What kind of jobs are being created?
Some recent studies suggest that the new jobs being created in our current economy pay less and
offer fewer work hours than the ones they replaced since the current recession started.
Lower-wage industries like retail and food preparation accounted for roughly 23 % of the jobs lost during
the recession, but only 49 % of the jobs gained over the last year.
Higher-wage industries accounted for 40 %
of the jobs lost in the current recession, but add up to just 14 % of the new jobs gained.
In other words, low paying jobs are increasing as a percentage of total jobs, while high-paying jobs
are on the decline.
The percentage of workers who have part-time jobs but want full-time employment surged in mid-February to
approximately 19.6 %. This percentage is almost as high as it was before this weak recovery began.
This suggests that a large number of the new jobs created over the last year are part-time.
An economy with a high percentage of low-paying and part-time jobs isn't a strong economy.
- Continued growth in positions at all levels in retail and food service.
- Continued growth in warehousing, and distribution job openings.
- Continued growth in customer service and other back-office positions.
- Continued need for technically educated and experienced chemical engineers.
- Continued growth in the need for workers in all healthcare fields.
have remained relatively stable for the past year, (except in extremely
high demand occupations Ex. System programmers, nurses and specifically
- The current workforce is not as quick to leave their current employment for
other opportunities due to the relatively unsure economic situation.
- Employers are recognizing that for today's job seekers, fringe benefits and
respect for personal time are critically important.
- Over the next 5 years in the labor force area, firms will need to allocate the
need for additional funds and time for training.
- The availability of workers with skilled trades background has already dropped
substantially even though we are only in the primary stages of recovery.
- Evidence such as the purchasing managers index, employment numbers, average
weekly working hours and factory orders, and the recent
favorable consumer price index support the sentiment that our
economy is in a slow recovery mode.
- Local employers are already experiencing a severe shortage of qualified
applicants for district center managers, warehouse/lift truck
operator positions with appropriate work attitudes.
- Over the past year all firms have substantial increase in premiums for medical
coverage. At this time the majority of employers require some level of
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