Jobs

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a new Pew Research Center that looks at the state of American jobs. He also talked about the ITEN Wired summit, an annual networking and educational conference for tech and knowledge-based industries.

The study, which spans 1980-2015, finds that jobs that require higher levels of skill are growing faster than those that require fewer skills.

“If you look at 1980, about half of jobs required average to above...

In this week’s economic report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses the Commerce Department’s revised Gross Domestic Product report and good news about job growth for Florida. The Commerce Department released their revised GDP report for the fourth quarter of 2015 this week and it beat expectations, surprising many. “It came in at 1.4 percent growth and while that’s not a great growth rate – we would rather see growth at 2, 3 or even more percent per year, it was better than expected,” Harper said....

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses a reduction in unemployment benefit claims, a healthier job markets and the success of the recent EntreCon business convention held Nov. 5-6 in Pensacola. Harper said that both the weekly number and the four-week moving average for jobless claims are down well below 300,000 per week, which signals a “pretty decent jobs market.” “And so when you put that initial filing data together with the other jobs market information that’s out...

Students and others looking for a job in Information Technology can hear from a variety of people in the field this Thursday evening in Pensacola. "We're trying to make the connection of what it take beyond your education to either explore the field of IT, or earn a job in that field" said Michelle Horton, Director of the South Santa Rosa Center at Pensacola State College and Treasurer for the Innovation Coast . She’s talking about The Careers in Technology event this Thursday evening at 6 p...

University of West Florida

This week Dr. Rick Harper wrote several reports on jobs across the region, in Panama City , Okaloosa County , and Pensacola . He spoke with Sandra Averhart. SA: "The Pensacola area sees job gains in December- Real estate, hospitality among sectors that have hit pre-recession employment levels." RH: "That's year over year report for the end of the year. So for the calendar year 2014 we actually finished up in Pensacola about 3,500 jobs, of course that is the two county area and that is good...

University of West Florida

In this week’s Economic Report, Dr. Rick Harper discusses U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first press conference on Capitol Hill. “It’s steady as she goes for Janet Yellen,” says Harper. He says it wasn’t notable for any change in policy, but for the same rookie error made by her predecessors Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke. “She made the mistake of being too direct in a response to a reporter’s question, and that sent the financial markets into a bit of a tizzy.” Meantime, the...