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Workstream launches partnership to assist with Vegas jobs

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Workstream said this week it has created a partnership with another company to boost Vegas jobs along with other initiatives.

Workstream said that its Incentives Advisors division, is partnering with Ceridian Corporation, a leading provider of human resource, benefits administration, workforce management, payroll outsourcing and tax filing solutions, to provide businesses with tax credit and incentive solutions. Incentives Advisors is a leader in helping businesses improve profits by identifying, administering, and securing government incentives relating to their hiring and employment activities. The announcement was made during INSIGHTS, Ceridian’s four day annual customer conference in Las Vegas, July 18-21. The new Ceridian Tax Credit Services helps clients use government tax credit programs to improve their bottom line results while expanding their business. (more…)

Las Vegas green jobs explode?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Las Vegas green jobs are on the rise, according to new research.

“Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment” by the Brookings Institute concludes that:

The clean economy, which employs some 2.7 million workers, encompasses a significant number of jobs in establishments spread across a diverse group of industries. Though modest in size, the clean economy employs more workers than the fossil fuel industry and bulks larger than bioscience but remains smaller than the IT-producing sectors. Most clean economy jobs reside in mature segments that cover a wide swath of activities including manufacturing and the provision of public services such as wastewater and mass transit. A smaller portion of the clean economy encompasses newer segments that respond to energy-related challenges. These include the solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, fuel cell, smart grid, biofuel, and battery industries.
The clean economy grew more slowly in aggregate than the national economy between 2003 and 2010, but newer “cleantech” segments produced explosive job gains and the clean economy outperformed the nation during the recession. Overall, today’s clean economy establishments added half a million jobs between 2003 and 2010, expanding at an annual rate of 3.4 percent. This performance lagged the growth in the national economy, which grew by 4.2 percent annually over the period (if job losses from establishment closings are omitted to make the data comparable). However, this measured growth heavily reflected the fact that many longer-standing companies in the clean economy—especially those involved in housing- and building-related segments—laid off large numbers of workers during the real estate crash of 2007 and 2008, while sectors unrelated to the clean economy (mainly health care) created many more new jobs nationally. At the same time, newer clean economy establishments— especially those in young energy-related segments such as wind energy, solar PV, and smart grid—added jobs at a torrid pace, albeit from small bases.

The clean economy is manufacturing and export intensive. Roughly 26 percent of all clean economy jobs lie in manufacturing establishments, compared to just 9 percent in the broader economy. On a per job basis, establishments in the clean economy export roughly twice the value of a typical U.S. job ($20,000 versus $10,000). The electric vehicles (EV), green chemical products, and lighting segments are all especially manufacturing intensive while the biofuels, green chemicals, and EV industries are highly export intensive.

The clean economy offers more opportunities and better pay for low- and middle-skilled workers than the national economy as a whole. Median wages in the clean economy—meaning those in the middle of the distribution—are 13 percent higher than median U.S. wages. Yet a disproportionate percentage of jobs in the clean economy are staffed by workers with relatively little formal education in moderately well-paying “green collar” occupations.

Among regions, the South has the largest number of clean economy jobs though the West has the largest share relative to its population. Seven of the 21 states with at least 50,000 clean economy jobs are in the South. Among states, California has the highest number of clean jobs but Alaska and Oregon have the most per worker.

Most of the country’s clean economy jobs and recent growth concentrate within the largest metropolitan areas. Some 64 percent of all current clean economy jobs and 75 percent of its newer jobs created from 2003 to 2010 congregate in the nation’s 100 largest metro areas.

The clean economy permeates all of the nation’s metropolitan areas, but it manifests itself in varied configurations. Metropolitan area clean economies can be categorized into four-types: service-oriented, manufacturing, public sector, and balanced. New York, through mass transit, embodies a service orientation; so does San Francisco through professional services and Las Vegas through architectural services. Many Midwestern and Southern metros like Louisville; Cleveland; Greenville, SC; and Little Rock—but also San Jose in the West—host clean economies that are heavily manufacturing oriented. State capitals are among those with a disproportionate share of clean jobs in the public sector (e.g. Harrisburg, Sacramento, Raleigh, and Springfield). Finally, some metros—such as Atlanta; Salt Lake City; Portland, OR; and Los Angeles— balance multi-dimensional clean economies.

Along with green jobs, hospitality jobs in Vegas are also increasing, as evidenced by a casino on a hiring spree.

Plaza Hotel hires for hundreds of hospitality jobs in Vegas

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

The Plaza Hotel said in a press release that hundreds turned up to apply for hospitality jobs in Vegas.

As a result of the overwhelming interest in the jobs available at the brand
new Plaza Hotel and Casino, the online job application website had to temporarily
suspend processing applications earlier today. However, the website company has
confirmed that the site will be back online tomorrow, June 28.
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