November 30th, 2013
According to recent labor statistics, food service jobs in Rhode Island increased by 800 last month.
Rhode Island jobs increased overall.
In October, the number of RI-based jobs reached 469,600, its highest level since December 2008. In September and October, RI-based jobs showed monthly increases of 1,100 and 800, respectively. Combined with the previously reported August gains of 1,600 jobs, the state experienced three consecutive months of employment gains totaling 3,500 jobs.
Accommodation & Food Services (+800) demonstrated the greatest job gains as employment levels outperformed seasonal expectations. This, coupled with consecutive months of smaller gains in the sector, brought the four-month total increase in Accommodation & Food Services to 1,700. In other positive job news, the Construction sector gained 300 jobs in September and 400 in October, bringing its three-month total increase to 1,000 jobs.
The Retail Trade (-800) and Financial Activities (-600) sectors each experienced notable declines in September. Building material retailers and miscellaneous retailers (i.e. office supply, gift shops, and stationary stores) reported job losses, while several subsectors in the Financial Activities sector experienced payroll declines. The greatest over-the-month job losses in October occurred in the Government sector (-300), with reported losses in local government and state government.
From October 2012 to October 2013, total nonfarm employment rose by 5,500, as job gains appeared in nine economic sectors including Professional & Business Services (+3,000), Construction (+800), Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (+800), Financial Activities (+500), Transportation & Utilities (+300), Accommodation & Food Services (+300), Retail Trade (+200), Health Care & Social Assistance (+200) and Manufacturing (+100).
Employment in four sectors—Government (-300), Information (-200), Other Services (-100) and Wholesale Trade (-100)—declined over the year. Employment in Educational Services and Mining & Logging remained unchanged.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for both September and October 2013 was 9.2 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the August 2013 rate.
November 18th, 2013
A group of employees with nonprofit jobs in Rhode Island are getting valuable information to help manage their personal finances.
General Treasurer Gina M. Raimondo and the Capital Good Fund are coming together on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, to provide the employees of Family Resources Community Action and RiverzEdge Arts Project with this special information.
Employees will learn about about credit and debt management, and have the opportunity to sign-up for a free one-on-one session through the Rhode Island Financial Coaching Corps.
The goal of the Corps is to match volunteers with financial skills and know-how with people looking to learn how to make their money work for them.
Family Resources Community Action helps families and individuals achieve their potential through its programs, advocacy and collaborative initiatives.
RiverzEdge Arts Project is a social enterprise that provides talented underserved teens hands-on work experience in graphic design, digital photography, screen-printing and visual arts.
“Social change requires partnering with high-quality community-based organizations such as Family Resources Community Action and RiverzEdge Arts Project,” said Capital Good Fund Founder & Executive Director Andy Posner. “By expanding on our existing partnership and delivering financial coaching to these nonprofits, we can further empower them to serve residents of Woonsocket.”
“I am excited for the dedicated staff at Family Resources Community Action and RiverzEdge Arts Project to receive financial empowerment training,” Raimondo said. “Every day, these nonprofit colleagues give back to the community and help make Rhode Island stronger. Hopefully they will share their financial education with some of their clients, in essence creating a full circle of support.”
“Financial literacy skills are particularly important in today’s economic environment,” said Ben Lessing, Executive Director of Family Resources Community Action. “Human service and non-profit professionals are directly affected by fluctuating governmental and philanthropic financial support throughout their careers, which can have an impact on their finances. We are pleased to be working with Treasurer Raimondo to assure these valuable personnel have access to financial coaching and other resources so that they are able to manage their income wisely.”
November 4th, 2013
As Rhode Island healthcare jobs go unfilled, the extended vacancy may have a bad impact on the entire organization.
According to a CareerBuilder study, forty-eight percent of nursing jobs and 39 percent of allied health jobs go unfilled for six weeks or longer, on average. Nursing jobs go unfilled for 12 weeks or longer at 20 percent of health care organizations.
A majority of employers cited at least one negative effect of vacancies (59 percent), with the top effects being:
· Employee morale is lower because staff is overworked – 36 percent
· Patients get less attention – 20 percent
· Higher voluntary turnover – 11 percent
· More mistakes in administration of patient care – 10 percent
· Increased lawsuits – 4 percent
Forty-one percent say extended vacancies have not negatively impacted their health care organization.
