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Food service jobs in Vegas climb

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

The number of food service jobs in Vegas is climbing, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment in food services and drinking places increased sharply, mostly offsetting a decline in September that largely reflected the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. In October, job gains also occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care.

Employment in food services and drinking places rose sharply in October (+89,000), following a decrease of 98,000 in September when many workers were off payrolls due to the hurricanes.

Professional and business services added 50,000 jobs in October, about in line with its average monthly gain over the prior 12 months. Manufacturing employment rose by 24,000 in October, with job gains in computer and electronic products (+5,000) and chemicals (+4,000).

Employment in fabricated metals continued to trend up (+4,000). Manufacturing has added 156,000 jobs since a recent employment low in November 2016.

Health care added 22,000 jobs in October. Employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up over the month (+16,000). Health care has added an average of 24,000 jobs per month thus far in 2017, compared with an average gain of 32,000 per month in 2016.

Employment in other major industries, including mining, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, changed little in October.


Do more Vegas retail jobs seek work-from-home employees?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

A new trend in Vegas retail jobs may be working from home.

According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, when most job seekers consider seasonal retail jobs, they think of late nights, controlling crowds, Black Friday, and wrapping gifts for last minute holiday shoppers, but a few large retailers are looking for workers willing to stay home this season.

“Most of these jobs will be answering customer questions and concerns through phone, email, or web-based chat services. These types of positions are great for older job seekers or those who may have a difficult time getting to an office or being on their feet,” said Andrew Challenger, Vice President of global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

For the Williams-Sonoma jobs, employees will attend paid virtual training before starting work. The Home Shopping Network is also hiring for similar positions, although these will only be in Florida and Tennessee.

The rise of these at-home retail jobs is due in part to low in-store sales figures compared to the rise of e-commerce transactions. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in-store sales fell 7.2 percent in December 2016, marking 23 consecutive months of declining sales.

Meanwhile, non-store retailers – catalogues and online – experienced a 10.4 percent gain during the same period. Seasonally adjusted e-commerce sales made up 8.2 percent of all sales in the fourth quarter of last year, compared to 1999, when they accounted for just 0.6 percent, according to Bloomberg.

In the second quarter of 2017, nonseasonally adjusted e-commerce sales accounted for 8.9 percent of all sales. Jobs in non-store retailers are on the rise as well.

Since September 2016, the industry, which includes online shopping, increased employment 3.7 percent. According to a December report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in electronic shopping and auctions rose over 400 percent since October 1990.

Unemployment rates in Vegas stay the same

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

According to the latest labor statistics, unemployment rates in Vegas are staying the same.

Unemployment rates in Nevada’s metro areas varied from August, but decreased over the year.

In Las Vegas, the unemployment rate stayed the same from August at 5.2 percent, but is down 0.4 of a percentage point from September of last year.

Reno’s unemployment rate is at 4 percent, down 0.1 of a percentage point from August and down 0.6 of a percentage point from last year.

The unemployment rate in Carson City is up 0.1 of a percentage point over the month, to 4.8 percent, but is down 0.8 of a percentage point over the year.

For 13 consecutive months, unemployment rates have declined on an over-the-year basis in all 17 of the state’s counties, said Bill Anderson, chief economist for Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.

Rate declines ranged from 1.8 percentage points (Lander) to 0.2 of a percentage point (Esmeralda). All counties remained at or below 6.5 percent unemployment in September.