Thursday, October 15, 2009 and The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh To Hold Final Big Job Fair of the Year at Mellon Arena October 27th

The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and partner again to sponsor “Putting America Back to Work” Job Fair Series in Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA, 10/15/2009– In response to the current economic crisis and a tightening labor market, The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and have combined efforts for the third time this year to bring together jobseekers with companies who seek their talents. On Tuesday, October 27th from 10:00AM to 3:00PM at Mellon Arena more than 30 Pittsburgh area employers and schools will meet and interview hundreds of job seekers at the 2009 Pittsburgh Diversity Employment and Career Education Expo.
Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000 Pittsburgh area residents seeking a new career. The March and August events attracted 1,500 job seekers each and have resulted in over 300 job offers combined, giving those job seekers a 1 in 10 chance of finding employment or retraining. Job Seekers will enter through gate 10. Attendance for job seekers is free and no pre-registration is required.

Co-sponsored by The Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and, the 2009 Pittsburgh Employment and Career Education Expo is part of the “Putting Americans Back to Work” Job Fair Series, taking place in more than 50 cities across the country throughout 2009. The job fair series allows jobseekers to have personal contact with perspective employers.

Participating employers will seek to fill hourly up to mid-level skilled positions ranging from and they represent industries such as health care, customer service, hospitality, banking/finance, sales and more.

Adding to the success of this job fair series is support from associations interested in supporting their members including: the AARP Foundation WorkSearch, the National Urban League, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
A partial List of employers includes:

Academy of Court Reporting
American Eagle
Aramark Mellon Arena
Army National Guard
CardWorks Servicing
CCAC North Campus
City of Pittsburgh
CVS Caremark
First Niagara Financial Group
Geneva College
Giant Eagle Market District
H & R Block
Kaplan Career Institute
Liberty USA Inc
Life Pittsburgh
Lifesteps, Inc.
Mainstay Life Services
HCR Manorcare
OK Grocery Co
Pittsburgh Job Corp
Pittsburgh Tech. Institute-PTI
Quest Diagnostics
SMG Management
Southwestern Pa Commission CommuteInfo
Transitional Service Inc
Verizon Wireless
Waddell & Reed

Friday, October 2, 2009

National Employment Situation Worsens More Than Expected in September

From the U.S Burough of Labor Statistics:


Nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline in September (-263,000), and the unemployment rate (9.8 percent) continued to trend up, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The largest job losses were in construction,manufacturing, retail trade, and government.

Household Survey Data

Since the start of the recession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons has increased by 7.6 million to 15.1 million and the unemployment rate has doubled to 9.8 percent.

Unemployment rates for the major worker groups--

  • adult men (10.3 percent)

  • adult women (7.8 percent)

  • teenagers (25.9 percent)

  • whites (9.0 percent)

  • blacks (15.4 percent)

  • Hispanics (12.7 percent)--showed little change in September.

  • The unemployment rate for Asians was 7.4 percent, not season-ally adjusted.
The rates for all major worker groups are much higher than at the start of the recession. Among the unemployed, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs rose by 603,000 to 10.4 million in September. The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over) rose by 450,000 to 5.4 million. In September, 35.6 percent of unemployed persons were job-less for 27 weeks or more.

The civilian labor force participation rate declined by 0.3 percentage points in September to 65.2 percent. The employment-population ratio, at 58.8 per-cent, also declined over the month and has decreased by 3.9 percentage points since the recession began in December 2007.

In September, the number of persons working part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed at 9.2 million. The number of such workers rose sharply throughout most of the fall and winter but has been little changed since March.

About 2.2 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force in September, an increase of 615,000 from a year earlier. (The data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched forwork in the 4 weeks preceding the survey.

Among the marginally attached, there were 706,000 discouraged workers in September, up by 239,000 from a year earlier. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The other 1.5 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in September had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 263,000 in September. From May through September, job losses averaged 307,000 per month, compared with losses averaging 645,000 per month from November 2008 to April. Since the start of the recession in December 2007, payroll employment has fallen by 7.2 million.

In September, construction employment declined by 64,000. Monthly job losses averaged 66,000 from May through September, compared with an average of117,000 per month from November to April. September job cuts were concentrated in the industry's nonresidential components (-39,000) and in heavy construction (-12,000). Since December 2007, employment in construction has fallen by 1.5 million.

Employment in manufacturing fell by 51,000 in September. Over the past 3 months, job losses have averaged 53,000 per month, compared with an average monthly loss of 161,000 from October to June. Employment in manufacturing has contracted by 2.1 million since the onset of the recession.

In the service-providing sector, the number of jobs in retail trade fell by 39,000 in September. From April through September, retail employment has fallen by an average of 29,000 per month, compared with an average monthly loss of 68,000 for the prior 6-month period.

Government employment was down by 53,000 in September, with the largest decline occurring in the non-education component of local government (-24,000).

Employment in health care continued to increase in September (19,000), with the largest gain occurring in ambulatory health care services (15,000).Health care has added 559,000 jobs since the beginning of the recession, although the average monthly job gain thus far in 2009 (22,000) is down from the average monthly gain during 2008 (30,000).

Employment in transportation and warehousing continued to trend down in September. The number of jobs in financial activities, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and information showed little or no change over the month. In September, the average work week for production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls edged down by 0.1 hour to 33.0 hours. Both the manufacturing work week and factory overtime decreased by 0.1 hour over the month, to 39.8 and 2.8 hours, respectively.

In September, average hourly earnings of production and nonsupervisory workers on private nonfarm payrolls edged up by 1 cent, or 0.1 percent, to $18.67. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.5 percent, while average weekly earnings have risen by only 0.7 percent due to declines in the average workweek.

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for July was revised from-276,000 to -304,000, and the change for August was revised from -216,000to -201,000.

The Employment Situation for October is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 6, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

Truly a 'Burgh Thing!

Truly a 'Burgh Thing!
by Randy Bish, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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