July 7th, 2015
The number of Rhode Island healthcare jobs may have increased, according to the latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment rose by 223,000 in June, compared with an average monthly gain of 250,000 over the prior 12 months.
In June, job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and in transportation and warehousing.
Health care added 40,000 jobs in June. Job gains were distributed among the three component industries–ambulatory care services (+23,000), hospitals (+11,000), and nursing and residential care facilities (+7,000).
Employment in health care had grown by an average of 34,000 per month over the prior 12 months.
In June, employment in financial activities increased by 20,000, with most of the increase in insurance carriers and related activities (+9,000) and in securities, commodity contracts, and investments (+7,000).
Commercial banking employment declined by 6,000. Employment in financial activities has grown by 159,000 over the year, with insurance accounting for about half of the gain.
Transportation and warehousing added 17,000 jobs in June. Employment in truck transportation continued to trend up over the month (+7,000) and has increased by 19,000 over the past 3 months.
Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in June (+30,000) and has increased by 355,000 over the year. Employment in mining continued to trend down in June (-4,000).
Since a recent high in December 2014, employment in mining has declined by 71,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining.
Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, information, and government, showed little or no change over the month.
July 5th, 2015
Funding has been awarded to states help the unemployed get Rhode Island jobs, among other states.
Yhe U.S. Department of Labor awarded $80 million to workforce agencies — in 44 states and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia — to provide re-employment and eligibility assessments.
The grants will fund services such as in-person assessments at American Job Centers. These assessments of eligible claimants include the following:
- Development of an individual re-employment plan
- Access to labor market information specific to the individual’s location, job skills and employment prospects
- A complete review of the claimant’s eligibility for UI benefits
- Referrals to re-employment services or training at American Job Center
For the first time these grants will be available to fund reemployment services for these beneficiaries. States will be transitioning to a new, targeted population during 2015 and will begin serving claimants who are identified as most likely to exhaust their UI benefits and claimants receiving Unemployment Compensation for Ex-Service members.
“Unemployment disrupts the lives of individuals and families and hurts our nation’s economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants will help the newly unemployed reduce the time between jobs and strengthen the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance program by preventing improper payments. By doing so, we can ensure unemployment benefits remain available for those who truly need them.”
June 24th, 2015
Workers with Rhode Island jobs, among other locations, may need some serious education when it comes to emergencies, according to a new survey from Careerbuilder.
According to the survey, while the vast majority of workers (94 percent) feel their office is a secure place to work, nearly a quarter of workers (23 percent) say they would not know what to do to protect themselves if there was an emergency in their office that posed a physical threat.
When asked about their feelings of security in regards to specific forms of threat, three in ten employees (30 percent) do not feel their workplace is well-protected from a physical threat from another person, and the same percentage (30 percent) feel their workplace is not well-protected from a digital hacking threat.
Most workers (85 percent) feel their workplace is well-protected in case of a fire, flood or other disaster, and 83 percent feel their workplace is well-protected from weather-related threats.
One in five workers (21 percent) report their company does not have an emergency plan in place in case of fire, flood or other disaster, and 1 in 4 (26 percent) say the same of extremely severe weather. Even more workers (40 percent) don’t believe their company has an emergency plan in place in case of a physical attack from another person or a technology security breach.
“Ensuring a safe and secure work environment should be of the utmost importance in any workplace,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder. “Keeping employees protected means not only putting measures in place to keep them safe, but making sure employees are aware of the policies and procedures they can protect themselves, too.”
June 3rd, 2015
Overall, the number of retail jobs in Rhode Island are showing little growth, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics information.
Over the past year, health care has added 390,000 jobs. Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components. Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).
Employment in mining fell by 15,000 in April, with most of the job loss in support activities for mining (-10,000) and in oil and gas extraction (-3,000). Since the beginning of the year, employment in mining
has declined by 49,000, with losses concentrated in support activities for mining. Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.
