A recent study titled “Penalized or Protected? Gender and the Consequences of Nonstandard and Mismatched Employment Histories” conducted by UT Austin sociologist David Pedulla found that about 5 percent of men and women working below their skill level received an employer “callback,” or positive employer response. This response rate was half the callback rate for workers in full-time jobs at their skill level.

“The study offers compelling evidence that taking a job below one’s skill level is quite penalizing, regardless of one’s gender. Additionally, part-time work severely hurts the job prospects of men,” Pedulla said. “These findings raise important additional questions about why employers are less likely to hire workers with these employment histories.”

Read the full article on UT News.

According to the latest edition of the Milken Best Performing Cities Report, Austin is the fourth-best-performing city for job growth and retention. The annual study from the Milken Institute ranks United States cities by their economic strength. In 2013, the Austin area was ranked No. 1 for job growth and creation, now the city has fallen 2 spots. The Austin American Statesman reports:

At least some of that slide can be chalked up to the Austin economic expansion slowing in comparison to other cities in recent years. In the years immediately after the Great Recession, Austin’s job growth was consistently among the best in the nation, ranking No. 2 in the country between 2009 and 2014. But in 2014 alone, Austin’s job growth ranked 12th in the nation. Same with wage growth. Austin ranked third in the nation for wage growth between 2008 and 2013, but in 2013 alone, Austin’s wage growth was the 25th-fastest in the nation.

Read the article on Austin American Statesman or check out the Milken Institute report.

Photo by Roy Niswanger

Social work has evolved from a profession focusing on people living in poverty to one associated with governmental programming to one offering counseling and health-related services in nonprofit and private-practice settings. But now there is a new emerging trend: Social workers are moving into corporate America.

This a good thing and get ready to see more of it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects nearly a 20 percent growth in social work jobs by 2022, with many of them in the private sector outside of what used to be the “normal” social worker’s environment.

Today’s worker expects corporations to be socially responsible. People are no longer just looking for a product or service, they also pay attention to how companies contribute to the greater good in society and in their employees’ lives. Communities expect corporations to give back in some way, and thus corporate social responsibility helps companies be successful.
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Austin-Round Rock, TX MSA employers expect to hire at a bullish pace during Quarter 3 2015, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey

Among employers surveyed, 29 percent plan to hire more employees from July through September. This number is offset by the 2 percent that plan to reduce payrolls, while 66 percent of employers expect to maintain current staff levels and 3 percent indicate they are not sure of their plans. This yields a Net Employment Outlook* of 27%.

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“Locally, employers expect the hiring pace to increase compared to Quarter 2 when the Net Employment Outlook was 19%,” said Manpower spokesperson Cesiah Kessler. “One year ago, job prospects were slightly weaker when the Outlook was 24%.”

Source: Manpower Group

Amazon.com, Inc. recently announced plans to open a fifth Texas fulfillment center in San Marcos. In Texas, Amazon currently employs more than 3,500 full-time associates, has invested more than $400 million in the state and continues to grow its operations to meet customer demand. Amazon’s other Lone Star State fulfillment centers are located in Schertz, Coppell, and Haslet, with a fourth facility under construction in Dallas.

“Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center – it’s a great match on both sides.”

“We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth throughout the state,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Additionally, over 350 Amazon associates, managers and support staff in Texas come from military backgrounds. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center – it’s a great match on both sides.”

Amazon actively recruits U.S. military veterans and military spouses to join the organization, and hundreds have careers in its fulfillment network. In 2014, the company hired more than 2,600 veterans into roles at Amazon, joining thousands of other veterans already working at the company, both in corporate positions or in operations management. Once veterans and military spouses join the Amazon team, there are several programs that help them transition more easily into the civilian workforce and connect them with an internal network for mentoring and support.

Amazon employees at the 855,000 square-foot San Marcos fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “In establishing a new distribution center in San Marcos, Amazon is fulfilling the needs not only of its customers, but the entire community by creating more than 1,000 full-time, permanent jobs, offering generous tuition assistance, and recruiting U.S. Military veterans. This project is yet another testament to the fact that Texas remains the best state in the nation to do business.”

