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Many companies hiring for seasonal jobs in Vegas

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Several companies are hiring for seasonal jobs in Vegas, according to a recent survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

According to the firm, continued employment gains across all industries and increased consumer spending are expected to boost demand for seasonal workers this year.

Challenger expects seasonal employment gains in the retail sector to significantly outpace 2013, when 786,200 workers were added to retail payrolls during the final three months of the year.

Holiday hiring has improved each year since 2008, when the recession led to a 55 percent decline in holiday hiring. Only 324,900 seasonal workers were added to retail payrolls in 2008, making it the worst holiday hiring year on record.

“The last two years saw holiday hiring return to pre-recession levels. This year, we could see hiring return to levels not seen since the height of the dot.com boom. Holiday spending will undoubtedly benefit from the fact that payrolls are increasing by an average of 215,000 new workers per month, so far this year. That translates into more people with jobs, which means more holiday spending money,” said Challenger.

Challenger also pointed to last week’s report from the Commerce Department showing that retail sales rose 0.6 percent in August. It was the biggest increase in four months, driven largely consumer spending on furniture, electronics, sporting goods and clothing.

“We could see retailers add more than 800,000 seasonal workers for the first time since 1999. The UPS hiring plans, which, technically, would not be counted among retail employment gains, certainly represent a strong indication of holiday spending expectations. That announcement alone could cause some retailers to reassess their hiring projections and add more workers than they originally intended,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Seasonal jobs in Vegas grow

Monday, October 6th, 2014

The number of seasonal jobs in Vegas is climbing, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

Nearly three in 10 employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in the fourth quarter, up four percentage points over last year. One in four expect to hire seasonal workers, including 43 percent of retailers.

Thirty-four percent of employers added full-time, permanent headcount in Q3, up from 28 percent in the same period in 2013. Ten percent decreased headcount – a slight improvement over 11 percent last year – while 54 percent made no change to staff levels and 2 percent were unsure.

Popular seasonal positions companies will be recruiting for in Q4 include:

· Customer Service – 40 percent

· Administrative/Clerical – 15 percent

· Shipping/Delivery – 13 percent

· Accounting/Finance – 12 percent

· Inventory Management – 12 percent

· Information Technology – 11 percent

· Sales (non-retail) – 11 percent

· Gift Wrapping – 10 percent

· Marketing – 7 percent

· Hosting/Greeting – 7 percent

Permanent and seasonal hiring is expected to pick up across U.S. geographies in the coming months. The South is leading in the percentage of employers planning to add full-time, permanent employees in Q4, while the West is leading in the percentage of employers adding seasonal staff. The Midwest continues to trail other regions but still has nearly one in four employers expecting to hire permanent and seasonal employees.

Vegas healthcare jobs grow

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The number of Vegas healthcare jobs are growing, according to recent stats from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Employment in health care increased by 34,000 in August. Within the industry, offices of physicians and hospitals added 8,000 jobs and 7,000 jobs, respectively. Social assistance employment continued to trend up over the month (+9,000) and has expanded by 104,000 over the year.

Professional and business services added 47,000 jobs in August and has added 639,000 over the past year. In August, management of companies and enterprises gained 8,000 jobs.

Employment continued to trend up over the month in administrative and support services (+23,000), architectural and engineering services (+3,000), and in management and technical consulting services (+3,000).

Employment in health care increased by 34,000 in August. Within the industry, offices of physicians and hospitals added 8,000 jobs and 7,000 jobs, respectively. Social assistance employment continued to trend up over the month (+9,000) and has expanded by 104,000 over the year.

Within leisure and hospitality, employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up in August (+22,000) and is up by 289,000 over the year.

Construction employment continued to trend up in August (+20,000). This is in line with its average monthly job gain of 18,000 over the prior 12 months. In August, employment trended up in specialty trade contractors (+12,000) and construction of buildings (+7,000).

In August, retail trade employment was little changed (-8,000). Food and beverage stores lost 17,000 jobs; this industry was impacted by employment disruptions at a grocery store chain in New England. Elsewhere in retail trade, automobile dealers added 5,000 jobs.