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Are workers without diploma securing transportation jobs in Rhode Island?

August 27th, 2014

A new survey from Careerbuilder shows that while unemployment for workers without a high school is high, some of these workers could potentially secure transportation jobs in Rhode Island, among other locations.

As of this year, there are 115 occupations that require a high school diploma and pay $20 per hour or more on average.

Of those, 70 percent typically require moderate to long-term on-the-job training or apprenticeships; 30 percent typically require short-term or no on-the-job training.

High-paying occupations for high school graduates aren’t necessarily entry-level jobs. For instance, first-line supervisors, regardless of discipline, typically require 1-5 years of prior work experience.

“While the pursuit of higher education is the best bet for gainful employment, it is a myth that only good jobs go to college graduates and that workers with high school degrees are destined to low-wage careers,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “It’s important to note, however, that most high-paying jobs available to high school grads involve skill sets that require extensive post-secondary training or several-years’ worth of prior experience, and are often in fields that have seen declining employment in recent years.”
In several of these jobs, workers may need to attend vocational school or other non-college-level training programs to achieve licensure or certification. Additionally, entry-level requirements will vary by state, locality and employer.

Service jobs in Rhode Island grow

August 26th, 2014

The number of service jobs in Rhode Island may have grown, according to the most recent ADP employment report.

Overall, private sector employment increased by 218,000 jobs from June to July according to the report.

Goods-producing employment rose by 16,000 jobs in July, down from 43,000 jobs gained in June. The construction industry added 12,000 jobs over the month, less than half last month’s gain. Meanwhile, manufacturing added 3,000 jobs in July, less than one-third the number of jobs added in June.

Service-providing employment rose by 202,000 jobs in July, down from 238,000 in June. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed 61,000 jobs in July, down from 79,000 in June. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 52,000, down slightly from June’s 56,000. The 9,000 new jobs added in financial activities was down 25% from last month’s number.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “The July employment gain was softer than June, but remains consistent with a steadily improving job market. At the current pace of job growth unemployment will quickly decline. Layoffs are still receding and hiring and job openings are picking up. If current trends continue, the economy will return to full employment by late 2016.”

Payroll growth for businesses with 49 or fewer employees increased by 84,000 jobs in July. That’s down from 126,000 in June. Job growth was also down over the month for medium-sized and large firms. Employment among medium-sized companies with 50-499 employees rose by 92,000, down from 112,000 in June. Employment at large companies – those with 500 or more employees – increased by 41,000, down slightly from the previous month. Companies with 500-999 employees added 14,000, on par with June’s 15,000.

People with high school degrees check out Rhode Island jobs

August 19th, 2014

What are the best Rhode Island jobs for people with high school degrees only? Careerbuilder took a recent survey to find out what the best jobs are nationwide for people without college degrees.

As of this year, there are 115 occupations that require a high school diploma and pay $20 per hour or more on average. Of those, 70 percent typically require moderate to long-term on-the-job training or apprenticeships; 30 percent typically require short-term or no on-the-job training.

In several of these jobs, workers may need to attend vocational school or other non-college-level training programs to achieve licensure or certification. Additionally, entry-level requirements will vary by state, locality and employer.

High-paying occupations for high school graduates aren’t necessarily entry-level jobs. For instance, first-line supervisors, regardless of discipline, typically require 1-5 years of prior work experience.

U.S. workers with only a high school diploma face an unemployment rate nearly twice that of college educated workers (6.1 to 3.1) and earn significantly less on average.

“While the pursuit of higher education is the best bet for gainful employment, it is a myth that only good jobs go to college graduates and that workers with high school degrees are destined to low-wage careers,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “It’s important to note, however, that most high-paying jobs available to high school grads involve skill sets that require extensive post-secondary training or several-years’ worth of prior experience, and are often in fields that have seen declining employment in recent years.”

Healthcare jobs in Rhode Island get a boost

August 5th, 2014

With the new jobs report, healthcare jobs in Rhode Island appear to be growing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in health care changed little over the month, with job gains in ambulatory health care services (+21,000) largely offset by losses in hospitals (-7,000) and nursing care facilities (-6,000).

Mining added 8,000 jobs in July, with the bulk of the increase occurring in support activities for mining (+6,000). Over the year, mining employment has risen by 46,000.

Employment in leisure and hospitality changed little in July but has added 375,000 jobs over the year, primarily in food services and drinking places.

Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change in July.

Overall, manufacturing added 28,000 jobs in July. Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts (+15,000) and in furniture and related products (+3,000). Over the prior 12 months, manufacturing had added an average of 12,000 jobs per month, primarily in durable goods industries.

Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in July and has added 648,000 jobs over the past 12 months. In July, employment continued to trend up across much of the industry, including a gain of 9,000 jobs in architectural and engineering services. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month.

Overall, employment increased by 209,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 6.2 percent.