Mayor Daniel Guerrero of the city of San Marcos said, “The City of San Marcos is pleased to welcome global e-commerce giant Amazon to our community. Amazon’s decision to choose San Marcos highlights the city as a great place to do business. This new facility, and the new jobs it will add, fits well into the City’s goal of embracing economic opportunities that develop a stronger middle class and grow our local economy, a major focus of our comprehensive plan.”

“Amazon’s selection of San Marcos for its new fulfillment center is a very exciting announcement for Hays County and the City of San Marcos,” Commissioner Will Conley, Hays County – Precinct 3 and Chairman of the Greater San Marcos Partnership. “I feel confident that the City of San Marcos and Hays County have both put our best foot forward in giving our community this partnership with one of America’s finest corporations. Having Amazon locate in San Marcos will most importantly create job opportunities and career paths for the residents of our region.”

In addition to competitive wages and comprehensive benefits, Amazon offers hourly employees innovative programs like Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology, to name a few.

Via BusinessWire.

Statewide, Texas employers added 31,400 jobs in July alone, according to Texas Workforce, an 260,500 increase year-over-year. Texas has added jobs in 57 of the past 58 months. The month-to-month job growth was led by the trade, transportation and utilities industry, which added 13,300 jobs in July, followed by the leisure and hospitality industry, which added 5,300 jobs, and the construction industry, which added 2,200 jobs.

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The fast-growing Texas economy showed steady growth in July, adding 46,600 seasonally-adjusted nonfarm jobs. In the last year, the Lone Star State’s economy has expanded by 396,200 jobs. The unemployment rate in Texas held steady at 5.1 percent in July, remaining well below the national unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.

“Texas employers continue to propel the Texas economy’s expansion by adding 396,200 jobs over the last year, a 3.5 percent annual growth rate,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The Texas economic engine is strong, with every major industry posting positive annual growth in July.”
All of the major industries in Texas expanded over the month. Professional and Business Services led the way in growth, adding 10,600 jobs in July. Over the year, this industry has grown by 72,300 jobs for an annual growth rate of 5.0 percent, which is the second highest annual growth rate among all major industries in Texas.

Click below to hear an audio-address from TWC Commissioner Hope Andrade on the latest labor market data:

TWC Commissioner Hope Andrade

“The Professional and Business Services industry is thriving, with opportunities that range from legal advice and representation to security guards to landscaping,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Industries across the board are hiring, and that is good news for job seekers in Texas. I encourage Texans looking for new opportunities to explore industries expanding in their area by accessing services at their local Workforce Solutions office.”

Eight of 11 major industries reported annual growth rates higher than 3.0 percent, including Professional and Business Services; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Mining and Logging; and Construction.
“Private employers added 42,400 jobs in July, which shows their vital role in the Lone Star State’s economy,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. “Mining and Logging posted an annual growth rate of 7.8 percent in July, which marked the 51st consecutive month of positive annual growth and underscored the industry’s role in the state’s overall economic success.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest July unemployment rate in the state at 2.9 percent. The Odessa MSA had the second lowest at 3.6 percent and the Amarillo MSA was third at 4.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

On August 7th, Austin City Council passed a measure to help bolster the fashion industry in Austin. The main focus of this measure is to the establishment of a subsidiary apparel and textile coalition.

The directive asks city staff to perform an economic impact study of Austin’s fashion economy and look for ways for fashion stakeholders, economic development officials and members of Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to increase the visibility and business presence of the region’s designers and fashion manufacturers. – Austin Business Journal

The new organization will be known as Textile and Apparel Manufacturing Industries Coalition of Austin (TAMICA), which will oversee the creation of a fashion district with special focus on apparel manufacturing.

TAMICA’s concrete goals primarily include securing an actual space for a fashion incubator, as seen in cities like NYC, Portland, Chicago and Detroit. Having earned an exclusive audience with city councilman Mike Martinez last week, Nailah I. Sankofa brought together dozens of individuals representing the various segments of the apparel industry in our city to draft a resolution to bring a collective vision to reality. The efforts do not end with the passage of Item 111, though. “The City of Austin has to be steered into the direction we envision,” says Sankofa. Her vision began in 1987 before moving to Austin and has led the endeavor to develop a fashion incubator since 2009. – Fashionably Austin

Governor Rick Perry’s office announced on July 24th that Charles Schwab Corp. plans to expand its presence in Austin by adding 823 new jobs and investing around $210 million into the Austin economy over the next 10 years. This Charles Schwab opened its first Austin branch office in 1982. The company currently has about 1,000 employees working in Austin at their 12301 Research Blvd. location.

