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Spring Job Fair 2015 Report

on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 15:19.

Overview of the Spring 2015 Job Fair


The March 2015 Job Fair consisted of 64 hiring employers. Sixty-six tables were sold, however two employers, Lancaster General Health and Manpower did not show up the day of the event. Additionally seven tables consisting of partners, internal programs, CareerLink, and one community agency, The Community Action Program of Lancaster (WIC) rounded out the participants for a total of 73 tables.

Charts representing 36 responses from the Employer Survey are included in the document below along with open ended comments.


Information regarding year to year attendance comparisons along with a breakdown of the type of jobseekers participating, is represented in the following two charts. Additional charts show results of the Jobseeker Survey as represented by the 369 responses out of 1,029 participants. A summary of comments is also provided.

This report contains information related to the March 11, 2015 Job Fair conducted at the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County. Additionally a summary of Jobseeker and Employer satisfaction survey results is included. Click here to open document.


Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Barely Rose Last Week

on Friday, 20 March 2015 08:35.

Madison, WI (, March 19, 2015):  The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits basically held steady last week, as the job market continues to outpace broader economic growth.

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000. Jobless claims have been subdued for the past two weeks after winter storms caused them to spike at the end of February due to closed schools and construction sites.

The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased 2,250 to 304,750. That average has dropped 7.5 percent over the past year.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs. When employers keep their workers, it is generally a sign that they expect continued economic growth and will likely increase hiring. Applications below 300,000 are typically consistent with healthy job gains.

The relatively modest number of applications contrast with the Federal Reserve's view announced Wednesday that economic growth has lost some momentum since the start of 2015.


County Jobless Rate Held Steady At 4.1% In January

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:38.

Lancaster, PA (, March 17, 2015):  Lancaster County's unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent in January, the state reported Tuesday.

The new figure keeps the local jobless rate at its lowest point since June 2008.

By not changing from December, the jobless rate now has held steady or dropped in 30 of the past 33 months.

The county jobless rate also retained its usual status as second lowest among the state's 18 metropolitan areas.

Only State College, at 3.9 percent, had a better unemployment rate in January. The highest belonged to East Stroudsburg, at 6.5 percent.

A closer look at Lancaster County's January rate finds it resulted from the county having 11,200 residents without work but 261,000 with jobs.

A year earlier, in January 2014, a 4.9 percent unemployment rate stemmed from the county having 13,100 residents without work.

While the local jobless rate has shown significant progress in recent years, it's a half-point higher than when the recession began.

It was 3.6 percent in December 2007.

On the other hand, it's trending flat or downward, which is more than you can say about the state and national rates.

The state rate in January was 5.1 percent, up from 5.0 percent in December. The national rate was 5.7 percent, up from 5.6 percent.


Good News For Some Of Us: Other People Are Quitting Jobs

on Friday, 13 March 2015 10:57.

Madison, WI (, March 10, 2015): Quitting your job — all but unheard of during and after the Great Recession — is becoming more common again. That could mean pay raises are coming for more Americans.

The trend has already emerged in the restaurant and retail industries, where quits and pay are rising faster than in the overall economy. Workers in those industries appear to be taking advantage of rising consumer demand to seek better pay elsewhere.

Workers who quit typically do so to take higher-paying jobs. That's why rising numbers of quits typically signal confidence in the economy and the job market. As the trend takes hold, employers are often forced to offer higher pay to hold on to their staffers or attract new ones.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of people who quit jobs rose 3 percent from December to January to 2.8 million — the most in more than six years. Quits have jumped 17 percent over the past 12 months.

Since the Great Recession ended, the figure has soared. Just 1.6 million people quit their jobs in August 2009, two months after the recession officially ended. That was the fewest for any month in the 14 years that the figures have been tracked.


New Interim Executive Director Named

on Tuesday, 10 March 2015 13:14.

Lancaster, PA (, March 10, 2015):  The Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board has named Steve Fries its interim Executive Director as it looks for a replacement for Scott Sheely, whose last day was Feb. 6.

Sheely, who had been executive director of the Workforce Investment Board since 2000, left to finish his doctorate in adult education at Penn State.

The 63-year-old Sheely said he began the degree before he joined the nonprofit organization and wanted to complete it now as part of his "bucket list."

Fries is a retired Alcoa Lancaster executive who was Manager of Human Resources Development and Communications.

The nonprofit Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board is the lead organization in Lancaster County for job training and job placement.


U.S. Businesses Add 212K Jobs In February

on Monday, 09 March 2015 12:34.

Madison, WI (, March 4, 2015):  U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year.

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 212,000 jobs last month, a solid gain, though down from 250,000 in the previous month. January's figure was revised up from 213,000.

The figures come just before Friday's government report on the labor market, which economists forecast will show an increase of 240,000 jobs, according to a survey by data provider FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to fall to 5.6 percent from 5.7 percent.

The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and sometimes diverge from the government's more comprehensive report, which includes government agencies.

A burst of hiring in the past year has lifted the number of Americans earning paychecks, and a sharp drop in gas prices means those paychecks can buy more goods and services. That has accelerated U.S. economic growth and encouraged companies to add jobs at a steady pace.


Acting Secretary Kathy Manderino Visits Lancaster County CareerLink®

on Friday, 06 March 2015 11:48.

Acting Secretary Manderino visited with staff and administrators and toured the PA CareerLink® of Lancaster County – her first CareerLink® visit since being nominated by Governor Tom Wolf in January.

Representatives from various Lancaster County CareerLink® programs, including Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board, ResCare Workforce Services, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13, Community Services of Organized Labor and L&I's Bureau of Workforce Partnerships & Operations, were in attendance.

The visit began with an introduction from the secretary, followed by a roundtable discussion of each representative's function within the PA CareerLink®. After a brief Q&A, the secretary toured the facility. The tour of the Resource Center, the Ready2Work program, and a visit to the Job Search Center concluded with a stop at the Hot Lab where she learned about manufacturing training offered at the location.


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