In July, retail trade employment rose by 27,000. Employment continued to trend up in automobile dealers, food and beverage stores, and general merchandise stores. Over the past year, retail trade has added 298,000 jobs.

Social assistance added 18,000 jobs over the month and 110,000 over the year. (The social assistance industry includes child day care and services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.)

Investments support Rhode Island research jobs

July 28th, 2014

A new initiative in the state is helping to boost those with Long Island research jobs.

The Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC), an initiative implemented from within Commerce RI, have awarded six recipients Rhode Island Collaborative Research Grants.

The awards will provide $445,092 in support to projects, representing 15 scientists from small businesses, research universities and hospitals throughout Rhode Island.

Award recipients include academic and industry scientists pursuing research in medicine, cyber security, engineering, chemistry, and pharmaceutical sciences. The grant recipients are:

Antiviral and immunomodulatory effects of Inter-alpha inhibitors in Dengue infections ($70,092). • Carey Medin, University of Rhode Island • Yow-Pin Lim, ProThera Biologics, Inc.

Cyber security situational awareness with social-aware data integration ($75,000). • Lisa DiPippo, University of Rhode Island • William Matuszak, Adaptive Methods, Inc.

Next generation data storage systems for big data applications ($75,000). • Gang Xiao, Brown University • Qing Yang, University of Rhode Island

Development of a new molecular imaging platform: biosensor-enhanced Xenon-129 MRI ($75,000) • Brenton DeBoef, University of Rhode Island • Li-Qiong Wang, Brown University

Novel SiRNA delivery technology via biomimetic nanomaterial for treatment of joint arthritis ($75,000). • Qian Chen, RI Hospital • Wei Lu, University of Rhode Island • Yupeng Chen, RI Hospital • Richard Terek MD, RI Hospital

The program is designed to advance research projects that are collaborative across institutions, well positioned to receive follow-on funding, and with significant technology development and commercialization potential.

“This is the ninth round of STAC grants, an important source of jobs and growth to our economy. They are aimed at collaborative research projects, and bring together the experts from the private sector and our hospitals with the great minds at work at our colleges, universities and medical institutions,” Governor Chafee said. “I congratulate the grant recipients and look forward to learning more about the innovation and results the funding may yield.”

Employers plan to hire for finance jobs in Rhode Island

July 21st, 2014

According to a midyear job forecast from Careerbuilder, employers may be hiring for finance jobs in Rhode Island among other locations on the back half of 2014.

According to the survey, nearly half of U.S. employers plan to add full-time, permanent headcount over the next six months, and one-third plan to hire temporary or contract worker.

The following industries are expected to outperform the national average for permanent hiring in the months ahead with Information Technology, Financial Services and Hospitality poised to experience the highest year-over-year gains:

  • Information Technology – 59 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 51 percent last year
  • Financial Services – 57 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 52 percent last year
  • Hospitality – 55 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 46 percent last year
  • Health Care – 54 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 51 percent last year
  • Manufacturing – 54 percent plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, up from 52 percent last year

While recruitment activity is notably stronger and increasing in enterprise organizations, small business hiring is holding steady and showing moderate improvement compared to last year.

  • 50 or fewer employees – 24 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, the same as last year
  • 250 or fewer employees – 35 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up slightly from 34 percent in 2013
  • 500 or fewer employees – 39 percent hiring full-time, permanent employees, up from 37 percent in 2013

Thirty-six percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in the second quarter, up from 34 percent last year. Ten percent decreased headcount, while 53 percent made no change to staff levels and 1 percent were unsure.

And 31 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the third quarter, up slightly from 30 percent last year. Nine percent expect to downsize staffs, while 56 percent anticipate no changes to headcount and 5 percent are undecided.

Franchises add education jobs in Rhode Island

July 7th, 2014

National employment is growing, and along with it, franchise jobs, including education jobs in Rhode Island, are also growing.

According to a report from ADP, about 830 education jobs were added to franchises last month.

In total, U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 33,330 during the month of June, according to the ADP National Franchise Report.

“In June, franchises added the most jobs for any month since December 2013,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute.  “The total number of jobs added was up over 50% from May. Auto Parts and Dealers doubled from the previous month.”

The ADP National Franchise Report, the first and only report of its kind, is a monthly measure of the change in total U.S. nonfarm private franchise employment derived from actual, anonymous payroll data of client companies served by ADP®, a leading provider of human capital management solutions. The matched sample used to develop the ADP National Franchise Report is derived from ADP payroll data, which represents 15,000 Franchisors and Franchisees employing nearly one million workers in the U.S.

The ADP National Franchise Report is published by the ADP Research Institute, a specialized group within ADP that provides insights around employment trends and workforce strategy, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics, Inc.

