4th Quarter 2018 Business Solutions

CareerSource Palm Beach County recently held a special countywide Breakthrough 100 Hiring Event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center as part of a challenge that I announced to the 330 business, government and community leaders attending the Breakthroughs: Leadership Palm Beach County Summit on June 15. Here’s how this challenge can help your business as well.

Closing the Skills Gap in Palm Beach County

In the Palm Beach County Workforce Analysis report by Boyette Strategic Advisors released in June 2018, 56% of Palm Beach County employers surveyed identified lack of work skills as their greatest challenge to employee recruitment. Here’s how we’re helping to close that skills gap:

Five years ago we were still improving from the recession that began in 2008. Unemployment was over 7% -- double what it is now. Back then, finding jobs was a long and difficult process for most job seekers. Today, businesses in Palm Beach County are expanding but can’t find people with the skills they need to fill their jobs.

CareerSource and its community partners are engaged in several efforts to address the skills gap in Palm Beach County. We assist job seekers with training, soft skills and placements. We spend $2 million annually in training dollars to upgrade the skills of job seekers with certificates/degrees, apprenticeships/internships and training grants to help meet employer demand for skilled talent.

We work with the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, School District of Palm Beach County, colleges and universities along with some 12,000 businesses that use our services to develop a Targeted Occupations List (TOL) of in-demand jobs in Palm Beach County. This list of 107 occupations shows the annual percentage of job growth, wages, and career paths. Click here to see the list on our website:

Our training providers use the TOL to develop curriculum and courses to meet these in-demand jobs. We currently support 43 training providers offering 673 courses. We also work with our training providers to help develop new courses to meet the needs of local businesses based on their input.

Are you finding it difficult to locate and recruit candidates with the skills you need for your business? Let us help you! CareerSource provides a comprehensive package of services to help businesses compete in today’s challenging marketplace. We absorb the cost of most services including recruitment, assessments and referrals of qualified job candidates; space and staff assistance for screening/interviewing candidates; and grants for training employees. We save you time, effort and money by sourcing local candidates. During the past five program years, CareerSource Palm Beach County assisted more than 92,000 residents find employment ranging from entry level to executive suite, with salaries from these jobs creating $2.1 billion in annual wages. CareerSource also has awarded $13 million in grants to area businesses and employees for training and educational assistance during that time.

In conjunction with CareerSource Florida’s sector strategies initiative and focus on sharing a regional vision, strategically aligning with our partners and transforming delivery of services, we are able to convene with our community partners to support local business growth.


Your Regional Economic Outlook


The most recent unemployment rate for Palm Beach County is 3.9 percent, that was lower than the 2017 rate of 4.4 percent, and matched the nation’s 3.9 percent rate (all numbers not seasonally adjusted).

When we track our local labor force growth, unemployment and employment figures, we are looking for trends that may point to a change in our local economy. In the chart below we track total employment for Palm Beach County and this figure continues to grow monthly, measured year-over to account for local seasonality.

The Nontraditional Worker: Real Economic Trends and Impact on our Local Workforce

The Palm Beach County labor market is tight, continued strong economic growth will make it historically tight in 2019. Labor shortages and acceleration in wages are more visible in blue-collar occupations than ever before. Growing recruiting difficulties, quit rates, and concerns about labor quality or skill gaps are causing employers to dig deeper into the resume pile. Massive retirements will intensify the squeeze on blue-collar occupations in the next decade. With these local labor market conditions, the demand for nontraditional workers is increasing.

What are nontraditional workers? They are independent contractors, workers in the temporary help industry, workers on premise employed by outsourcing companies, and workers employed through labor market platforms.

Contrary to the GIG Economy hype, and according to the latest Census numbers, the share of nontraditional workers has not changed dramatically in recent years. This points of local focus:

  • Nontraditional work as a share of total PBC employment will grow, but probably not by much in the coming decade
  • In today’s tight labor market some nontraditional workers may transition to traditional jobs
  • Healthcare reform may increase the motivation for some traditional workers to become nontraditional
  • Online labor platforms are still limited in size but represent the most important change in nontraditional work
  • Most companies have not seriously considered using online platforms but should, based on which jobs are best suited to online platforms
  • For occupations well-suited to online labor platforms, staffing firms and business services companies could be disrupted

What is holding back the expansion of nontraditional work?

