The Latest Job demand and hiring trends

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - Employers are downshifting in the hiring race as 2019 begins. One regional company is reducing workforce by more than fifty percent (50%) as tariff related contract losses impact Sacramento area employment. In direct contacts with regional employers between November 19th and December 17th, Pacific Staffing discovered fifty-six percent (56%) of companies are hiring in the First Quarter of 2019.

Hiring has pulled back from this same time one year ago when sixty-five percent (65%) planned to hire in January, February and March. While the pace of hiring among top Sacramento regional employers has fallen throughout 2018 companies report finding applicants and specific skilled workers remain a top challenge in the new year.

While not a single company surveyed planned first quarter layoffs in 2018, in the first three months of 2019 seven percent (7%) are reducing workforces. Staff reductions are attributed to seasonal change and slower demand for products and services. Forty-four percent (44%) of hiring in the first quarter is for attrition, or replacements, among existing workforces while employers seek just forty-two percent (42%) for growth.

By talking to top regional firms each quarter since 1992, Pacific Staffing has learned there are always hiring challenges for employers, regardless of economic direction. In this first quarter of the new year seventeen percent (17%) of employers also report a continuing challenge with finding enough applicants, despite the slowdown. Others also citing increased minimum wage and hiring specific skilled trades as workplace concerns.

Sales, customer service, accounting/finance, technical, warehouse and shipping experience is in high demand through March. Drivers for route and delivery remain scarce.

The most active sector is Service companies with Manufacturers second, followed by Construction and Retail through January, February and March of 2019.

Sacramento Regional Top Companies Polled by Industry were Service (54%), Manufacturers (25%), Construction (19%) and Retail (2%)

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Source: Pacific Staffing

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SMUD Awards Nearly $60,000 in Powering Futures Scholarships

SMUD Special Release  |  2019-02-06

Recipients of SMUD’s 2018/2019 Powering Futures scholarships pose with SMUD’s Board of Directors and Executives after being recognized for their hard work and achievements at the Dec. 20 Board meeting. Photo courtesy SMUD

SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - SMUD’s Board of Directors recently recognized the 21 college students who have been awarded Powering Futures scholarships for the 2018/19 academic year. All students received scholarships between $1,500 and $5,000, and the opportunity to work at SMUD as a paid intern.

The awards were based on academic merit and financial need, and preference was given to students who have declared a major relevant to SMUD.

Most of the students who receive a scholarship also accept paid summer internships in a variety of SMUD departments, including Grid Operations, Customer Operations, Geographical Information Systems, Warehouse and Fleet Operations among others. The internships provide students with excellent opportunities to learn practical skills and help launch themselves into future careers.

“The Powering Futures scholarship program helps us strengthen our talent pipeline and meet our future workforce needs,” said SMUDHuman Resources, Diversity & Inclusion Director Laurie Rodriguez. “We’re proud to support such an exceptional group of Sacramento students this year, and we look forward to seeing them back in the summer for their internships. They’ll have a great chance to learn about working in the energy industry and gain real-world experience that will help them in all of their future endeavors.”

The 2019/20 scholarship application period began on January 7 and will close on February 24.  For those interested in applying, please visit,

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Senator Gaines Sworn in as Board of Equalization Member

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG)  - Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) was sworn in as an elected Member of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) during a ceremony held at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building in Downtown Sacramento. The oath of office was administered by Governor Gavin Newsom.

“I am excited to continue serving Californians as a taxpayer advocate,” said Senator Gaines. “My new role as a BOE Member comes with different challenges and opportunities, but my number one priority is to ensure hardworking Californians are allowed fair tax policies that create jobs and grow our economy.”

Senator Gaines will represent more than nine million California residents living in the 1st Equalization District, which spans inland California from San Bernardino County to the Oregon border. The five-member BOE is a publicly elected tax board responsible for administering Property Tax, Alcoholic Beverage Tax, and Tax on Insurers programs.

“Californians should be treated with respect and fairness when it comes to tax administration. They are tired of being over-taxed, and over-regulated. I pledge to fight on their behalf,” said Senator Gaines.

Prior to being elected to the BOE, Senator Gaines served 12 years in the State Legislature as a tireless advocate for California’s taxpayers, ratepayers, businesses and families. He fought to protect citizen privacy and led major efforts to bring thousands of new jobs to the state, as well as support critical legislation to strengthen and expand California’s infrastructure.

In addition to his life in public service, Senator Gaines is a successful small business owner, having owned Gaines Insurance for more than 30 years. He has been married to his wife Beth since 1986 and together they reside in El Dorado County and are blessed with six children and two grandchildren.