Service-providing employment rose by 230,000 jobs in June, up from 148,000 in May. The ADP National Employment Report indicates that professional/ business services contributed 77,000 jobs in June, up from 46,000 in May. Expansion in trade/transportation/utilities grew by 50,000, up from May’s 36,000. The 11,000 new jobs added in financial activities was about double last month’s number.

Key hire appointed to law enforcement jobs in Rhode Island

June 25th, 2014

The governor has appointed a key hire to fill law enforcement jobs in Rhode Island.

Laura A. Pisaturo of Warwick will chair the Rhode Island Parole Board filling the seat vacated by Dr. Kenneth Walker, who resigned effective July 31, 2014.

Walker served as a parole board member from 1979-2008 and then was appointed as Chairman in 2008-2014, serving a total of 34 years of service on the Parole Board. Pisaturo, who is a skilled attorney, has more than18 years of experience as a civil litigator and criminal prosecutor.

Pisaturo, a practicing attorney, serves on the Rhode Island Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, and the Warwick Planning Board. For six years, she was a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association House of Delegates. Her previous work experience includes director of the Rhode Island Children’s Advocacy Center, prosecutor for the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General under Attorneys General Jeffrey Pine, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Patrick Lynch, and as a civil litigator with Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP. A Providence native and Classical High School graduate, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island, and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

She has held adjunct faculty positions with both Salve Regina University and The University of Rhode Island. Providence Business News has recognized her in their “forty under 40″ for her dedication to community service, as well as achievements in her career. Her community service includes involvement with the Bar Association’s Family Court, Criminal, and Civil Bench/Bar Committees, the LGBT Legal Issues Committee and the Warwick Rotary.

The Board is authorized by statute (R.I.G.L. § 13-8-1 et seq.) to consider the early release of incarcerated offenders who have been sentenced to be imprisoned for a period of more than six months and who have served not less than one-third of the term for which they have been sentenced. Using structured decision-making, the Parole Board has broad discretion to determine when and if an offender will be released from imprisonment.

Boomers hold more science jobs in Rhode Island

June 20th, 2014

A new report from Careerbuilder points out that baby boomers hold a larger percentage of science jobs in Rhode Island, among other locales, than millennials.

According to the survey, the number of jobs held by baby boomers (age 55-64) grew 9 percent from 2007 to 2013, a gain of 1.9 million. The millennial workforce (age 22-34), however, has not recovered from the recession nearly as fast. With an increase of only 110,000 jobs, employment in 2013 was essentially unchanged from 2007 (.3 percent growth).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the population of 55 and older Americans has grown 20 percent since 2007 – four times as fast as prime-working age millennials (ages 25-34).

The 55 and older group is the only age group to increase its labor force participation rate (+1.7 percentage points) and employment-to-population ratio (+.8 percentage points) since 2007.

Outside of food preparation and serving jobs, boomers have increased their share of jobs held in each category, including STEM occupations, relative to millennials. Construction and architecture and engineering occupations were particularly difficult fields to enter for young workers, with 19 and 10 percent drops in employment, respectively.

Of metro areas with one million or more residents, Pittsburgh, PA, Hartford, CT, and Cleveland, OH, have the largest share of workers age 55-64. Aging workforces in these regions’ strong manufacturing industries underlie the high concentration. At the other end of the spectrum, Salt Lake City leads all markets for jobs held by workers age 22-34. Millennials dominate the area’s emerging computer, health care and finance occupations.

“The recession prompted boomers and millennials to approach the labor market differently. Confronted by weaker entry-level job prospects, young professionals left the workforce in greater numbers or took lower paying jobs that didn’t take immediate advantage of their degrees,” said Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder CEO and co-author of The Talent Equation. “Older workers, on the other hand, often had to postpone retirement to recoup lost savings. Never in history have workers over the age of 55 had the concentration in the workforce they have today; however, employers will have to plan for vacancies when this group inevitably retires, which could quickly create new skills gaps in trade vocations and STEM fields.”

Would people do just about anything for Rhode Island jobs?

June 4th, 2014

A recent survey from Monster shows the lengths people will go to interview for Rhode Island jobs, among other locations.

The survey found that 44% of respondents consider telling their boss they have a medical appointment to be the best excuse to leave work for a job interview. Another health related excuse, illness, was the second most popular choice at 15%.

French respondents are the most likely to create faux doctor’s appointments when sneaking out for interviews, with 54% answering that they believe it is the best excuse; conversely, French respondents are the least likely to fake an illness to excuse an interview related absence, with only 7% selecting it as the best option.

Respondents in the US were the biggest proponents of the call in sick method, with 16% choosing illness as their preferred excuse.

Monster asked “If you had to pick one, which is the best excuse to leave work for a job interview?” and received over 3,000 responses. International findings included:

  • 44% of respondents answered “Medical (Doctor/Dentist) appointment”
  • 15% of respondents answered “Illness”
  • 8% of respondents answered “Delivery/repairman”
  • 12% of respondents answered “Childcare”
  • 21% of respondents answered “Other”