April 30, 2013
William Gary Vice President, Workforce Development Northern Virginia Community College I think most of us hear about workforce development and the next [phrase] you hear is "community colleges. " So throughout the country, community colleges are addressing what I call boots-on-the-ground challenges and issues that manufacturers in different industry sectors are experiencing. We're developing in partnership not only with other community colleges, but with industries themselves, curriculum,...
April 14, 2013
EMPLOYMENT I.T. workforce grows by nearly 5 percent The U.S. economy added 14,800 information technology jobs in March, according to a report by TechServe Alliance that shows steady monthly growth in this job category since January 2012. In the past 12 months, the number of I.T. jobs in the United States has risen by 208,100, and I.T employment has grown nearly 5 percent, the report shows. "Based on the data and anecdotal reports I hear from my member companies, demand for I.T. talent remains very...
April 7, 2013 |
In the past 20 years, our region has transformed into one of the nation's most desirable places to work and live. But there's a threat on the horizon, and it has nothing to do with sequestration. Long-term, one of the biggest challenges to our economic health is our local workforce. In the coming decades we will need to fill a million new jobs, while replacing two million positions vacated by retiring baby boomers. Most growth is coming in health care, education, high tech and finance — fields requiring an educated,...
April 6, 2013 |
Put out an all-points bulletin: Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce. Every month that those would-be workers are gone raises the odds that they might never come back, dimming the prospects for future economic growth. The vanishing trend is more than a decade old, but it accelerated during the Great Recession. Throughout 2012, economists held out hope that it had stopped. But then came Friday's jobs report, and hopes were dashed. The Labor Department reported that the U.S. labor force...
April 3, 2013 |
As the federal sequester affects the livelihood of people across the nation, Southern Maryland JobSource is offering help for area residents who are looking for a job. The Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board's service delivery arm, Southern Maryland JobSource, gave a presentation last month to the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners on the free job-search services it offers tri-county residents. "We do have some places to turn if [residents] are affected," Ruthy Davis,...
March 28, 2013 |
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the number of furlough days at the Federal Aviation Administration. The story has been corrected. Every U.S. Park Police officer will be off the job for 14 days — but the national parks they patrol will be staffed. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will shut down for seven days starting in May, after concluding that staggering furloughs for 9,000 employees would create too much paperwork.