Mar 312013

Texas Job GrowthJob growth is happening in the United States and Texas is leading the way lately. According to The Texas Workforce Commission, “The state’s employment has grown by 3.3 percent over the year, with 11 major industries showing positive growth over the year.”

You can read the full article here. The good news is job growth is happening, in many pockets around the country. Texas is the big winner adding job particularly in the Construction, Mining and Logging, and Manufacturing industries.

Everywhere people are getting jobs. If you are struggling to get a job, think about your approach. Ask yourself if you know what kind of work you want and why? Do you give a good interview? Are you marketing yourself effectively?

The answer to the job search isn’t about employers, it is about the mindset of a “job seeker.” Become a “job hunter.”

Nov 012012

According to the latest report released Tuesday by the Associated General Contractors of America, the top four areas in the country over the last year for job growth in the construction industry:

  • Houston area with 12,300 new construction jobs
  • The Seattle area came in second place with the addition of 6,000 new jobs
  • Boston’s ranked third with 5,200 new jobs compared with last year
  • and the Phoenix had the fourth-biggest jump adding 4,500 new jobs

You may see a spike over the next 60 days in construction jobs as the east coast (particularly the northeast) begin to rebuild from Sandy.

Sep 102012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics release the latest Employment Situation report last week and unemployment is down! Some exciting news and you can view the entire report here. We have summarized the key points below.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 96,000 in August and unemployment edged down to 8.1 percent.

In August, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was little changed at 5.0 million. These individuals accounted for 40.0 percent of the unemployed.

Employment rose in:

  • Food services and drinking places (+28,000)
  • Professional and technical services (+27,000)
  • Computer systems design and related services (+11,000)
  • Management and technical consulting services (+9,000).
  • Health care (+17,000)
  • Ambulatory health care services (+14,000)
  • Hospitals (+6,000)
  • Utilities employment (+9,000)
  • Finance and insurance (+11,000)

Job Losses

  • Manufacturing employment edged down (-15,000)


Sep 012012

Greensboro’s “One Job” idea!

We just came across a fantastic idea that is being used by one town in the US to give the economy a shot in the arm. If you don’t know about it, don’t be surprised, Greensboro only has about 270,000 people so not a bit place by any means but they are showing some exciting vision about addressing unemployment in their community. Spread the word to your community!

Here is the quick take on the idea. The Chamber of Commerce got together and each business pledged to add one job to the payroll. From our viewpoint, this is exactly the type of community support that is needed to get the economy moving overall. Small business is the life-blood of the US economy and by adding one good worker, those businesses can become more productive, increase sales and efficiency, and then move forward to hire the next good worker.

There are several links out there discussing the topic so we will let you do your own research but some of the stats we have seen so far:

  • The project has added over 1,500 jobs so far
  • The effort has been sponsored by grant monies from the state
  • People are coming off of unemployment and being able to contribute to the economy once again!

GigSpire applauds Greensboro’s vision and hopes that others will model this fantastic idea to help those who need work, find it quickly!

Aug 312012

According to the US. Department of Labor Statistics, California and Texas lead the way in the creation of new jobs over the last several months.

  • California: Added over 365,000 jobs over the last year.
  • Texas: Added over 222,000 jobs over the last year.

We came across an article from SF Gate in the business section addressing the positive news (find the article here). Apparently a team of experts were sent from California to Texas last year to learn how the Lone Star State had been beating the odds. If you are not aware, Texas has been adding jobs during the last few years when most other states have been struggling to keep even.

Looks like that training is paying off! Good job California! Keep hiring!


Aug 292012

In a state that could use help in creating jobs, Michigan may be seeing an uptick in opportunity with LED lights. According to an article we found on RedOrbit located here:

“The LED industry in Michigan is vibrant, growing with the technology, and a source of job growth.”

Driven by private investors, Michigan’s Clean, Renewable and Efficient Energy Act and initiatives from the Department of Energy:

“The expansion of the solid-state lighting market is also helping to stimulate job creation within the state. The Michigan Solid-State Lighting Association is comprised of 29 companies and organizations, representing manufacturers, distributors, and partners based in the state and poised to take the lead in American LED manufacturing.”

Job growth is good, keep your eyes open for other industries that are adding jobs!

