jobs on the rise

Jobs on the Rise in the Wake of COVID-19

The Coronavirus has definitely left a lasting impact on the U.S. economy for the foreseeable future. The number of unemployment claims skyrocketed from 281,000 to over 3.3 million in a single week in March 2020, the most significant jump since 1982. However, as the economy and labor force start recovering from this mayhem, the pandemic is creating a mini-boom in various parts of the labor market. Here are some of the jobs on the rise in the wake of COVID-19, according to the LinkedIn Workforce Insights:

jobs on the rise

Fast-gaining jobs in the wake of COVID-19

The jobs above are just a few areas in the labor force experiencing a tremendous surge, thanks to the pandemic. Some of the job titles listed above are probably not all that surprising. How many of you have utilized a personal shopper over the last few months? Instacart just raised another $100 million to expand its services throughout the country, demonstrating the growth of personal shoppers throughout the country.

And loan specialists are in high demand with Americans applying for home loans with record-low mortgage rates. Or maybe your family decided to cancel your vacation plans and splurge for an RV loan to have some fun in the outdoors this summer rather than hopping on a plane. Loan specialists are needed at almost every banking institution to accommodate a spike in loan applications.

Oh, and let’s not forget about all of the hard-working warehouse workers. Giants like Walmart and Amazon are in high demand for more warehouse workers as they facilitate a flood of online sales. To illustrate the growth of these workers, the Labor Department reported +99,000 jobs were added in Transportation and Warehousing in last month’s Jobs Report.

Again, these are just a few of the areas that are seeing growth during the pandemic. So, if you are currently looking for a new job or pondering a shift in your career, these areas are an excellent place to start searching!

How to secure one of these growing jobs

So, how do you find one of these jobs on the rise in the wake of COVID-19? This question might be easier than you think. Mostly, it’s just putting in a little extra work and shifting your mindset. That entails boosting your resume and keeping an open mind. However, if you are serious about a pivot in your career, try partnering with a JSG recruiter. We have hundreds of job opportunities with employers that are ready to hire great candidates like you. Take a glimpse at our job board, and let’s work together.

May 2020 Jobs Report

May 2020 Jobs Report: The Job Market Starts to Rebound

Defying all odds and expert predictions, the unemployment rate fell to 13.3% last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nonfarm payrolls also rose by an unprecedented 2.5 million jobs in May. These results shatter economists’ predictions of hitting a record-high unemployment rate of 19.5% and a decline of 8.3 million jobs. If these predictions came to fruition, we would be in the largest state of decline since the Great Depression.

Although not close to its pre-pandemic state, the job market is recovering as people thankfully return to work. Here is a brief breakdown of the May 2020 Jobs Report.

May 2020 Jobs Report Overview

Last month, the unemployment rate was at 14.7% with a massive decline of 20.5 million jobs; numbers we haven’t seen in decades. Fast forward to May, and despite the impact of the Coronavirus, we’ve taken a massive leap in the right direction. The fact that economists predicted a loss of 8.3 million jobs and we gained 2.5 million shows that the U.S. is well on it’s way to recovery.

“It seems the damage from the nationwide lockdown was not as severe or as lasting as we feared a month ago,” said Scott Clemons, chief investment strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman.

This report is shocking to most as another 1.9 million unemployment claims were reported yesterday, totaling nearly 43 million unemployment claims. This drastic increase in jobs despite record-breaking unemployment gains “suggests that the U.S. economy is more resilient than expected,” said Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors.

Where were the job gains?

Significant employment increases occurred in leisure and hospitality (+1.2 million), construction (+464,000), education and health services (+424,000), and retail trade (+368,000). Government employment continued to decline last month (-585,000). Manufacturing also saw a gain of +225,000 jobs, and so did professional & business services with +127,000 jobs.

Revisions from previous months

Total nonfarm employment was revised in both March and April. In March, payrolls were revised down from -881,000 to -1.4 million. And in April, payrolls declined from -20.5 to -20.7 million. With these revisions, combined employment in March and April was 642,000 lower than previously reported. After these revisions, we have averaged a monthly loss of 6.5 million jobs per month over the past three months.

