The Lancaster County Workforce Development Board (LCWDB) has named Cathy Rychalsky as its executive director. Rychalsky was first employed by the LCWDB in January 2015 as the Contract and Compliance Officer, in which role she wrote requests for proposals, managed the contract award process, and monitored performance of contract recipients. In February 2016, the board appointed Rychalsky interim executive director. Rychalsky has been leading the organization through changes required by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, which provides funding for workforce activities in Lancaster County.
Rychalsky has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College. Prior to working for the LCWDB, she spent more than 20 years in the management of local non-profit organizations and state governmental agencies, developing policies and advocating for legislation to help individuals and families become self-sufficient.
Based on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis reports the top ten Lancaster County employers by employment for the last quarter of 2015 are:
- Lancaster General Hospital
- Mutual Assistance Group
- County of Lancaster
- Dart Container Corporation
- THLP Co. Inc.
- Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge
- RR Donnelley & Sons Company
- Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
- Lancaster School District
- Manheim Remarketing Inc.
The Lancaster County unemployment rate for May 2016 is 4.2%, and this is below Pennsylvania's 5.5%.
Lenexa, KS (Manufacturing.net, June 8, 2015): Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.
They added 280,000 jobs — a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling. And economic troubles overseas have put investors on edge.
Yet Friday's report from the Labor Department showed that employers seem confident that the economy is regaining its footing after shrinking at the start of the year and that their customer demand will accelerate.
"It's kind of a strange situation because consumers are getting jobs, and their incomes are improving," said John Silvia, chief economist at the bank Wells Fargo.
Six years after the worst downturn in more than seven decades officially ended, Silvia said, "We've moved beyond the Great Recession."
Across the economy, employers are betting that steady hiring has begun to drive economic momentum. Home and auto sales are up. Restaurants, sports stadiums, theaters and hotels added 57,000 workers last month in anticipation of summer vacations.
Lenexa, KS (Manufacturing.net, June 5, 2015): U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy is back on track after starting 2015 in a slump.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April. But that occurred for a good reason: Hundreds of thousands more people began seeking jobs in May, leading to the slight increase.
Last month's strong job growth suggests that employers remained confident enough to keep hiring even after the economy shrank during the first three months of the year. The government also revised up its estimate of job growth in March and April by a combined net 32,000.
Construction, health care and hospitality companies drove the May job growth. On the negative side, persistently cheaper oil led energy companies to shed workers for a fifth straight month.
Average hourly wages rose 2.3 percent from a year earlier, showing some pick-up. Still, pay is barely rising faster than inflation, a persistent problem for the economy that has limited growth.
One of the reasons Manufacturing Day was started was to address what's known as the "skills gap" — the mismatch between the skills held by available workers and the skills that manufacturers require.
While it's something manufacturers have felt for a while, it was first formally documented in a landmark study published by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute in 2001, and then updated periodically.
The 2015 Skills Gap Report has just been released and the concerning trends continue — there's a growing misalignment of skills in the manufacturing sector.
To read a summary of the report, download the presentation we've posted on mfgday.com. And while you're there, register an event or sign up to attend one. Let's do something about this skills gap!