Employment http://kut.org en Interview: 'Careeranista: The Woman's Guide to Success After College' http://kut.org/post/interview-careeranista-womans-guide-success-after-college <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Chaz Pitts-Kyser, Founder and Managing Editor of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">and author of </span>Careeranista<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: The Woman’s Guide to Success After College.&nbsp;</span></p> Sun, 18 May 2014 20:47:18 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10439 at http://kut.org Interview: 'Careeranista: The Woman's Guide to Success After College' Oil and Gas Companies Are Now Poaching Employees From Each Other http://kut.org/post/oil-and-gas-companies-are-now-poaching-employees-each-other <p>The global boom in energy production driven by <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/05/05/lawsuit-highlights-concern-over-air-quality-and-shale-drilling/">fracking</a>&nbsp;and horizontal drilling is leading to a shortage of skilled workers. A <a href="http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140506006268/en/Retirement-Wave-Technical-Skills-Gap-Threaten-Oil#.U2l7Zq1dUyw">new report</a> by the human resources firm <a href="http://www.imercer.com/content/mercer-about-us.aspx">Mercer</a> says two-thirds of oil and gas companies are now poaching employees from their competitors.</p><p>"The industry seems inclined when an individual is trained and developed by a competitor to, especially in the first five years of employment, go after that key talent, as opposed to training and developing their own,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says Philip&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tenenbaum, a senior partner at</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Mercer.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says in some cases, the practice has become quite overt. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 00:43:58 +0000 Nathan Bernier 10368 at http://kut.org Oil and Gas Companies Are Now Poaching Employees From Each Other Study: Texas Cities Lead the Nation For Careers After Military http://kut.org/post/study-texas-cities-lead-nation-careers-after-military <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stripes.com/best-in-texas-list-spotlights-cities-with-jobs-for-veterans-1.249856">new study reported</a>&nbsp;by the military news outlet&nbsp;Stars and Stripes ranks Houston as the number one city in the country for job-seeking veterans. Dallas and Austin rank second and fifth among major metropolitan cities.</p><p>The rankings, put together by the USAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are the sunnier side of an issue affecting many veterans: finding employment after service ends.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:13:27 +0000 Emily Mathis 9155 at http://kut.org Study: Texas Cities Lead the Nation For Careers After Military Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike http://kut.org/post/texas-fast-food-workers-join-nationwide-strike <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Jose Avila thought he could save money to pay off college loans by moving into his mother’s one-bedroom Houston apartment and working at a Subway restaurant. But he says he’s barely making ends meet on his $7.75-an-hour wage, and he considers taking the bus to work such an extravagance that he walks an hour and a half each way, unless it’s raining.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Avila, 22, says he plans to join fast-food workers in dozens of cities across the country on Thursday in a pre-Labor Day strike to call for $15-an-hour wages. Workers in Houston, Dallas and Austin plan to participate, organizers say.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:35:00 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 8554 at http://kut.org Texas Fast-Food Workers to Join Nationwide Strike OneWest Bank to Lay Off More Than 700 Workers in Austin http://kut.org/post/onewest-bank-lay-more-700-workers-austin <p>A business in Austin is laying off hundreds of employees. <a href="https://www.owb.com/">OneWest Bank</a> has notified the Texas Workforce Commission that intents to lay off more than 700 employees in Austin.</p><p>The California-based company is a mortgage services provider with offices in the Domain complex.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:27:34 +0000 KUT Staff 8153 at http://kut.org Texas Receives $750,000 Federal Grant to Help Veterans Find Jobs http://kut.org/post/texas-receives-750000-federal-grant-help-veterans-find-jobs <p>Texas was given a $750,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help U.S. veterans find jobs when they come home.</p><p>Along with Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina, the grant will reach out to active-duty soldiers within 90 days of their return from the Army, Texas Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:37:23 +0000 Mone Miller 8108 at http://kut.org Texas Receives $750,000 Federal Grant to Help Veterans Find Jobs Austin Jobless Rate Dips to 5.1 Percent http://kut.org/post/austin-jobless-rate-dips-51-percent <p>Austin’s economy added 30,500 jobs over the last year. The<a href="http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2013/051713epress.pdf"> latest employment report</a> shows the jobless rate dropped to 5.1 percent last month from 5.6 percent in April 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>The recent job growth happened as more people were moving to the Austin-area looking for work. The civilian labor force grew by more than 27,000 in the past 12 months.