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Rebootonline.com Reports Construction had seen a -6.6% decrease in hiring since 2018

  • Gross hiring across all US industries has shown a -2.9% decrease compared to the beginning of 2018.
  • Interestingly, the industry with the largest increase in hiring was ‘Public Safety’at+6.4%.
  • Other prominent public service sectors, including ‘Education and ‘Health Care’ has seen a decrease in hiring with -5.9% and -3.2% retrospectively.
  • The industry that has had the largest decrease in hiring year-on-year was ‘Arts’ with -13.7%.
  • The‘Construction’ industry has had a decreaseof-6.6% in hiring year-on-year.

According to the most recent report by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, businesses posted nearly 7.6 million jobs at the beginning of 2019, indicating a shift within the labor market. Despite this, there are currently around 1 million more open jobs than there are unemployed workers.

Interestingly, however, the unemployment rate remains unchanged at 3.8 percent as of March 2019, with the number of unemployed people in the US equating to around 6.2 million.

To explore the subject further, digital marketing agency Reboot Digital Marketing analyzed the latest findings found within the report ‘The Workforce Report March 2019’by LinkedIn* to further understand the industries with the largest hiring shifts over the last year.

According to the report, over 155 million US workers have LinkedIn profiles, with over 3 million new jobs posted on the site every month. However, despite this, gross hiring across all US industries was down -2.9% compared to February 2018.

Despite the evolution of technology, it seems the demand for more traditional/public service positions will not be disappearing anytime soon. Remarkably, a surprising industry that has seen the highest increase in hiring is ‘Public Safety’ at +6.4% year-on-year.

Despite the substantial positive increase for this sector, both ‘Education and ‘Health Care’ has seen a decrease in hiring with -5.9% and -3.2% retrospectively.

Ranking just after ‘Public Safety’, Reboot Digital Marketing can also reveal the next five industries that had the highest notable increase in hiring between February 2018- 2019 were:

Software and I.T Services(+4.6%), Corporate Services(+4%), Public Administration(+2.1%), and bothWellness & Fitness, and Transportation & Logistics with +0.5%.

At the other end of the scale, Reboot Digital Marketing found that the following ten industrieshad thelargestmost notable decreasesin hiring from 2018-2019:

(-13.7%),Agriculture (-11.1%),Consumer Goods (-8.4%),Retail (-8.1%),Hardware & Networking (-7.7%),Entertainment (-7.7%),Construction and Manufacturing (-6.6%) andfinally Design as well as Real Estate with -6%.

Shai Aharony, Managing Director of Rebootonline.com commented:

“Our digital agency has grown over the last two years and recruiting skilled people is essential to our expansion. We have large numbers of candidates applying for roles; however, they often do not possess the correct skills or relevant work experience in the IT and marketing field. If you are looking for employment in a particular industry, make sure your CV reflects your talent in this area. Take a course or gain additional qualifications relevant to the job role which makes you enticing to prospective employers. Internships and work experience are also valuable tools to gain knowledge and bridge the skills gap.”

*Methodology: “Hiring rate” is the count of hires divided by the total number of LinkedIn members in the US. The count of hires is those that have added a new employer to their profile in the same month the new job began. The figures represent the year on year percentage change between February 2018 to February 2019.

Information and graphic, courtesy of  Rebootonline.com


Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), is seeking comments on its Draft Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate, “a phosphonoglycine non-selective herbicide, first registered for use by the EPA in 1974.”  Roundup is one common product containing glyphosate in concentrations ranging from 0.96% to as much as 71%.  In 2007, U.S. agricultural use of glyphosate was approximately 82,800 tons and non-agricultural use was approximately 9,300 tons. In 2014,  agricultural use was approximately 124,953 tons and non-agricultural use approximately 13,260 tons.  All toxicological profiles issued as ‘‘Drafts for Public Comment’’ represent ATSDR’s best efforts to provide important toxicological information on priority hazardous substances.  ATSDR wants comments and additional information about the health effects of glyphosate for review and potential inclusion in a final profile. Comments are due on or before July 8, 2019.
*  In a somewhat related development the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART), established within Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), selected three experts to work with a Science Advisory Workgroup to recommend PFAS drinking water standards.  PFAS = per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of industrial compounds used in production and on finished consumer products, e.g, non-stick cookware.  The Workgroup is developing health-based recommendations for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to consider as part of a rulemaking process for Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for PFAS in drinking water.  The new members of the team are specialists in toxicology, epidemiology and risk assessment.  The Workgroup’s recommendation is due July 1, 2019.
*  Have you ever heard of Nature’s Notebook Plant and Animal Observing Program, run by the Department of Interior?  Neither had I.  It’s sponsored by the US Geological Survey using standardized forms for tracking plant and animal activity. Nature’s Notebook forms are used to record phenology (e.g., the timing of leafing or flowering of plants and reproduction or migration of animals) as part of a nationwide effort to understand and predict how plants and animals respond to environmental variation and changes in weather and climate.  DOI wants to know: Is this worthwhile?  Should we keep it going?  The bigger question – who knows about this?  Last October DOE asked the same questions.  They received one comment, from a science educator who wrote: “This program provides critical data on changes in seasonality and plant and animal patterns. Phenology is incredibly important to understand—for people, wildlife, and industry—and the USA–NPN is the best resource for compiling, analyzing, and distributing this information.”  A year ago I wrote a report on challenges faced by wild bees and honeybees.  One big problem: observational data.  Could this Notebook effort teamed with citizen science help establish critical bee data…?   Comments are due May 13.
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ARTBA Calls for New Approach to Roadway Safety

Wekiva Parkway under construction in Central Florida. Photo: Mary Brooks.

By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA is calling for a shift in how the nation approaches roadway safety. The association April 9 submitted its views to U.S. House Highways and Transit subcommittee hearing.

Rather than the usual federal focus on reducing the number of crashes by improving motorists’ behavior, ARTBA believes the premise must be turned around to accept the fact that some drivers will inevitably make mistakes. On all major routes—and others to the extent practicable—the U.S. roadway system must anticipate user error and be designed, constructed, equipped and operated to forgive the errant user and protect the innocent worker, pedestrian, cyclist or other drivers, ARTBA’s written testimony says.

“We have the technology and ‘know how’ to build our roadway system to anticipate user error,” ARTBA’s testimony says. “It can be designed, constructed, equipped, and operated to forgive the errant user and protect the innocent victim.”

More than 37,000 people were killed in 2017 U.S. traffic crashes, including roadway workers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Work zone fatalities increased to 799 in 2017 from 586 in 2010. (2018 data is not available.)

ARTBA’s testimony emphasizes highway work zone safety. It reminds Congress that through federal rulemaking after the SAFETEA-LU surface transportation law and further provisions in both the MAP-21 and FAST Act laws, lawmakers and previous administrations have expressed the intent to use increased positive separation between workers and motorists on construction projects.

“The law has not been fully implemented and positive separation is still not used as regularly as Congress intended,” ARTBA’s testimony says. “New products and technologies are available that make the practice more practical and cost-effective.”

ARTBA has previously called for the repeal of a century-old federal procurement rule that has become a major regulatory roadblock to new technologies that promise to help advance safety and alleviate traffic congestion.

ARTBA’s testimony also notes that sound investment in safe transportation infrastructure is a bipartisan priority. The association is urging Congress and the administration to pass a permanent, sustainable revenue solution for the Highway Trust Fund, either as part of broad infrastructure legislation or next year’s scheduled reauthorization of the FAST Act.

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