Employment Summary for September 2014

 

The first Friday of every month is when employment data is released. The September data looks encouraging and employment increased in professional and business services, retail trade and health care.

 

Employment increased by 248,000 in September compared with an average monthly gain of 213,000 over the prior 12 months and the unemployment rate decline by 0.2 percent to 5.9 percent. Business and professional services added 81,000 jobs in September as compared with an average gain of 56,000 per month over the prior 12 months. Employment in retail trade rose by 35,000 in September. The biggest news in retail is that food and beverage were able to add 20,000 jobs and put people back on payroll as a disruption in a New England grocery chain store was resolved. Health care added 23,000 jobs in September as employment in hospitals and health care services rose.

Although job opportunities went up in several industries, the demographics that mostly decreased their unemployment rate were white males (5.3%) and Hispanics (6.9%). The rates for women, teenagers and blacks have showed little change from the year earlier.

Among people who did not have jobs, there is a group of long-term unemployed, who have been jobless for more than 27 weeks and that was essentially unchanged at 3 million in September. This group accounts for 31.9% of the unemployed. Also among the unemployed, people who lost jobs and who completed temporary jobs decreased by 306,000in September to be at 4.5 million.

Then there is the part-time group that is also called the involuntary part-time workers, who would have preferred to have full time employment but were employed in a part-time job either because their hours were cut back or because they were unable to secure full-time employment and they remained constant at 7.1 million.

The group that is marginally attached to the labor force, meaning that they do want to work and are available for work but are not considered unemployed as they have not looked for jobs for at least 4 weeks were at 2.2 million. Good news is that the “discouraged workers” in this group, that is people who are not looking for work as they have given up hopes of finding a job went down by 154,000 in September from a year earlier to 698,000.

Employment in information increased as well as in construction, hospitality and finance. Jobs in food services and drinking places also increased and are up by 290,000 over the year.

So the outlook looks quite good and hopefully even better numbers will emerge for October. The jobs are there and growing so seize them! Get ready by sharpening your skills or acquiring new ones. Also, register with www.americasjobexchange.com to upload your resume to a database that is widely accessed by hundreds of employers looking for talent. You can also avail of our resume writing services. Additionally there are a wealth of seeker resources on our site like blogs and career articles and education resources and job scouts that you can access for a successful and fulfilling job search experience!

 

 

 

 

AJE Giveaway Winner Stephanie Teasdale

Winner- Stephanie Teasdale!

The NILG in Washington D.C. was the forum for great affirmative action discussion and knowledge gathering of the new OFCCP regulations. America’s Job Exchange (AJE) was there as a silver sponsor exhibiting its compliance solutions, making new connections and reconnecting with existing ones. It was a hub of wonderful and exciting discussions about the ways to navigate the new OFCCP regulations and gather as much information as possible as a provider of compliance solutions to our customers.

We are excited to announce the winner of our Samsung Galaxy giveaway, Stephanie Teasdale. Stephanie is the Affirmative Action Compliance Program Development Manager for Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) based in Plano, TX. She is in charge of the strategic development, design, and implementation of Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance.

 Stephanie partners with the business and ensures their understanding of the new regulations and proper implementation into the HP Way Now Culture. She is very interested to learn about the OFCCP’s expectations after the transition year is over. She attends conferences to seek more information regarding this.   In the meantime, the most important thing is to be vigilant at all times, conduct internal audits to determine any gaps or shortfalls, train on the importance of the program, and be willing to adapt your program to yield positive results.

 Stephanie attends the NILG annually to stay on top of laws and regulations that affect the Affirmative Action community. She vouches for the benefits of networking and idea generation with colleagues. The challenge in this type of role is the requirement of intimate knowledge of the regulations and the ability to interpret them to help guide your company’s policies, procedures, and practices. Confusion still persists in the interpretation of the new OFCCP regulations around VEVRAA and Section 503, attending webinars, conferences and networking extensively is an absolute must!

 Her best advice is “Read the regulations yourself and understand how it affects your company directly. Without this understanding, you cannot build an effective and evolving program.”

 Thanks so much Stephanie for your time and congratulations again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the NILG Floor

August 5-8, 2014, were a few busy days for America’s Job Exchange. Exhibiting at NILG, we were in the midst of the electrifying atmosphere of the 50th year of the Civil Rights Movement and a host of employers who were actively seeking to recruit talent of diversity and understand the compliance issues that are related with affirmative action and EEO hiring.

