Archive for May, 2018

5/3/2018 – More than 2300 jobs available for May 7 Caldwell is Hiring event

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by admin

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May 3, 2018

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More than 2300 jobs are available for the 16th Caldwell is Hiring that is scheduled for Monday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

 

Companies planning to attend include Caldwell UNC Health Care, MDI, Sealed Air, Bernhardt Furniture, Heritage Home Group, Fairfield Chair, Exela Pharma Sciences, Bemis, RPM Wood Finishes Group, Bakers Waste Equipment, Woodgrain Millwork, NEPTCO, Shurtape Technology, Shuford Yarns, JBS USA, Caseworx, Tyson Foods, Performance Food Service, Continental Automotive Systems, Saft America, Valdese Weavers, Caldwell County Government, City of Lenoir, Town of Hudson, City of Hickory, McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Domino’s Pizza, The Marlin Company, Fairvalue, Foothills Temporary Employment, Catawba Valley Staffing, Lee Industries, Carolina West Wireless, Gateway Rehabilitation and Healthcare, ResCare Homecare, Von Drehle Corporation, Sherrill Furniture, Manpower, Onin Staffing, ProStaffing, PeopleReady, Home Instead Senior Care, Labor Connections, Convergys, Maxim Healthcare Services, Skill Creations, Tailored Foam, Paragon Films, Tires Now/Monro, Inc., and Sam’s Xpress Car Wash.

 

Check out the Caldwell is Hiring or Caldwell County Economic Development Commission pages on Facebook for a complete listing of the available jobs for each company.

 

Caldwell is Hiring is a great opportunity for you, a family member, or a friend to get a job or get a better job.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, May 7!

 

 

5/3/2018 – Caldwell County achieves employment, workforce milestones as jobless rate falls to 4.2 percent

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by admin

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May 3, 2018

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By Guy Lucas
(Lenoir) News-Topic

 

The number of Caldwell County residents with jobs hit a post-recession high in March for the second consecutive month, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported

 

The size of the labor force also again was the highest in more than five years – and that measure has showed the greatest three-month growth in more than a dozen years.

 

Much of the report for March was similar to the report for February: The local unemployment rate inched down again, going from 4.4 percent to 4.2; the labor force edged up slightly, closing in on 37,000; and the number of people who have jobs rose by about 80 to 35,355, the highest since July 2008, when more than 35,500 had jobs.

 

The number of those with jobs is the most important measure, said Deborah Murray, the executive director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission.

 

“These days I don’t reflect as much on the unemployment rate as I do on the growth of the number working,” she said. “More Caldwell County people are working than have since mid-year 2008. This has been a steady and strong development that is the result of strong and growing business and industry.”

 

The increase in the size of the local labor force – the total of those who have jobs and those who are actively seeking jobs – from December to March has been more than 1,000 people, the most in any three-month period since at least mid-2005, according to statistics kept by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

 

Although the local unemployment rate peaked in February 2010 at 17 percent, Caldwell County’s labor force didn’t hit its all-time low until December 2014, when it was just over 35,000. By that time, the local unemployment rate had dropped to 6.2 percent.

 

The local labor force grew sluggishly during the economic recovery even as other economic indicators showed strength. It dropped below 36,000 in October 2013 and stayed below that level until March 2016.

 

Part of the explanation has been older workers retiring and leaving the workforce, but part of it has been long-term unemployed workers feeling discouraged and not seeking jobs, so the growth in this measure in recent years has been interpreted as a sign of growing confidence in the economy.

 

The unemployment rates in Burke and Catawba counties dropped by 0.1 percentage point each in March, to 4.0 percent in Burke and 3.9 in Catawba. The combined Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metropolitan statistical area’s unemployment rate of 3.9 percent was the fourth-lowest among the state’s 15 metro areas. The statewide average was 4.3 percent.

 

 

 

5/3/2018 – Caldwell is Hiring continues to meet the needs of employers, workers

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by admin

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May 3, 2018

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By Virginia Annable
(Lenoir) News-Topic

 

As Caldwell County’s largest job fair rolls around every six months, there are over 2,000 jobs up for grabs at each event, and there are different jobs every time, said Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray.

 

“These aren’t the same jobs that were there six months ago,” she said. “Those were filled, these are new jobs.”

 

The biannual event, Caldwell is Hiring, showcases job growth in the county but more importantly gets people jobs, Murray said. A total of 50 employers will have representatives at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center and take applications for over 2,300 jobs that range from pharmaceutical scientist to furniture upholstering and everything in between.

 

This go-around, there is an exceptional number of government jobs, Murray said. Multiple local law enforcement departments, towns and cities have openings and are turning to this job fair to fill them.

 

“These opening have been there, but we haven’t had them at the fair before,” Murray said.

 

As is the trend in industry around the nation, the local workforce is aging, and that includes in governmental bodies, which is why so many positions are opening as people retire.

 

Other industries with a large number of job openings include health care and high-tech manufacturing.

 

“We’ve got a need for nurses here,” Murray said. “The population is aging and we need people to care for them.”

 

The high-tech jobs, though, are a highlight. There are hundreds of jobs to run advanced machines in factories as a programmable logic controller (PLC) technician, Murray said.

 

“It seems like every time we do this I look at the jobs available and the jobs are growing and are more sophisticated and require a little more training, and Caldwell County is jumping right in to do them,” Murray said.

 

The slightly more technologically advanced jobs require a little more training, but more importantly someone who shows they can be trained, Murray said. Now is the time to get in on the ground floor, she said, while companies are still willing to train new workers on the advanced technology.

 

“People who know how to deal with programmable parts and robots are in demand,” she said. “They all have big machines that run on programs, and that’s not your typical industrial job, it’s one of the new 21st-century jobs.”

 

Buses of high school students will come from high schools around the county. Murray hopes to show that there are good jobs in Caldwell County, and employers who want local people.

 

“They really do want to hire people who are from here and want to stay here,” she said. “We have all types of jobs that are on the same playing field as bigger places.”

 

When Caldwell is Hiring began in 2010, when the unemployment rate was just below a peak of 17 percent, the name of the game was getting people jobs — any jobs. Now, it’s about getting people better jobs. Murray hopes people come to find themselves a better position. To help with that, the event will run to 1 p.m. so people can come during lunch if they work another job.

 

There will be computers available for online applications and help for former offenders re-entering the workforce.

 

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