As a constitutional officer, Senator Gaines is currently the highest-ranking elected Republican state official in California.

Source: Office of Ted Gaines

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United Way to Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2019-02-06

Teams of young professionals works together to solve a round of trivia over beers and dinner at United Way’s Young Leaders Society’s Brews & Brains fundraiser. Photo courtesy Thébaud Communications

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Sacramento-area young professionals can show off their knowledge of early 2000s trivia while raising funds to help local kindergarteners save for college at United Way’s Young Leaders Society’s annual Brews & Brains trivia night on Feb. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Sacramento Masonic Temple, 1123 J Street. Guests, who must be age 21 or older, will enjoy beer, food and chances to win prizes. Guests who register as a team of six by Jan. 28 will receive the early bird rate of $135, which includes a Brews & Brains pint glass, and food and drink tickets for each team member. Individuals and couples can register for $25 each to be placed on a team and receive food and a drink ticket. To learn more:

“Whether you want to show off your useless knowledge, enjoy beer, help kids or all of the above, this is the event for you,” said Creston Whiting-Casey, chair of United Way’s Young Leaders Society. “The energy in the room is always a lot of fun as we tackle questions ranging from pop culture to politics – all to help kids in our region get excited early about going to college.”

Research shows that children with even modestly funded college savings accounts are three times more likely to attend college – and four times more likely to complete college – than those without a college savings account. Parents and guardians who attend two free financial education and empowerment courses earn a $200 college savings account for their kindergartener. Parents, relatives and friends may make additional contributions to help grow the student’s account. The program recognizes that early intervention and continued parental involvement dramatically increase the probability that children will achieve higher education.

“We want to create the expectation very early in every child’s life that higher education is both a desirable and achievable goal,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “It’s fantastic to see young professionals coming together to make sure all kids have the same access to education beyond high school.”

For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought local people together to make community change happen. Today, the nonprofit is bringing people together across Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties for its Square One Project, a 20-year promise to significantly increase the number of students in our region who graduate from high school ready for success in college and beyond. United Way believes ending generational poverty starts in school and is working to ensure kids meet important milestones and their families receive support and resources. To learn more and make a donation:

Source: Thébaud Communications

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley Introduces the Climate Innovation Act to Prepare for Climate Risks

By Jillena Hernandez  |  2019-02-06

Assemblyman Ken Cooley

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) -  On Monday, January 28, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova) introduced

AB 296, the Climate Innovation Act, that would award grants for the research, development, and acceleration of innovations and technologies mitigating the impacts of climate change. The program would award matching grant funds through a competitive peer review process to make advancement on significant challenges climate change poses.

Scientific reports warn of the devastating impacts to human health, the economy, and our natural environment, unless action is taken to mitigate global warming immediately.

According to the recently released UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report and the National Climate Assessment, impacts on natural systems from global warming have already been observed. Climate related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming of 1.5°C (estimated to occur approximately in the next 20 years) and increase further with warming of 2°C (estimated to occur within the next 100 years). There is a significant possibility that unanticipated and difficult or impossible-to-manage changes in the climate system will occur throughout the next century as multiple climate related events occur simultaneously and key warming thresholds are crossed.

Though the predictions are dire, the world’s leading climate scientists provide hope – outlining a path forward. Future climate risks would be limited by enhancing investments in climate mitigation efforts, making behavioral changes, and accelerating innovation.

“The aim of AB 296 is to accelerate innovation and add more tools to our toolkit to better prepare us for the significant challenges climate change poses,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “With human ingenuity and innovation, we can enable the protection of our natural environment and limit impacts and risks global warming poses to human health, public safety, and the economy.”

Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit

Source: Office of Ken Cooley

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - On Jan. 15, the Board of Supervisors approved a collaborative partnership between Sacramento County and UC Davis Health to deliver primary care, behavioral health, and some specialty services to 5,000 Medi-Cal enrollees at the County-run Federally Qualified Health Center at Broadway and Stockton Boulevard.

“Sacramento County is thrilled for this relationship with UC Davis Health,” said Supervisor Patrick Kennedy. “Together we are committed to ensuring greater access to high-quality health care in our region. UC Davis Health already provides health care services at the Sacramento County Health Center and the expansion will allow for more access to primary care and high-quality health care to Medi-Cal patients.”

Starting Feb. 1, the partnership will bring together a hospital system and Sacramento County health care providers to give coordinated, high-quality care to patients. The unique structure of the agreement is based on that of an Accountable Care Organization, where UC Davis Health provides all care for primary care and behavioral health services for enrollees at the Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center as well as at UC Davis facilities.