Employers are still hiring

Overall, May’s Jobs Report is truly great news as we continue to recover from this global pandemic. However, we still have a long way to go and must be patient. But employers are beginning to bring workers back and hire new staff members. If you’re currently looking for a new job, Johnson Service Group is here to help. Check out our job board to find your next opportunity!

September 2019 Anniversaries

September Anniversaries and August New Hires

September 2019 Anniversaries

September 2019 Anniversaries

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

Atlanta, GA

Darryl Dixon – 14 years

Tina Brumfield– 7 years

Knoxville, TN

Jeff Rowe – 6 years

Stan Crawford – 1 year

San Jose, CA

Priscilla Torres – 4 years

Brittany Gamboa – 2 years

Sasa Seto – 1 year

Westmont, IL

Sharon Tinker – 4 years

Jen Cariola – 2 years

Katie Bright – 2 years

Grace Pender – 2 years

George Dabagia – 1 year

Tampa, FL

Craig Brooks – 2 years

August New Hires

August 2019 New Hires

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

Atlanta, GA

Melissa Ramirez

Sean Kinsey

North Charleston, SC

Andy Jewell Jr.

Westmont, IL

Liana Hafner

Kevin Browne

Spokane, WA

Kevin Gaschk

Irvine, CA

Mindy Shaw 

Knoxville, TN

Leigh Griffith-Seebach

Appreciate your job

Are You Making Sure to Appreciate Your Job and Career?

Appreciate your job

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, being asked what you’re thankful for is a phrase we are all bound to hear multiple times. But when this question is asked, do you ever say your thankful for or appreciate your job? If the answer is yes, then you’re probably in a place in your career where you’re happy and have the opportunity to grow.

And this is important in life. They say one of the biggest stresses in life if your job. So, of course, making sure you enjoy is important! And if you don’t, well, there is a way to change that and I’ll explain how!

Appreciate Your Job by Focusing on the Little Things

When it comes to being thankful and appreciating the opportunities you have at your job, start small! Appreciating the little things will not only start your day off right, but it will also remind you of the importance of why the little things matter. Appreciating not having to work on the weekends, to be around people you enjoy, to make a steady income. These are all little things that can help remind you of the good if you’re stuck in a rut or are too stressed out.

When Things are Hard, Stay Positive

Staying positive and optimistic in negative situations only improves your state of mind. And with a positive mindset, you can conquer any issue you’re facing, especially if it’s work related. Having a hard time with a co-worker? Take a step back and ask yourself if it’s worth the headache.

Feeling overwhelmed because you’re super busy? Take a breath and remind yourself you won’t be this busy forever. The end of the year can be the busiest, but there is an end in sight and maybe some vacation time!

Think About What Makes This Job Good

Are you able to work from home? Are your hours great? Do you love what you do? Or maybe you have great co-workers? Each of these things can help remind you to be appreciative of your job. Not every day is going to be a great or bad day. And reminding yourself that can be a job saver when you’re having a tough time remembering why you appreciate your job!

Work-Life Balance, Do it!

If you’re not balancing your work and your life, you’re going to burn out. And whether that means burning out the people you love at home or ruining your life at work, you don’t want either of these to happen. So, make sure you balance out your expectations and know you need to step away from your work for your own sanity. This will keep you on the appreciation track.

A Job is More Than the Work

A job is so much more than work. It’s trying new things, it’s learning new skills, it’s being more than yourself, and it can be one of the most rewarding things you do. But if you don’t remember the impact you, have you will surely stop appreciating your job. So continue to dive into the fact that you are more than your work and you have more impact then you think.

Not the job for you? Here’s How to Find A New One

Now if none of these help you find the passion and joy back in your job and career… You do have options! You can reach out to anyone here at Johnson Service Group and we’d be happy to help you find your spark again.

With today’s candidate-driven job market, you shouldn’t be having to fight through a job that is making your miserable. No matter how hard you try to stay positive. So, if it’s just not working where you’re currently at don’t stay. Reach out to Johnson Service Group so you can find your next amazing career move! We have hundreds of exciting new job opportunities that could possibly be the perfect fit for you!

Job Search

On Your Job Search Never Settle for These 7 Things

Job Search

When it comes to a new job search it’s exciting and new! But there are a few things you should never settle for on your job search. And most of them include how you, and your skills, mesh with a company who is interested in you.