If Travis County approves the performance-based grant, Charles Schwab would receive a 48.5 percent rebate on ad valorem property taxes for its new facility plus an additional 5 percent rebate if the company achieves Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design status for the building, according to county documents. The county estimates the grant amount would be about $3.6 million for the 10-year period. -Impact News

According to Perry’s office, Texas has invested almost $560 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in companies to create about 75,000 jobs and invest nearly $24 billion in the state. The fund was created in 2003 to promote job growth in Texas.

Back in February, Dropbox (Based in San Fransisco) announced in a joint press release with the Austin Chamber of Commerce that the company would be adding about 170 new sales and operations positions to its Austin team.

“We were drawn to Austin because it offers a central, energetic community along with a strong talent base and a vibrant tech culture. The city has been a welcoming home for us, with a great bunch of Austinites joining the Dropbox team. We’re excited to expand our presence in the area as we continue to bring exceptional products and user experience to our customers.” – Sujay Jaswa, CFO at Dropbox

As of August 4th, Dropbox is hiring for an Austin, Texas Team Sales Manager, Mid-Market, Partner Account Manager, Account Executive, LATAM Account Executive (Spanish or Portuguese speaker), User Ops Team, User Operations Team Lead, and a Dropbox for Business Project Manager. Check out the Dropbox Austin Jobs page for current openings.

New research released today by CareerBuilder and its Economic Modeling Specialists reveals the total job growth across industries for each of the 50 most populated metro areas.

“The metros producing the strongest competitive effect are often heavily dominated by specialized technical industries with well-established local supply chains,” Matt Ferguson, chief executive of CareerBuilder, said in a statement. The job growth in these markets was mainly due to “distinct factors in the local economy such as energy resources in Houston, technology hubs in Silicon Valley and Austin, or the motion picture industry in Los Angeles.” – Dallas Morning News

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CareerBuilder used a statistical method known as “shift share” to analyze job growth by industry for the 50 largest metro areas from 2010-2013, compared with each cities anticipated employment growth based on nationwide trends.

Shift share is a standard regional analysis method that attempts to determine how much of regional job growth can be attributed to national trends and how much is due to unique regional factors. Shift share helps answer why employment is growing or declining in a regional industry, cluster, or occupation.

To conduct shift share analysis, we split regional job growth into three components: (1) industrial mix effect, (2) national growth effect, and (3) regional competitive effect. In addition, a time frame (start year and end year) is required to perform shift share analysis, since shift share deals with job growth over time. – Understanding Shift Share

New data released by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program reinforces that companies across the country, especially in Austin, face a growing challenge to fill STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) positions.

According to the report, San Jose, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Austin demand the most skills with higher-paying jobs taking longer to fill. Even with the salaries typically associated with these jobs, the total number of workers with the needed STEM skills has not kept up with growing demand.

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The report is titled: Still Searching: Job Vacancies and STEM Skills provides extensive analysis of job openings and hiring difficulty nationally and in U.S. metro areas. The sample is all job vacancies advertised in every metropolitan area on company websites in 2013, a total of 3.3 million advertisements across 52,000 companies.

Average N. of Days to Fill Job Openings in AustinJobs in metro areas that take longer to fill apparently pay better and require STEM Skills. The average value of skills advertised in San Jose were the highest anywhere in the country. San Francisco and Washington, D.C., were next, followed by Austin, New York and Durham-Chapel Hill.

In these metro areas, skills associated with high salary requirements—like specific programming languages or engineering management certifications—were commonly advertised.

Texas Workforce SealOver-the-year job growth in Texas is largest in nearly 17 years.

