take it slow

Remember: Ice and Snow Means “Take it Slow!”

As winter creeps closer, it’s important to reflect on the danger that comes with the colder, slicker weather. The cold winter weather introduces new dangers to the workplace, and thus, it’s crucial for us all to pay closer attention to these new safety risks. Here are eight vital things to keep in mind as you head to work each day this winter:

Eight winter safety facts to keep in mind

  1. According to data from the National Safety Council, 25,000 slip, trip, and fall accidents occur daily in the US.
  2. Snow, ice and freezing temps in the winter multiply the number of wet and slippery surfaces at work and the potential for accidents – ladders, scaffolding, machinery, utility poles, and even the entry and exits to a building can all be exponentially more dangerous in the winter months!
  3. As one might expect, most snow and ice-related slips and falls occur on outdoor surfaces. The majority happen in parking lots, roadways, driveways and walkways where individuals travel on foot between their worksites and vehicles. However, about 8% do occur indoors; in entryways, hallways and other rooms where ice and snow have been tracked in from outside.
  4. Practically all injuries from slips and falls on snow and ice fall under the classification of “traumatic injuries.” These injuries range from minor bruises, cuts, and abrasions to serious bone fractures, spinal cord damage and concussions. Strains, sprains, and tears comprise the largest category. The lower extremities are most often injured by these accidents, followed by multiple body part injuries, which are incidents with more than one traumatic injury to two or more unrelated parts of the body.
  5. Icicles and chunks of ice and snow can be deadly falling objects and projectiles! Most ice falls within five to ten feet of a building but can travel 50-100 feet from taller structures, such as cell towers, overpasses, or high-rise buildings.
  6. When icicles and chunks of ice fall, they fall quickly! A half-pound icicle, three inches in diameter, can fall at a rate of 80-90 mph! It can hit you with 1,000 pounds of deadly force!
  7. Black ice is one of the most feared hazards of winter. It is virtually impossible to see to those walking or driving on it. The accident rate on black ice can be up to five times higher than on dry surfaces and four times higher than on wet surfaces. Stopping distances for vehicles on ice is almost 10 times that of stopping distances for vehicles on a dry surface.
  8. The average winter slip-and-fall claim can average up to $40,000- $45,000 or higher! The costs mount quickly and can’t be ignored.

Please slow down and watch your step

Please take extra caution this winter and take note of the above safety tips. Remember: Ice and Snow Mean “Take it Slow!”

October Jobs Report

October Jobs Report: 43,000 More Jobs Than Expected

The numbers are in, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a strong gain of 128,000 jobs, which is 43,000 more jobs than economists predicted. Moreover, the unemployment rate ticked up a tenth of a percent from a 50-year low to 3.6 percent. This small increase in unemployment is due to an even more substantial rise in the U.S. labor force (those Americans who are working and actively seeking employment). Overall, this month’s Jobs Report demonstrates that the economy is healthy and should ease fears of a looming recession.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at the October Jobs Report

October was officially the 109th month in a row of job gains despite a couple of factors. The six-week GM strike reduced employment by 42,000 jobs, according to the BLS. However, the strike is finally over, so we are likely to see a nice bump in November’s report as the striking workers head back to work. Additionally, the number of workers helping prepare for the 2020 census dropped by a whopping 20,000. Thus, if you take both of these numbers into consideration, the number of jobs added theoretically could be 62,000 higher.

Another factor that should boost all our confidence in the economy is the revised job gains over the previous two months. In August, job gains were revised up by 51,000 (219,000 jobs in total), and in September, job gains were revised up by 44,000 (a total of 180,000 jobs). With these revisions, job gains over the last two months equate to 95,000 more jobs than previously reported. After revisions, job gains have averaged an impressive 176,000 over the previous three months. And over the year, job gains have averaged 167,000.

Average earnings for all employees continued to rise with an increase of $0.06, for an average hourly wage of $28.18. Over the last 12 months, hourly wages have increased by 3 percent. The labor force participation rate was also little changed at 63.3 percent. These are both great signs that the labor market remains strong as we get closer to 2020.

Job gains by industry

The food services and drinking places industry added a staggering 48,000 jobs. Over the last three months, this industry has averaged 38,000 job gains.

The professional and business services group ticked up again in October (+22,000). The industry as a whole has averaged 33,000 gains over the year.

In October, employment in social assistance increased by 20,000 jobs and a total of 139,000 over the past year. Family services made up most of these gains, with 17,000 jobs added.

