employment magnifying glassHARTFORD: They’re calling it “OpenConnecticut,” an online and “up to date’ website to access payroll information from all Connecticut state employees. 

Launched by the State Comptroller Kevin Lembo’s office it includes all salaries for state employees including from state universities and colleges. 

Salary information had been available at transparency.ct.gov a website managed by the Legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis, but it was only updated annually and according to the comptroller’s office often out of date. The payroll information at is www.openpayroll.ct.gov and www.osc.ct.gov/openCT.html.

Third Consecutive Annual Drop in Workman’s Comp

Connecticut is known for its excellent quality of life and its high cost of doing business, but for the third year in a row, the worker’s compensation insurance rates in the state have declined. Connecticut Insurance CommissionerKatharine L. Wade recently announced that the state’s worker’s compensation rate would go down by 10.9%.

millenial workersAccording to staffing firm Robert Half Technology, distracted workers get particularly distracted by holiday shopping—during work hours. The firm conducted a survey of employees and chief information officers about online shopping habits during the work day. According to CIOs surveyed, a whopping 65% of businesses allow some form of online shopping during the work day and 49% of employees fessed up to online shopping from work on Cyber Monday (but potentially every Monday). Why, you ask? 43% of survey respondents said they shopped out of boredom. Then again, at least 33% of surveyed CIOs said they blocked shopping sites on office computers and 17% of employees say they shop on their smartphones. 

subway wenkoffMILFORD: The world’s largest restaurant chain has more than 44,000.  The company is launching a new digital group at its Milford headquarters.

The move will create a 150 new  jobs combining IT and marketing in  what the copany calls a “digital omnichannel transformation”

In a report by the website TechRepublic has hired the Manhattan, New York based business consulting group Accenture.

Carman Wenkoff, Subway’s CIO and chief digital officer told Techrepublic

“We’ll be recruiting for all these positions now. We literally have 150 positions that are open and what we’re doing is because we’re also realistic about our timeline and relocating people, we’re not going to rush it.”

The positions will be in data analytics, software development, user interface design, graphic arts, campaign management to support its digital marketing efforts.

Subway’s 2014 advertising budget was reported to be more than $500 million annually.

 ANSONIA — The WorkPlace is open for business at the Ansonia American Job Center, 4 Fourth Street. Its location is convenient for Valley jobseekers looking to find a job or get a better job. The office will offer computer and technology access as well as classroom space for workshops and seminars.

As part of the American Job Center Network the Ansonia location will provide services to unemployed and underemployed individuals seeking jobs and job search assistance at no cost. Job seekers are afforded convenient access to the employment, education, training and information services they need at a single location. Individuals may register for computer classes, job skill workshops, personal career counseling and skills testing.

Additionally the American Job Center provides a number of no cost services to employers including posting of employment opportunities on our job boards, referrals of qualified job candidates from our extensive pool of clients and access to worker training grants. For more information, visit workplace.org.

 WETHERSFIELD — Connecticut’s nonfarm employment rebounded somewhat in September, adding 11,500 positions (0.69 percent), according to preliminary jobs data calculated from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics’s (BLS) monthly employer survey (seasonally adjusted). In addition, the August 2014 initial reported loss of 3,600 jobs (-0.22 percent) was also revised by 2,400 jobs to a smaller decline of 1,200 (-0.07 percent). The state’s nonfarm employment level at 1,679,200 for September 2014, has reached another new recovery highpoint and has now added 26,100 jobs (1.58 percent) over the year.

The state’s unemployment rate was measured at 6.4 percent in September 2014. This is down 0.2 percent from the August 2014 figure of 6.6 percent and lower by 1.3 percentage points from the September 2013 unemployment rate of 7.7 percent. The unemployment rate has not been this low in the state since November 2008. The number of unemployed residents has declined by 23,682 (-16.5 percent) since September 2013 to 119,842, which is a new recovery low point. Connecticut’s labor force has now expanded by 21,983 (1.2 percent) citizens over the year to date.

“September employment numbers are very encouraging with strong gains in estimated payroll employment. Some of this gain was expected, especially in local public education and leisure & hospitality where seasonal shifts may have been missed in August,” said Andy Condon, director of the Office of Research. “Both Connecticut’s nonfarm employment and unemployment rate are back to late 2008 levels. However, monthly sample-based labor statistics can be volatile in either direction and should be looked at in context of longer trends over several months.”

The September 2014 preliminary nonfarm job numbers have five of the six major Connecticut Labor Market Areas (Bureau of Labor Statistics-recognized LMAs) adding jobs, while just one LMA listed a decline. For the second month in a row, the largest labor market in the state, the Hartford LMA (2,700, 0.5 percent), was also the biggest job gaining LMA in magnitude in September 2014. The Norwich-New London LMA (1,100, 0.9 percent, best percentage-wise over the month) and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (1,100, 0.3 percent) added a similar number of jobs, while the New Haven LMA (600, 0.2 percent) and the Danbury LMA (500, 0.7 percent) also were positive last month.  The Waterbury LMA (-300, -0.5 percent) was the only LMA to lose ground in September, while the Norwich-New London LMA (-1,100, -0.9 percent) remains the only LMA to have lost jobs over the year.

The private-sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.9 hours in September 2014, lower by two-tenths of an hour from the year-ago estimate of 34.1 hours. Average hourly earnings at $28.26, not seasonally adjusted, were up 33 cents, or 1.2 percent, from the September 2013 hourly private sector pay figure of $27.93. The resultant average private sector weekly pay was tallied at $958.01, up $5.60, or 0.6 percent over the year.

 Connecticut Department of Labor employees in the agency’s Hamden American Job Center, located at 37 Marne Street, will offer a variety of training and employment workshops in December to assist area residents.  Advanced registration is encouraged due to space limitations.

December 2: Military to Civilian Résumé Workshop (1-4 p.m.). Veterans are encouraged to participate in this workshop, which covers the basics of developing an effective résumé. Topics covered include: translating military skills and accomplishments into civilian terminology; understanding federal résumé formatting and common résumé mistakes to avoid. Ample time will be allowed for participants to ask questions of members of the state Department of Labor’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development.

December 3: Résumé Basics (9 a.m.-noon). This workshop will provide attendees with information they need to create a professional and effective résumé.

December 5: Successful Job Search Strategies (9 a.m.-noon). Attendees will learn useful job search strategies and gain pointers on telephone skills, networking, the hidden job market and interviewing.

December 9: LinkedIn (9-11 a.m.): This workshop uses a lecture/PowerPoint-based format to help participants learn the importance of utilizing LinkedIn and developing an effective profile page to aid in their job search.

December 10: Internet Job Search (9-11 a.m.): This workshop will give participants an overview of job-search strategies using the Internet, and will provide useful information on the most helpful websites to visit.

December 11: Résumé Basics (1-4 p.m.). This workshop will provide attendees with the valuable information they need to create a professional résumé.

December 12: Interviewing Techniques (9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Learn interview preparation and techniques and discover the best way to respond to questions from an interviewer, how to negotiate a “winwin” package, and learn what to say and when and how to say it.

Call 203-8593200 to register for these nocost workshops.