The U.S. Postal Service is looking to hire more than 70 maintenance workers for its Nashville and Memphis operations and will on Saturday from 10 to 2 host a job fair at its Royal Parkway processing center. Depending on the job, the pay ranges from $18.94 per hour up to $25.01 per hour.
The Nashville MSA's job market kicked 2014 off with a bit of a bang, growing 3.7 percent from the year before. A surge in construction employment that began in December carried through to January — we're betting February won't be as strong with all the winter storms — while the business services and leisure sectors also posted strong numbers. Bringing up the rear in January were the government and education/health sectors.
The government's January numbers included a recalibrated set of 2013 data that pegged Nashville's growth rate for the year at 2.7 percent. That's not bad — and more than double the state's 1.1 percent — but more than a point below 2012's 3.9 percent. Check out all of the state's numbers here.
Lydia DePillis at The Washington Post has taken a deep look at the "new manufacturing industry" in the United States through the lens of how Nissan is working with staffing company Yates Services. It's a good read that speaks to the effects of global competition, the continued struggles of organized labor in the South and the quandaries facing families with jobs that would have made them solidly middle-class not that long ago.
Tennessee went from having 51,867 temporary workers in 2009 to 80,990 in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- while median wages have stayed flat. That accounts for nearly all of Tennessee's job growth since the recession, and makes up 3.61 percent of all jobs in the state, second only to South Carolina. In Tennessee's burgeoning manufacturing industry, it's even higher, going from 15 percent of all jobs in 2002 to 26 percent in 2012.
Caroline Chen at Bloomberg has gathered some thoughts and perspective on the fact that U.S. hospitals have shed more than 9,000 jobs in the past two months. The two big trends of health care reform's implementation and outpatient care's growth are shaping that move, experts say, and will force hospital operators to make more "difficult business decisions" in the years ahead.
“It’s a much more complex answer than just cutting people,” he said. “It’s about carefully looking around your business model and asking how you can deliver higher quality care faster and cheaper. You’re not going to build that new hospital wing yet.”
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