Financial activities rose by 16,000, with the majority of gains from real estate, rental, and leasing (+10,000). Financial activities have added a total of 108,000 jobs over the last 12 months.

Healthcare once again added jobs (+15,000) with total job gains of 402,000 over the last year.

Job declines by industry

Not surprisingly, manufacturing employment fell by 36,000 jobs in October, due to the 6-week strike from GM workers in the motor vehicles and parts realm (-42,000 jobs).

Moreover, employment in the federal government fell by 17,000 jobs in October due to the departure of 20,000 workers finishing up their work prepping for the 2020 Census.

Employment in other major industries–including mining, construction, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, and information—showed little change over the month.

Let’s work together

With only two months left of the year, it’s essential to take care of your hiring needs to start the year off strong. If you need a helping hand to navigate today’s candidate-driven market, reach out to one of our stellar recruiting teams. We have decades of industry experience and can help source the candidates your team needs to start the new year on the right foot. Partner with a recruiter today!

Tracey Hill Employee Spotlight - JSG

JSG Employee Spotlight: Tracey Hill

Today we’re shining the spotlight on long-time JSG employee, Tracey Hill! Based in our Dallas, Texas office and specializing in recruiting within the Aerospace industry, Tracey brings years of experience and a great attitude to our team. Keep reading to learn more about Tracey and her impressive career with JSG.

Tell us more about your career as an Aerospace/Aviation Recruiter.

I have been here for over ten years. I started working with JSG’s Senior Vice President, Rich Geil, as an HR Specialist for another recruiting firm. At JSG, I initially came in as a Recruiting Coordinator. I was interested in recruiting and had been around it, so I wanted to jump in and see what I could offer! I have recently dipped my toe into a Sales role, as well. Having to find clients, uncover their needs, and sell our services is a totally different, but exciting world!

What has kept you at JSG for all these years?

The atmosphere. We’re more like a big family. Most of the coworkers we have, we’ve developed a good rapport. We are always here to support one another – we want to see everyone succeed.

How has the industry changed over the past ten years?

It’s been a rollercoaster. I’ve realized that the industry has grown pretty tight. The market is so competitive that it can be challenging to place candidates while employers are focusing on the retention of full-time employees rather than maintaining contractor status. However, it has allowed us to continue growing our relationships with current clients and expanding our services to meet their needs in this job market!

What do you enjoy most about being a recruiter?

I got into recruiting to help people. I enjoy building a relationship with people. It’s great to get to know candidates, what they’re looking for, and help them find that perfect next position. The network that I’ve grown over the years is definitely what has enabled me to be successful. Word of mouth is key in this industry!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love spending time with my family and traveling. I also love to eat, sing, and volunteer for the church, but in the end, it all comes back to family!


Check out more JSG Employee Spotlights here!

JSG Employee Spotlight: Donna Blodgett

JSG Employee Spotlight: Donna Blodgett

This week, we’re so excited to introduce you to Donna Blodgett, an Operations Administrator in JSG’s Jacksonville office! She joined our company almost three years ago and has been making an impact on our Operations and staff ever since. Keep reading to learn more about Donna and her role here at Johnson Service Group!

You have been with JSG for two and a half years, tell us a little bit more about your career.

I started my career in the social work industry and have always had a passion for helping people. My last position in social work was a manager of a 31 bed Alzheimer’s Unit. In 2010, I transitioned into the IT industry and did recruiting and business development. In 2012, I had a great opportunity to be part of a startup IT company, working directly with the CEO, helping to grow the company. Almost three years ago, I joined JSG, and it has been a great learning and growth experience ever since!

You have a background in Business Development and Recruiting. What do you like most about the Operations side of staffing?

Having experience working in staffing, I was definitely interested in staying in the industry. The operations side of staffing allows me to still help people, which is what I love most! I like working with the consultants, either doing onboarding or helping to resolve issues.

Why do you enjoy working for JSG?

I love that I work for an international company, and at the same time, the company has a family feel to it. No matter which office, all of the employees, co-workers, managers, and our Senior VP Mike Measures are great and supportive. I had the opportunity to visit the San Jose office last year while visiting family and all the staff treated me like they had always known me. I really feel like management cares about us as employees, as well as people too.

How has your division grown since you’ve been with the company?