Professional and business services added 62,000 jobs in April. Over the prior 3 months, job gains averaged 35,000 per month. In April, services to buildings and dwellings added 16,000 jobs, following little change in March. Employment continued to trend up in April in computer systems design and related services (+9,000), in business support services (+7,000), and in management and technical consulting services (+6,000).
Employment in construction rose by 45,000 in April, after changing little in March. Over the past 12 months, construction has added 280,000 jobs. In April, job growth was concentrated in specialty trade
contractors (+41,000), with employment gains about evenly split between the residential and nonresidential components. Employment declined over the month in nonresidential building construction (-8,000).
Employment in other major industries, including manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government, showed little change over the month.
June 2nd, 2015
A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that people with IT jobs in Rhode Island may need a social media presence in order to get hired.
Hiring managers in information technology and financial services are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; retail had the lowest share.
- Information Technology: 76 percent
- Financial Services: 64 percent
- Sales: 61 percent
- Professional & Business Services: 54 percent
- Manufacturing: 49 percent
- Health Care: 49 percent
- Retail: 46 percent
Forty-eight percent of hiring managers who screen candidates via social networks said they’ve found information that caused them not to hire a candidate – down slightly from 51 percent last year. The following are the top pieces of content that turned off employers:
- Provocative or inappropriate photographs – 46 percent
- Information about candidate drinking or using drugs – 40 percent
- Candidate bad-mouthed previous company or fellow employee – 34 percent
- Poor communication skills – 30 percent
- Discriminatory comments related to race, religion, gender, etc. – 29 percent
About one-third (32 percent), however, found information that caused them to hire a candidate, including:
- Candidate’s background information supported job qualifications –42 percent
- Candidate’s personality came across as good fit with company culture – 38 percent
- Candidate’s site conveyed a professional image – 38 percent
- Candidate had great communication skills – 37 percent
- Candidate was creative – 36 percent
Fifty-two percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up significantly from 43 percent last year and 39 percent in 2013.
More than one third of employers (35 percent) say they are less likely to interview job candidates if they are unable to find information about that person online.
June 1st, 2015
A new plan from Rhodeworks will create many new Rhode Island construction jobs.
RhodeWorks is a bold action plan to address the state’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.
Rhode Island ranks 50th out of 50 states in overall bridge condition and has lost 1,200 in the construction sector over the past three months. RhodeWorks is focused on solving these two problems at once, with the potential to create about 12,000 job-years over the next decade and make the state a more attractive place for businesses.
“Infrastructure is a critical component of rebuilding our economy and improving our job climate,” said House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello. “The proposal by Governor Raimondo is an investment in economic development, while getting people to work in the construction trades. Being ranked at the bottom of states with deficient bridges is a disincentive to businesses looking to locate in our state. The House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing and review the details carefully in the weeks ahead.”
“Governor Raimondo is making a very exciting proposal to put in place a system that will repair Rhode Island’s crumbling roads and bridges while reducing long-term costs on taxpayers and motorists,” said Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed. “The Senate looks forward to examining the details of the proposal, including any potential impact on Rhode Island businesses. It is vital to Rhode Island’s economic wellbeing that we invest in our transportation infrastructure. The Governor’s bold action plan aims to put thousands of Rhode Island construction workers back on the job now, while ensuring that roads and bridges are in good repair well into the future.”
“The shabby condition of our highways, roads and bridges is a serious impediment to economic growth that must be addressed quickly and completely,” said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. “To put the urgency in context, ‘highway accessibility’ ranked as the most important factor to U.S. corporate site selectors in a comprehensive survey by Area Development magazine, up from its second place ranking in the previous year’s study. They note that the availability and condition of roads to, from, around, and away from America’s manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, industrial parks, and office complexes has become a more important economic development issue for the nation. States and communities that make the investments in increasing road infrastructure, and in existing infrastructure, will be in better shape for economic development. Governor Raimondo, Speaker Mattiello and Senate President Paiva Weed are taking on another important mega-issue. The Chamber will provide relevant feedback from the business community on specific costs, impact and implementation.”
