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February 14, 2013

Skills Shortage Hurts Bay Area IT Hiring

By Heather Kenyon, Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay's information technology industry is booming, growing faster than most other sectors in Florida and serving up higher-wage jobs: The average IT professional's salary, at $69,771, is 70 percent higher than the state's average wage. Even more promising: For each IT position filled, another 1.54 jobs are created. With employers estimating a 16 percent increase in new IT positions through 2019, the prospects for job seekers and growth for local companies certainly looks bright, right? Perhaps.

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February 13, 2013

Once 34,000 Troops Return From Afghanistan, Job Resources Available

Ashley Porter, 10 News Connects

TAMPA, Florida -- President Obama is expected to announce during his State of the Union address that 34,000 troops will be coming home from Afghanistan next year.

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February 01, 2013

Tampa Bay boasts better momentum than most big metro areas nationwide in cutting jobless rate

Robert Trigaux, Tampa Bay Times

Wake up and good morning. The nation's latest unemployment rate (for January) comes out later this morning and many economists seems doubtful it will change from last months 7.8 percent. But Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled this week shed some interesting light on what's happened over the last year in the jobless rates of hundreds of metro areas across the country. And, by this measure, Tampa Bay has a lot to crow about. It means about 28,000 fewer folks in the bay area were unemployed at the end of 2012 than at the start. (Even with some statistical fuzziness over how many folks were "looking" for work and were technically "unemployed" that's still a strong rebound.)

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January 28, 2013

Bay Area Program Trains People Who Have Been Laid Off to Find Work

James Jackson, ABC Action News

TAMPA, Fla. - The latest unemployment numbers show more than 12 million people were without a job in the U.S. last month. So if you've been laid off and are looking for training and work, a Tampa Bay area program may be able to help.

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January 22, 2013

Seffner Chamber Urges its Members to Help Others Find Work

Yvette C. Hammett, The Tampa Tribune

SEFFNER - With so many still out of work due to the sluggish economy, fewer people are walking through the doors of the area's small businesses. Helping people find work will help small businesses get more customers, Lori Libhart, president of the Greater Seffner Chamber of Commerce, told her membership during a recent luncheon. "The economy has had a tough few years and there is nothing more powerful than a job," she said. "It can be very life-changing, even healing."

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January 10, 2013

Heat Pipe Technology Completes Relocation to Its New Tampa Facility

HeraldOnline.com

TAMPA, FLA. — Heat Pipe Technology, Inc., a division of MiTek®, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A, NYSE: BRK-B), today announced that it has completed its relocation to Tampa with a recent grand opening event at Heat Pipe Technology’s (HPT) new 58,000 square foot manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters.

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December 28, 2012

Jobless Rate Falls to 4-Year Low

Michael Sasso, The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA -- Florida's unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in four years in November, signaling that the Sunshine State's comeback is for real.

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December 03, 2012

Free Information Technology Classes Offered Through Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance

Taylor Vinson, ABC Action News

Two Bay area schools are teaming up with the Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance to offer free information technology courses. Drawing from a U.S. Department of Labor grant, the classes are offered at Hilsborough Community College and St. Petersburg College. Administrators say the training is a response to an increased demand for information technology hires.

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November 30, 2012

Unemployed Workers Get Free Training for IT Jobs

Jerome R. Stockfisch, The Tampa Tribune

TAMPA -- After nearly two decades as a heavy equipment mechanic and then a stint in auto warranty administration, Bill Allen became a victim of the 2008 recession. Since his layoff, he's been out of work, or, as he describes it, "seriously underemployed."

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November 27, 2012

Keep Job Hunting Over the Holidays

Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

A relative of mine who has been job hunting suddenly has two job offers. He's been working hard at finding a new job since being laid off, and now his efforts are being rewarded. The holidays are not a time to take a "break" from job hunting, warns Broward's employment agency Workforce One. Here are some guidelines for those in the job market this holiday season:

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November 26, 2012

Liberal Arts Skills a Good Fit for Jobs

Donal O'Shea, Tampa Bay Times

What skills do employers value most in judging their new hires? Strong verbal communication, a solid work ethic, teamwork, analytical ability and initiative, according to a report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This nearly exactly matches the skill set of students with degrees in the liberal arts.

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November 19, 2012

Tampa Bay Area Leads State in Job Creation

Jerome R. Stockfisch, The Tampa Tribune

Florida's unemployment rate continues to decline, with the Tampa area among the state's leaders in job creation. The statewide seasonally adjusted rate dropped to 8.5 percent in October from 8.7 percent the previous month, according to the state Department of Economic Opportunity. That's still higher than the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent, but well below the state's year-ago rate of 10.2 percent. The Tampa area has added 19,300 jobs since October 2010, second only to the Orlando area, which added 21,700 jobs over the year.

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November 05, 2012

Workforce Board tells jobseekers to watch for scams

News Herald Staff Report

An increasing number of scammers are using the names of legitimate businesses and organizations to lure in jobseekers. Recently, the Workforce Center had a local incident where an imposter posted a position on the Employ Florida Marketplace and when jobseekers responded to the ad they were asked to send money in advance for required training for the “job.”

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September 27, 2012

Manufacturer moving headquarters to Tampa from Gainesville

Tampa Bay Business Journal

The Tampa manufacturing industry will grow in November when Heat Pipe Technology moved its headquarters from Gainesville. The company could hire as many as 100 people in Tampa Bay.

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September 24, 2012

Murman to Host Job Fair

Tampa Bay Times

RUSKIN — Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman will host a job fair on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the SouthShore Regional Service Center, 410 30th St. SE.

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September 21, 2012

Soccer fields, roads to get Hillsborough County funding

Mike Salinero, The Tampa Tribune

A $15 million countywide soccer complex and road improvements in Northdale and Brandon are part of a $3.1 billion budget Hillsborough County commissioners approved Thursday night.

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August 20, 2012

Looking for a Job in Hillsborough County? Streetliks is hiring 50 new positions

Laura Harris, ABC Action News

TAMPA - Looking for a job? If you are, there may be one waiting for you in Hillsborough County as a national company announced Friday that they are offering up jobs.

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June 14, 2012

Summer Jobs for Teens

Al Ruechel

Below is a link to an interview conducted at Bay News 9 with, TBWA's very own, Dayle Greene, and Yvonne Thompson with Manpower Staffing Agency. They are talking to Al Ruechel about the outlook for teens gaining summer employment.

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June 13, 2012

Adding people? Employ1 aims to trumpet growing businesses

Alexis Muellner, Tampa Bay Business Journal

Boosting employment is job No. 1 when it comes to turning a slow and sluggish recovery into a more vibrant economy. So one job is all it takes for your business to be recognized on Employ1 Tampa Bay — a new website we’ve launched in partnership with the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance and WorkNet Pinellas.

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May 17, 2012

Out of work? Check South County’s newest job resource

Penny Fletcher, Observer News

RUSKIN — South County residents who are out of work no longer have to travel to Brandon or Tampa to check the lists of available jobs.

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