The biggest thing is that we’ve gone paperless! Going digital has made the onboarding process and doing audits easier to streamline. I do all the audits for our clients, and the process goes a lot faster and smoother.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love baking and cooking. And giving back to my church. I am on the hospitality team, and I bake for the church monthly. I learned ballroom dancing about 15 years ago and would love to spend more time doing this.

JSG Employee Spotlight: Matthew Bennett

JSG Employee Spotlight: Matthew Bennett

Meet Matthew Bennett, Johnson Service Group’s Digital Marketing Manager! He has been with the company for two years now and has made a tremendous impact on our digital footprint in that time. Keep reading for more information on Matthew and JSG’s marketing strategy.

You’ve been doing Marketing for about six years now for a few different companies. What is unique about Marketing in the staffing industry?

Before joining JSG, I didn’t know much about staffing. I knew they helped people find new opportunities, but I had no idea how extensive the process was. This was the first time I’ve done marketing for a company that provides a service instead of a tangible product. It’s been a really fun change in pace, and I’ve learned a lot about new ways to market a company. I’ve also only worked for smaller, local businesses, so it’s interesting to work for a larger organization that has a large footprint across the continent.

One of the things that’s interesting about marketing in the staffing industry is that you have multiple target audiences. We work with clients and candidates in over a dozen different industries. This means we have to generate content that appeals to all sorts of different people throughout North America.

Tell us more about Johnson Service Group and how they compare to other staffing companies.

Johnson Service Group is privately held, so we have the opportunity to simply put people to work without having to worry about what people on Wall Street think. We compete with some of the largest firms in the industry, and with our talented team of recruiters and salespeople, we’re able to go head-to-head with them. For example, we were recently named to SIA’s list of Largest Engineering Staffing Firms in the U.S., which is quite an accomplishment in such a competitive industry.

With 30+ offices throughout the United States and Canada, each one has the autonomy to operate a bit differently. We all have the same guidelines, responsibilities, and overall mission, but each office has the opportunity to tailor their process. This allows us to serve our clients better and be more efficient overall. It’s cool to see how different locations approach the same thing in a slightly different way!

What do you like most about working for Johnson Service Group?

I love that I have the creative freedom to try new things and experiment with new marketing strategies every single day. I enjoy working with different people and offices throughout the company; it allows me to learn a ton about our industry. Some of our staff have been in the staffing industry for decades, and it’s always interesting to learn something new from them.

When you’re not dreaming up the next big Marketing idea, what do you like to do in your free time?

I just got married in September. My wife and I are huge Gonzaga basketball fans (Go Zags!), and we never miss a game. I love hanging out with my dog, Penny, and enjoy spending the weekends at our family cabin.

October Anniversaries

October 2019 Anniversaries and September New Hires

October 2019 Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our employees with October anniversaries. We appreciate your dedication to JSG and all of your hard work. Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff!

Atlanta, GA

John Orr – 5 years

Chris Yates – 2 years

DeLisa Chambers – 1 year

Gloria Moreno Ortiz – 1 year

Bedford, TX

Rich Geil – 11 years

Mark Godfrey  – 3 years

Conor Reed – 1 year

Birmingham, AL

Brigette Starr – 6 years


Juan Buitrago – 2 years

Haddon Heights, NJ

Chris Minutola – 3 years

North Charleston, SC

Jackie Pyatte – 1 year

Spokane, WA

Krista Portolesi – 3 years

Ken Heller – 2 years

Tampa, FL

Drew Hegarty – 3 years

Chris Brien – 1 year

September New Hires


September 2019 New Hires

JSG gained some new faces in September. Please join us in welcoming our newest staff members to the JSG team!

Atlanta, GA

Sherrod Parker

Chris Hendry

Bedford, TX

Laura Rudder

Chicago, IL

Matt Forpanek

Gina Krawczyk

Knoxville, TN

Todd Blackstone

Haddon Heights, NJ

Kevin Sullivan

JSG Employee Spotlight: Dina Romero

JSG Employee Spotlight: Dina Romero

JSG Customer Relationship Manager/Program Manager – VMS/MSP, Dina Romero, has been with Johnson Service Group for six years. During that time, Dina has made a significant impact on our team in Irvine and our company as a whole! Keep reading to learn more about Dina and her impressive career in the recruiting industry.

You’ve been with Johnson Service Group for almost six years, tell us a bit more about your career here at JSG.

I started as a Senior Recruiter 6 years ago, out of the Irvine office. In 2016, I transitioned to being an Account Management for our VMS/MSP Accounts. I still love recruiting, so I assist several clients with recruiting for permanent roles as well. I love finding candidates and having the ability to share my passion for their job and the companies we partner with. It makes me happy to know I placed them at the right company and at the right time in their careers.

