O.C. adds jobs for third straight month

This article was originally published on the Orange County Register Site and was written by Mary Ann Milbourn.

Orange County’s economy appears to be on the mend with local employers adding 4,600 jobs in September, the third straight month of employment growth, state employment officials reported today. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.6%.

Statewide, the picture wasn’t as bright. California lost 63,500 jobs from August to September although August’s numbers were revised to show a 10,700 job gain.

The state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 12.4% in September, third highest in the country after Nevada’s 14.4% and Michigan’s 13%. The U.S. unemployment rate in September was unchanged at 9.6%.

Esmael Adibi, a Chapman University economist, was especially encouraged that so many of Orange County’s sectors are beginning to show strength.

“There are really quite a few bright spots in this report,” Adibi said.

He cited professional and business services — accountants, lawyers, managers and temp workers.

“They’ve added nearly 11,000 jobs in the last year,” he said. “That’s extremely important because of the size of that sector with 244,000 people.”

Leisure and hospitality dipped in September as the summer tourist season wound down, but it showed solid year-over- year growth, with employers bringing on 7,800 new workers.

Construction remained weak. The sector has lost 6,900 jobs in the last year, mostly among specialty trade contractors.

State and local government employment increased by 5,400 from August to September, reflecting teachers coming back to school. With budget cuts, however, local government employment is down by 4,700 positions in the last year.

Adibi said the good news is that the private sector is hiring again, not in huge numbers, but consistently increasing each month.

Kiro Bruno, president of Fortis Resource Partners, a staffing company in Irvine, said she’s seeing pockets of hiring strength in Orange County in pharma, medical devices and manufacturing, particularly high-tech manufacturing.

“In September and October, we’ve seen a surge in hiring,” said Bruno, whose company specializes in finance and accounting placements at small- and mid-sized companies in Orange County.

Bruno said there is strength in both temporary hires and direct hires.

“Temporary help has always been a category that improved at the beginning of an expansion,” Bruno said. “So seeing growth there is extremely positive.”

Temp work has expanded by 3,000 jobs in the last year, according to the EDD.

Despite the pickup in orders, Bruno said she’s not seeing any clear trend.

“Companies are being very strategic in their hiring, replacing or adding positions based on specific internal needs,” she said.

Orange County continues to lead the Southern California region in its recovery. Here are the September unemployment rates in the other counties:

  • Los Angeles:12.5%
  • Riverside: 15.3%
  • San Bernardino: 14.2%
  • San Diego: 9.7%
  • Ventura: 11.1%

Top FIVE Ways to Land Your Dream Job

Many people right now are saying they are “just happy to have a job,” but what if you aren’t satisfied with just any old job and are ready to finally land that ultimate dream job?

First, let’s start by saying that even though the reports state that unemployment is at all time high, which is true –90% of the population is still employed and new jobs and positions are being created every day. In a down economy as businesses shift and find new ways to market their services, attract new clients, and create new products new dream opportunities are born.  job

If you are looking for your dream job here are five ways to help you get exactly what you want.

  1. Clarity. Get clear on what your dream job looks like to you. Think about the office environment, your co-workers, your daily schedule, travel, etc. Once you get a clear picture you can begin to weed out any corporations that aren’t ideal for your lifestyle and goals.
  2. Network. Most job seekers make the mistake of networking only when they need something, even if you are not currently looking, be sure to stay connected with your circle of influence and be a go-giver.  Do your part in helping others and when you are ready to make a move, your network will be more than willing to help you out.
  3. Listen. Keep your ears open and your eyes peeled. Your new opportunity could come from unexpected sources. Perhaps you watch the local news and see a story about an upcoming company that would be your ideal dream job!
  4. Back Door It. If you have your eye on a particular company find ways to connect with other employees of the company  – hence social media is a great place for this. A big majority of people are on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In and they aren’t hard to find either.
  5. Keep an Open Mind. Even though you may have a clear vision of what you want, some companies may not look like that vision on the outside. Be sure to stay open minded and give companies or opportunities a chance before you completely dismiss them. Sometimes the best come in the worst packages.