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Engineering majors in demand for Vegas jobs

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Engineering majors may be in demand for Vegas jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Employers say they are planning to hire more recent college graduates this year than they have in more than a decade, according to new CareerBuilder research. Eighty percent of employers say they plan to hire college graduates this year, up from 74 percent last year and 58 percent in 2008. Those who are not hiring college grads say it’s because their organization isn’t expanding headcount this year (57 percent) or they need more experienced workers (26 percent).

Nearly half (47 percent) plan to offer recent graduates higher pay than last year, and a third of employers will be paying a starting salary of $50,000 or more. Forty-five percent anticipate no change in salary compared to last year and 8 percent plan to decrease.

While the majority of employers say academic institutions are adequately preparing students for roles needed in their organization (82 percent), that doesn’t necessarily mean graduates have the job-seeking skills needed to land the job. Employers said that over the past year, more than half of recent college graduates:

  • Didn’t send a thank you note: 37 percent
  • Didn’t know anything about the company: 35 percent
  • Didn’t submit a cover letter: 31 percent
  • Didn’t ask any questions in the interview: 29 percent
  • Didn’t have professional references: 26 percent
  • Had poor grammar on their resume: 26 percent
  • Had unprofessional pictures on their social media profiles: 21 percent
  • Checked their mobile phone during the interview: 19 percent

Employers hiring recent college graduates this year state the following majors are the most in-demand at their firms:

  • Business: 35 percent
  • Engineering: 22 percent
  • Computer and information sciences: 18 percent
  • Engineering technologies: 13 percent
  • Communications technologies: 11 percent
  • Health professions and related clinical sciences: 11 percent
  • Math and statistics: 9 percent
  • Science technologies: 7 percent
  • Mechanic and repair technologies: 6 percent
  • Public administration and social services: 6 percent
  • Construction trades: 6 percent
  • Communication and journalism: 5 percent
  • Education: 5 percent
  • Transportation and materials moving: 5 percent
  • Liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities: 5 percent


Small business jobs in Vegas grow

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The number of small business jobs in Vegas have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Small business employment continues to set records in Nevada and in Vegas. Nearly 115,000 jobs added over the course of the recovery.

Small businesses in Nevada have made great contributions to the improvement in the Silver State’s labor market in recent years.

At nearly 625,000 jobs in the second quarter of this year, employment in these establishments has rebounded sharply from the recessionary low of 510,000 in early-2010. Compared to a year ago, small business employment in Nevada during the April-June period is up by nearly 22,000, which translates into the strongest gain registered over the recovery period.

Jobs have been trending at record highs for the past two years. These findings are consistent with the overall improvement in the labor market. All told, in establishing a new record-high, total employment is up 240,000 from its recessionary low in the Silver State.

Employment in Nevada firms with less than 100 employees totaled 625,000. This represents a new record high surpassing the prior record set in 2016:IVQ by just over 11,000 jobs.

It also marks the ninth-consecutive quarter in which the pre-recessionary peak has been exceeded.

All told, the 21,900 year-over-year job gain recorded in this year’s second quarter translates into the 26th consecutive quarter of annualized growth. In addition, it represents the strongest gain recorded since the recovery began.

Prior to the recession, small business employment peaked at nearly 586,000 in 2007.

As the downturn unfolded, small business jobs fell to 510,000. Hence, nearly 115,000 jobs have been added to small business payrolls in the Silver State since the recovery began.

Small business employment accounts for 53.4 percent of all private employment. This is consistent with trends evident since the recovery began, as small business’ job share has held in a fairly narrow range.

Nevada jobs grow

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The number of Nevada jobs have grown, according to a recent labor press release.

According to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation’s (DETR) March 2018 economic report, Nevada added 3,500 jobs bringing employment in the state of Nevada to a record high of 1,373,700.

Unemployment in March remained constant at 4.9%.

“With 3,500 jobs added in March, Nevada continues to experience a healthy labor market and an upward trend in a range of other measures including ongoing job gains, continued accelerated growth in the private sector and strong business employment,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “Additionally, this month’s report indicates relatively low unemployment rates and unemployment insurance claims. While this reflects our state’s healthy employment status, we must keep working to ensure the continued success of the new Nevada.”

DETR’s report also notes that in the fourth quarter of 2017, personal income in Nevada reached $136 billion, up 6.4% from a year ago.

This increase has been ongoing in 30 of the past 31 quarters. Additionally, Nevada’s average personal income growth has exceeded that for the U.S. over 14 of the past 16 quarters, with income gains in the state averaging 5.1 percent, compared to 3.5 percent in the U.S.

“Although we are seeing some slight changes in employment and unemployment measures in March, state employment remains strong,” David Schmidt, Chief Economist for DETR said. “Estimates show Nevada’s labor force has averaged 1.49 million in the first quarter of 2018, up from 1.45 million during the same period in 2017. This translates into an increase of 40,160 more Nevadans in the labor force, either working or actively seeking employment. Nevada’s growth of 2.8 percent over the same time last year compares to a one percent increase nationwide.”

Grants to help veterans get Vegas jobs

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

A number of grants have gone to help veterans get training for Vegas jobs.

About $43.3 million in grants was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to provide training to an estimated 21,000 homeless veterans to help them reintegrate into the American workforce. In all, the department’s 2017 award will fund 155 grants in its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program.

“The grants we announced will help thousands of homeless veterans to acquire the skills they need to obtain good-paying jobs and reintegrate themselves into a society whom they defended and served,” said Secretary Acosta.

Funds are being awarded on a competitive basis to state and local workforce development boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.

Of the 155 grant recipients, 74 are first-time recipients that will provide services to homeless veterans in 40 U.S. states. These grantees under the HVRP program will network and coordinate their efforts through various private and public social service providers.