May 25th, 2015
The candidate experience may be dampening an employer’s reputation when it comes to those seeking Rhode Island jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder study.
The 2015 Candidate Behavior study, conducted by Inavero on behalf of CareerBuilder of more than 5,013 workers ages 18 and over and 2,002 hiring decision makers between February 3 and February 18, 2015, sheds light on the differences between what candidates expect from potential employers during the job application process and what employers actually deliver.
The six facts every employer should know about the candidate experience include:
Fact: Candidate Experience Matters (More Than You Know)
According to the study, 82 percent of employers think there’s little to no negative impact on the company when a candidate has a bad experience during the hiring process. The reality, however, is that the majority of candidates do not take poor treatment lying down: 58 percent are less likely to buy from a company to which they’ve applied if they don’t get a response to their application; 69 percent are less likely if they have a bad experience in the interview; and the same is true of 65 percent if they didn’t hear back after an interview.
Conversely, a good candidate experience can have the reverse effect: 69 percent of candidates are more likely to buy from a company to which they’ve applied if they’re treated with respect throughout the application process, and 67 percent are likely to do the same if they receive consistent updates throughout the recruitment process.
Fact: Employers May Be Missing Opportunities to Connect with Candidates
Job seekers may be searching for jobs in a lot of places where employers don’t have a presence. Candidates consult up to 18 resources throughout their job search – including job boards, social networking sites, search engines and online referrals – but the majority of employers (58 percent) don’t use tracking or coding technology to learn where candidates are coming from and ensure they are making efficient use of their recruitment marketing efforts. Without any data on where their candidates are coming from, employers may be missing opportunities to connect with candidates where they are actually searching.
Fact: Candidates Expect More Than You’re Giving Them
For some candidates, the myth of the infamous application “black hole” is all too real. More than half of employers (52 percent) respond to less than half of the candidates who apply. What these employers may not realize, however, is that not only do most candidates expect an automated reply that acknowledges their application, the majority (84 percent) also expect a personal email response, and 52 percent anticipate a phone call. Even when the news isn’t what they hope to receive, candidates expect a response: 1 in 4 candidates (25 percent) expect to hear if the employer will not be bringing them in for an interview.
Fact: Ongoing Communication is Critical for Candidates
When it comes to candidate communication, employers seem to be falling short of candidates’ expectations. Thirty-six percent of candidates expect to be updated throughout the application process, and 41 percent expect to be notified if they weren’t chosen after they interviewed with the company. Yet only 26 percent of employers proactively communicate with candidates what stage of the hiring process they’re in. Even when they’ve made it as far into the process as an interview, many candidates are still left in the dark: Nearly three in four (73 percent) candidates who interviewed with companies said they were never given an explanation for why they didn’t get the job.
May 8th, 2015
RealJobs RI is a new initiative that will help job seekers get Rhode Island jobs.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training t is soliciting planning grant proposals for Real Jobs RI, part of Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s jobs plan that puts employers’ needs at the center of government workforce development actions to jumpstart the Rhode Island economy.
Real Jobs RI is a flexible grant program to support ideas from employers and partners of all sizes, to connect people to job openings more quickly. It is demand driven, collaborative, and business led.
This solicitation will help employers to analyze their workforce demands and build partner relationships that will produce a stable pipeline of workers to jobs.
Planning grants of up to $25,000 per grant, for a total of $300,000, will be awarded to enable employers to convene partnerships, determine the specific workforce needs of employers, gather the necessary partners and produce a proposed plan to train individuals to meet those needs. Implementation grants will be available to fund those partnerships whose plans are approved and selected.
“We’ve heard from too many Rhode Island business owners who have struggled to find skilled workers to fill the jobs they have now,” said Governor Raimondo. “Real Jobs RI will help spark our economic recovery by connecting employers with the trained workforce they need to grow and expand. These planning grants are a key step in establishing critical industry partnerships that will put Rhode Islanders back to work.”
