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Fall safety promoted for Vegas construction jobs

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

A new initiative is highlighting safety for Vegas construction jobs, among other locations.

In 2014, almost 40 percent of all construction fatalities were fall related, and all of these deaths were preventable. That’s the key message the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration wants to deliver to employers and workers alike during its third annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls.

Falls continue to be the construction industry’s leading cause of death; each year, hundreds of workers die and thousands more suffer catastrophic, debilitating injuries. Despite these chilling statistics, the absence of proper fall protection remains the violation cited most frequently by federal safety inspectors.

“The men and women working in the construction industry drive our nation’s growth and prosperity. We rely on them to build our homes, our roads and our communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “They deserve access to the equipment, training and resources available to prevent falls and the tragedy they can inflict. I encourage everyone to join the 2016 National Safety Stand-Down and help ensure that no one’s livelihood is a matter of life or death.”

OSHA and thousands of employers nationwide will participate in 2016’s Stand-Down events. The agency launched its first National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in 2014. Thousands of companies and more than 2.5 million workers took part in the Stand-Down in 2015, making it the largest occupational safety event ever hosted.

The construction industry sees the highest frequency of fall-related deaths and serious, sometimes debilitating injuries,” said Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH. “Preventing falls benefits everyone. The National Safety Stand-Down serves as an important opportunity for both employers and workers to stop and take time in the workday to identify existing fall hazards, and then offer demonstrations and training to emphasize how to stay safe on the job.”

Big growth for construction jobs in Vegas

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

New employment statistics posit that there may be big growth for construction jobs in Vegas.

Construction employment rose by 37,000 in March. Job gains occurred among residential specialty trade contractors (+12,000) and in heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000).

Over the year, construction has added 301,000 jobs. Employment in health care increased by 37,000 over the month, about in line with the average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. In March, employment rose in ambulatory health care services (+27,000) and hospitals (+10,000).

Over the year, health care employment has increased by 503,000. Over the month, employment continued to trend up in food services and drinking places (+25,000) and in financial activities (+15,000).

In March, employment in professional and business services changed little for the third month in a row. In 2015, the industry added an average of 52,000 jobs per month. Employment in manufacturing declined by 29,000 in March.

Most of the job losses occurred in durable goods industries (-24,000), including machinery (-7,000), primary metals (-3,000), and semiconductors and electronic components (-3,000). Mining employment continued to decline in March (-12,000) with losses concentrated in support activities for mining (-10,000).

Since reaching a peak in September 2014, employment in mining has decreased by 185,000. Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, changed little over the month.

Overall, employment rose by 215,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 5.0 percent.

In March, the unemployment rate (5.0 percent) and the number of unemployed persons (8.0 million) were little changed. Both measures have shown little movement since August.

Retail trade added 48,000 jobs in March. Employment gains occurred in general merchandise stores (+12,000), health and personal care stores (+10,000), building material and garden supply stores (+10,000), and automobile dealers (+5,000).


Veterans get connected to Vegas jobs

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

A new site is helping to connect veterans with Vegas jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service has launched a newly enhanced online one-stop for employment services, The website brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top-trending industry sectors, and employer assistance in a single online location.

“The SBA is delighted to work with our partners at the Department of Labor to launch the new Helping veterans, service members and their spouses find and secure opportunities to further their careers is good for our nation and the right thing to do,” said Barb Carson, associate administrator of the Small Business Association’s Office of Veterans Business Development. “Our veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses sacrificed for our country. The new and improved helps clear a path for them to meaningful employment and helps further grow our economy.”

Hakeem Basheerud-Deen, director of Veterans Services at the Office of Personnel Management, said, “ is an integral component of the President’s Veterans Employment Initiative. OPM and Feds Hire We are extremely pleased to be a featured partner on the department’s enhanced Collaboration like this allows us to provide a cohesive and comprehensive platform of resources to assist our veterans in their career pursuits.”

The site offers:

  • One-on-one assistance in the nearly 2,500 American Job Centers in communities nationwide.
  • Veterans’ Job Bank/National Labor Exchange online job listings.
  • Searchable career paths by industry, by similarity to military careers, or by keyword.
  • Links to approved local training programs, colleges and universities.
  • Resources from federal partners to connect with industry-specific career programs in sectors including agriculture, transportation, energy/utilities, homeland security and other federal employment.