+41,000). Since a recent low in February 2010, food services has added 531,000 jobs. Manufacturing employment rose by 31,000 in February.
All of the increase occurred in durable goods manufacturing, with job gains in fabricated metal products (+11,000), transportation equipment (+8,000), machinery (+5,000), and furniture and related products (+3,000). Durable goods manufacturing has added 444,000 jobs since a recent trough in January 2010. In February, mining added 7,000 jobs, with most of the gain in support activities for mining (+5,000).
Since a recent low in October 2009, mining employment has increased by 180,000. Construction employment changed little in February, after 2 consecutive months of job gains. Over the month, employment fell by 14,000 in nonresidential specialty trade contractors.
Friday, December 30th, 2011
Bradley-Morris has announced a slew of new job fairs designed to help the military find Rhode Island jobs.
The military-focused recruiting firm helps companies find talented military personnel for key positions.
The ConferenceHire events will take place in the following locations:
- 1/23 Austin, TX
- 1/23 Norfolk, VA
- 1/30 Atlanta, GA
- 2/13 Providence, RI
- 2/13 San Diego, CA
- 2/27 Austin, TX
- 3/05 Atlanta, GA
- 3/12 Norfolk, VA
- 3/19 San Diego, CA
- 3/26 Chicago, IL
Bradley-Morris is also connecting job seekers with Atlanta jobs.
“Military-friendly companies are approaching 2012 with a renewed sense of optimism,” said Sandra (Sandy) Morris, CEO. “For these employers who are already taking advantage of the military talent pool to help them grow and diversify their businesses, and also for companies who may be new to hiring transitioning military and veterans, the first quarter presents an ideal opportunity to leverage BMI’s hiring events.”
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
A new survey posits that jobs in Rhode Island could burgeon.
Hiring is expected to remain surefire and steady.
A national survey conducted by Dice Holdings, Inc., a provider of specialized career websites for professional communities, found that nearly half (47%) of hiring managers and recruiters say they plan additional hiring during the first half of 2012, as compared to the second half of 2011. (more…)
Friday, October 7th, 2011
Rhode Island jobs may be climbing, according to a new survey.
Caution and seasonality are influencing hiring expectations for the fourth quarter as employers assess ongoing barriers to economic growth and wrap up 2011. This is according to CareerBuilder’s latest nationwide survey of more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals conducted by Harris Interactive from August 16 to September 8, 2011.
Consistent with trends typically seen at the tail end of the calendar, employers anticipate a moderate slowdown in hiring. Twenty-one percent of hiring managers reported that they plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in Q4, down from Q3, but on par with 2010.
Employers also report they are hiring for Long Island jobs.
The tempered plans for Q4 follow a slightly softer recruitment picture in Q3. In terms of actual hiring, 26 percent of employers reported they added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3. While better than the same period in 2010, this is down three percentage points from Q2 2011 – reflecting a more hesitant hiring environment in the face of rising commodity prices, a volatile stock market, concerns over Europe’s sovereign debt crisis and other global issues.
“While hiring is historically slower in the fourth quarter, recent world events and a structurally impaired U.S. economy are causing employers to be a little more guarded,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “Job creation levels are not yet high enough to drive down the unemployment rate, but the hiring trends we’ve seen through our surveys and on our job site still indicate an overall positive sentiment among employers. For eight consecutive quarters, 20 percent or more of employers reported adding new jobs and the same is expected for Q4.”
More than one-in-four hiring managers (26 percent) reported they hired full-time, permanent staff in the third quarter, up slightly from 25 percent last year, but down from 29 percent in Q2. While staff reductions slightly improved year-over-year – 11 percent reporting a decrease in headcount in Q3 2011 compared to 12 percent in 2010 – it was unchanged sequentially. Sixty-two percent of employers reported their staff levels stayed the same in Q3 while 1 percent were unsure.
Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Bradley-Morris has announced a series of events designed to help companies hire veterans for Rhode Island jobs.
The largest military-focused recruiting firm in the U.S., announced fourth quarter dates for their ConferenceHire events. The military hiring events are for employers who need to make the most of their year-end recruiting budgets. At these events, Fortune 1000 companies interview JMOs (Junior Military Officers), technicians and diversity candidates with military backgrounds for positions in Management / Engineering, Technician / Supervision / Field Service and Consulting / Sales / Business Development.
The ConferenceHire events will take place on the following dates:
10/10 Providence, RI
10/17 San Diego, CA
10/24 Atlanta, GA
10/24 Austin, TX
11/07 Norfolk, VA
11/21 Chicago, IL
12/05 Atlanta, GA
12/05 San Diego, CA
12/12 Norfolk, VA
The events will also help boost Chicago jobs.
“Employers are closing out their recruiting budgets by targeting a healthy percentage toward military-experienced talent,” said Sandra (Sandy) Morris, CEO. “BMI clients are already hiring job seekers who don’t leave the military until early 2012, and companies recruiting in Q4 will secure the top job seekers ahead of their competitors.”
In addition to ConferenceHire military hiring events, Bradley-Morris, Inc. offers these solutions to hire military candidates, including services for companies seeking Senior Military Officers for executive leadership positions:
TargetHire®, contingency recruitment accelerated by BMI’s patent-pending military-to-civilian matching technology.
PowerHire®, BMI’s volume hiring solution.
Government, Contract and Employment Services (GCES), dedicated resources focusing on government / defense hiring needs, contract employment and outsourced recruiting / employment services.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Rhode Island jobs took a dip this summer, according to a new report from an outplacement firm. But overall American jobs are better from last year.
Challenger, Gray, and & Christmas, the outplacement firm, said that United States-based employers announced plans to trim 51,114 workers from the payrolls in August, a 23- percent decline from July, when the number of job cuts hit a 16-month high of 66,414.
The August decline follows three consecutive increases in the monthly job-cut total that saw job cuts rise from 36,490 in April to the July peak. The August total, however, was up 47 percent from a year ago, when employers announced just 34,768 job cuts during the month.
Employers have now announced 363,334 planned layoffs so far this year. That is only 2.9 percent below a 2010 eight-month job-cut total of 374,121. The gap between 2010 and 2011 year-to-date job cuts has steadily fallen over the last few months. In March, year-to-date job cuts were 28 percent behind 2010. By June, the difference dropped to 17 percent. Now, less than three percent separates 2011 and 2010.
“July job cuts spiked as a result of a handful of surprisingly large jobcut announcements in the private sector. It is too soon to tell whether those cuts were an anomoly, but they appeared to be driven by industry- and company-specific trends, as opposed to larger economic ones. In August, the private sector once again took a backseat to the government sector, which saw job cuts surge to the second highest monthly total this year,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.