The Texas economy continued its trend of job growth in May, expanding by 56,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. A total of 383,100 jobs were added in the past 12 months, making it the largest over-the-year job increase in Texas in nearly 17 years. Additionally, the state’s annual growth rate climbed to 3.4 percent in May, which is the highest it has been since November 2012.

Texas consistently ranks among the top states for annual job growth. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in May, down from 5.2 percent in April.

“Texas employers kept our economy moving with 383,100 jobs added over the year, the largest such increase since September 1997,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We continue to work with our workforce and education partners to ensure that Texas workers have the in-demand skills required to bolster this impressive job creation.”

Texas employers from all 11 major industries in Texas expanded their payrolls in May. Of those, Education and Health Services expanded the most, adding 12,400 jobs. Mining and Logging posted the highest annual growth rate among the major industries at 7.4 percent.

“It is good news for job seekers when Texas industries grow across the board,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “At TWC we have many resources available to job seekers looking to work in high-growth industries. I encourage them to visit their local Workforce Solutions office or seek these opportunities at WorkInTexas.com.”

Employment in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities expanded by 11,800 jobs over the month, for a total of 86,300 jobs added in the last 12 months.

“Private employers continued to spur the Texas economy forward, adding 48,400 jobs in May and 350,000 jobs over the year for an annual growth rate of 3.7 percent,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest May unemployment rate in the state at 2.6 percent. The Odessa MSA had the second lowest at 3.2 percent and the Amarillo MSA was third at 3.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

Audio downloads from Commissioner Andrade on the latest labor market data are available at:
http://texasworkforce.org/news/press/2014/press-releases-2014.html#pressReleaseAudio

In a recent survey conducted by Moneyrates, Texas ranked second most desireable place to make a living. The  rankings are based on each state’s Compensation and Quality Factor, a proprietary metric created by Moneyrates that combines data from other groups and is based on these factors:

  • Average salary, according to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • Cost of living, based on data from C2ER.
  • Employment rate, based on BLS data.
  • Workplace conditions, based on the “Work Environment” component of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The reason for Texas’ great rank is due to cost of living, no state income tax, and generally good working conditions:

Texas. Another state with no income tax, Texas moves up from the No. 4 position last year. While the typical income in Texas is only about average, the state benefits from a cost of living and unemployment rate that are both lower than average. Employees in the state indicate that workplace conditions are good enough to rank in the top 10 nationally. – Moneyrates.com

 Best Paying States in the US (According to 2014 Moneyrates Study)

  1. Washington.
  2. Texas
  3. Minnesota.
  4. Colorado
  5. Utah
  6. North Dakota
  7. Virginia.
  8. Nevada
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Nebraska

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas fell to 5.5 percent in March, down two-tenths of a percentage point from February’s rate of 5.7 percent. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 6.7 percent.

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Employers in Texas added 9,100 jobs in March for a total of 310,000 jobs added over the year. The annual growth rate for total nonagricultural employment has remained at or above 2.6 percent since January 2012.

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Bloomberg BusinessWeek recently published an article titled: Austin is the New Brooklyn.  The article highlights the reasons behind the mass migration from the largest cities to smaller urban areas like Austin.  92,812 Americans moved to Austin from other parts of the U.S. from 2010 to 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Most of the new Austinites moved from large cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

Over the past three years, only three of the nation’s largest cities—Dallas, Houston, and Atlanta—were among the 20 fastest-growing metro areas of a million or more people. Austin topped the list, followed by San Antonio, which lured 68,961 out-of-towners, and Raleigh, N.C., drawing 41,495. Compare that with New York, which lost 362,359 residents, and Chicago, which saw an exodus of 172,378. “When the economy gets going a little more full steam and these young people can afford to get a mortgage and buy a house, those flows will even be stronger,” says William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Read the full story on BusinessWeek.com

How can you learn to love a job that most people hate? When the dot com bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness.  In this TED talk, he explains how to measure what makes life worthwhile.

About Chip Conley

Chip Conley is an American hotelier, author, and speaker. Conley is the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he began in 1987 at age 26 and held the position of CEO for nearly 24 years. In 2010, after growing Joie de Vivre’s collection of boutique hotels to more than 30 properties in California, Conley sold majority interest in his company to Geolo Capital.

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