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Florida unemployment drops

November 24th, 2012

The Florida unemployment rate slipped down to 8.5 percent in October.

That is down 0.2 percentage point from September and the lowest rate since December 2008.

There were 790,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 9,342,000. The October 2012 rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the year-ago rate of 10.2 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9 percent in October.

The number of jobs in Florida was 7,371,500 in October 2012, up 67,600 jobs compared to a year ago. October was the 27th consecutive month with positive annual job growth after the state lost jobs for three years. The industry gaining the most jobs was professional and business services (+25,600 jobs, +2.4 percent).

Other industries gaining jobs included trade, transportation, and utilities (+23,300 jobs, +1.5 percent); private education and health services (+23,100 jobs, +2.1 percent); leisure and hospitality (+12,500 jobs, +1.3 percent); and financial activities (+6,900 jobs, +1.4 percent).
These industry job gains were partially due to increases in employment services; food and beverage stores; ambulatory health care services; food services and drinking places; and real estate.

Industries losing jobs over the year included total government (-12,900 jobs, -1.2 percent); construction (-4,900 jobs, -1.5 percent); other services (-4,200 jobs, -1.4 percent); information (-1,000 jobs, -0.8 percent); and manufacturing (-900 jobs, -0.3 percent).

These industry job losses were partially due to declines in local and state government; heavy and civil engineering construction; membership organizations; telecommunications; and chemical manufacturing.

Thirteen metro areas of the 22 in the state had over-the-year job gains in October 2012. The areas with the largest gains were Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford (+21,700 jobs, +2.1 percent), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater (+19,300 jobs, +1.7 percent), and Jacksonville (+6,300 jobs, +1.1 percent).

Company helps create Florida jobs

December 30th, 2011

CivilianJobs is helping to bring together employers and job seekers and create Florida jobs for people in the military.

The company announced its 2012 military job fairs schedule this week.

The list includes:

-January 10; Ft. Polk; Leesville, LA
-January 18; Ft. Benning; Columbus, GA
-January 19; Robins AFB; Warner Robins, GA
-February 15; Ft. Stewart; Hinesville, GA
-February 16; MCAS Beaufort; Beaufort, SC
-February 29; Naval/Marine Corps San Diego; San Diego, CA
-March 01; Camp Pendleton; Oceanside, CA
-March 14; Tampa/MacDill AFB; Tampa, FL
-March 29; Ft. Hood; Killeen, TX
-April 11; Ft. Rucker; Enterprise, AL
-April 26; Ft. Benning; Columbus, GA
-May 03; Ft. Carson; Colorado Springs, CO
-May 17; Nellis AFB; Las Vegas, NV
-May 31; Ft. Lee; Petersburg, VA
-June 13; NWS Charleston; Charleston, SC
-June 14; Charleston AFB; Charleston, SC
-June 28; Ft. Riley; Manhattan, KS
-July 18; Ft. Bragg; Fayetteville, NC
-July 19; Camp Lejeune; Jacksonville, NC
-August 01; Ft. Benning; Columbus, GA
-August 02 ; Robins AFB; Warner Robins, GA
-August 15 ; Camp Pendleton; Oceanside, CA
-August 16 ; Naval/Marine Corps San Diego; San Diego, CA
-August 29 ; NS Norfolk; Norfolk, VA
-August 30 ; Ft. Lee; Petersburg, VA
-September 13; Ft. Polk; Leesville, LA
-September 26; Ft. Stewart; Hinesville, GA
-September 27; MCAS Beaufort; Beaufort, SC
-October 11; Ft. Bliss; El Paso, TX
-October 18; Camp Lejeune; Jacksonville, NC
-October 25; Nellis AFB; Las Vegas, NV
-November 01; Ft. Benning; Columbus, GA
-November 08; Ft. Bragg; Fayetteville, NC
-November 28; Ft. Hood; Killeen, TX
-November 29; Ft. Sam Houston; San Antonio, TX
-December 06; Tampa/MacDill AFB; Tampa, FL

“We continue to expand our suite of services for employers who are seeking to increase the talent level, team-orientation and diversity of their workforces,” said Vicki Washington, director of “One of the best ways we can provide that support is by hosting these military job fairs and connecting employers to the job seekers at the military installation where they are serving.”

The company is also hiring for Fayetteville jobs.

Companies recruiting for Florida jobs

December 18th, 2011

Several companies are actually recruiting right now for Florida jobs.

A local job board, JobNewsTampa, has released a number of companies hiring actively throughout the season. Those companies include:

1. Cintas Corporation designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid and safety products, fire protection services and document management services to approximately 800,000 businesses. It is hiring over 30 people in its St. Petersburg and Tampa locations – service managers, service sales representatives, product supervisors and management trainees.

2. One Touch Direct specializes in developing integrated direct response marketing programs supported by state-of-the-art call center services. The Tampa office is hiring over 700 people, mainly for inside and sales customer service.

3. Progressive Insurance offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles and homes. It’s the fourth largest auto insurer in the country. The company is hiring over fifty claims and customer service representatives in Riverview.

4. Youth and Family Alternatives (YFA), part of the Child Welfare Community Based Care (CBC) provider network in Pasco, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Manatee and Osceola Counties, provides comprehensive child welfare case management services to children and their families who are in need of child abuse and neglect prevention services or child protection and permanency services. The organization is hiring in all more than 25 associates: case managers, case management supervisors, family counselor, operations / training specialists, support services aides, youth care specialists.