Non-compatible culture fit

You don’t realize how important culture fit is to a successful career with a company. How they treat their employees and how the culture is can make you stay forever or want to run away as quickly as you can. So, before you get too excited about your job search and finding a good job, make sure you like the companies work culture. Because that can make or break your love for a new position.

Different values

Some companies are very vocal about their opinions or involve themselves in a lot of community outreach. This can be an amazing thing if you love what they are doing, but it can also point out your different values. And if they have different values than you, working for them will most likely not make you happy or feel fulfilled.

Unfair pay

You should never lowball yourself or your skills. You are talented, hard-working, and in a job market that favors candidates. Never settle for a pay that is less than you deserve just because you want the job.

Companies are always going to try and get great people for the least amount of money possible, that’s just how business works. So, don’t think that you can’t negotiate and that it’s the end of the discussion when they give you the first offer. Taking a position with unfair pay will only cause you to resent your job and the company.

Bad/overpriced benefits

Sometimes we pass over this very important part of accepting a new position. Benefits are a HUGE bonus when it comes to accepting a new job and they are something you can always negotiate. If you’re wanting to have kids, have a family, have health problems, or anything else that will require good benefits, it’s necessary that you make them a priority before accepting an offer.

Negotiating benefits will not only help you, but it will also make you feel more excited for a new job.

Uncomfortable interview

This is a tell-tale sign that multiple things are wrong. Maybe it’s because some people are uncomfortable with other people who are interviewing you. And this right here should be enough for you to run far away! But sometimes it’s just a gut feeling. Trust your gut!

Concerns about leadership

If you have any worries about who may be your manager, or they are even unsure, this should be a sign to you that they may have leadership problems. And when you’re on a new job search, you’re probably hoping that things are going to be easier, not more complicated. You also know though that employees leave because of bad management and leadership and you shouldn’t want to jump into a scenario like that.

Bad employer reviews

When you’re researching the company, let’s say on Glassdoor, and you notice way more bad reviews than good, you probably should question it a bit. Of course, there will be employees who had a terrible experience. But if it’s almost every employee… Then that’s a huge red flag! If a company has terrible reviews from it’s current and old employees… There is obviously something wrong.

Doing your best to not settle on any of these things is important because you don’t want to sell yourself short. And you also probably don’t want to keep having to look for new jobs because you settle on one of these reasons and it comes back to bite you. So make sure you do your research, and don’t say yes to anything that is less than what you’re wanting.

Passive Candidates

The Best Candidates (And the Hardest to Attract) Are Passive Candidates

Passive Candidates

Yes, we mean currently employed candidates! Who are usually, just casually looking at available job opportunities. You probably understand the logic of why passive candidates are the best candidates for your open positions. But how do you impress them enough to leave a comfortable job for a new one? Well, with 6.7 million open jobs and only 6.2 million available workers, we know your search must start somewhere when it comes to recruiting passive candidates. And here is how.

Why Passive Candidates are the Best

When you know that someone is already employed you know a few things: They have strong skills, they’re creating value, they are willing to do the job, and are gaining the experience, the open positions like yours, need. They are the candidates you want applying to your jobs, and ultimately, the ones you want to hire. But to convince and attract these types of employee’s is difficult.

They normally are comfortable with where they are at, but with the help of a recruiter, you can tap into the passive candidate demographic.

Why Focus on Passive Candidates?

Passive candidates are 122 percent more likely to want to make a big impact on your business. They are hard-working and looking for an opportunity to grow in their career. These candidates have the skills, experience, and knowledge of what being a successful employee is. And for any company, this is the most desirable candidate.

study from LinkedIn, states that 75 percent of the people an organization would hire aren’t even looking for a new job. And for critical roles, 95 percent of the people you’d want to hire also aren’t looking. So, what does that mean? That the best candidates out there are not even on the market.

Why are Passive Candidates the Hardest to Attract?

With recruiting someone who’s already employed, you must know how to approach them. Most people are comfortable with their job, location, and money. Recruiting passive candidates is hard because they are content. They do not need a job and do not feel the burden of having to find one immediately.

But, that does not mean they aren’t casually looking for other opportunities! If they have the option to move up, start their dream career, move closer to family, or have more of a work-life balance, they more than likely could be willing to take another position. It’s just all about timing, which recruiters know well.

