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May 28, 2013

Hire Florida Grads Website Offers Job Help After College

Nova Beall, Tampa Bay Times

What's a college graduate to do once they've received their diploma and the cap and gown have been tucked away? Those in search of a job can get help from Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance and WorkNet Pinellas, organizations that are supporting the launch of the hirefloridagrads.com website where the profiles of work-ready, qualified job seekers are matched with open positions.

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May 10, 2013

CEO Survey Ranks Florida at 2nd Best State for Business, Up From 6th in 2010

Karen Cyphers, Saint Peters Blog

An annual study by Chief Executive Magazine ranks Florida as the second best state to do business in, for the second year in a row, a raise of four spots since Gov. Rick Scott took office in 2010.

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May 09, 2013

Center Celebrates Anniversary of Helping Needy Help Themselves

Kevin Brady, The Tampa Bay Current

ECHO Client Service Center serves communities from Gibsonton to Brandon.

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April 23, 2013

Once Down and Out, Florida Job Market Gathers National Steam

Robert Trigaux, Tampa Bay Times

If the sharp drop in Florida and Tampa Bay unemployment rates was worthy of applause, add a cautionary cheer for our state's job gains compared with the rest of the nation. It's a key test in answering: How goes Florida's recovery? Florida's increase of 32,700 jobs in March topped the monthly gains reported in any other state, sweeping by No. 2 California with its 25,500 jobs, according to numbers released last week.

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April 23, 2013

Youth Virtual Job Fair Coming in May, Employers Wanted

Jo-Lynn Brown, TBBJ

A Youth Virtual Job Fair for workers age 14 to 24 will run from May 12 to May 18, and organizers are looking for employers to post open spots.

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April 18, 2013

Partnership Between Agencies Results in Help for Employers, Job-Seekers

Penny Fletcher, The Tampa Bay Current

A partnership between Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance and the South Shore Community Resource Center in Ruskin is proving helpful to people looking for work.

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April 08, 2013

U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Report on Young Adult Employment

U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published a report on young adult employment in their Editor’s Desk publication. This report indicates that young adult’s employment varies by education. Highlights from the study reveal that at age 25, people with more education were more likely to be employed than people with less education. Among people who had completed a bachelor's degree or more education and were no longer enrolled in school, 91 percent were employed in civilian jobs during October when age 25. Another 2 percent were serving in the Armed Forces. In comparison, 60 percent of high school dropouts were employed in civilian jobs in the October they were age 25 and only 0.1 percent was in the Armed Forces.

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February 21, 2013

Job Fair to Be Held Today in St. Petersburg

Bay News 9

ST. PETERSBURG -- Job seekers may want to grab their resumes and head to St. Petersburg Thursday. A job fair is being held at the Coliseum on Fourth Avenue N. Over 65 employers will be on hand. They are looking to hire 1,500 people locally and nationally for positions in customer service, banking, education, health and medical services.

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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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