Unemployment http://kut.org en 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 Unemployment Drug-Testing Law Delayed http://kut.org/post/unemployment-drug-testing-law-delayed <p class="body" 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;">Texans applying for unemployment benefits will be subject to a new drug screening procedure in a program scheduled to take effect Feb. 1. But the Texas Workforce Commission said it will not be able to start the program on the state’s timetable because the United States Labor Department has not set the required parameters.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:48:55 +0000 Alana Rocha, Texas Tribune 9529 at http://kut.org Unemployment Drug-Testing Law Delayed 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 Bill on Drug Testing of State Aid Recipients Gets Initial Approval http://kut.org/post/bill-drug-testing-state-aid-recipients-gets-initial-approval <p></p><p><strong>Update (May 25, 2013): &nbsp;</strong><br>Both the House and Senate have passed this bill, sending it to Gov. Rick Perry's desk for his approval.</p><p><br><strong>Original story:</strong><br>The Texas House split on a couple of bills that would drug test recipients of state aid. A midnight deadline passed before lawmakers could vote on a bill that would drug test recipients of the <a href="http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1679" target="_blank">Temporary Assistance for Needy Families</a> program.</p><p>But earlier in the day lawmakers did pass testing for unemployment benefits.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 07:55:51 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7834 at http://kut.org Bill on Drug Testing of State Aid Recipients Gets Initial Approval 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 Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas http://kut.org/post/latinos-may-need-more-miracle-prosper-texas <p></p><p>President Obama brought a message of economic recovery when <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/presidents-austin-jobs-tour" target="_blank">he visited Austin</a> yesterday, the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/manor-new-tech-example-nation-obama-says-photos" target="_blank">first stop</a> in his “<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/08/president-obama-headed-austin-heres-why" target="_blank">Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour</a>.” Latinos in the U.S., however, are trailing behind the national average in unemployment. So how are&nbsp;they’re doing when it comes to finding work in the home of the “Texas miracle?"</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:11:18 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7695 at http://kut.org Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas 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 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 Pleasant Surprises: 236,000 Jobs Added; Jobless Rate Dips To 7.7 Percent http://kut.org/post/236000-jobs-added-february-jobless-rate-dips-77-percent There were 236,000 jobs added to payrolls in February — many more than expected — and the jobless rate unexpectedly dropped by two-tenths of a point, to 7.7 percent, <a href="http://bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday</a>.<p>The news came as a surprise to most economists. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 13:47:30 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6884 at http://kut.org Pleasant Surprises: 236,000 Jobs Added; Jobless Rate Dips To 7.7 Percent PolitiFact: Austin Has Low Unemployment, High Poverty http://kut.org/post/politifact-austin-has-low-unemployment-high-poverty <p>A Travis County Commissioner says local prosperity is shadowed by rising poverty. In this week’s PolitiFact check-in, KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke to Gardner Selby of the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>’s <a href="http://www.politifact.com/">PolitiFact Texas</a>.</p><p>PolitiFact tackled a claim by Travis County commissioner Sarah&nbsp;Eckhardt&nbsp;who, in an email, said conditions are tough despite "present prosperity."</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:25:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 6750 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Austin Has Low Unemployment, High Poverty Losses Are Actually Gains, And Other Weird Facts From The Jobs Report http://kut.org/post/what-does-jobs-report-really-say <em>What's today's big </em><a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">jobs report</a><em> say?</em><p>The U.S. economy <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm" target="_blank">lost 2.8 million jobs</a> jobs in January.<p><em>What?!</em><p>Don't panic. The U.S. economy loses millions of jobs every January, in good times and bad, largely because tons of seasonal holiday jobs always wind down after Christmas.<p><em>So if you set aside the normal, seasonal stuff, how is the job market doing?</em><p>The wonks who write the jobs report can answer that! Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:56:26 +0000 6435 at http://kut.org Losses Are Actually Gains, And Other Weird Facts From The Jobs Report 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 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 Layoffs Have Slowed, Hiring Has Picked Up, But Jobless Claims Are Higher http://kut.org/post/layoffs-slow-hiring-picks-jobless-claims-are-higher <strong>Update at 8:40 a.m. ET. Jobless Claims Went Up; So Two Out Of Three Reports Were Positive:</strong><p>There were 372,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 10,000 from the week before, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm#.UOWIRaDn_XU" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration says</a>. What's more, that previous week's total was revised up from the previous estimate of 350,000.<p>The relatively negative news about jobless claims means that two out of this morning's three employment-related reporters were positive. Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:16:18 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 6041 at http://kut.org Layoffs Have Slowed, Hiring Has Picked Up, But Jobless Claims Are Higher Fewer State Layoffs in 2012 http://kut.org/post/fewer-state-layoffs-2012 <p>The number of state employees let go this year was down dramatically compared to 2011, according to <a href="http://www.sao.state.tx.us/reports/report.aspx?reportnumber=13-704">a report from the State Auditor's Office.</a> But that’s mainly because so many people lost their jobs last year, after lawmakers slashed the two-year state budget by $14 billion.&nbsp;</p><p>Those cuts led to a round of government layoffs: <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/549878-texas-auditor-general-classified-employee.html#document/p3/a85254">1,225 people</a> lost their jobs last year as the result of a "reduction in force," the bureaucratic term used to label job cuts caused by budget reductions. This year, that number <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/549878-texas-auditor-general-classified-employee.html#document/p3/a85254">was 96</a>.&nbsp;A lot of people were fired for other reasons, but the number of state employees "involuntarily" laid off still dropped by more than 15 percent compared to last year.</p><p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:51:13 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5984 at http://kut.org Fewer State Layoffs in 2012 Jobless Claims Fell by 12,000 Last Week http://kut.org/post/jobless-claims-fell-12k-last-week There were 350,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, down 12,000 from the week before, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ui/current.htm#.UNxODaDn_XU" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration reports</a>. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 15:33:58 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 5981 at http://kut.org Jobless Claims Fell by 12,000 Last Week Final Pre-Election Jobs Report Can Be Spun By Both Obama And Romney http://kut.org/post/final-pre-election-jobs-report-has-news-both-obama-and-romney-spin (Revised @ 12 p.m. ET)<p>The final monthly jobs report before Tuesday's general election contained something for both President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney to work into their closing arguments to voters.<p>For Obama, it was the news that the economy in October created significantly more jobs — 171,000 — than many economists had forecast. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:25:25 +0000 Frank James, NPR & Frank James, NPR 5505 at http://kut.org Final Pre-Election Jobs Report Can Be Spun By Both Obama And Romney Job Growth Beats Forecasts; Unemployment Rate Is 7.9 Percent http://kut.org/post/unemployment-rate-ticked-79-percent-171000-jobs-added The nation's unemployment rate edged up to 7.9 percent in October from 7.8 percent in September, <a href="http://bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">the Bureau of Labor Statistics says</a>.<p>But private and public employers added 171,000 jobs to their payrolls — nearly 50,000 more than economists had expected.<p>So the news is somewhat mixed: While the jobless rate remained stuck near 8 percent, job growth was better than forecast.<p>We'll have more from the report and reactions to it as the morning continues. Fri, 02 Nov 2012 12:36:41 +0000 5500 at http://kut.org Job Growth Beats Forecasts; Unemployment Rate Is 7.9 Percent