How a Recruiter can Help You Reach Passive Candidates

Passive candidates are still on the market, just in a different way. 85 percent of workers worldwide are open to new positions! That’s pretty good odds of being able to find the person you’re looking for. They just need to be approached in a different way, which is where a recruiter comes in.

When partnering with a Johnson Service Group recruiter, you’re guaranteed we are working in the passive candidate market. As you know, they are the best candidates for a company and that’s what we’re here to do. Our recruiters are here to help our clients and candidates find the perfect fit, and in today’s market, it can be difficult. But with our knowledge of the job market and with access to the best candidates, we’re sure to find you the best person for the job. Let’s work together.

August 2018 Jobs Report

August 2018 Jobs Report

August 2018 Jobs Report

For the 95th month in a row, U.S. employers added payrolls, extending the record of the longest continuous job expansion. In August 2018, 201,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.9 %. This surpassed economists’ expectations of about 190,000 jobs. Additionally, the labor force participation rate nudged down to 62.7%.

Revised jobs for June and July 2018

The Bureau of Labor Statics also reported revised job gains for June and July for this year. June’s job numbers were revised to 208,000 from the originally reported 248,000. For July, the number was revised down from 157,000 to 147,000. This revision equates to a combined decreased of 50,000 fewer jobs than previously reported.

After these revisions, job gains have averaged 185,000 per month of the last three months.

Average hourly earnings increase

Average hourly earnings rose by $0.10 for an average hourly rate of $27.16. Over the last year, average hourly earnings have increased by $0.77 or 2.9%.

Employment numbers by industry

For the third month in a row, the Professional & Business Services industry led the way in August with 53,000 jobs gained. Over the past 12 months, the Professional & Business Services industry added a total of 519,000 jobs.

The Healthcare industry followed with an additional 33,000 jobs added in August. In the past year, Healthcare added a total of 301,000 jobs. Ambulatory services alone added over 21,000 jobs over the month of August. Wholesale Trade employment added 22,000 jobs this past month and has added a total of 99,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

Transportation and Warehousing rose by 20,000 in August for a grand total of 173,000 jobs gained over the past year. Mining increased by 6,000 jobs over the month. And since October 2016, Mining has added 104,000 jobs, almost entirely in support activities for mining.

The Construction industry continued to trend upwards with a gain of 23,000 jobs. Construction employers have added 297,000 jobs over the past year.

Manufacturing employment slightly changed in August for a loss of 3,000 jobs. Over the year, the Manufacturing industry was up by 254,000 jobs.

The employment in other major industries, including retail trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government showed little change over the month.

Check out our infographic below for more stats from the August 2018 Jobs Report:

August 2018 Jobs Report

New Job Search

Why Today’s Job Market is The Best Time to Look for a New Job

New Job Search

With the unemployment rate nearing an all-time low, employees are noticing the opportunities in today’s job market to move up in their careers. But that’s not by waiting for promotions. It’s by deciding to move to a different company altogether.

Good candidates are making their salaries jump exponentially by leaving their current companies. This is happening because some of their current employers aren’t willing to do what it takes to keep them. For example, not wanting to give good raises, more time off, flexibility in work schedule. While other companies, who are needing to fill critical roles immediately, are!

Best Opportunity for a Raise

It is puzzling to economists why wages, but more so raises within companies, aren’t growing as fast as the job market. Especially, because there are not enough people to fill the current open positions. Knowing this fact that your good workers could jump ship for a higher paying one is interesting.

But for job candidates, it’s the one sure way to make a change if they’re wanting to. With some companies not taking the initiative to keep top talent, they will end up losing them to the competition. In today’s job market, people are starting to realize if they want to make money they have to switch from company to company. However, most people would ideally prefer to grow with their company.

More Benefits

If good candidates decide to look for new positions, they are more likely to seek out companies offering them benefits they probably wouldn’t see if they decided to stay with their current company. With our current job market, employers know that if they can’t offer the salaries that others can, they have to do something.

Especially, when they have a critical position they need to fill immediately. So, that means they may need to up their benefits packages. Which means candidates are receiving more time off, more flexibility, and the ability to work from home.

Multiple offers

If you’re a great candidate in your field, you’re more than likely going to be seeing multiple offer letters on your job search right now. This is happening more and more because companies know talent from a mile away. But they also understand that they aren’t the only ones.