  • Employers are no longer rapidly expanding the share of jobs they outsource
  • In a tighter labor market, the supply of nontraditional workers’ declines, leading to rapid wage growth for such workers, which in turn reduces the benefit of hiring them
  • Many occupations do not and will not lend themselves to nontraditional work
  • Jobs with uncertain income streams and reduced access to key benefits are an acceptable work arrangement for only a limited number of workers
  • Policies limiting growth in nontraditional workers
  • Higher scrutiny of nontraditional work arrangements
  • Traditional work still serves most employers and workers well

Two main reasons to expect some increase in the share of nontraditional workers

  1. Policy changes – especially healthcare reform in the U.S.
    • Improved individual market could allow more workers to avoid relying on employer provided insurance
    • Employers can avoid penalties for not providing health benefits if they have fewer than 50 workers
    • Uncertainty about legislation’s future may reduce transitions to nontraditional work
    • Proposed independent worker category (1099) would make it easier for workers to build savings and benefits across many employers
  2. The emergence of online labor platforms specializing in nontraditional workers

Online labor platforms like our Employ Florida, are a growing new channel for hiring nontraditional workers; they facilitate on-demand physical services or services delivered entirely online.

online platform economy image

Business challenges and opportunities of using online labor platforms

Challenges Opportunities
  • Most Platforms cannot easily
    integrate into enterprise-level
    systems and processes
  • Organizational resistance around changing
    the recruitment strategy
  • Platform adoption may require employee
    buy-in, new skills and training, changes
    in employees’ roles and responsibilities,
    and even a culture shift
  • Target specific roles & occupations
  • Faster and better matches
  • A global and diverse talent pool
  • Increased flexibility for workforce
    planning needs
  • Reduced costs
  • Access to ancillary services
  • Division of jobs into tasks

In summary, we believe that our local economy will continue to be as good in 2019. Florida leads the way, with more folks relocating to the Sunshine State from higher-tax locales farther north. We can use the additional labor weather in Traditional or Nontraditional jobs.


David Talley Appointed Board Chair of CareerSource Palm Beach County


David Talley has been selected as board chair of the board of directors of CareerSource Palm Beach County, the nonprofit organization chartered by the state to lead workforce development in the county. Margaret Pearson, a veteran insurance, communications and investor relations professional, will serve as vice chair.

“We are pleased that both David and Margaret have accepted these roles. Their backgrounds in both private and government settings will be of great value to the organization as we take on the many challenges ahead," said Steve Craig, President and Chief Executive Officer of CareerSource Palm Beach County.

Mr. Talley, who has served on the board of directors since 2001, is former president and CEO of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and a banker. His extensive community affiliations include serving as past chair of four organizations -- the Trustees Commission Florida for the Association of Florida Colleges, the Palm Beach State College Board of Trustees, the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, and the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the School District of Palm Beach County Audit Committee and as a member of the State Attorney Advisory Board, Port of Palm Beach Audit Committee, Village of North Palm Beach Audit Committee, and the Corrections Committee of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission.

Mr. Talley follows Ken Kirby, President and CEO of Transdermal Delivery Solutions, who will remain a member of the board of directors. Mr. Kirby served as board chair since Oct. 2014, the maximum term allowed by the organization’s bylaws. Major accomplishments during his tenure include:

  • Development and launch of the Virtual Career System, a user-friendly web portal available 24/7 to guide job seekers through their job search campaign, connect employers with talent and business solutions, and introduce young adults to career opportunities. The latest version of the system will be launched to CareerSource regions statewide, local colleges/universities, and the School District of Palm Beach County.
  • Improving the outcome and effectiveness of the young adults program, serving Palm Beach County residents ages 17 to 24. In the latest reporting period, 96% of participants had a positive outcome.


