Manufacturing Leads Increase in Blue Collar Employment

The nation’s blue collar jobs grew by 0.3 percent in July, adding 52,000 jobs in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging. Manufacturing accounted for much of the gains in blue collar employment as the industry added 37,000 jobs, mainly in durable good, according to a new analysis from the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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Although employment in iron mills, steel mills, and ferroalloy production (a component of durable goods) increased 0.6 percent over the most recent three months, it is too early to determine the impact of US steel tariffs.

In the three states that track iron, steel, and ferroalloy jobs data on a monthly basis, the change in employment was -1.3 percent in Ohio and no change in Pennsylvania and Texas over the most recent three months. Click here for an interactive graph showing the three-month percentage change since the recession in iron and steel mills and ferroalloy production jobs.

Blue Collar Jobs Tracker will continue to follow these and other employment trends regularly.

DC Veteran Silvia Perez-Rathell Joins NAHREP to Drive Expansion

Silvia Perez-Rathell NAHREPThe National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) announced today that Silvia Perez-Rathell has joined the organization as its chief development officer. In her new role, Perez-Rathell will lead corporate and government development efforts for the trade organization and will also be working with the Hispanic Wealth Project (HWP), formerly known as the NAHREP Foundation, from NAHREP’s new secondary office in D.C.

“Silvia is coming in at a perfect time as NAHREP and the Hispanic Wealth Project are expanding to serve the broader Hispanic business communities,” said Gary Acosta, Co-founder and CEO of NAHREP, “She brings a tremendous network of business and government relationships that will add value to our members and fuel additional growth to our organization.” Continue reading “DC Veteran Silvia Perez-Rathell Joins NAHREP to Drive Expansion”

NAHREP Installs Joseph Nery as 2016 National President at Policy Conference

Washington, D.C. – March, 2017 – The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) closed out its 2016 Housing Policy & Hispanic Lending Conference with the installation of Joseph Nery as 2016 President. Nery was installed at NAHREP’s presidential gala where Congressman, Luis V. Gutierrez gave keynote remarks commending NAHREP for its work as one the premiere Hispanic business organizations in the country.

“Through his practice Joe has helped countless individuals achieve the dream of homeownership and begin down the path toward wealth building,” said NAHREP CEO and Co-founder, Gary Acosta, “His expertise and leadership will help us accomplish the ambitious goals we’ve laid out for the organization.”

Nery previously served as Secretary on NAHREP’s National Board of Directors, and has also served at a local level as President of the NAHREP Chicago chapter board. He is a partner at Nery & Richardson LLC, a law firm with a primary focus on real estate.

“I’m honored to lead the organization during this critical time in its growth,” said Joseph Nery. “NAHREP is the industry benchmark for Hispanic professionals in the housing industry and is quickly becoming recognized as the authority on economic empowerment issues.”

Nery is frequently featured in both English and Spanish language on radio and television as an expert in real estate legal matters. Nery resides in his native Chicago with his wife Julianne and their three young sons. 

About NAHREP

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, a nonprofit 501(c)6 trade association, is dedicated to advancing sustainable homeownership among Latinos by educating and empowering the real estate professionals who serve them. NAHREP is the premier trade organization for Hispanics and has more than 20,000 members in 48 states and 35 affiliate chapters.

Latinos Defy National Trend with Major Surge in Homeownership in 2015 According to NAHREP Report

Hispanic Wealth Project logoDespite tight conditions, Latinos see net increase of 245,000 owner households while overall homeownership continues to decline

Washington, D.C. – March 15, 2016 – The Hispanic Wealth Project, in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), revealed data today in their State of Hispanic Homeownership Report that shows an increase in both Hispanic homeownership rates and in the number of owner Hispanic households while overall U.S. homeownership rates have declined for the twelfth consecutive year. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic homeownership rate averaged 45.6 percent in 2015, two-tenths of a percent higher than in 2014, however in the 12 months ending this past December the increase was much more dramatic surging from 44.5 percent to 46.7 percent – the largest one year spike in more than a decade. Continue reading “Latinos Defy National Trend with Major Surge in Homeownership in 2015 According to NAHREP Report”

SBA: Federal Government Breaks Contracting Record for Women-Owned Small Businesses

Photo courtsey of U.S. Small Business Administration.  From the left: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY); SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet; Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA); Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL))
Photo courtsey of U.S. Small Business Administration. From the left: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (NY); SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet; Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA); Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL))

For the first time, federal government hits women’s contracting goal; 5.05 percent or $17.8 billion awarded to Women-Owned Small Businesses; Senior Administration officials and Members of Congress herald historic contracting achievements

WASHINGTON – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, was joined by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-07), Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, Representative Judy Chu (D-CA-27) and Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) recently announced that the federal government has surpassed its five percent contracting goal for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) for the first time in history. Continue reading “SBA: Federal Government Breaks Contracting Record for Women-Owned Small Businesses”