Walmart recently announced its plans to open several new stores and create more than 1,000 jobs in the Washington, D.C. area. The company's two-year plan also will provide local residents with access to affordable groceries and stimulate the local economy.
Highlights of the plan include:
Opening multiple stores of varying size and format throughout D.C.
Creating 1,200 permanent retail jobs and 400 temporary construction jobs
Providing a competitive wage to local employees
Generating about $10 million in tax revenue
Expanding access to affordable and healthy food
Developing charitable partnerships throughout the District
Although the opening of a new Walmart often creates controversy in the local community, a recent poll from Lester & Associates found that 73 percent D.C. residents are in favor of the company opening new stores in the area. Walmart already employs more than 600 D.C. residents at its stores outside the city.
"D.C. residents want more convenient access to quality jobs and affordable groceries," Henry Jordan, senior vice president of Walmart U.S., said. "We want to be part of the solution and look forward to building even more support for what our brand can deliver."
Walmart is currently planning to open four stores by the end of 2012. Each store will feature a full grocery selection, including fresh produce, a bakery, delicatessen, and organic food items, as well as a full service pharmacy and other general merchandise.
The company will open several local hiring centers as it plans to open these new stores. Positions will be available for pharmacists, human resource managers, customer service associates, cashiers, and sales associates. Every job will offer a competitive wage and affordable benefits.
A number of Fort Worth jobs (Click here) were added last month.
During October, Texas's unemployment rate remained at 8.1 percent for the second month in a row, which is well below the national average of 9.6 percent. The Fort Worth area had an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent during September.
Th Fort Worth-Arlington area had a total non-farm employment of 852,800 workers during October, which is up from 849,200 workers during September and a 1 percent increase from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The government industry accounted for the majority of the monthly and yearly increase in employment. The industry added 3,700 jobs - an increase of 3.7 percent - for a total of 128,100 workers during October.
Other industries that saw a monthly increase in employment include: trade, transportation and utilities by 700 jobs; professional and business services by 300 jobs; education and health services by 300 jobs; and mining, logging, and construction by 100 jobs.
Employment in the information and financial activities industries remained even over the month with 14,200 jobs and 48,800 jobs, respectively.
The education and health services industry saw the second-largest yearly increase in employment, growing by 2.8 percent between October 2009 and October 2010, for a current total of 108,600 workers.
The leisure and hospitality industry grew by 2.4 percent to 91,100 workers, while the professional and business services industry increased by 2.1 percent to 92,500 jobs; the other services industry grew by 1.6 percent to 32,000 workers; and the manufacturing industry increased by .9 percent to 87,300 jobs.
Only three industries experienced a monthly decrease in employment, including: leisure and hospitality by 1,200 jobs; manufacturing by 200 jobs; and other services by 100 jobs.
On a yearly basis, the information industry saw the biggest drop in employment, decreasing by 6.6 percent. That was followed by the financial activities industry, which declined by 1.8 percent.
The mining, logging, and construction dropped by 1.1 percent to 53,800 jobs and the trade, transportation, and utilities industry decreased by 1.1 percent to 196,400 workers.
San Antonio Construction Jobs Created by Solar Farm
A new solar farm has created many San Antonio construction jobs (Click here).
The Blue Wing Solar Project has officially started operating in San Antonio. The city's first solar farm sits on a 113-acre site that houses 214,500 solar photovoltaic panels capable of supplying up to 14-megawatts worth of power.
About 115 construction workers were employed during peak construction of the solar farm, and many more permanent jobs will be supported by the project. The construction phase required more than 100,000 labor hours and cost almost $2 million in local purchases.
The project was built by Juwi Solar, is owned by Duke Energy Generation Services, and will supply power that will be purchased by CPS Energy. Blue Wing will be able to produce more than 26,570 megawatt-hours of emissions-free electricity per year, which is enough to power 1,800 households.
"It says a lot about CPS Energy and San Antonio that we are now home to the state's largest solar farm," Mayor Julián Castro said in a statement. "San Antonio is positioning itself to become a leader in renewable energy by making these kinds of smart investments."
CPS Energy is committed to diversifying its energy portfolio and meeting the needs of the local community. The company predicts that 13 percent of its energy capacity will come from renewable resources by the end of 2010 and 20 percent will come from renewables by 2020.