“The job market for health care positions continues to grow quickly in a sluggish economy, but filling key positions is far from easy. It takes proactive recruitment strategies focused on building pipelines and observing relevant workforce analytics,” said Jason Lovelace, president of CareerBuilder Healthcare. “Organizations are struggling to find a balance between bringing in new talent and hiring experienced industry veterans capable of stepping into stressful environments with little ramp-up time. It’s important, however, that health care leaders develop pathways for new graduates.”
A separate 2013 CareerBuilder Healthcare survey* of 503 employers asked hiring managers about their biggest barriers to filling a health care position. A lack of experience led the most common responses:
· Applicants do not have any relevant experience – 47 percent
· Applicants have salary requirements that are too high – 42 percent
· Applicants have less than 3 years relevant experience – 40 percent
· Applicants don’t have the proper education or training – 39 percent
· Applicants have poor communication skills – 38 percent
· Work schedule/hours are not desirable – 38 percent
October 27th, 2013
The revised job numbers are out, and it appears Rhode Island construction jobs are higher in numbers than expected.
According to the state’s labor dept, second quarter tax data indicates that Rhode Island job growth continued to be greater than originally estimated, with 2,800 more jobs than first reported for June 2013.
The total number of Rhode Island-based jobs in June is 469,500.
Over the entire year, Rhode Island gained 4,300 jobs, as compared to earlier estimates showing a job gain of only 1,500.
Rhode Island had gained 2,800 jobs from June 2011 to June 2012.
The sector with the most significant upward revision is Accommodation & Food Services, with 2,900 more Rhode Island-based jobs in June than originally estimated. Also, the Health Care & Social Assistance sector showed a significant upward revision, with 1,400 more RI-based jobs in June. Other sectors with notable upward revisions include Retail Trade (700), Construction (600) and Other Services (500).
The sector with the largest downward revision is Professional and Business Services (-900), due mainly to fewer administrative and waste-related jobs. Other sectors with notable downward revisions include Educational Services (-800) and Financial Activities (-800).
“This data underscores this importance of health care, retail trade and hospitality industries in our state,” said Director of the Department of Labor and Training Charles J. Fogarty. The Health Care & Social Services sector ranks number one among private sector employment in Rhode Island, followed by the Retail Trade sector and the Accommodation & Food Service sector, according to the department’s Labor Market Information Unit.
October 20th, 2013
Middle wage jobs have been declining for a number of years, and it’s also reported that one state has lost middle wage Rhode Island jobs.
According to a study from Careerbuilder, Wyoming leads the nation in the percentage of middle-wage jobs added in a state post-recession. Forty-five percent of new jobs that were created in Wyoming since 2010 have been middle-wage, well ahead of other high-performing states: Iowa (37%), North Dakota (36%), and Michigan (35%). Texas (25%) and California (23%) have created the largest total number of new middle-wage jobs in the nation, but they’re in the middle of the pack in terms of the share of all new jobs.
At the bottom, Rhode Island is the only state that’s lost middle-wage jobs over the last few years. Meanwhile, Mississippi (10%) and New York (13%) have the lowest share of new middle-wage jobs among states that have seen job increases.
The study from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) shows that there are various fields and states where these positions are thriving.
CareerBuilder and EMSI defined middle-wage jobs as those that pay between $13.84 and $21.13 per hour.
One quarter (25 percent) of all new jobs added in the U.S. since 2010 fall in the middle-wage range, trailing the share of both high-wage jobs (29 percent) and low-wage jobs (46 percent). While automation, offshoring and other factors are driving the declining share of middle-wage jobs, a variety of occupations in this segment have performed well post-recession. Most of these occupations typically require on-the-job training, work experience, or short-term certificates and degrees that community colleges specialize in.
