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Record New Car Sales Year

Recond Year in Car Sales
2015 saw a record 17.5 million new cars sold in the USA. Passing a 15 year old record it totalled over $570 billion with the average sale at $34,450. Low gas prices, low interest and continued pent up demand paved the way.

Car Sales Strong

Despite a multitude of problems
from recalls to cheating, the US
market remains strong!

October YTD -

YOY

Make % change
Buick -0.20%
Cadillac 13.00%
Chevrolet 17.60%
GMC 18.00%
General Motors 15.90%
Ford 14.30%
Lincoln -4.50%
Ford Motor Co. 13.40%
Lexus 13.20%
Scion 49.90%
Toyota 12.00%
Toyota/Scion 13.00%
Toyota Motor Sales 13.00%
Chrysler 0.90%
Dodge 12.30%
Ram 2.90%
Fiat 0.90%
Jeep 33.30%
FCA US 14.70%
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 14.60%
Acura 4.20%
Honda 9.30%
American Honda Motor Co. 8.60%
Infiniti 23.20%
Nissan 11.50%
Nissan North America 12.50%
Hyundai 19.80%
Kia 12.00%
Hyundai-Kia 16.10%
Audi 16.80%
Porsche 11.00%
VW 0.20%
VW Group Of America 5.80%
Subaru 20.00%
BMW -3.80%
Mini -22.90%
BMW Group -6.60%
Mercedes-Benz 3.30%
Smart USA 23.20%
Daimler AG 3.70%
Mazda 35.40%
Mitsubishi 19.80%
Jaguar -1.90%
Land Rover 97.60%
Jaguar Land Rover N.A. 76.10%
Volvo Cars N.A. 86.90%
Tesla 15.30%
Other*** 2.10%

TOTAL U.S.              

LIGHT VEHICLE

13.60%

Social Media

Social Media
65% of companies surveyed found new hires through social media in the past year.  57% through Linkedin, 30% through professional or association network sites and 19% through Facebook. The Society of Human Resource Management conducted this survey and also learned that HR professionals almost unanimously recommend that job seekers should have a strong presence on the web. Employers are increasingly searching these sites for potential hires.

On the flip side a large percentage of employers check the web sites of potential hires for content, as do we. Most are pretty well displayed, but too many are not professional and give a negative impression. Poor grammar, bad spelling, inappropriate topics or graphics. It is amazing what people have on their media knowing that an employer has full access to it. If you are in a job search, be sure to police your online presence. Build them like you would a resume with spell and grammar check. If some of your friends post inappropriate items that hit your wall be sure to unfriend them. It just takes one questionable item to hit your wall at the wrong time and you could miss that opportunity.

Big 3 Gains

Detroit 3, Nissan post double-digit gains in September

AutoNews bulletin, David Phillips

The Detroit 3 and Nissan Group, helped by Labor Day promotions and higher light truck demand, all reported double-digit U.S. sales gains for September amid fresh forecasts that the industry would record its strongest performance in more than a decade.

Las Vegas Odds for President

Las Vegas Odds

2016

2016 US Presidential  2016 US Presidential
Election Election
Paddypower.com bovada.com   
Sports Betting oddsshark.com
Sept. 20, 2015 odds Sept. 20, 2015 odds
Hillary Clinton 11/8    Hillary Clinton +150
Jeb Bush 9/2    Jeb Bush +450
Donald Trump 11/2    Donald Trump +500
Bernie Sanders 8/1    Joe Biden +800
Joe Biden 10/1    Bernie Sanders +1000
Marco Rubio 14/1    Marco Rubio +1400
Carly Fiorina 18/1    Scott Walker +2000
John Kasich 25/1    Carly Fiorina +2500
Scott Walker 33/1    John Kasich +2500
Rand Paul 33/1    Ben Carson +3000
Ben Carson 40/1    Ted Cruz +4000
Chris Christie 40/1    Chris Christie +5000
Bobby Jindal 40/1    Elizabeth Warren +10000
Ted Cruz 50/1    Rand Paul +10000
Mike Huckabee 50/1    Bobby Jindal +25000
Rick Santorum 66/1 Plus is the amount you need to bet to win $100.

$15 Minimum Wage

Lead, follow or get out of the way because $15 per hour minimum wage will be here sooner or later.......People today are assuming it will be law and asking for it now.
Are you prepared?    Read more..

