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Dallas/Fort Worth Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

Welcome to the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of business services talent market for March 2016 – May 2016

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Both Fort Worth and Dallas showed job gains on a non-seasonally adjusted basis, with the Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rate at 3.7 percent and Dallas-Plano-Irving at 3.4 percent. The job market remains tight in the Metroplex, presenting challenges to employers. 1
 
 
 

Houston Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

Houston Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

Welcome to the Houston Area, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of business services talent market for March 2016 – May 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Heavy job losses in the oil and gas industry stalled employment growth in the Houston area. The unemployment in Houston hit 4.8 percent, exceeding the national average of 4.7.1 The unemployment rate only captures people actively searching for jobs, so the real number of joblessness may be even higher due to oil and gas workers taking severance packages or early retirements instead of looking for more work.2
 
 
 

San Antonio Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

San Antonio Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

Welcome to the San Antonio Area, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of business services talent market for March 2016 – May 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • San Antonio metro area unemployment dropped to 3.4 percent — down from 3.7 percent in March. 1
  • The city hit an historic point in April, with its total workforce count eclipsing 1 million jobs for the first time ever. In April, the San Antonio-New Braunfels area produced 1,001,700 jobs, an increase of 25,400 jobs since April 2015, representing a growth rate of 2.6 percent.2
 
 
 

Austin Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

Austin Business Services Hiring Trends: March 2016 – May 2016

Welcome to the Austin Area, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of business services talent market for March 2016 – May 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Austin’s continued growth belied the energy sector’s drag on much of Texas. The Austin-area unemployment rate in April slipped below 3 percent for the first time since the dot-com boom’s heyday, as local tech and other employers boosted hiring during the month. Local employers added 4,800 jobs, a 0.5 percent increase that was in line with typical rates for April. The last time the Austin metro area’s unemployment rate was lower than the 3 percent mark was in November 2000.1
 
 
 

How to Reduce Unconscious Bias in Hiring

How to Reduce Unconscious Bias in Hiring

Controlling Unconscious Biases Requires Out-Of-The-Box Thinking

In an effort to hire more female musicians, during the 1970s and 80s prominent international orchestras required that musicians sit behind a screen during auditions so that the evaluators could not see a musician’s gender while judging his or her performance. These were known as “blind auditions.” Before implementing blind auditions, only about five percent of musicians in major symphonies were female. Today, female musicians comprise about 25 percent of these cultural institutions.

Adding the screens eliminated the effect of unconscious bias in the auditioning and hiring process. Once the musicians’ gender was hidden, the percentage of female musicians advancing in the audition process rose dramatically.

 
 
 

Gen X Entry-Level Workers Get into Job Search Mode in Early 2016

Gen X Entry-Level Workers Get into Job Search Mode in Early 2016

This article originally ran on LinkedIn Pulse on June 6, 2016

Recently Hudson published its Q1 2016 Job Seeker Pulse, which is the sixth edition of our on-going longitudinal study of actual job seeking activity registered among Fortune 100 and Middle Market U.S. employees.

Notably, the Generation X and Baby Boomer groups within both market segments registered solid activity rises compared to Q1 last year. Throughout 2015, on average these generational groups exercised more job-switching caution than their younger Gen Y counterparts. However in Q1 2016, five of a possible eight worker groups for both Gen X and Boomers logged higher year-over-year activity, while just two of the Gen Y worker groups showed increases.

 
 
 

Keys to Recruiting for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Keys to Recruiting for a More Diverse and Inclusive Workforce

Building A Diverse Workplace Is Not A “One-Time Project”

Workforce diversity is a valuable asset for companies in myriad ways. A diverse labor force cultivates innovation, is correlated with increased network creativity and improves problem solving. In addition, mounting research shows that diversity boosts the bottom line.

A report from McKinsey & Company found a connection between diversity and an organization’s executives and higher corporate earnings. The analysis revealed that companies in the top quarter for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have greater profits than the median industry profits. For organizations with higher gender diversity, the likelihood of profits above the industry median increases by 15 percent.

 
 
 

San Antonio Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

San Antonio Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Welcome to the San Antonio, Texas Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local pharmaceutical and life science talent market for February – April 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • The San Antonio-New Braunfels region topped the 1 million job mark for the first time in April. Regional employment reached 1,001,700 jobs. “This region is vibrant, with a low cost of living and low cost of doing business and a growing medical care and medical research sector,” said Keith Phillips, assistant vice president of the San Antonio branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The diversified economy in San Antonio has helped the area withstand the slowdown in oil and gas.
 
 
 

Houston Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Houston Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Welcome to the Greater Houston Area, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local pharmaceutical and life science talent market for February – April 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • Heavy job losses in the oil and gas industry stalled employment growth in the Houston area. The unemployment in Houston hit 4.8 percent, exceeding the national average of 4.7. The unemployment rate only captures people actively searching for jobs, so the real number of joblessness may be even higher due to oil and gas workers taking severance packages or early retirements instead of looking for more work.
 
 
 

Dallas/Fort Worth Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Dallas/Fort Worth Pharma and Life Science Hiring Trends: February – April 2016

Welcome to the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX Hiring Trends overview. In this edition we examine the state of the local pharmaceutical and life science talent market for February – April 2016.

Business Activity Snapshot

  • The unemployment rate in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX area is at 3.8% as of March 2016 (national average = 4.7%).
  • Dallas and Fort Worth (along with San Antonio, Houston and Austin) saw some of the greatest population growth last year. Texas had five of the eight cities that saw the biggest increase in number of residents.
 
 
 
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