Customer Service Representatives – added 132,690 jobs since 2010, up 6%
Median hourly earnings - $14.91
· Heavy/Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers – added 118,541 jobs since 2010, up 7%
Median hourly earnings - $18.41
· Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks – added 77,162 jobs since 2010, up 4%
Median hourly earnings - $17.02
· Construction Laborers – added 69,148 jobs since 2010, up 6%
Median hourly earnings - $14.60
· Machinists – added 49,906 jobs since 2010, up 14%
Median hourly earnings - $19.01
· Welders, Cutters, Solderers and Brazers – added 38,153 jobs since 2010, up 11%
Median hourly earnings - $17.58
· Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics – added 36,229 jobs since 2010, up 5%
Median hourly earnings - $16.47
· Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers – added 34,424 jobs since 2010, up 8%
Median hourly earnings - $16.81
· Medical Assistants – added 29,949 jobs since 2010, up 5%
Median hourly earnings - $14.35
· Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators – added 21,307 jobs since 2010, up 17%
Median hourly earnings - $17.14
· Oil, Gas and Mining Service Unit Operators – added 16,690 jobs since 2010, up 38%
Median hourly earnings - $20.16
October 5th, 2013
Holiday hiring is upon us, and retail giant Macy’s is busy recruiting for seasonal jobs in Rhode Island, among other locales.
Most seasonal positions are part-time, often with flexibility to fit the availability of the individuals hired. Many positions require the applicant to work evenings, weekends or overnight. In some cases, temporary seasonal associates are offered open year-round positions based on their skills and performance over the holiday season.
Macy’s plans to hire seasonal associates for approximately 83,000 positions at its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers nationwide for the 2013 holiday season. The company’s 2013 seasonal hiring plan compares to approximately 80,000 in 2012 (an increase of about 3.8 percent).
“Our goal is to be well-staffed to welcome and serve customers throughout the busy holiday season, whether they are shopping or buying in stores, online or via mobile devices. We first offer our current associates the opportunity to work extra hours over the holidays, then supplement our ongoing workforce with seasonal hires. Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s are favorite places to shop through the holidays, and our seasonal associates enjoy the energy and excitement of working for our company at this festive time of the year,” said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s, Inc. chairman, president and chief executive officer.
“These seasonal positions represent much-needed jobs for America, and they fill an important niche in the employment spectrum. Especially at the holidays, we employ students working during break to help pay tuition, retirees seeking to remain active and individuals from many walks of life wanting to supplement their income. We are proud to offer them this opportunity to work in a fun, fast-paced and respectful environment,” he said.
The seasonal workforce has grown in recent years in the company’s network of online fulfillment centers in support of increased sales generated by the company’s Omnichannel business strategy. In 2013, approximately 6,600 of the 83,000 total seasonal positions will be based in the four online fulfillment centers. In addition, approximately 1,200 seasonal positions will be assigned to work in the fulfillment areas of the 500 Macy’s stores that are equipped to fill and ship orders directly to customers.
September 23rd, 2013
A retail store known for great savings is aggressively hiring for manager jobs in Rhode Island, among other job titles. The hiring push comes before the holiday season so that stores are ready for the big rush that comes with it.
The company said it is hiring a whopping 50,000 people for various jobs around the U.S. at its stores.
Kohl’s anticipates hiring an average of 40 associates per store.
The company anticipates hiring approximately 6,400 seasonal positions at distribution centers across the country and approximately 350 seasonal credit operations positions.
Seasonal associates can work anywhere from a few hours to more than 20 hours per week. Typical store jobs include unloading trucks, freight processing, stocking and cash register duties.
Hiring began this month, and most jobs will be filled by mid-November. Holiday positions are also being filled at the company’s distribution centers, where hiring began in August.
Associates working at distribution centers help ensure Kohl’s products get to the retail stores a nd into the hands of Kohls.com customers.
Associates working in Kohl’s credit operations perform a variety of jobs including assisting customers with Kohls.com orders.
“Kohl’s customers know to expect great things from us when shopping in our stores or on Kohls.com. In order to ensure we provide excellent customer service during the busiest time of the year, Kohl’s is hiring more than 50,000 associates across the country to maintain the high level of service our shoppers appreciate,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer. “These additional associates will help us provide an enjoyable and convenient shopping experience to our valued customers.”
