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U.S. Employment and Training Administration announces Site For State and Local Employment Projection

U.S. Employment and Training Administration announces INTERNET LINKS FOR STATE AND LOCAL EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS

The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Office of Workforce Investment has issued Internet Links for State and Local Employment Projections.

Employment projections are the most frequently-requested type of workforce statistic besides the unemployment rate.  Projections are used for career counseling; to plan employment, education and training programs; for economic development and other state or regional planning; as supporting documentation to apply for Federal grants; and for many other purposes.  


OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 2.0 Released

From the Census Bureau -
OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 2.0 Released
The Census Bureau released OnTheMap for Emergency Management Version 2.0 today, the beginning of the 2011 hurricane season. Version 2.0 adds floods and wildfires to hurricanes which was released last year.
OnTheMap for Emergency Management is a public data tool that provides unique detail on the workforce, for U.S. areas affected by hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, in real time. The web-based tool provides an intuitive interface for viewing the location and extent of current and forecasted emergency events on a map, and allows users to easily retrieve detailed reports containing labor market characteristics for these areas.  The reports provide the number and location of jobs, industry type, worker age and earnings. Worker race, ethnicity, and educational attainment levels are under a beta release at this time.


Global Talent Shortage Survey

ManpowerGroup Annual Survey Shows More than Half of U.S. Employers Cannot Find the Right Talent for Open Positions

MILWAUKEE, May 19, 2011 -- ManpowerGroup today releases the results of its sixth-annual Talent Shortage Survey, revealing that 52 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations, up from 14 percent in 2010. The number of employers struggling to fill positions is at an all-time survey high despite an unemployment rate that has diminished only marginally during the last year. U.S. employers are struggling to find available talent more than their global counterparts, one in three of whom are having difficulty filling positions.


Success at Work: UC San Diego Study Reveals Top Three Factors for Job Seekers

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 3, 2011 — Three key factors enable job applicants to get the edge in hiring and predict the success of the employee, according to a study published in a new book: Closing America’s Job Gap by Mary Walshok, Tapan Munroe and Henry DeVries (W Business Books, January 2011).

“Over the past 12 years, significant research has been conducted on employer preferences, also known as the Voice of the Employer studies,” says Walshok, a sociologist who has done research for the U.S. Department of Labor and the dean of continuing education at the University of California San Diego (http://extension.ucsd.edu). “Employers consistently look for evidence of three key factors in each applicant. Surprisingly, many job seekers are unable to produce direct evidence of these three factors.”


Southern California Workforce Boards Celebrate Workforce Development Month

Job seekers and businesses get access to employment and job training resources

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LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the midst of proposed major cuts to federally-funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and job training programs, the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is launching the first Southern California Workforce Development Month in April 2011.  Joining in this inaugural effort are 15 other WIBs in the region, along with the Greater L.A. Chamber of Commerce. Together they will promote Southern California's workforce development system and One-Stop Career Centers through targeted job seeker and business events and resources. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors have been asked to proclaim April 2011 as Workforce Development Month and to urge all 88 cities in L.A. County, as well as local elected officials in all of Southern California, to join the cause. 


Fund Awards Grant for WorkAdvance

April 6, 2011 6:30 a.m.
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CLEVELAND -- A regional jobs initiative, "Towards Employment," plans to launch a sector-focused work force development program with up to $860,000 from the Fund for Our Economic Future  to fund the first year of the new program, which has been named WorkAdvance.

"Towards Employment developed a work force program that is both innovative and collaborative -- two attributes central to northeast Ohio's economic revitalization," said Brad Whitehead, Fund president, in announcing the grant. "Training and retaining talent regionally and connecting talent with employers ultimately improve the economic future of our residents and region."


America’s Top Employers Launch Initiative to Help Match Jobs With the Unique Skills Veterans Bring t

INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DirectEmployers Association (www.directemployers.org), a non-profit consortium of over 600 leading U.S. employers, today announced an extensive online program to assist transitioning military personnel in all branches of our armed forces, their spouses, dependents, and caregivers in quickly and efficiently finding employment.  The program will provide military personnel and their dependents access to more than 860,000 employment opportunities from over 90,000 employers nationwide.