Aug 292012

In a study released by Arizona State University last week:

“Research professor Lee McPheters of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University provides rankings and analysis based on the latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

You can review the entire article here for their full analysis, but below is the quick and results.

The top 10 cities/metro areas demonstrating the highest job growth for the last year in non-agricultural jobs are:

  • San Francisco – up 3.5 percent
  • Houston – up 3.2 percent
  • Denver – up 3 percent
  • Phoenix – up 2.9 percent
  • Seattle – up 2.9 percent
  • San Diego – up 2.9 percent
  • Cincinnati – up 2.8 percent
  • Riverside, Calif. – up 2.3 percent
  • Portland, Ore. – up 2.2 percent
  • Boston – up 2.2 percent

For those looking to find agricultural jobs check out these cities:

  • North Dakota – up 6.9 percent
  • California – up 2.6 percent
  • Oklahoma – up 2.5 percent
  • Arizona – up 2.4 percent
  • Indiana – up 2.2 percent
  • Minnesota – up 2.1 percent
  • Texas – up 2.1 percent
  • Louisiana – up 2.1 percent
  • Kentucky – up 2.1 percent
  • Utah – up 2 percent
  • Vermont – up 2 percent
  • Ohio – up 2 percent
Aug 282012

We just came across a very interesting article on CNNMoney that list the top 25 counties in the US that have grown jobs over the last decade. You can find the article located here, and it is certainly worth a read through but for those who are into lists, here are the rankings.

  1. Loudoun County, VA – Job growth (2000-2011): 83.6%
  2. Fort Bend County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 78.1%
  3. Williamson County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 73.8%
  4. Montgomery County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 63.5%
  5. Douglas County, CO – Job growth (2000-2011): 58.6%
  6. Collin County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 55.9%
  7. Denton County, TX – Job growth (2000-2011): 53.4%
  8. Prince William County, VA – Job growth (2000-2011): 48.6%
  9. Suffolk County, VA – Job growth (2000-2011): 43.0%
  10. Williamson County, TN – Job growth (2000-2011): 40.3%
  11. Sarpy County, NE – Job growth (2000-2011): 39.4%
  12. Wake County, NC – Job growth (2000-2011): 36.5%
  13. Faulkner County, AR – Job growth (2000-2011): 35.0%
  14. Houston County, GA – Job growth (2000-2011): 29.9%
  15. Bonneville County, ID – Job growth (2000-2011): 28.1%
  16. Cass County, ND – Job growth (2000-2011): 27.7%
  17. Lafayette County, LA – Job growth (2000-2011): 27.2%
  18. Burleigh County, ND – Job growth (2000-2011): 22.9%
  19. Leon County, FL – Job growth (2000-2011): 19.1%
  20. Johnson County, IA – Job growth (2000-2011): 19.0%
  21. Anchorage County, AK – Job growth (2000-2011): 18.2%
  22. Pennington County, SD – Job growth (2000-2011): 16.0%
  23. Minnehaha County, SD – Job growth (2000-2011): 10.8%
  24. Washington County, TN – Job growth (2000-2011): 10.5%
  25. Garfield County, OK – Job growth (2000-2011): 10.2%

Although these are the tops over the last decade, realize that there are jobs almost everywhere. Do your best to research places and companies that hire people like you. Build a solid resume, learn about the people in the companies and start introducing yourself with Informational Interviews.

Aug 272012

In order to keep a positive mindset, sometimes it is important to see where things are going well. In the world of job search we are specifically talking about job growth. As you consider your next move, we recommend noticing a trend of growth in the private sector. Here is a graphic we came across from the Business Insider that caught our eye.

Although we do not affiliate with any political party, the graphic demonstrates the steady growth in the private sector during the last few years.








If you are unsure what is meant by the Private Sector, here is the definition per Wikipedia:

“In economics the private sector is that part of the economy, sometimes referred to as the citizen sector, which is run by private individuals or groups, usually as a means of enterprise for profit, and is not controlled by the state. By contrast, enterprises that are part of the state are part of the public sector; private, non-profit organizations are regarded as part of the voluntary sector. “

History has shown that in times of economic recession/depression, privately owned, smaller businesses tend to grow. Keep this in mind as you seek out your next opportunity.