As it stands, the recently-approved 2010-2011 operating budget for the City of Phoenix won't eliminate any local government jobs. Officials have claimed they've learned to do "more with less" in order to close a $277.3 million budget gap.
During February, the City Council approved a 2 percent food tax in order to save more than 1,300 local government jobs. The tax has since provided the city with more than $3.3 million and could generate $12.5 million this fiscal year and $50 million during the 2011 fiscal year.
The Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale area's government industry employed 248,400 workers during May, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 243,000 workers during April and a .4 percent increase from last year.
The City Council adopted the budget by a vote of seven to two. During April, Phoenix reported a positive over-the-year increase in general-fund sales-tax revenue for the first time in three years, according to The Arizona Republic.
"Our city has work to do and tough choices to make as we strive to accelerate an economic recovery that can't happen quickly enough for any of us," Mayor Phil Gordon said in a press release.
The operating budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year totals $3.05 billion. The portion of the budget that makes up the general fund totals $1.01 billion, which is a decrease of $85.7 million or 9.3 percent compared to the peak 2007-2008 year, and a drop of $79.2 million or 7.2 percent from five years earlier.
In addition, the City Council previously decided to wait two years to decide whether or not to increase the property tax rate. That means the rate will remain at $1.82 per $100 of assessed value, which will cost homeowners 40 percent less in taxes during the two-year period.
Amidst a positive outlook for local unemployed residents, tens of thousands of jobs in Houston were added last month.
Although the Houston area's May unemployment rate has yet to be released, the rate in Texas remained at 8.3 percent for the second consecutive month. Houston had an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent during April.
The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area had a total non-farm employment of 2,527,100 workers during May, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is up from 2,506 workers during April and only a .9 percent decrease from last year.
No industries lost jobs between April and May, while the financial activities industry is the only sector that did not add jobs over the month, maintaining its employment of 137,000 workers.
The government industry saw the biggest monthly employment increase by far, adding 9,400 jobs between April and May, to 390,100 workers. The next-highest monthly increase was in the leisure and hospitality industry, which added 4,400 workers, for a total of 239,100 jobs.
The remaining increases include:
Trade, transportation and utilities by 1,600 jobs
Manufacturing by 1,100 jobs
Mining and logging by 900 jobs
Professional and business services by 800 jobs
Education and health services by 700 jobs
Other services by 700 jobs
Construction by 500 jobs
Information by 100 jobs
Adversely, only three industries managed to add jobs over the year, with the government industry seeing the largest growth rate of 4.8 percent. The education and health services industry increased by 3.8 percent to 306,300 jobs and the and the mining and logging industry rose by 1.5 percent to 87,900 workers.
The construction industry saw the biggest decrease in employment when compared to last year, losing 9.9 percent of its workforce between May 2009 and May 2010, bringing the sector to its current total of 167,200 jobs.
Other industries that saw an over-the-year decrease in employment include: information by 5.5 percent; manufacturing by 3.5 percent; professional and business services by 2.6 percent; trade, transportation and utilities by 2 percent; financial activities by 1.9 percent; leisure and hospitality by .5 percent; and other services by .3 percent.
The existing status of the economy has touched everyone - if you haven't lost your work, chances are you are acquainted with a person who has. If you're one of the opportune ones who has remained employed, chances are you've been scared of losing your employment at one period or another. If you're a labor quester, chances are you've had an highly difficult time obtaining an interview, not to cite a career offer.
Though workers and job seekers have had it harsh, employers might be having the hardest time of all. Loads of employers have been put in difficult situations and been forced to make hard decisions, including whether or not they need cutback the size of their office, who they ought keep on board and who they ought let walk off.
When you're a great employer who cares about his or her workers, these believably aren't simple decisions to reach. Still, if you find yourself in the position of having to downsize, there are services out there that may aid you make sure your earlier workers are taken care of.
Companies that offer outplacement services are becoming more and more popular, in portion because of the economy, and in part because employers are starting to adopt extra obligation whenever they have to make layoffs. One of the decent companies that offers such services is Outplacing.com, which provides outplacement services to any size employer, little, medium or vast.
Through Outplacing.com, employers could situate their displaced workers up with on-line and individualised outplacement services that will step-up their success in establishing a new job. One mechanism that makes this corporation extraordinary is its partnership with Jobing.com, which gives clients access to millions of jobs in loads of local markets and specific industries.
several added things Outplacing.com offers that sets the company aside from other outplacement services are the business's nine cures to help employees obtain their following post, including:
Unique Career Transition Portal - This is a customized Web site portal for your transitioning employees that offers access to labor openings, career resources and materials to assist displaced workers.
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Resume Writing - The corporation has a squad of master resume writers who may review and compose a professional resume that will better highlight your employee's skills and help them through the career search process.
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Local Open House - For any organization that is forced to make a large number of layoffs, Outplacing.com can set up an open house specifically for your workers with companies who are hoping to hire.