5. WellCare provides managed care services targeted to government- sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children and the aged, blind and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans WellCare is hiring over 200 people for its Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Kentucky markets.

The news means more Tampa jobs in general.

Company adds new Florida sales jobs

December 11th, 2011

A local company is expanding and adding more Florida sales jobs.

Red Ventures is hosting an Inside Sales Interview Day on Tuesday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Red Ventures is located in the Miramar Park of Commerce at 3046 Corporate Way Miramar, Fla. 33025. The upcoming Interview Day is open to individuals who are seeking a high-growth career in inside sales. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online prior to Tuesday at Read the rest of this entry »

Florida unemployment falls

December 1st, 2011

Things are looking up for Florida counties, which reported that Florida unemployment has dropped, along with several areas.

In Pinellas County unemployment fell to 9.9 percent – down 1.4 percent from the 11.3 percent reported in 2010 and 0.4 percent less than last month.

The Tampa area added 24,100 jobs from January through October for a 2.2 percent growth rate. Read the rest of this entry »

Store hires for food service jobs in Florida

November 18th, 2011

HoneyBaked Ham, famous for its sweet baked hams, said this week it is hiring for its food service jobs in Florida, among other locales.

The company will ramp up hiring to recruit 6,300 people nationwide. HoneyBaked’s Georgia Division, with approximately 300 stores across the US, will hire 4,100 seasonal employees through January 1, 2012.

The store will be specifically hiring for seasonal jobs in Tampa.

Personnel needs at stores during the holiday season support a major operation to prepare and distribute HoneyBaked’s products, as well as to ramp up frontline customer sales at over 400 stores nationwide.

Within the Georgia Division, metropolitan Atlanta HoneyBaked corporate stores will account for nearly 700 new hires with Birmingham, Denver, Greensboro, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, St. Louis and Tampa each adding between 125 -200 seasonal employees.

HoneyBaked store operators have selective standards in hiring workers suited to uphold a family legacy begun by company founder Harry J. Hoenselaar over 50 years and 400 stores ago. As a result, HoneyBaked attracts seasonal employees who return annually to call HoneyBaked stores their home for the holiday season.

“HoneyBaked customers are extremely loyal, but uncompromising, and do not settle for anything less than the best,” said Maggie DeCan, HoneyBaked Chief Operating Officer. “As a member of the HoneyBaked team, we are keepers of a brand promise that has very high expectations attached to it. Our customers come to us when they are facing an occasion that calls for specialness,” said DeCan. “We go to great lengths to hire a holiday team that respects, understands and delivers the HoneyBaked promise.”

Money to go towards funding jobs in Florida

November 12th, 2011

A big check from several large financial institutions will quite possibly go towards funding initiatives to help veterans acquire jobs in Florida, among other locales.

Five of the world’s largest financial institutions presented checks totaling nearly $600,000 to a collection of nonprofit organizations that serve veterans and military families around the United States.

The banks together comprise the founding members of Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), a joint initiative dedicated to honoring former military personnel and employees currently in the National Guard and Reserve by facilitating career and business opportunities in the financial services industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Recruit Military helping employers hire for Florida jobs

October 30th, 2011

Through a series of expos, Recruit Military is assisting with the jobs process and helping employers hire veterans for Florida jobs.

RecruitMilitary, a military-to-civilian recruiting firm, will present a free civilian employment, business-ownership, and education Opportunity Expo for job seekers who have military backgrounds at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, on Thursday, November 10. RecruitMilitary is inviting veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, military spouses, and other military family members. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The company is also helping employers hire for Boston jobs.

The company expects more than 30 employers, franchisors, educational institutions, and government agencies to reserve exhibitor booths at the Expo. Already signed up are A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections, American Intercontinental University, Brown Mackie College, CE Power Solutions, Concrete Technologies Inc., DeVry University, FastTrain, Florida International University, Grand Canyon University, Heico Aerospace, Lockheed Martin Corporation, MATCO Tools, Merchant’s Tire and National Tire & Battery, Military Sealift Command, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the National Veterans Employment Program (NVEP) of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Northwood University, Service-Net LLC, Stanley Steemer, Strayer University, TD Bank NA, Union Institute & University, and Volunteers Of America of Florida.

RecruitMilitary ( will produce the Expo in cooperation with The American Legion (, an association of veterans who served during times of war. The Legion has 2.4 million members in nearly 14,000 posts throughout the world. Congress chartered the association in 1919. Read the rest of this entry »

New survey highlights state of employee turnover at Florida jobs

October 23rd, 2011

A recent survey is shedding light on the state of employee retention and turnover at Florida jobs.

Results are mixed for Florida’s employers: a new study by Effective Resources, Inc., a leading human resources consulting firm, reports that the state’s employers are reporting a lower monthly employee turnover rate as compared to last year, while a lesser number are planning merit increases.

The 2011 – 2012 State of Florida Salary, Wage and Benefits Survey from Effective Resources, Inc., encompasses data from 181 Florida employers who represent over 822,000 employees nationwide and nearly 135,000 employees in Florida alone.
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Progressive hiring for sales jobs in Florida

October 17th, 2011

Progressive said this week it is recruiting for sales jobs in Florida.

Flexible work arrangements, including working from home and compressed work weeks; performance bonuses; a casual dress code; on-site medical facilities for employees and their families; and fitness centers are just some of the amenities that make Progressive car insurance a popular employer in the Tampa Bay region.

Now, Progressive, one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay according to the St. Petersburg Times, plans to fill 130 positions in sales, service, and claims at its Riverview contact center by the end of December 2011.
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