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Macy's bumping up holiday hiring plan

Macy’s says it plans to hire 65,000 seasonal employees in its stores, call centers, distribution centers, and online fulfillment centers nationally for the holidays.

Macys “The hiring plan represents a slight increase from previous years, reflecting the company’s expectations for same-store sales in the second half of fiscal 2010 to be up by 3 to 3.5 percent,” Macy’s said in a release.

Macy’s is taking applications online now at http://www.macysJOBS.com. “Candidates who fill the company's criteria will receive by email an invitation to interview,” Macy’s said.

It said it will begin hiring for  store sales positions in early October. “Hiring for operations positions already has begun.” Macy’s said.

“"It is vitally important that our customers are well-served during the busiest shopping time of the year,” Terry Lundgren, the Macy’s CEO, said.  “So we ramp up our workforce starting now and running through December.”

Macy’s seasonal employees serve customers on the sales floor, “work behind the scenes,” serve customers via phone, and help get shipments out to stores and customers from distribution and online fulfillment centers, Lundren said.

Macy's. employs about 161,000 associates on a year-round basis.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Treasury Secretary Geithner says some economic sectors "really quite strong"

Geithner Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, in Dallas Friday morning for a breakfast at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual convention at the Hilton Anatole, said the economy's growth remains "uneven," but that "parts of the economy are really quite strong."

He cited segments such as equipment, which grew 20 percent in the first half of the year, before slowing.

However, Geithner said "we're not creating jobs fast enough."

"It's still a very tough economy," he said. "We're still digging out of a very deep hole."

The administration continues to seek "targeted investment" that will help the economy, Geithner said. "We're working on it."

Of the approaching elections, he said, "our hope is once we get through this election, we'll find more support in Congress" for Obama initiatives.

Geithner reiterated the causes for the economic crisis. "Large parts of the  economy, not just the government, were living beyond their means," he said.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Photo: Geithner, addressing Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, Sept. 13, The Associated Press

"Time for Hispanics to exude leadership," new U.S. Hispanic Chamber chief says

Here's this morning's print story from the Chamber convention in Dallas.

- Scott Nishmura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Some jobless people getting offers, but rejecting them for pay, CareerBuilder says

Here’s some interesting new data out from CareerBuilder. A new survey by Personified, a CareerBuilder consulting arm, says 17 percent of unemployed workers have received at least one offer since they lost their jobs.

Jobguide Of these, 92 percent rejected the offer.

Fifty four percent said the pay was more than 25 percent below what they earned in their most recent job.

The survey also indicated unemployed women were less likely to get a job offer. Fourteen percent of unemployed women said they’d been offered at least one position during their unemployment. That compares to 20 percent of men.

Unemployed men were more likely to get offers that were below their salary expectations. Fifty-six percent of men in the survey said their pay offer was more than 25 percent below their previous salary, compared to 49 percent of women.

Pay was the No. 1 reason unemployed workers turned down a job offer, CareerBuilder said. Other factors cited: long commute, lower title, position outside their field of expertise, little room for advancement, and a “poor hiring process.”

All of this indicates unemployed workers are beginning to feel more optimistic in their job search, CareerBuilder said.

“Employers are adding jobs at a gradual, but steady pace and workers are feeling a greater sense of optimism in their job prospects,” Mary Delaney, president of Personified, said. “Rather than jumping on the first job offer that comes their way, workers are assessing which opportunities really make the most sense for them in terms of compensation and long-term potential.”

Other data in the survey:

* Nearly one in five unemployed workers (18 percent) reported they spend five hours or less, on average, searching for a job each week. Thirty percent allocate over 20 hours. Nearly two-thirds of unemployed workers (62 percent) apply to more than 10 jobs per week on average.

* Workers with post-graduate degrees are “the most aggressive in their job search activity, reporting a higher frequency of looking for jobs and applying to a greater number of jobs than other groups,” CareerBuilder said.

* Workers who previously earned $100,000 or more reported allocating more time to job search than those in other earning brackets, CareerBuilder said.