How was the transition between being a Sr. Technical Recruiter and a Customer Relationship Manager/Program Manager?

It was a natural transition for me because I had been working with these clients and already knew what they were looking for. I was ready to grow into this role, and my Senior Vice President, Jim Beckley, assisted me along the way. I love that I now have the opportunity to work with a lot of onsite managers and professionals who I had already established relationships with. Having these connections allows me to step in and help recruiters because I really understand the companies and what they need to be successful. It makes it easier to find a perfect fit for our clients!

How has the industry changed since you started recruiting?

The market has changed a lot, especially in the last couple of years with the decreasing unemployment rate. With more people actively employed, we have transitioned to recruiting qualified candidates when the opportunity and time is right for them. Additionally, with new laws regarding salary, we focus on selling the whole package – we are able to provide information about the company, growth opportunities, benefits, and more.

What do you like most about working for Johnson Service Group?

I love how even though we are a big company, every region has a unique culture. I have loved working here with Jim Beckley as my leader since day one. He is extremely hands-on, and he helps you get where you want to be. Even from the top down in the corporate office, you have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and really get to know our leadership team, which is great. We are like one big family! You are able to build a relationship with every employee and get to know everyone on a personal level. I love being a part of the onboarding process in our office. Introducing new people to the company is fun, and you get to watch them grow in their careers!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I just had a baby, so at this point, pretty much all of my free time goes to her! I love to spend time with family and friends. I also volunteer at my Church and Women Helping Women (WHW), in which I help individuals with career advice, their resumes, interviewing tips, and any other career coaching they may need. 

JSG Employee Spotlight: Candace Pham

Candace Pham, Sr. Technical Recruiter - JSG Employee Spotlight

Today we’re excited to be pointing our spotlight on Candace Pham, a Senior Technical Recruiter out of our Dallas office. Candace has been with the JSG team for over ten years and has been an integral part of our growth in the Aerospace Engineering Recruiting space. Keep reading to learn more about Candace and her impressive career!

You have been a Senior Technical Recruiter with JSG for over ten years! Tell us a little bit more about your career here.

After college, I interviewed with Rich Geil (JSG Senior Vice President) and worked with him for eight years at another recruiting firm. Eventually, we both transitioned to Johnson Service Group and have been more than happy with our decision ever since. We started with the two of us and now we have more than 17 employees in our office. I want us to keep growing.

I love that I am able to work with the same boss – we work together really well. Rich is a Senior Vice President but also a great salesperson as well as a respectful leader. I help Rich with interviewing and training new recruiters in our Bedford office.  I’m hoping that JSG will be my last company until retirement!

Can you provide a little more insight into recruiting for the Aerospace Industry?

The aerospace industry is a bit more challenging than it was ten years ago. When we first started with JSG, they didn’t have an Aerospace Engineering office, so we were the first ones. We built it up and grew it over the years, specializing in contract work.

However, in today’s market, more and more people are hiring for permanent roles vs. contract positions. While this presents new obstacles, we still manage to connect with clients that still required some contract works.  Being in the industry, I have been able to build relationships with many industry professionals over the years. This helps tremendously in our ability to place contractors with trusted clients.

What is your favorite part about being a recruiter?

Knowing that you’ve helped change someone’s life for the better is an amazing feeling is my favorite part about being a recruiter, and the satisfaction you get from this doesn’t get much better.  And best of all, the relationships I’ve grown over the years make my job so great!

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to spend time with my family and friends.   I am a mother of three boys, so you can imagine how crazy that can be with all their sport and school activities. My husband owns a restaurant which makes it even more fun for me.  But that doesn’t stop me from being a full time mom after work.

September 2019 JOLTS Report

September 2019 JOLTS Report

September 2019 JOLTS Report

The results are in, and the latest JOLTS Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the labor market is still standing strong. The number of job openings showed little change on the last business day of July 2019, with 7.22 million job openings. However, one thing to notice was the significant jump in the number of hires throughout the month (6 million). With a consistent amount of job openings coupled with another recording-breaking quit rate (2.4 percent), workers are gaining more and more confidence to enter today’s active labor market. Check out our summary of the latest BLS’ latest JOLTS Report.