“Patients will be phased in over a period of six months to the​ Paul F. Hom Primary Care Facility in the Sacramento County Health Center,” said Peter Beilenson, Director of the Department of Health Services. “These enrollees will be provided with comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services, but will also have opportunities to connect with on-site social service organizations that provide housing assistance, job placement, legal se​rvices, Medi-Cal system navigation and eligibility, and care coordination.”

This collaborative initiative has great potential for all involved:

  • For patients and community members - primary and preventive care to Medi-Cal recipients who currently have limited access to care in the County will be increased and more coordinated
  • For the Sacramento County Health Center and Sacramento County - the Health Center will be fully utilized and serve the ultimate vision of a person-centered medical and social service home for an underserved community with increased reimbursement for services provided. 

Source: Sacramento County Media

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A Holiday Where Student STARS Shine

Story by Trina L. Drotar  |  2019-01-09

Officer Parsons with STAR Lynnae and mom Annette. Photo by Trins Drotat

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – Polite, hard worker, sweet, great smile, perfect school attendance, kind, resilient, energetic, empathetic, loyal, trustworthy, and curious about the world were the words written by the teachers of the 41 elementary school and preschool students who were honored at the second annual Holiday STARS event on December 20. Parents, students, and principals from 13 elementary schools and one preschool gathered by 7:15 a.m. to enjoy breakfast from McDonald’s alongside 41 City of Rancho Cordova staff and Rancho Cordova police officers.

As a couple of principals noted, not all schools are in the same school district, but Rancho Cordova, they said, always remembers that the schools are located within the city and works to honor all of the students attending school there. Cordova Villa, White Rock, Cordova Meadows, Cordova Gardens, Rancho Cordova, Riverview STEM, Peter J. Shields, Williamson, A.M. Winn, Navigator, Sunrise, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert McGarvey were the elementary schools and Cordova Lane Center was the lone preschool.

 “This city is amazing,” said Marty Hock, principal of Sunrise Elementary School, who introduced his students. Faith, who “never complains, is caring, and respectful,” took a bow. Bethany and Naomi’s mother is deployed, and they both share a trait with Faith and other students. “Resilience,” said Hock.

Abraham Lincoln’s students were introduced by Laura Butler, the school’s principal. Siblings Aizik and Vinnicio, shared “hard work and grit” with Chloelynn, one of the first graders selected to be honored.

The event’s emcee pairing of Rancho Cordova Mayor Robert McGarvey and Assistant Chief of Police Chad Lewis was well received. The pair took turns introducing each principal and school and handed each student his or her personalized backpack which included a pair of shoes selected by Famous Footwear. One student’s eyes lit up bright as Christmas lights when he saw a pair of sneakers in his backpack. Student shoe size and favorite brands were submitted to the store by the principals.

Students, officers, city staff, and principals wore Santa hats and donned blue and grey knit gloves celebrating Rancho Cordova’s 15 years of cityhood. Besides the backpack, students each received a bag of clothes from WalMart and a $100 shopping spree at the store.

Photo opportunities sprouted everywhere. Some students were dressed for a possible meeting with Santa, who was spotted handing out candy canes and frolicking with a canine officer. The real excitement began once students, shoppers, and parents entered the store.

Officer Parsons accompanied Riverview STEM Academy’s Lynnae and her mother, Annette. Parsons learned quickly that young girls don’t want to purchase sweet potatoes or batteries. Bubble bath, suggested by her mom, was also turned down.

 “She’s heading for the balloons,” said her mom as Lynnae quickly darted down aisles of colorful ribbons and party supplies. She quickly found the balloons and Parsons helped her choose the best value package. She picked up several items, posed for photos, and quickly left those items behind as she continued her search for the elusive special gift. Parsons, in the meantime, pushed the cart and kept track of the prices.

 “Some kids chose gifts for other people,” said Navigator Elementary teacher Jessica Kahn. “It gives the opportunity to feel good by giving to others.”

Students were selected by their teachers, not necessarily based on grades or attendance, and the comments about each of the students pointed out that they all shared one particular trait – respect. Whether “voracious readers,” “handing out high fives,” or assisting other students with their studies, the students, who often faced challenging home circumstances, smiled and showed appreciation.

 “The City of Rancho Cordova and the Rancho Cordova Police Department are proud of its students and the hard work and effort they put into school,” wrote Mayor Robert McGarvey in an email. “This program is a great way for us to come together during the holiday season to show our students how much we care about their success and future in Rancho Cordova.”

For additional information about Rancho Cordova Police Department, visit For more information about City of Rancho Cordova, visit

Photos by Trina L. Drotar and Sandy Thomas



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