So, to stand out they must do something different. Whether it’s the location, time off, the salary, you’ll really have the chance to choose a company and job that you’ll really enjoy. As well as seeing all the benefits you’ve been wanting to have.

If you’re thinking that it’s time for you to start looking for a new job, this is a perfect time. If you’re needing help with where to start on the job hunt, a recruiter from Johnson Service Group would be more than happy to help you land the job of your dreams.

July 2018 Jobs Report

July 2018 Jobs Report

July 2018 Jobs Report

The United States added fewer jobs than anticipated in the month of July, but the labor market remains rock-solid. In July, 157,000 jobs were added, which is lower than the anticipated 190,000 jobs. However, the unemployment rate edged down to 3.9%, narrowly missing an 18-year low. The labor force participation rate remained at a strong 62.9%.

Revised jobs for May and April 2018

The Bureau also reported revised job gains for May and June and May of this year. The number of jobs added in May was revised from 213,000 jobs to a whopping 248,000. And in June, the revised number of jobs added increased from 244,000 to 268,000 jobs. The results equal a net change of 59,000 jobs added.

Over the past three months, the number of jobs added averages out to 224,000.

Average hourly earnings increase

Average hourly earnings also increased by $0.07 or an average $27.05. Over the last year, average hourly earnings have increased by $0.71 or 2.7%.

Employment numbers by industry

Once again, employment in the Professional & Business Services industry led the way in July with 51,000 added jobs. Over the 12 months, Professional & Business Services added a total of 518,000 jobs.

Manufacturing came in second with an added 37,000 jobs. Over the last year, the manufacturing industry added 327,000 jobs. Healthcare followed closely with 34,000 jobs added. Hospitals added 7,000 jobs and social assistance, individual and family services
added a combined 14,000.

Food services increased 26,000 in the month of July with a total increase of 203,000 jobs over the year. Construction followed with an increase of 19,000 jobs. The construction industry has added a staggering 308,000 jobs over the year. Retail saw a slight increase of 7,000. This is favorable to the 22,000 jobs lost in June 2018.

The employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, mining, and government showed little to no change over the month.

Check out our infographic below for more stats from the July 2018 Jobs Report:

July 2018 Jobs Report

Appreciate your job

How Millennials are Benefiting Our Corporate Culture


Born between the years of 1981 – 1996, Millennials are probably the most talked about generation. Well, in a more stereotypical way. But, they are adding some great benefits to our corporate culture that you may not know about.

Work-Life Balance

Millennials are adamant about having a life outside of work. And compared to generations past, they are willing to take pay cuts for it. But with this must have, they are also helping every other employee enjoy the perks. They’re also getting more flexibility in the work environment and more time off to spend with their family and friends.

The emphasis on a good work-life balance to Millennials probably comes from them watching their parents. They saw them sacrifice family time in return for career advancement. Which they don’t necessarily see as a bad thing… It just makes them realize what they want to prioritize, which is family time over work advancement or more money.

They Value Company Culture

Almost anyone you ask would say having a good company culture helps them feel appreciated, important, and that they are making a difference. But each generation is different on how highly they weigh culture fit when accepting a job offer. But, Millennials rate this as one of the most important things to them when searching for new opportunities.

On average, they are willing to take a $7,600 cut in salary, each year, to work in an environment that fits well with their morals and makes them excited to go to work. This may seem like a crazy pay cut, but it’s one of the huge reasons why Millennials, you could say, are improving the corporate culture.

They are emphasizing the need for good morals, ethics, and community outreach. Which, with the current job market we’re in, is putting companies in the hot seat, not candidates searching for jobs.

Millennials Want Feedback and Growth

Millennials want recognition, but not without putting in the work. They are changing the way managers and owners communicate with their employees by pushing them to give more feedback and acknowledgment. This may come from the want/need to be recognized. Although, it is affecting the corporate world in a manner that helps everyone know what they can improve on or what they are doing well at. It helps employees feel more appreciated by the company they are working for.

Overall, the largest generation is making big impacts on our corporate world, in a way that is benefiting everyone else positively. They are helping put a priority on a great work environment and reminding us to focus on our lives outside of work. So even though we know the millennials for all of the stereotypes, we also know them to be improving our ever-changing work culture too.