* Forty-nine percent of unemployed workers in the survey reported they don’t have health insurance. Among workers who have been unemployed for more than a year, the number is 55 percent.

* Most unemployed workers in the survey said their job search activity has stayed the same throughout their unemployment. Fifty two percent don’t anticipate an extension of unemployment benefits will change their job search strategy. Thirty one percent said it would give them more time to find a job that was a better fit for their career goals. Fifteen percent said an extension would create a greater sense of urgency.

The survey was conducted Aug. 4-27, and included 925 unemployed workers nationwide.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Hispanic-owned firms on rise in Texas, Tarrant County, Census says

Here's our print story from today's Star-Telegram on new Census data that shows Texas among the nation's leaders for Hispanic-owned businesses in 2007.

It includes charts on Texas cities and counties taking the lead in Hispanic business ownership nationally, as well as Mexicans and Mexican-Americans being the predominant Hispanic business owners in Texas and Tarrant County.

Hispowner And exclusively online at star-telegram.com and DFW Joblog: a chart showing what' the Census data says about Tarrant County's Hispanic-owned firms in 2007, according to the Census data.

Here's more from David Hinson, national director of the Commerce Department's Minority Business Development Agency, who announced the results with Census officials Tuesday:

"We need to take the steps to really grow these firms in size and scale," Hinson said during a Q&A session with reporters. "We need to work hard to create more capital sources...and firms need to rethink their growth models."

The Census results demonstrate a maturation of the Hispanic business owner, Hinson says. Better skillsets from HIspanics who've established themselves in careers have led to business formation, and Hispanic business owners are prolific exporters, leading to business creation in that segment, Hinson said.

As their families have moved to the United States, "they still maintain those relationships" from where they came from, he said. "Hispanic firms are twice as likely to export as non-Hispanic firms."

Finally, Hinson said language barriers have led many Hispanics to start businesses rather than try to prosper in jobs that require strong English language skills.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


DFW consultant helping new college grads find jobs

Bradsmithpic Here's our print story from Monday's Star-Telegram on Brad Smith, a DFW-area consulting who's launched a business to help new college grads find jobs.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Nonprofit hiring ticking up

Ach Here's our print story from Sunday's Star-Telegram about nonprofit hiring.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Photo: Fort Worth's ACH Child and Family Services, which assists children like Trinity, Isaac, C.J., Carly and Julia, has added employees connected to new programs in the last year and a half.

Holiday jobseekers should start now, expert says

Jobseekers interested in holiday season positions should begin their search now, as some companies may already be screening applicants, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said in its annual holiday hiring outlook report Monday.

“Even if retailers are not ready to make hiring decisions until November, they may begin screening candidates much earlier,” John Challenger, CEO, said. “Some employers may already be starting.”

Retailers added 501,400 jobs nationally in October, November, and December, Challenger said, citing federal data. “That was a 30 percent increase from 2008, when holiday hiring fell to a 22-year low of 384,300 extra holiday helpers,” Challenger said.

This year, Challenger said his firm expects to “see further gains in seasonal hiring, but it probably will not achieve the levels we saw in 2006 or 2007 when retailers’ holiday payrolls grew by 746,800 and 720,800, respectively.

“There is still a lot of doubt about the sustainability of this economy,” Challenger said.

Some reasons for optimism, Challenger said: Retailers’ job cut announcements have fallen 65 percent from a year ago. And while retail payrolls are still lower than they were a year ago, a recent hiring surge resulted in a net gain of 329,400 new workers since February, Challenger said.

He noted Toys R Us announced last week that it will open 600 temporary  stores in shopping centers and will need 10,000 workers.

“With that much hiring planned, it is doubtful that they will delay the process too long,” Challenger said.

He also said that the 500,000-600,000 extra workers his firm expects retailers to hire is a “net gain,” with retail sector employment typically volatile. “There is often simultaneous hiring and voluntary or involuntary separations,” Challenger said.