The Association announced that over 5,800 dot-jobs (.jobs) domains have been added to the .Jobs Universe (http://www.universe.jobs) to create employment services for returning veterans (www.veterans.jobs) and their families. The domains use the Military Occupational Classification (MOC) Crosswalk to assist military personnel in transitioning from active duty to employment opportunities in the civilian workforce. Transitioning military personnel can enter their MOC plus .jobs into their browser to locate civilian occupations requiring the same or similar skills as their previous military job (e.g. www.42F.jobs, http://www.25B.jobs www.2,891.jobs).


Entrepreneurship does not equal self-employment

Why policymakers must separate programs for entrepreneurship and self-employment

By Daniel Isenberg
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The Economist - The Ideas that press forwardIn the 1970s the economist E. F. Schumacher set the scene for environmental sustainability with Small is Beautiful.  But small is not beautiful for entrepreneurs: small is a stigma. Small connotes self-employment and stagnation, which is not only different from entrepreneurship; it is fundamentally its opposite. In the words of Abhi Shah, an award-winning entrepreneur from Ahmedabad: “Thing big! Thinking small is a crime!”

Entrepreneurship vs. self-employment. A century ago, with his third-grade education and as a WWI veteran, my immigrant grandfather became a wallpaper hanger in Philadelphia. He eventually owned a wallpaper store, but he never imagined becoming a Wal-(Paper)-Mart. He did not respond to or create opportunities to grow; to the contrary, for his children he wanted respectable, salaried jobs. Not self-employment.

Three generations later, my son is working 24x7 to set up a novel nightclub concept. He wants to creatively conquer a new market, and another, and another. He will make a good—maybe great—living, but he will not be satisfied. My grandfather was self-employed in a small business; my son is an entrepreneur.


Toyota tells U.S. plants ‘prepare to shut down’

March 24, 2011
By Peter Valdes-Dapena, senior writer
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Toyota's U.S. manufacturing arm is preparing for a possible shutdown because of parts shortages from Japan, a Toyota spokesman said.

In Japan, meanwhile, Toyota and Nissan have announced some hybrid and electric car production has resumed, while Honda said it is extending its factory shutdown there.

Word has gone out to all 13 of Toyota's factories in the United States, Canada and Mexico. This does not mean that the plants will stop working, Toyota spokesman Mike Goss said, but that they should be ready in case the need arises.


Factories having trouble finding workers

March 11, 2011

Factories having trouble finding workers
Despite decades of plant closings and job losses in manufacturing, employers say skilled factory workers are in short supply.

By Chris Isidore, Senior Writer

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - GenMet is a growing Wisconsin metal fabricating company that would be growing much faster if it could find one thing -- skilled workers.

"Currently we employ just over 70 people," said Mary Isbister, the company's president. "We would be able to double revenue this year if we could find 20 more."

Isbister said she's been turning work down on a daily basis because she needs more welders and workers to operate her laser cutters. Other manufacturers report shortages of electricians and machinists who can operate their computer-controlled equipment.

You might think that it would be easier for manufacturers to find new employees. After all, the number of workers employed in factories is still more than 2 million lower than pre-recession levels due to layoffs or plant closings.

But experts in manufacturing staffing say that many of the factory workers who find themselves without a job simply don't have the specialized skills now in short supply.

"There are a lot of people out there looking for work who are assemblers, who are semi-skilled," said Jeff Owens, president of ATS, a manufacturing consulting firm. "There is definitely a shortage of people who are very capable to make the factories run."

And while it might only take about a year of training for a person to get the skills they need, many blue collar workers aren't eager to try and find a new job in manufacturing after already being laid off.

"The perception out there is that we're losing manufacturing jobs to China and India. So if they've already been displaced and they're going to go back to school, they're going for something not manufacturing-related," said Rob Clark, vice president of operations at Clark Metal Products, a company outside of Pittsburgh started by his grandfather and now run by his uncle.

Clark said he's also having trouble finding skilled workers. Other manufacturers say they are getting plenty of applications when they post jobs, but in most cases it's not from people with the most relevant experience to work in the factories.

"When we hire office workers, we get significant numbers of applicants who are qualified or overqualified," said Traci Tapani, co-President of Wyoming Machine, which is based just north of St. Paul, Minn. "But with production jobs, it's difficult to get the applicants we're looking for."