CPS is the largest municipally-owned natural gas and electric utility company in the nation. The company provides service to about 707,000 electric customers and about 322,000 natural gas customers throughout the San Antonio area.
Take a look at some of the work that went into building the Blue Wing Solar Project:
San Diego Career Opportunities Have Bright Outlook
Three new reports are providing some positive news about San Diego career opportunities (Click here).
Although the San Diego area has not seen a lot of employment growth or loss in recent months, remaining mostly stagnant throughout August and September, three new reports suggest the city is doing pretty well compared to others in the nation.
Reports from Juju.com, Monster.com, and Chapman University all indicate that while San Diego's employment picture is still bleak, the city is continuing to hold its own and will most likely see an improvement through the end of the year.
The three reports include:
Juju.com found that there are about 4.8 job seekers for every one job opening in San Diego County. Although the county is ranked 40th in the nation, its ratio is better than the national average of 5.1 job seekers per job opening and better than the county's average of 7.7 job seekers for each job opening last year.
The Monster.com Employment Index found that the number of job openings in San Diego posted online increased by 13 percent during October when compared to last year.
Chapman University's employment forecast for Southern California increased into positive territory during October, marking the first increase since early 2008, and suggesting that employment should grow during Q4 2010.
During September, the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area's unemployment rate remained at 10.6 percent for the second month in a row, keeping it a full percentage point above the national average at the time of 9.6 percent.
The San Diego area had a total non-farm employment of 1,208,500 workers during September, which is down from 1,208,600 workers during August and a .4 percent decrease from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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In honor of Veterans Day, the State of Illinois is hosting several job fairs throughout the state during November. These events will help put veterans back to work and teach employers about the tax credits they can get for hiring veterans.
During 2009, all veterans of all eras had an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gulf War-era II veterans had an unemployment rate of 10.2 percent, while young male veterans between 18 and 24-years old had an unemployment rate of 21.6 percent.
"Helping businesses create jobs and finding the right person for those new jobs is important as Illinois' economy continues to steadily improve," Maureen O’Donnell, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, said. "Our Veterans have the training, commitment and loyalty that make them excellent hires and we, as citizens, have a duty to honor their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families and help them find good-paying jobs."
IDES is coordinating the veteran hiring events throughout Illinois. The job fairs will emphasize opportunities of particular interest to veterans, and although the events are meant to focus on veterans, those without military experience also are encouraged to attend.
The job fairs also will feature businesses that will benefit from hiring veterans. The state offers an income tax credit of up to $1,200 to businesses for each qualified veteran they hire. Employers also may qualify for the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides up to $4,800, and the Illinois Small Business Job Creation Tax Credit, which provides $2,500 for each new hire.
The statewide veteran job fairs will take place:
November 9 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Effingham VFW Post 1769 in Effingham
November 9 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bloomington National Guardy Armory in Bloomington
November 10 - 9 a.m. to Noon at the Roland Lewis Community Building in Mt. Vernon
November 10 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville
November 11 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Daley College in Chicago
November 12 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrenceville VFW Post 2244 in Lawrenceville
November 12 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the VFW Post 1303 in Rock Island
November 13 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River Oaks Community Church in South Holland
Food preparation workers usually work under the direction of a chef, head cook, or supervisor to perform a variety of food preparation duties. This can include slicing meat and vegetables, making drinks, and cleaning cooking areas and utensils.
Most food preparation workers learn the majority of what they need to know through on-the-job training. Employers will teach applicants basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations and instruct them on how to handle, prepare, and cook food.
There were about 891,900 food preparation workers during 2008, and that number is expected to increase by 4 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
About two-thirds of all cooks and food preparation workers are employed by restaurants and other food services and drinking places; while 16 percent work in schools, universities, hospitals, and nursing care facilities; and the remainder work in grocery stores and hotels.
Employment of food preparation workers in the Denver area is anticipated to grow from 5,276 workers during 2009 to 6,389 workers by 2019, resulting in 1,113 additional workers and an average annual increase of 1.9 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.
The top 10 industries that employed food preparation workers in the Denver area during 2009 were:
Food services and drinking places
Nursing and residential care facilities
Amusement, gambling and recreation industries
Food and beverage stores
General merchandise stores
During 2009, the average wage for food preparation workers in the Denver area was $9.42 per hour or $19,603 per year, while the average entry-level wage was $8.15 per hour or $16,950 per year and the average experienced-level wage was $10.97 per hour or $22,826 per year.