Manufacturing Jobs Mixed; Calif. Program Certs Low-income Workers
for Petrol Careers
Manufacturing jobs, an important measure of economic growth, will end
2006 mixed. Virginia lost 1.6 percent of their industrial jobs in 2006,
on top of a 4 percent loss in 2005. Virginia accounts for 13 percent of
the mid-Atlantic region's manufacturing jobs.
“Although Virginia’s job growth has improved across most sectors,
industrial employment is still declining,” said Thomas Dubin, President
of Manufacturers’ News Inc. “Outsourcing, mergers, and consolidation
contributed to the loss of manufacturing jobs as well as automated
manufacturing processes that require fewer workers.”
Manufacturers’ News reports Arkansas lost 3 percent, Tennessee lost 3.1
percent, Minnesota lost 0.5 percent, and New Hampshire lost 2.5 percent
of these jobs in 2006Maryland lost 2% industrial employment and South
Carolina lost 2.1%. North Carolina and Pennsylvania were each down 1%.
Some states however increased during the year, Oregon gained 1.3
percent, Idaho gained 0.5 percent, Nevada gained 4.1 percent and Utah
gained 3.7 percent and Wyoming gained 4.9 percent.
An emerging corporate business role shows promise according to a new
study IncreMental Advantage called chief intellectual property officer.
The firm plans to reveal results of their study in New York City on 16
David Wanetick, managing director of IncreMental Advantage, said, “The
vast majority of companies’ value is manifested in the form of their
intellectual property. However, very few companies have appointed any
one individual to coordinate their intellectual property strategies.
"Failure to create the role of chief intellectual property officer may
be remiss as there are often conflicting agendas among the three
departments – business development, research and development and legal
– which are responsible for the creation and commercialization of their
Program Assists Low-income, Displaced
Find Petroleum Jobs
In Los Angeles a new program called Energy Pathway Program enables low
income and displaced workers to earn certification for high-wage
careers in the petroleum industry. Thirty-one first graduates of the
program hit the streets during December after a six-month training
program spearheaded by the South Bay Center for Counseling.
“We’re investing in our local workers and businesses now and for the
future,” said Los Angeles County supervisor Don Knabe. “It’s inspiring
to see how these graduates can succeed with their own hard work and an
effective, coordinated system of support. As this model becomes adopted
in other industries, our communities will continue to grow stronger and
Under the leadership of the South Bay Center, a private community-based
non-profit organization, program partners including lead
ConocoPhillips, Valero, ExxonMobil, BP, Los Angeles Harbor College, the
California Educational Development Department (EDD) and the United
Steel Workers Local 675 have come together to invest in the empowerment
of low-wage and displaced workers from the local community.
In addition to the unique aspect of including a social support element,
the EDD also provides for cognitive diversity in the learning
environment, fostering growth by working with students who may have
different learning abilities, or those who have had little success in
traditional educational environments.
“Bringing all of these aspects together in a comprehensive system of
support is the key to the Energy Pathway Program’s success,” said
Colleen Mooney, executive director for South Bay Center. “These
individuals are working hard to succeed, and providing them with an
appropriate support system is allowing them to build a promising
Oil refineries estimate that approximately 150 to 200 job openings for
entry-level Process Technicians starting at $70,000 per year salaries
will become available before 2009 in the Los Angeles area. At the same
time, refineries are seeking new strategies to develop a diverse,
trained workforce to meet increased skill requirements for entry-level
jobs. Hiring is expected to continue at a level of approximately 100 to
150 hires per year over the next five years as the current workforce
heads toward retirement age. And by investing in local residents to
help fill this need, more jobs will stay within local communities,
rather than go to out-of-state or out-of-country workers.
Jay Churchill, refinery manager for ConocoPhillips, said, “We’re
pleased to offer graduates solid career opportunities and well-paying
jobs. The recent graduates have already shown that with the proper
training and support, they can learn the technical skills to succeed in
Job placements will begin in January 2007, with nearly 70 percent of
the graduating class already receiving employment offers from major
refineries. Furthermore, the certification received by graduates is
valid at any refinery in the world, providing a level of long-term
career security for EDD graduates. The second class of the Energy
Pathway Program is scheduled to begin training in early January of 2007.
New Job Website
Job portal FewMillionJobs.com calls the economy mixed and contends
there are an increasing number of professionals looking for new
“What you see at virtually every level in the marketplace is worker
insecurity,” said Samson Manickaraj, founder of FewMillionJobs.com.
“Even a few years ago, only hard-core job hoppers scanned the horizon
for their next great job on a regular basis. Today? Anyone who’s smart
keeps their resume up to date and keeps an eye open for that next
Manickaraj could be called fringe-thinker for pointing to the downside
of an economy that many economists and the White House claim to be the
best in the world... nonetheless, he shows the statistics most news
organizations and economists ignore. While true, consumer confidence
has risen slightly during fourth quarter those who feel the economy is
in poor shape (20 percent) has held steady throughout 2006.
Unlike the hiring frenzy in the late 1990s when all sectors reported
optimism, the recovery in early 2000s is reserved mainly for recently
college graduates. Manickaraj considered that higher demand for
tools that simplify jobseekers’ and employers’ tasks was strong enough
to launch FewMillionJobs.com.
FewMillionJobs.com allows candidates to directly apply to the company
of their choice without the hassles of posting their private
information or a résumé on an online database. The job
portal benefits employers, because the service eliminates the middleman
while also allowing the company to hire for multiple positions with a
single posting or change the posting once it has been filled.
“We found the best way to put job seekers and employers directly in
touch," Manickaraj said, "The increasing trend for secure jobs and the
need for a quality job portal are indispensable.”
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