September 18th, 2013
A boat-building company is ramping up efforts and hiring for quality assurance jobs in Rhode Island.
Vanguard Sailboats and Laser Performance will hold a recruitment event on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Portsmouth location, 200 High Point Ave.
Laser Performance is seeking to hire up to 10 new employees for such jobs as fiberglass cutter, fiberglass finisher, PU mold assistant, quality assurance technician, resin transfer mold operator, gelcoat spray painter and technical manager.
The Business Workforce Center at the RI Department of Labor and Training is assisting the company with its recruitment efforts. The Business Workforce Center offers free services for employers in the areas of job-matching, recruitment, training and transition assistance, and maintains a walk-in center at the department’s administrative offices at 1511 Pontiac Ave., Cranston.
Laser Performance is planning to ramp up its production of a recently purchased product line.
he 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.
Applicants must hold a high school diploma or the equivalency. Manufacturing experience with fiberglass and/or composites is helpful. Those planning to attend should be prepared for an on-site interview.
September 8th, 2013
The state of Rhode Island is looking to fill several customer service rep jobs in Rhode Island.
The Business Workforce Center at the RI Department of Labor and Training hosted a recruitment event, Wednesday, Aug. 14.
The center was helping an area contact center hire up to 75 customer service representatives to support HealthSource RI, Rhode Island’s health care exchange.
The fair included an orientation by contact center personnel as well as select on-site interviews. In addition to hiring English-speaking representatives, the company is interested in hiring bilingual Portuguese and bilingual Spanish representatives.
Department of Labor and Training Director Charles J. Fogarty adds, “These new job opportunities are a direct result of Governor Chafee’s proactive efforts in launching Rhode Island’s own health care exchange.”
The starting salary for the call center positions is $12.70/hour, with premium wages offered for bilingual agents. The jobs will be located at the call center’s Royal Little Drive offices in Providence.
It is unclear if all the openings were filled.
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.
August 25th, 2013
Salary negotiations are always top of mind, but people accepting Rhode Island jobs may be leaving some money on the table.
This is all according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.
The survey finds that even though 45 percent of employers are willing – and expect – to negotiate salaries for initial job offers almost half (49 percent) of workers accept the first offer given to them.
These workers could be leaving money on the table.
Fifty-five percent of workers 35 or older typically negotiate the first offer, which is significantly higher than workers age 18-34 (45 percent).
Men (54 percent) are more likely than women (49 percent) to negotiate first offers.
Professional & business services workers (56 percent) are the most likely to negotiate salary, followed by, information technology (55 percent), leisure and hospitality (55 percent) and sales workers (54 percent).
If unable to meet the job candidate’s salary requirements, a majority of employers are willing to provide alternative benefits. Employers said they would offer the following:
· Flexible schedule: 33 percent
· More vacation time: 19 percent
· Telecommute at least once per week: 15 percent
· Pay for mobile device: 14 percent
Thirty-eight percent said they would not be able to provide anything.
While 11 percent of employers include wage or salary information in their job listings, nearly one-in-four (24 percent) said they don’t reveal what the position pays until they extend the job offer. Nearly half (48 percent) will discuss salary during initial conversations or during the first job interview.
About one third of employers keep track of what competitors pay comparable employees via job postings (33 percent) or market average reports (34 percent), but many (35 percent) don’t factor in external compensation at all. Haefner notes that this can hurt employers competing for skilled labor.
“Forty-nine percent of hiring managers surveyed said job candidates have refused offers due to salary,” said Haefner. “It’s critical that recruiters and hiring managers are armed with up-to-date compensation data. If you offer premium talent below market rates, it can be very difficult to fill vacant positions.”
More than half (54 percent) of hiring managers and HR professionals reported that they are willing to negotiate salaries on initial job offers in the next year. For offers given to new hires, 34 percent of employers say the average change in compensation is expected to grow less than 5 percent in the next year, and 16 percent expect increases of 5 percent or more. Thirty-four percent anticipate no change, three percent expect decreases, and 14 percent are unsure.
Thirty-nine percent of employers expecting increases for new hires say the hikes are to entice skilled applicants to apply, and 25 percent say increase are coming because job offers were turned down due to low compensation.