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7781 at http://kut.org Austin Jobless Rate Dips to 5.1 Percent 165,000 Jobs Added In April, Jobless Rate Fell To 7.5 Percent http://kut.org/post/165000-jobs-added-april-jobless-rate-fell-75-percent (Most recent update: 10 a.m. ET.)<p>The nation's jobless rate edged down to 7.5 percent in April from 7.6 percent in March and employers added 165,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning</a>.<p>The news was better than economists were expecting. Fri, 03 May 2013 13:18:39 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7606 at http://kut.org 165,000 Jobs Added In April, Jobless Rate Fell To 7.5 Percent Austin Unemployment Down a Bit http://kut.org/post/austin-unemployment-down-bit <p>Austin’s unemployment rate went down slightly from February to March – to 5.3 percent. The state rate was about one point higher (6.4 percent, seasonally adjudged; 6.3 percent, not seasonally adjusted).</p><p>Both numbers are well below the national rate for March: 7.6 percent.</p><p>Both the state and local rates are also well below what they were in March 2012 (7 percent and 6 percent, respectively).</p><p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:52:00 +0000 Laura Rice 7426 at http://kut.org Austin Unemployment Down a Bit Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees http://kut.org/post/meet-8-people-who-may-decide-fates-some-city-employees <p>The City of Austin is hosting a community meeting tonight to introduce the top eight applicants to serve on the Municipal Civil Service Commission.</p><p>The commission, <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">approved in November</a> by voters as Proposition 10, will propose personnel rules for most City of Austin employees. They will also make final decisions in the cases of city employees who are appealing disciplinary action such as being suspended or demoted. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:41:02 +0000 Austin Feldman 7382 at http://kut.org Meet 8 People Who May Decide the Fates of Some City Employees 2,000 Job Openings Available at City of Austin Career Expo http://kut.org/post/2000-job-openings-available-city-austin-career-expo <p>The City of Austin is hosting its <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/page/careerexpoemployers" target="_blank">third annual Career Expo today</a>&nbsp;at the Palmer Center.</p><p>The event will feature over one hundred employers and local agencies including &nbsp;Austin Fire Department, Austin Independent School District, Dell, Time Warner Cable, Grande Communications and Whole Foods.</p><p>Last year more than 3,500 people attended the Career Expo that offers almost 2,000 job openings.&nbsp; Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:51:49 +0000 Austin Feldman & Filipa Rodrigues 7357 at http://kut.org 2,000 Job Openings Available at City of Austin Career Expo Austin-Area Home Starts Up 27 Percent http://kut.org/post/austin-area-home-starts-27-percent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New home construction is up by 27 percent in the Austin area, </span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/681102-metrostudy-austin-1q13-press-release.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">according to MetroStudy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The real estate tracking firm says there were 1,952 starts in the first three months of the year. That’s 413 more than the same quarter last year.</span></p><p>MetroStudy’s Austin market director Madison Inselmann says the surge in new building is helping to lift pay for construction workers.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 20:26:30 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7251 at http://kut.org Austin-Area Home Starts Up 27 Percent Austin Unemployment: 5.4 Percent http://kut.org/post/austin-unemployment-54-percent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Austin metro area’s unemployment rate is down almost one percentage point from a year ago, according to numbers released Friday. The jobless rate in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos area was 5.4 percent in February. That compares with 6.2 percent from a year ago.</span></p><p>The industry sector with the largest percentage gain was construction. For real estate analyst Mark Sprague with <a href="http://independencetitle.com/austin/">Independence Title</a>, it comes as no surprise.</p><p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 00:18:26 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7154 at http://kut.org Austin Unemployment: 5.4 Percent One Week Left to Apply for Austin's New Municipal Civil Service Commission http://kut.org/post/one-week-left-apply-austins-new-municipal-civil-service-commission <p>There is one week left to apply for the five-member <a href="http://austintexas.gov/news/austin-city-council-seeks-applicants-municipal-civil-service-commission">Municipal Civil Service Commission</a>.&nbsp;It's part of <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">Proposition 10</a> that Austin voters approved in November. It establishes a municipal service system for most city employees.