employment

Employment
7:36 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Urban League Job Fair Attracts Crowd Of Employers And Job-Seekers Alike

Job seekers speak with employer representatives from companies looking to hire on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Florissant Valley Community College.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A large crowd of eager job-seekers lined up at St. Louis Community College ag Florissant Valley  Saturday for the Urban League’s Job and Resource Fair. At least 90 companies, many with positions to fill, joined the fair, including BJC Healthcare, the Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Louis Community Credit Union.

Available jobs ranged across the spectrum of careers and education levels, from law enforcement to health care. BJC alone had a thousand jobs to fill.

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STEM Workforce
8:43 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

New Report Says STEM Jobs Are On The Rise. But Can St. Louis Fill Them?

The 2014 State of the St. Louis STEM Workforce Report suggests the region needs more workers with the specialized knowledge and skills required to fill a growing number of jobs in science, engineering, technology and math.
Credit Image courtesy of St. Louis Community College

By 2022, employment in the STEM fields ― science, technology, engineering and math ― is projected to grow by 12.4 percent in the St. Louis region.

That’s compared to an expected growth of only 9.2 percent for non-STEM jobs.

Those are among the estimates provided in the sixth annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report, released this week by the St. Louis Community College.

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Disability
8:11 am
Sun March 23, 2014

St. Louis Nonprofit Highlights New Disability Employment Rule

Credit (via Flickr/GIANTsqurl)

Disability rights advocates in St. Louis are highlighting new federal rules that aim to open more job opportunities to people with disabilities. Starting Monday, federal contractors are required to work toward a goal of 7 percent disabled employees in their workforce.

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is about twice that of other adults.

David Newburger, co-founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute, says many employers are still hesitant to hire people with disabilities because of some common misconceptions.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:44 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Starkloff Disability Institute Works To Overcome Obstacles To Hiring People With Disabilities

Colleen Starkloff

For Colleen Starkloff and her husband Max, advocating for people with disabilities has always been about helping them gain independence. When they founded Paraquad in St. Louis 45 years ago, their goal was to enable people with disabilities to live independently.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:09 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Report: St. Louis Economy Improving But Challenges Persist

Multi-axis machined defense part made by Homeyer Precision Manufacturing
(Courtesy: Homeyer Precision Manufacturing)

The Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College released its fifth annual State of the St. Louis Workforce Report earlier this month. The report is a compilation of data from 1,200 employers and surveys of more than 180 students.

The Executive Summary states:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:27 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Federal Officials Urge Expansion Of Successful STL Youth Jobs Initiative To Veterans

(via Flickr/U.S. Army Garrison, Miami)

At first glance, veterans of the post 9/11 wars and St. Louis youth in high crime neighborhoods don't have much in common. But two things unite them: both are considered at-risk and both can have a tough time finding jobs.

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Missouri Employment
7:45 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Mo. payrolls increase by 17,900 jobs in August

(via Flickr/KellyB.)

A new report shows Missouri gaining nearly 18,000 jobs last month while the state's unemployment rate held steady at 7.2 percent.

The state Department of Economic Development released the figures Tuesday. 

The agency says the net gain of 17,900 nonfarm payroll jobs from July included 4,900 jobs in manufacturing and 10,200 jobs in the government sector - nearly all of those at the local level. 

Veterans / Jobs
3:45 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Nixon signs job-training bill for veterans

Gov. Nixon and Heather Condon of Kirksville talk via Skype with her husband, Lt. Jacob Condon, who is serving in Qatar with the Missouri National Guard. The Governor honored the Condons’ business for hiring veterans, and signed a related bill there.
(via Gov. Nixon Official Website)

Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation offering job training incentives for military veterans returning to the private sector.

The legislation enacted Monday allows employers to be reimbursed for half the wages paid to military veterans during an on-the-job training period. Lawmakers who backed the measure said it taps into federal money to offset part of the job training costs.

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Other News
8:34 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

MOKAN wants bigger minority commitment from MSD

MOKAN Executive Director Yaphett El-Amin speaks outside Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District headquarters Thursday.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

A minority business advocacy group says the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District needs to do more to include minority and female workers in its projected $4.7 billion worth of upgrades over the next two decades.  

Yaphett El-Amin, executive director for the group MOKAN, says because city residents and businesses pay into MSD's sewer tax system, MSD should commit more jobs to local minority contractors.  

“We need a full commitment from MSD to support our region and help our businesses grow," El-Amin said, "to help our economy and hire our community.”

 

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McCaskill & Blunt
12:29 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

McCaskill and Blunt give updates on veterans issues

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo (l) and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.
(Combined photos - both by UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-Mo.) says she’s cautiously optimistic that management problems at Arlington National Cemetery have been solved.

The democratic senator visited the cemetery on Friday to assess changes made there following the revelation that thousands of graves were mislabeled or unmarked.

McCaskill co-sponsored a law that requires congressional oversight of the burial grounds, and requires cemetery officials to submit a grave site analysis. She says that report will be delivered December 22nd and so far, is 86 percent complete.

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