Jobs en Panel to Discuss Employment Opportunities in Pittsburgh <p>Pennsylvania lawmakers are planning a hearing they hope will foster discussion on growing Pittsburgh’s employment opportunities.</p><p>The House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a July 23 public hearing at the Community College of Allegheny County to discuss jobs and workforce development in the Pittsburgh area.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 32953 at Report: Pittsburgh Region Saw Job Growth Last Year, But Manufacturing Still a Concern <p>After seeing no appreciable job growth in the Pittsburgh metro area more than a year ago, the region added 10,700 jobs between June 2013 and June 2014, according to a report from Pittsburgh Today.</p><p>“That’s a 0.9 percent increase, which doesn’t set the world on fire, but Pittsburgh has always been kind of a slow and steady grower,” said Doug Heuck, Pittsburgh Today director. “But it’s good news that we’re back growing jobs again.”</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 32849 at Study: PA Job Growth Still 'Sluggish' <p>Pennsylvania ranks 42<sup>nd</sup> among all states in job growth over the last 12 months according to the left-leaning Keystone Research Center.&nbsp; However, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for May was 5.6 percent,which was below the national rate of 6.3 percent, and better than 30 other states.</p><p>Stephen Herzenberg, the center’s executive director, said job growth in the commonwealth has been poor the last few years, but he acknowledged that the private sector created 15,600 jobs in the first four months of this year.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:52:03 +0000 Kevin Gavin 31224 at Trade Group Says Survey Links Drug Use To Job Vacancies <p>A manufacturing trade group says a <a href="">new survey</a> links drug use to unfilled jobs in Pennsylvania, though it doesn't catapult the issue out of the realm of anecdotes.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association says the conclusion of a commissioned survey is that one-third of manufacturing job applicants fail or decline to take drug tests.</p><p>It's actually one-third of company executives surveyed who say drug tests foiled new hires.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 30968 at Pittsburgh Region Saw Flat Job Growth in 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Preliminary jobs numbers released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show virtually flat job growth for the Pittsburgh region in 2013, adding just 400 jobs for the year.</span></p><p>Pittsburgh TODAY, a nonprofit research organization housed at the University of Pittsburgh, <a href="">compared the seven-county Pittsburgh region to other similar metropolitan areas</a> across the Midwest and East Coast, and found that the Steel City fared worst in terms of job growth.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:30:09 +0000 Liz Reid 26050 at Pittsburgh Region Saw Flat Job Growth in 2013 State to Hire 720 Employees to Expand Medicaid <p>Pennsylvania is excepting to add 720 new employees to accommodate the influx of new healthcare enrollees if Healthy PA goes into effect.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the Department of Public Welfare, the additional jobs would be permanent and spread across the state. Funding for the new hires would come from the federal government.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 24451 at The Innovation Practice Institute Innovates Law School Education <p>As our technology evolves and the economy becomes increasingly entrepreneurial, the role of the lawyer and law school is changing.</p><p>Stephanie Dangel, Executive Director of the&nbsp;<a href="">Innovation Practice Institute </a>says with the changing economy, 40% of lawyers are not currently practicing law, and 30% of students in law school do not intend to be lawyers. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:48:50 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22997 at The Innovation Practice Institute Innovates Law School Education Hedging Your Bets and Other Solutions for Workplace Dissatisfaction <p>For many Americans, the workplace is exceptionally challenging for all of the wrong reasons. Some employees hate their jobs because they’re not in a position where they can excel, or perhaps they're victims of workplace bullying. Essential Pittsburgh's Paul Guggenheimer explored these reasons with Sasha King, independent career consultant.</p><p>“There is a big issue in that a lot of employees are overqualified for their positions, yet because of such a highly competitive job market, people are sticking with jobs they normally would have moved on from already,” says King. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:33:48 +0000 Katie Martin 20012 at Hedging Your Bets and Other Solutions for Workplace Dissatisfaction Gordon Food Service to Build Distribution Center in Pittsburgh <p>With the help of a million dollars in state grants and tax credits, Gordon Food Service will locate a new distribution center in the Pittsburgh region, bringing more than 150 jobs.</p><p>Gordon Food Service, the largest family-owned and operated food service distributor in North America, will construct a 480,000-square-foot food distribution center in Findlay Township.</p><p>Andy Maier, marketing communications manager at Gordon Food Service, said the new facility will improve service for its northern customers.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:42:44 +0000 Michael Lynch 13985 at Sustainable Jobs For Pennsylvania in the 21st Century <p>Before exploring the issue of creating green jobs in the 21st century economy, Essential Pittsburgh took the time to air some answers to environmental questions from listeners.</p><p>In response to&nbsp;a question on why the energy conversation won't embrace the possibility of more drastic advances in alternative energy such as nuclear fusion, <strong>James Clad</strong>, a consultant and distinguished research fellow at the National Defense University acknowledged that the energy conversation had been turned into a one note discussion on fossil fuels.