</p><p>According to the City of Austin, the Municipal Civil Service Commission will help to establish certain personnel rules. The commission will then make final decisions on appeals of disciplinary actions by most City of Austin employees. The commission is expected to hear cases from city employees or are fired, demoted or denied a promotion. Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:19:26 +0000 Austin Feldman 7013 at http://kut.org One Week Left to Apply for Austin's New Municipal Civil Service Commission Seeing Fewer Cars on the Road Today? Here's Why http://kut.org/post/seeing-fewer-cars-road-today-heres-why <p>If you’re going into work today, you must not have gotten the memo.</p><p>Today, many City of Austin employees and employees from some local business are partaking in Austin’s first “Work from Home Day." It's a citywide initiative to reduce the environmental impact of thousands of people driving to work.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:03:42 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6517 at http://kut.org Seeing Fewer Cars on the Road Today? Here's Why While Austin's Unemployment Rate Inches Up, Texas' Falls http://kut.org/post/while-austins-unemployment-rate-inches-texas-falls <p>Austin’s unemployment rose from 4.9 to 5 percent in December, while Texas’s overall unemployment dropped to 6.1 percent from 7.4 percent last year.</p><p>Mark Lavergne, spokesperson for the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/why-was-cake-decorated-zombie-ben-franklin-left-hyde-park-porch-overnight">Texas Workforce Commission</a>, said the change in unemployment in Austin is a slight change. What is more significant, he said, was the unemployment change in Austin and Texas in the past year. Austin’s unemployment has dropped to 5 percent from 6.1 a year ago, while Texas’s unemployment rate has fallen from 7.4 percent to 6.1 in the past year.</p><p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:55:43 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6248 at http://kut.org While Austin's Unemployment Rate Inches Up, Texas' Falls Jobless Claims at Five-Year Low; Home Building Hits Five-Year High in 2012 http://kut.org/post/jobless-claims-five-year-low-home-building-hits-five-year-high-2012 There were 335,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 37,000 from the week before, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/eta20130077.htm#.UPf9MaDn_XU" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration reports</a>.<p>That's the lowest total for any one week since January 2008.<p>In other good economic news, <a href="http://www.census.gov/construction/nrc/pdf/newresconst.pdf" target="_blank">the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development say</a> there was a 12.1 percent gain in housing starts in December from November. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:06:28 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6230 at http://kut.org Jobless Claims at Five-Year Low; Home Building Hits Five-Year High in 2012 Documented or Not, Tax Time is Coming http://kut.org/post/documented-or-not-tax-time-coming <p>Contrary to what you may have heard, people in the country illegally <em>can</em> file a return. They use a special IRS-issued number called an <a href="http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Individual-Taxpayer-Identification-Number-%28ITIN%29">individual taxpayer identification number</a> (ITIN). But new IRS rules effective this month mean some changes for people using ITINs.</p><p>In 2010, the latest available data from the IRS, nearly 18 million people paid their taxes with ITINs.</p><p>“Taxpayers who file with an ITIN, they contribute to Social Security,” said IRS spokeswoman Irma Treviño.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 11:22:00 +0000 Joy Diaz 6145 at http://kut.org Documented or Not, Tax Time is Coming As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook http://kut.org/post/2013-begins-pretty-positive-job-outlook If you're searching for work in this new year, the Labor Department's final jobs report for 2012 suggests: The trend is your friend in 2013.<p>The jobs outlook is actually "pretty positive," said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, an employment consulting firm.<p>Challenger said that, after 34 straight months of job growth, the positive trend is well established and likely to continue. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 21:30:02 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 6064 at http://kut.org As 2013 Begins, A 'Pretty Positive' Job Outlook 155,000 Jobs Added in December, Jobless Rate at 7.8 Percent http://kut.org/post/155000-jobs-added-december-jobless-rate-78-percent There were 155,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls in December, <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning</a>.<p>That's right in line with economists' expectations and is another sign of steady, though modest, growth in employment. In November, employers added an estimated 161,000 jobs. The average monthly gain in 2012 was 153,000 jobs, BLS says. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 14:09:06 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6057 at http://kut.org 155,000 Jobs Added in December, Jobless Rate at 7.8 Percent