We were happy to display our compliance solution to many prospective customers and thrilled to see many of our existing customers who stopped by to say hello. The new regulations that have tightened the requirements for diversity hiring, especially for veterans and candidates of disability, make outreach and OFCCP compliance related steps even more critical. Outreach and reporting are two sides of the same coin, so effective outreach has to go hand in hand with meticulous and organized reporting. Continue reading

The Value of Understanding Adverse Impact

Adverse impact is the analysis of selection rates of protected and non-protected groups. According to the guidelines “a selection rate for any race, sex or ethnic group which is less than four-fifths (or 80%) of the rate for the group with the highest rate will generally be regarded by the Federal enforcement agencies as evidence of adverse impact, while a greater than four-fifths rate will generally not be regarded by Federal enforcement agencies as evidence of adverse impact.” For example, say there are 135 applicants: 72 non-minority compared to 63 minority.  Seven of the 72 non-minority applicants were hired, which is a 9.7% hiring rate. On the other hand, 3 of the 63 minority candidates were hired making the hiring rate 4.8%.  The 80% rule states that the selection rate of the protected group should be at least 80% of the selection rate of the non-protected group. So, in this case, the adverse impact is 49.5%. Common adverse impact analyses have been traditionally minorities vs. non- minorities, or males vs. females. Now, more detailed analyses are conducted to understand the “favored group.” Continue reading

Keynote Speaker Martin Luther King III at NILG 2014

nilgAmerica’s Job Exchange is a sponsor and exhibitor at the 2014 NILG conference. The electric atmosphere reflects the excitement around the 50th year of the Civil Rights Movement. About a thousand attendees, many of whom are federal contractors, are eager to abide by the new compliance laws of the OFCCP and are here to learn as much as they can in order to implement effective affirmative action and other inclusive policies. Keynote speaker Martin Luther King III spoke to a full house yesterday morning about the development of equality awareness and the law that brought about that dramatic change. King III lauded the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as having transformed American society. It motivated citizens to take action in a way that made the American government highly dynamic. He firmly believes that this Act is solely responsible for setting the stage for realizing the American dream. Millions of people started thinking about equality as a law of the land which was a direct effect of the law. Continue reading

Bloomberg BNA Interviews Founder Rathin Sinha of America’s Job Exchange

rathin-preferred“More federal contractors will start paying closer attention to the services of third-party vendors that assist them with recruitment efforts because of the new hiring requirements established by the Office of Federal Compliance Programs (OFCCP), for veterans and people with disabilities,” says Founder and President Rathin Sinha, America’s Job Exchange, in his interview with Bloomberg BNA. Numerous federal contractors use service providers for assistance with mandatory job-listing and outreach obligations. The new regulations have expanded the expectations of veteran and disabled hiring. The national hiring goal for candidates with disabilities is 7% in each job group and for veterans the suggested benchmark is 7.2%. The OFCCP has truly narrowed down the expectations and will need to see real results in terms of hiring of the above mentioned candidate groups. Federal contractors will have to engage in rigorous outreach activities and keep meticulous documentation on every activity and effort details for three years. They will also need to produce such evidence in a format as and when requested by the OFCCP in the event of an audit. These requirements are a far cry from how things were before. There was always an expectation for recruitment of minorities, women, veterans and the disabled. Companies created their AAP policies and posted the necessary EEO posters on their company walls but the OFCCP was a not as vigilant or as forceful as they have recently become. The reason being, there is no room for complacency any more. The unemployment rates for veterans and for the disabled need to be lowered significantly and the only way to do this, according to the OFCCP, is to have stringent laws and the necessary audits.

Contractors have responded to this new environment of expectations by hiring third-party vendors who have in house experts and partnerships that allow them to provide the necessary services for extensive outreach and reporting. There is a sense of support that definitely is associated with having a reliable third party work out the outreach activities and possesses the updated technology for efficient job listing and retrieval of documentation for audits. But Rathin does caution that the onus is still on the federal contractors to monitor their service providers and to drive the outreach and build good relationships with One-Stops and Community based Organizations. Pushing out the outreach to third parties is just not considered true outreach by the OFCCP. They also want to see how the outreach efforts are analyzed by employers to figure out the hiring gaps in the different job groups and what additional efforts have been planned and actions taken to close such gaps. So the involvement from employers needs to be real. The OFCCP will have no patience for lip service and will subject companies to great scrutiny if they feel such is the case. Rathin told Bloomberg BNA that companies will probably need to designate personnel as a coordinator of third-party activities. To read Rathin Sinha’s full interview click here.