Hundreds of new jobs are coming to the St. Louis area because of the Affordable Care Act.
The contract service company, Serco is hiring 600 people in Wentzville to do health insurance processing. Serco is a private firm that specializes in providing management, technical and other services to the federal government.
Starting today (Monday) through Friday Serco representatives will be meeting with job applicants at the National Information Solutions Cooperative at One Innovation Circle in Lake St. Louis. The company is asking that applications be submitted online at Serco's website.
Anyone who wants to apply in person can do so on Friday only, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn claims Illinois has added 80,000 jobs through foreign firms since he took office, but some economists say he can't take all the credit.
The Chicago Democrat released new jobs figures while in Japan for a conference with other governors and business executives. He returns on Tuesday.
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity spokeswoman Sandra Jones says Quinn's figures come from a report from Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. That's a New Jersey-based credit reporting service for businesses. The figures are from 2009's end to earlier this year.
University of Illinois economist Fred Giertz says the increase is possible, but much of it is automatic. He says international companies want to do business in Illinois and some will whether an elected official pushes it or not.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the June jobless numbers and the unemployment rate sits at 7.6 percent in the St. Louis metro area.
That is below the national rate of 7.8 percent for June. Compared to last June, there are 18,000 more workers.
The industry that saw the biggest increase in jobs was trade, transportation, and utility--they added 8,500 employees. Government employment meanwhile shed 4,000 jobs.
Two downtown St. Louis venues are getting together to fill a number of part-time positions.
Peabody Opera House and Scottrade Center are holding a joint job fair Wednesday, June 26, from 3-7 p.m. at Scottrade Center. Job seekers can enter through the main atrium entrance at 14th and Clark.
Both venues have openings in guest services and security. The jobs are for the upcoming event season at Peabody Opera House and 2013-2014 Blues hockey season at Scottrade.
A second job fair will be held Wednesday, July 10th.
More information can be found on the Peabody Opera House website.
The first of two outlet malls scheduled to open in Chesterfield this year, is hosting a job fair.
St. Louis Premium Outlets will have 90 stores who are looking to fill a total of 800 jobs. The event is being held at the DoubleTree on Swingley Ridge Road from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2013.
The outlet mall has their grand opening ceremonies starting August 22 and running through the weekend.
A couple of job fairs coming up that offer unique part-time job opportunities.
Peabody Opera House and the Scottrade Center are looking to hire for the upcoming seasons. Positions available at either location include guest service host, student host, concierge, guest service supervisor and security.
The job fair will be held June 26 and July 10 from 3 PM to 7 PM.
More information is available at the Peabody Opera House and Scottrade Center websites.
The BJC Hospital group is laying off 160 employees from it's 13 hospitals.
BJC officals say the lay-offs necessary because of a decline in in-patient care. The problem, they say, is that people are delaying treatments, some for lack of insurance, others because of high co-pays.
Layoff notifications started going out Wednesday.
Most of those affected work in administrative and management positions. BJC says those laid off will receive severance pay based on years of service.
The St. Louis area unemployment rate still sits above seven percent--at 7.5 %--but there is good news in the latest set of job numbers.
The number of jobs in the area has increased over last year. Some of the sectors that showed the largest gains were trade, education, and health services. While the area with the greatest number of losses was the government.
In total, there are 2,300 more jobs in March 2013 compared to March 2012.
Job seekers have a chance to speak to over 50 employers at a job fair later this month.
Southwestern Illinois College is holding their spring job fair from nine to noon on Wednesday, April 24. Job seekers should arrive in business attire with copies of their resume. Career fields from health care to education will be represented and include companies like Schnucks, Edward Jones, and the St. Louis Police Department.
You can find the complete list of participating companies here.