Outplacing Career Liaison Service - Outplacing.com will interview your employees and present them to some hiring managers.
Online Personal Branding - The company will set your employees up with social networking accounts to aid with their occupation search efforts.
Skill Training & Assistance - Outplacing.com offers plenty of employment resources to aid employees determine where they could be able to improve their education or education.
Emotional & Financial Resources - The corporation additionally has resources that can help your employees with the confidential part of transitioning to a new work.
Therefore if you're an employer and find yourself having to make the tricky decision of decreasing your organization, don't disregard that there are ways you can make the transitioning procedure easier upon yourself and your employees. Instead of just sending your workers packing, help them out as often as possible by using outplacement services.
Scores of individuals now are training for EMT jobs, henceforth there exist various preparation prerequisites one should finish ahead of considering such a trade.
In numerous instances, a high school diploma is necessary in order to enter an emergency medical technician or paramedical training programme. In accordance to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, these programmes usually present expansion at expanding amounts, including ambulance-introductory, EMT-medium and ambulance-paramedical.
During emt-basic preparation, lessons centres upon emergency capabilities, comparable as controlling respiration, injury and cardiac emergencies, as additionally as patient appraisal. Pupils oftentimes divide their time amongst conventional classes, emergency rooms and ambulances.
Basic tier development supplies education upon how to care with bleedin', bone cracks, air way obstructor, cardiac apprehension and pressing labour. Pupils learn how to expend and observe familiar emergency gizmos, the same as stretchers, suction gadgets, braces, air delivery contraptions and stretchers.
Educatees that graduate from approved emergency medical services-basic preparation programmes are essential to clear a writing and practical analysis managed through the state certifying government department or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
Education requirements for the suceeding stage, paramedic-average, deviate by state. The 1985 and 1999 nationwide defined grades generally expect 30 to 350 hours of expansion based on the extent of education. Pupils at such a concentration memorise innovative capabilities the same as the exercise of advanced air-way machines, endovenous liquids and a few medicament.
The end and most advanced education degree is the ems-paramedical tier. Caregivers at this level receive training in anatomy and physiology as well as advance health-care skills. Education, which can end in an associate's stage, is ordinarily guided in public universities and technical schools along a one to two yr stage.
Students are required to acquire full relative preparation and receive clinical and specialization cognition. Suceeding training, they're essential to under-go the NREMT analysis in order to become a reliable paramedical.
Altho permit necessities adjust by state, all states want authentication for each of the ems degrees, and a quantity of states want certification with the NREMT. Nevertheless, several states handle their self certification examination or render the pick of undergoing either the NREMT or the state testing.
In order to hold certificate, emergency response and ambulance are necessary to re certify each two years, and they usually ought be operative as an emergency medical technician or emergency medical services and match a continuous expansion prerequisite in order to do so. Once needed training is finished, emergency response and paramedic of all levels might receive review course work and fit in recurring education.
The week will serve as a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community self-determination by celebrating locally-owned independent businesses in Raleigh and throughout the nation.
"Shop Local Raleigh is joining other local alliances and partner organizations nationwide – thousands of independent business owners and citizens who are participating in Independents Week – to celebrate our great independent businesses who exemplify the uniqueness of Raleigh," Jennifer Bradshaw, executive director of Shop Local Raleigh, said.
"Being new to the Shop Local Raleigh movement, I'm finding we have a reason to celebrate," she continued. "Many of our Raleigh friends and neighbors embody the spirit of entrepreneurism and individuality in our community. Our citizens are integral to ensuring we keep these businesses that help define who we are and contribute to our sense of place."
Shop Local Raleigh is meant to educate consumers about the benefits of buying local and encourage patronage of the city's independently-owned businesses. This is important, as buying locally can:
Boost the economy - Buying from local retailers helps to support the local economy, because local business owners spend more money with local service providers, which in turn continues to strengthen the economy of the local community.
Contribute to local character - The one-of-a-kind businesses in Raleigh are an integral part of the city's distinctive character.
Increase local sourcing - Because local businesses allow for more local purchases and require less transportation and development, they advocate for less sprawling, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Create more jobs - Local businesses are considered to be the largest employers throughout the nation, therefore providing the most jobs to local residents.
Offer better customer service - Local businesses typically hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling, and those people can take more time to get to know their customers, as compared to large corporations.
Provide more investment in the community - Local businesses are owned by the same people who live in the local community, and are therefore less likely to leave and more invested in the future of the community.
Contribute to nonprofits - Nonprofit organizations receive an average of 250 percent more support from small business owners than they do from large business owners.
Create competition - A community that is home to tens of thousands of small businesses is more likely to ensure innovation and low prices than a community that is home to a few large companies. Another plus, local companies choose the products they sell based on the interests and needs of their local customers as opposed to a national sales plan.