“The Real Jobs RI planning grant release is a first step in creating a more demand driven workforce system,” said DLT Director Scott Jensen. “This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about the real demand in Rhode Island’s vibrant sectors.”
“It’s essential that we focus on the specific needs of employers as we reshape Rhode Island’s job training system. That’s what the Real Jobs approach is all about,” said Stefan Pryor, Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce. “Accepting applications is the beginning of what we hope is a successful program—helping employers gain the workforce they need to grow.”
May 5th, 2015
It may be possible that people are asking illegal questions when it comes to Rhode Island jobs.
In a recent CareerBuilder survey, 20 percent of hiring managers indicated they have asked a question in a job interview only to find out later that it was illegal to ask.
Interview Questions That Aren’t Okay to Ask
The following questions are illegal for hiring managers to ask; yet, when asked if they knew if these questions were illegal, at least one third of employers indicated they didn’t know:
– What is your religious affiliation?
– Are you pregnant?
– What is your political affiliation?
– What is your race, color or ethnicity?
– How old are you?
– Are you disabled?
– Are you married?
– Do you have children or plan to?
– Are you in debt?
– Do you social drink or smoke?
Some interview questions seem inappropriate because they are, as noted above. Others, however, seem inappropriate because they are unfamiliar. But though the following interview questions may have one wondering, “What does this have to do with the job?” there is a method to hiring managers’ perceived madness. Below are some of the most unusual – but still legal – interview questions hiring managers say they have asked job candidates, and what these questions really assess:
“How would you wrangle a herd of cats?” A hiring manager might ask a question like this to gain insight into a candidate’s ability to organize, lead and motivate others.
“Do you believe in life on other planets?” A question like this might be asked to see if a candidate has an attitude that anything is possible.
“What superpower would you like to have?” How candidates answer this question can provide insight into how they view their own strengths and weaknesses.
“If you were stranded on an island, which two items would you like to have with you?” Answers to this question could indicate a candidate’s ability to weather a tough situation with limited resources.
April 19th, 2015
Wages are possibly on the decline for Rhode Island science jobs, according to a new survey from Payscale.
The Q1 2015 PayScale Index shows national wages for Q1 barely increased at 0.1 percent and the average 12-month change in U.S. wages across all industries was 1.8 percent. Of note, previous top performing sectors such as the professional, scientific and technical services industry and the oil and gas industry experienced a decline in Q1.
Construction jobs and the real estate industry which saw wages decline in recent years are now showing signs of recovery. Finally, the Index shows wage growth continues to lag, as real wages are down almost 7 percent since 2006, a measure calculated by analyzing nominal wage growth and the average change in price of a fixed basket of goods and services.
Key findings in the Q1 2015 PayScale Index:
- STEM focused jobs experienced a slow-down:
- Wages for previously ‘hot-performing’ IT, engineering, science and biotech jobs fell slightly in Q1 and have been relatively flat for several months. For example, science and biotech jobs grew just 1.0 percent annually, experiencing the lowest wage growth of any category. However, these jobs are still near the top for wage growth since 2006 (approximately 10 percent), due to remarkable growth for several years.
- Industry Highlights:
- Although the oil and gas industry experienced the highest total wage growth since 2006 at 19 percent, declining oil prices resulted in the lowest annual wage growth of any industry at 0.8 percent. Similarly, the oil city of Houston experienced a wage dip in Q1 as wages fell 0.2 percent from Q4 2014 and rose only 1.2 percent annually (behind the national average of 1.8 percent).
- Real estate tied with the wholesale trade industry for the largest annual growth for Q1 at 3 percent and wages in real estate grew more than 5 percent since their low point in Q3 2013. Wage growth in the real estate industry mirrors recent increases in the housing market.
- Similar to real estate, the construction industry also experienced a recovery with annual wage growth of 2.7 percent. A previous wage loser, annual wage growth for construction jobs topped the list for all job categories with 2.9 percent.