September 2019 JOLTS Report:

  • Job Openings: 7.22 million
  • Hires: 6.0 million
  • Total number of people who left their jobs: 5.8 million
    • Voluntarily: 3.6 million
    • Involuntarily:  1.8 million

The Job Market Keeps Going Strong

Over the second half of the year, the labor market is still holding firm. The number of job openings declined from 7.3 million to 7.22 million; however, the number of hires jumped to over 6.0 million during the month of July. And over the last twelve months, the net employment gain equals a total of 2.6 million hires. And if you pair that with the latest Jobs Report that pumped out an increase of 130,000 jobs, this positive trend appears to be continuing into the Fourth Quarter.

Additionally, the unemployment rate has remained consistent through the second half of 2019. The unemployment rate has been 3.7 percent for the last three months, and in the previous 18 months, it’s held under 4 percent. If you combine that with an all-time high quit rate of 3.4 percent (3.6 million voluntary quits), the outlook for the labor market looks optimistic. An increase in quits illustrates that workers are confident in the labor market and are choosing to quit their current roles in the search for better opportunities. 

If that isn’t enough proof for you, the average hourly wages of U.S. workers keeps climbing month after month. In August, hourly wages rose by $0.11 to $28.11. Over the past 12 months, wages have increased by over 3.2 percent. This is making the job market more attractive for passive candidates, and thus, will likely increase the quite rate as we head into Q4.

How to find the talent your team needs?

As you’ve probably experienced first-hand, the labor market is strong and doesn’t appear to be slowing down as we inch closer to 2020. If you are like the majority of employers in today’s market, it can be difficult at times to attract new talent to your organization. If you need help navigating this candidate-driven market, don’t go at it alone. After all, the cost of vacancy keeps climbing the longer you have critical positions open. So, partner with one of our recruiters today to ensure your roles get filled quickly and you don’t experience any production hiccups.

Jobs Report

August 2019 Jobs Report: 130,000 Jobs Added

Jobs Report

For the third month in a row, the unemployment rate remained 3.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the 18th straight month of the unemployment rate being at or below 4 percent. Moreover, the employment of nonfarm payrolls rose by 130,000, short of economists’ predictions of 150,000. Despite missing expectations, job growth has averaged 158,000 per month so far this year. Here’s a deep dive of the latest jobs report.

Larger wages, fewer unemployment claims

In August, the number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 6 million people. Additionally, average hourly earnings continued to increase by $0.11 to $28.11. That’s following an $0.18 raise over the last two months. Over the previous 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 3.2 percent.

While wages have steadily grown this year, the number of unemployment claims have declined. According to the Department of Labor, the total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending August 17 was 1,639,605, a decrease of 4,710 from the previous week. That’s over 9,000 fewer claims than this time last year. Thus, on average workers are making more money, and fewer people are receiving unemployment benefits.

Jobs Report revisions

In June, job gains were revised down by 15,000 from 193,000 to 178,000. And for July, jobs were revised down by 5,000 from 164,000 to 159,000. That equates to a net decrease of 20,000 job gains from the previous two months. However, over the last three months, job gains have averaged 156,000.

Job gains by industry

The federal government saw a steep increase last month with 28,000 open jobs. This was primarily due to a massive hiring surge of 25,000 temporary workers to prepare for the 2020 Census.

The healthcare industry came in a close second with 24,000 job gains over the month. And over the last 12 months, healthcare added 392,000 jobs. Ambulatory healthcare services were once again, the most significant contributor of this with 12,000 jobs.

The financial sector added another 15,000 jobs, with roughly half of those jobs occurring in insurance carriers and related activities. Over the year, the financial sector has added 111,000 jobs.

Once again, the professional and business services industry continued to climb upwards with 37,000 job gains. This industry has averaged 34,000 jobs throughout the year, largely due to computer systems design.

Employment in social assistance propelled upwards again with 13,000 jobs. Social assistance gob gains have averaged over 100,000 jobs over the last six months.

Retail trade (-11,000) and mining (-6,000) both saw declines over the month. Over the year, retail trade has lost 80,000 jobs.

All other industries, including construction, manufacturing, transportation, and warehousing, and leisure and hospitality saw little change over the month.

Finding talent in today’s tight market

Nearly every American who wants to work can easily find a job in today’s market. As more Americans re-enter the workforce and stop receiving unemployment benefits, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified candidates to fill your critical roles. If you need assistance navigating the tight labor market, why not partner with a recruiter that specializes in your industry? Let’s work together to find the talent your team needs to keep production running smoothly.