&nbsp;</p><p>"The energy world is defined by oil and gas and everything else is just an add on." said Clad Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:55:08 +0000 John Lavanga 12816 at Sustainable Jobs For Pennsylvania in the 21st Century 'Imagine Pittsburgh' Offers Employment Opportunities <p>The Allegheny County Conference on Community Development launched a new website today in an effort to fill 30,000 jobs available in Pittsburgh.</p><p>The announcement was made inside PNC Park — capacity 38,362 — about one seat for every available job.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:38:38 +0000 Michael Lynch 11217 at Google Growing in Pittsburgh <p>Google Pittsburgh will be hiring several dozen employees to tackle their latest project: shopping.</p><p>The search engine giant announced an expansion today that will add anywhere between 100 and 200 jobs to fill the 50,000 square feet of office space leased in the Bakery Square plaza in East Liberty.</p><p>Andrew Moore, vice president of engineering and head of Google’s Pittsburgh office, says the company will hire a minimum of 75 people to work in the shopping and e-commerce division.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 19:48:07 +0000 Michael Lynch 11009 at The Business of Interviewing with Rebecca Harris <p></p><p>Can you really answer the question “tell me about yourself” in an interview, while being sure to talk about&nbsp; skills relevant to the job?&nbsp; How about describing&nbsp; a difficult work situation and making it sound like you're a great problem solver? Effective interviewing is a skill and our business contributor Rebecca Harris offers some advice to help you ace the interview. Fri, 24 May 2013 22:07:27 +0000 Heather McClain 10182 at The Business of Interviewing with Rebecca Harris Workers' Memorial Day Honors Those Who Died on the Job <p>Local union leaders gathered in Market Square on Monday with the families of workers who have died on the job in Allegheny County, honoring them with a Workers' Memorial Day.</p><p>According to the event's organizers, 12 people died on the job in Allegheny County from May 2012 to the current month.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:58:48 +0000 Noah Brode 8680 at Workers' Memorial Day Honors Those Who Died on the Job Community Groups Partner to Fill Emerging Job Market <p>The Allegheny Conference on Community Development (ACCD) will analyze industry needs to create education programs in growing job sectors with the help of $390,000 from the Alcoa Foundation.</p><p>Laura Fisher, ACCD Senior Vice President of Special Projects, said they plan to first attract talent to the region in order to fill positions in advanced fields. From there they plan to work with colleges and companies to build a curriculum that meets the energy industry’s needs.</p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 20:43:13 +0000 Tim Camerato 7878 at Bureau of Labor Statistics Seeks More Specific Job Descriptions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">wants to make sure employees are performing duties they're capable of doing.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an effort to help the Social Security Administration's clients with disability claims, the bureau</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is testing an hour-long telephone survey that questions employers about the employee job descriptions.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:40:12 +0000 Emily Farah 7228 at Pittsburgh Job Growth Slowed Last Year, Group Says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hospitals, financial services and the Marcellus Shale industry in southwestern Pennsylvania are expanding employment, but the rest of the area’s economy has slowed hiring, according to Pittsburgh TODAY.</span></p><p>Douglas Heuck, Program Director for Pittsburgh TODAY, a nonprofit that provides statistical information on Pittsburgh life, said Pittsburgh’s job growth from February 2012 to February 2013 was 0.18 percent.</p><p>He said Pittsburgh was once third in job growth in their rankings of 15 cities, but last year’s numbers dropped it to last.</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 20:59:47 +0000 Tim Camerato 7194 at Taking Care of Business with Rebecca Harris <p></p><p>Last week our business contributor <a href=""><strong>Rebecca Harris</strong></a> gave us a look at some of the fastest growing occupations. This week she talks about <a href="">job opportunities for women</a> and <a href="">growth areas</a> for entrepreneurs. Did you know 2013 is expected to be the <a href="">Year of the Woman Entrepreneur</a>? Tue, 02 Apr 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7142 at Taking Care of Business with Rebecca Harris Fast Growing Occupations <p></p><p>If you have the right education or training you may be well positioned for success in this growing job market. Business contributor <strong>Rebecca Harris</strong> looks at some of the fastest growing occupations.</p><p>Check out Rebecca's links for the fastest growing occupations. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 6747 at Fast Growing Occupations Low-Wage Pittsburgh Workers to Obama Administration Official: Raise the Minimum Wage <p></p><p>Hannah Williams works for a temp agency where she makes minimum wage: $7.25 per hour. The single mother also goes to school. She said her job doesn’t provide the living she and needs. Mon, 04 Mar 2013 19:16:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 1976 at Low-Wage Pittsburgh Workers to Obama Administration Official: Raise the Minimum Wage Panel Gathers to Explore Veteran Transition <div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" content="2012-04-19T13:25:00-04:00">Thursday, April 19, 2012</span></div><div class="field-item even"><p>Veterans and veterans’ advocates gathered Wednesday night to hash out some of the issues facing <span class="caps">GI</span>’s as they return from combat zones and try to assimilate back into stateside life. The discussion repeatedly returned to finding and keeping a&nbsp;job.</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 19:56:20 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 3308 at