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Home Depot Preps for Spring with 80,000 New Hires
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 12, 2014 - The Home Depot has begun filling more than 80,000 positions as it prepares for spring, the company's busiest selling season.
"Spring is our peak hiring season, giving us the opportunity to find some of the best associates who are passionate about customer service," said Tim Crow, executive vice president, Human Resources.
Job seekers can research openings and begin applying now at www.careers.homedepot.com. All applicants must apply online.
Job opportunities are available on a market-by-market basis, based on individual store needs and geographical variance in climate. College students, retirees, veterans and reservists are encouraged to apply.
Free Training Funds Available for Dislocated Workers
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 12, 2014 - If you were laid off within the last five years, you may be eligible for the Dislocated Worker Program, offered by the Missouri Career Center in Saint Louis County.
Funds are available for a limited time period for dislocated workers who are interested in enhancing their employment opportunities and meet the following requirements:
The Missouri Career Center is located at 26 North Oaks Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63121. For more information, call 314-381-6700.
- Able to provide a layoff letter from an employer issued within the last five years
- Currently receiving or approved for Unemployment Insurance benefits
- Received Unemployment Insurance benefits within the last 12 months.
Contractors Needed for CityArchRiver 2015 Project
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 11, 2014 - The National Park Service (NPS), along with its partners the Great Rivers Greenway District and CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, will be holding a contractor outreach event and mixer for the construction program to remodel the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and the Gateway Arch grounds on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. The event will be held in the first floor conference rooms at 1520 Market Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103.
All interested companies - large and small businesses, prime contractors and subcontractors - are encouraged to attend. Socioeconomic firms, including minority-owned and disadvantaged companies, are especially encouraged to attend to ensure an inclusive CityArchRiver 2015 project.
The event will be an excellent opportunity for networking between potential prime contractors and subcontractors, and will give attendees the opportunity to ask questions of the NPS team. All attendees are invited and encouraged to meet and greet, increase business contacts, find potential teaming partners, and exchange business cards.
The contractor outreach and mixer will include a presentation by the National Park Service describing the general scope and principal characteristics of the program work to be done under prospective contracts. Attendees will also learn more about upcoming projects and contracting opportunities related to construction at the Gateway Arch. This is a major construction program with subcontracting opportunities in virtually every category of work.
The NPS will also provide key terms, conditions, and requirements for Federal contracts; discuss contracting opportunities and provide business contacts for socioeconomic firms, including Disadvantaged and Minority-Owned businesses; and offer general tips on getting ready to do business with the government.
Postal Service Needs Automotive Technicians
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 11, 2014 - The Vehicle Maintenance Facility of the U.S. Postal Service needs automotive technicians at the St. Louis facility. The position, Job Posting 75257075, requires applicants to meet specific qualifications including an exam component.
Applications may be submitted at www.usps.com/careers and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 18, 2014. Applicants claiming veterans' preference must attach a copy of member copy 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) or other proof of eligibility if claiming 10-point veterans' preference.
The automotive technician diagnoses operating difficulties on a variety of vehicles and perform operational checks on engines, major support systems, parts, components and assemblies including emissions systems, electrical, computer and electronic controlled components. The technician is responsible for troubleshooting malfunctioning vehicles, repairing and replacing major components, performing engine tune ups and providing technical guidance and instructions to mechanics and technicians.
Qualified applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screening, be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status.
The Postal Service offers excellent benefits, retirement plan, and a savings/investment plan with employer contribution, flexible spending, and vacation and sick leave.
Applicants will receive email communication regarding their applications.
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Number of Self-Employed Workers in U.S. Down 5 Percent
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 6, 2014 - The U.S. has an estimated 10 million self-employed jobs as of 2013. That's 6.6 percent of all reported jobs, but down from a high of 7.2 percent in 2006.
This is according to a new report from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI). Self-employment grew rapidly from 2001-2006, adding close to 1.8 million new jobs nationwide. Since the beginning of the recession, however, self-employed jobs declined by 936,000 and did not recover post-recession.
Self-employed workers are those who, when surveyed by the U.S. Census Bureau, consider self-employment to be a significant part of their income or time working. Owners of incorporated business are not counted among the self-employed nor are workers who freelance or have other smaller, secondary sources of income.
Self-employment jobs have declined 5 percent since 2009. Since the peak of self-employment in 2006, the U.S. has lost nearly a million self-employed jobs, a 9 percent decline. By contrast, the number of jobs for salaried employees - those who work in traditional work settings - has risen 4 percent since 2009.
The decline in self-employed jobs coincides with a rise in Americans working on the side to supplement their incomes. More people are getting second and third jobs, but fewer people are dropping their day jobs altogether to work on their own. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 20 percent of full-time workers picked up a second job in 2013 or plan to do so in 2014.
The biggest declines in self-employment have come in agriculture, real estate, child care, and retail trade industries. While self-employment for construction laborers has grown since 2006, the industry as a whole has experienced significant declines. The biggest gains in self-employment have been in lower-wage jobs - landscaping workers, maids, personal care aides and photographers.
Even with low-wage occupations at the top of the self-employment growth list, several high-wage occupations have made significant gains, most notably market research analysts/specialists, management analysts, and computer occupations such as web developers.
Nearly two-thirds of self-employed jobs in the U.S. are taken up by men (62 percent), and more than 30 percent of the self-employed are 55 years and older.
St. Louis Unemployment Rate at 6.6 Percent in December 2013
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 6, 2014 - According to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the St. Louis Mo.-Ill. Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) registered an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent in December 2013 (not seasonally adjusted). Nationally, the unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in December 2013, not seasonally adjusted, and 6.7 percent seasonally adjusted.
Total nonfarm employment (not seasonally adjusted) in the St. Louis metropolitan area stood at 1,319,500 in December 2013, up 8,200, or 0.6 percent, over the year. Nationally, nonfarm employment rose 1.6 percent from a year ago.
Seasonally adjusted, total nonfarm employment in the St. Louis metropolitan area increased 0.2 percent from November 2013 to December 2013.
- In the St. Louis area, 4 of the 10 industry supersectors gained over 1,000 jobs from December 2012 to December 2013, with the largest increase occurring in professional and business services (5,200).
- Financial activities and education and health services each added 2,500 jobs over the year.
- Employment in leisure and hospitality rose by 1,600 since December 2012.
- In contrast, employment in the government supersector declined 3,200 from the December 2012 level.
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