Hiring Events You May Be Interested In


If you’re recruiting, we’ve got talented job seekers just for you. The following are upcoming hiring events we have during the fall season.

  • October 23
    Construction Hiring Event - 10:00am-1:00pm
    CareerSource Palm Beach County, 3400 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach
  • November 7
    Paychecks for Patriots Hiring Event for Veterans - 8:30am-12:00pm
    CareerSource Palm Beach County, 3400 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach
  • November 13
    Health Care Hiring Event - 2:00pm-5:00pm
    Palm Beach State College, Humanities & Technology Building, Room 102
    801 Palm Beach State College Drive, Boca Raton

Interested? Contact Michael Corbit, 561.340.1060x2368 or mcorbit@careersourcepbc.com, for more information or to register.


CareerSource Palm Beach County Spotlighted in Countywide Breakthrough Initiatives


CareerSource Palm Beach County was spotlighted for its major role in the success of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Breakthroughs 100-day community initiatives

Hundreds attended a special breakfast program on Sept. 27 to celebrate the hard work and dedication of dozens of leaders from private, public and nonprofit sectors who spent the summer working on three 100-day “rapid response” initiatives. CareerSource Palm Beach County sponsored the event held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

The results of the initiatives, announced at the breakfast, were:

1) 100-Day Goal: 100 jobs committed to ex-offenders

Results: Goal achieved with exactly 100 jobs for ex-offenders. The jobs crossed all sectors, with companies big and small, everything from a golf course, UPS store and dog walking service to a cement company, boat manufacturing plant and a fast-food restaurant.

The Breakthroughs Jobs for Ex-Offenders core team contacted hundreds of business owners and representatives. Businesses that supported this initiative believed in the idea that ex-offenders needed a second chance at finding work and rebuilding their lives. CareerSource PBC is engaged in programs that offer employment, case management and follow-up services during and after incarceration, plus federal fidelity bonds that protect employers.

2) 100-Day Goal: 100 companies committed to creating internships for students

Results: Goal partially met with 67 internships, primarily for high school students at construction companies. The Breakthroughs Internships for Students core team worked with Palm Beach County School District and various schools to identify eligible students, and we coordinated with the general contractors and sub-contractor industry to establish the proper structure for the program.

These efforts build a permanent program that will enable high school students to explore rewarding careers in the trades at a time when a considerable number of construction projects are underway in Palm Beach County due to the penny sales tax.

3) 100-Day Goal: 100 HR professionals committed to taking Mental Health First Aid

Results: Goal exceeded with 120 human resources professionals taking the training. The Breakthroughs Mental Health in the Workplace core team, co-chaired by Elsa Degoias, Manager of Disability Services, also is bringing four Mental Health First Aid trainings for HR professionals across Palm Beach County during October in recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 7-13) and World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10.

CareerSouce PBC operates the third most successful program in Florida for placing career seekers with mental and physical disabilities in jobs, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor. We also help employers with best practices for hiring, training and retaining persons with disabilities, including federal tax incentives for doing so.

West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio joined Incoming CareerSource Board Chair David Talley and staff at the sponsor table for the event -- Vice President of Business Services Julia Dattolo, Vice President of Administration Tom Veenstra, Manager of Disability Services Elsa Degoias, Manager of Business Services Judy Dunn, Manager of Client Services Youth Patricia Bastidas, PREPARE/Reentry Career Consultants Dhiny Mercedes and Sharon Hodges.

“We are proud sponsors of this event because so much of what we do dovetails with all three goals,” Julia told the attendees at the start of the program.

Breakthroughs organizer Rick Sartory praised the way CareerSource PBC, governments, funding agencies and other organizations worked together to solve complex challenges in our community.

Breakthroughs organizer Rick Sartory praised the way CareerSource PBC, governments, funding agencies and other organizations worked together to solve complex challenges in our community.