The best opportunities for seasonal job seekers will be at the large discounters like Target and Wal-Mart, Challenger said.

He advised jobseekers to look beyond the sales clerk positions for available spots. 

“The big box stores need extra workers on the floor, but they also need extra workers in their shipping facilities and overnight stocking positions,” he said. “Opportunities also exist outside of retail, in areas like catering and with shipping companies such as UPS and FedEx.”

Also, “jobseekers should also be prepared to be on standby” Challenger said. “Retailers may conduct interviews in September and October and prepare a list of hirable candidates that they will call only when it becomes obvious that more manpower will be needed.”

He said jobseekers should be flexible. “The biggest mistake job applicants make when seeking a holiday position is demanding a specific schedule from prospective employers,” Challenger said.

He said holiday jobseekers should start their search by contacting friends who work at businesses that might need holiday help.

“You should also target establishments of which you are a frequent customer,” he said. “If there are certain retail outlets where you would prefer to work, start going there when business is slow and try to make a connection with a manager or assistant manager.”

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


Texas has second straight monthly job decline, Workforce Commission says

Here's more from today's Texas jobs release from the Texas Workforce Commission:

* August's jobs drop - caused by an expected and continued decline in Census jobs - was the state's second monthly jobs decline, following six months of gains.

Jobpostings * July's numbers - originally estimated as a gain of 4,600 jobs - were revised downward to a loss of 5,400 jobs from June.

* The annual growth rate for non-agricultural employment has been positive for the last four months and rose slightly in August to 1.3 percent.

* Non-agricultural employment dropped by 34,200 jobs to 10.356 million. Employment was 10.218 million at December 2009.

* Government jobs dropped to 1.822 million from 1.857 million, a loss of 35,300 jobs, as the Census shed workers.

* Non-government jobs rose to 8.534 million from 8.532 million, a gain of 1,100.

* Education and health services rose to 1.397 million jobs, up from 1.385 million, a gain of 12,400. Including a revised decline of 2,000 jobs in July, this segment gained jobs in three of the last five months over the previous month. Gain since August 2009: 57,300.

* Professional and business services had its eighth straight month of gains, going to 1.272 million jobs from 1.268 million, a gain of 4,100 jobs. Gain since January: 44,800.

* Manufacturing posted its eighth gain this year, adding 1,300 jobs for a total 838,500, up from 837,200.  Gain since August 2009: 17,800.

* Information put up its first monthly gain since February, adding 900 jobs for a total 189,500. Loss since January: 9,200 jobs.

* Construction added 200 jobs to 569,000, its fifth straight month of gains. Gain since March: more than 25,000 jobs.

* Financial activities added 100 jobs in August for a total 628,200, the sixth month of gains in the last 12.

* Mining and logging was unchanged 221,500, after six months of increases. Gain this year: 23,400.

* Leisure and hospitality lost 2,400 jobs after a revised gain of 4,200 jobs in July, the second drop in employment in the last three months.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

Texas loses 35,300 government jobs with Census' end; other segments growing

Census More numbers on Texas jobs coming out this morning: Texas' jobless rate edged up to 8.3 percent in August from 8.2 percent in July, the Texas Workforce Commission says.

"The Texas unemployment rate continued to trend well below the U.S. unemployment rate for August of 9.6 percent," the commission said.

Texas lost 34,200 jobs during the month due to a loss of government jobs, but nongovernmental jobs increased in August, the commission said.

"Texas' annual job gains have been broad-based with most major industries experiencing positive job growth," Tom Pauken, the commission chairman, said in a release. "More temporary workers in Texas hired by the federal government for the 2010 Census were dropped from government payrolls in August. That contributed to a decrease of 35,300 government jobs during that month, thus resulting in overall Texas job losses in August."

Elsewhere, Texas added 12,400 education and health services jobs, and professional and business services added 4,100, the eighth straight month of gains for that segment.

Information, including media and telecom, added 900 jobs, and manufacturing added 1,300.

The Midland metro area had the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.6 percent.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


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