Minimum Wage Historical

Year Federal
Minimum In 2015
Wage Dollars
1955 0.75 6.60
1956 1.00 8.76
1957 1.00 8.76
1958 1.00 8.44
1959 1.00 8.06
1960 1.00 7.93
1961 1.15 8.99
1962 1.15 8.93
1963 1.25 9.66
1964 1.25 9.43
1965 1.25 9.34
1966 1.25 9.16
1967 1.40 9.99
1968 1.60 11.00
1969 1.60 10.50
1970 1.60 9.89
1971 1.60 9.37
1972 1.60 9.02
1973 1.60 8.77
1974 2.00 10.17
1975 2.10 9.95
1976 2.30 9.73
1977 2.30 9.73
1978 2.65 10.02
1979 2.90 10.06
1980 3.10 9.49
1981 3.35 9.11
1982 3.35 8.37
1983 3.35 8.06
1984 3.35 7.77
1985 3.35 7.47
1986 3.35 7.20
1987 3.35 7.12
1988 3.35 6.82
1989 3.35 6.53
1990 3.80 7.08
1991 4.25 7.46
1992 4.25 7.24
1993 4.25 7.03
1994 4.25 6.84
1995 4.25 6.67
1996 4.75 6.50
1997 5.15 7.62
1998 5.15 7.50
1999 5.15 7.38
2000 5.15 7.19
2001 5.15 6.95
2002 5.15 6.84
2003 5.15 6.68
2004 5.15 6.56
2005 5.15 6.35
2006 5.15 6.14
2007 5.85 6.83
2008 6.55 7.32
2009 7.25 8.10
2010 7.25 7.88
2011 7.25 7.77
2012 7.25 7.54
2013 7.25 7.41
2014 7.25 7.25
2015 7.25 7.20

Mike Mangapit 40 Under 40

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A shout out to Michael Mangapit, Fixed Operations Director for the Larson Automotive Group in Tacoma. Michael was one of the 40 automotive “high achieving” professionals under 40 in the latest issue of Automotive News. Noted for his exceptional leadership skills and focus on people first led him to success in transforming his store and then the group of stores he now oversees.

Check out the Automotive News video by clicking here

US Job Openings Record High

US job openings hit record high in April but hiring edges down June 9, 2015

     The number of US job openings in April rose 5.2% from March to almost 5.4 million, according to seasonally adjusted numbers released today by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. April had the highest level of job openings since the series began in December 2000.
     Job openings increased in healthcare and social assistance but fell in arts, entertainment and recreation. Job openings increased the most in the West.
     The job openings rate — a measure of job openings compared with total employment — rose to 3.7% in April from 3.5% in March.
     The number of hires edged down 1.6% in April to about 5.0 million. There was little to no change in the number of hires in all industries or regions over the month. The number of separations also fell 3.6% to almost 4.9 million.

     - See more at: http://www.staffingindustry.com/Research-Publications/Daily-News/US-job-openings-hit-record-high-in-April-but-hiring-edges-down-34333#sthash.sBQfp9Pf.dpuf

25 Best Cities for Jobs

25 Best Cities for Jobs
       Glassdoor.com
Seattle is Tied for Second


1. Raleigh, NC– Glassdoor Job Score: 4.1

  • Number of Job Openings: 24,146
  • Population: 1,242,974
  • Median Base Salary: $50,950
  • Median Home Value: $198,400
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

2. Kansas City, MO– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

  • Number of Job Openings: 28,786
  • Population: 2,071,133
  • Median Base Salary: $46,000
  • Median Home Value: $138,500
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.2

3. Oklahoma City, OK– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

  • Number of Job Openings: 16,759
  • Population: 1,336,767
  • Median Base Salary: $38,100
  • Median Home Value: $129,400
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

4. Austin, TX– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.9

  • Number of Job Openings: 33,198
  • Population: 1,943,299
  • Median Base Salary: $50,000
  • Median Home Value: $226,400
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

5. Seattle, WA– Glassdoor Score: 3.9

  • Number of Job Openings: 69,423
  • Population: 3,671,478
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000
  • Median Home Value: $344,700
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.3

6.           Salt Lake City, UT– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.8

7.           San Jose, CA– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

8.           Louisville, KY– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

9.           San Antonio, TX– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

10.         Washington, D.C.– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

11.         St. Louis, MO– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

12.         San Francisco, CA– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.7

13.         Columbus, OH– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

14.         Dallas-Fort Worth, TX– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

15.         Boston, MA– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

16.         Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.6

17.         Atlanta, GA– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.5

18.         Memphis, TN– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.4

19.         Indianapolis, IN– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

20.         Chicago, IL– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

21.         Houston, TX– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

22.         Baltimore, MD– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.3

23.         Richmond, VA– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.2

24.         Pittsburgh, PA– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1

25.         Nashville, TN– Glassdoor Job Score: 3.1

http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/best-cities-jobs/

Hiring

Hiring is in Full Swing

Job openings are plentiful. Since autumn they have been at their highest level in 13 years.  Employers of all stripes are hiring again. Businesses both big and small will snap up workers to the tune of 200,000 a month through 2015. By Dec. the unemployment rate will fall to 5.1%, its lowest level since April 2008. It’s now at 5.4%......   The Kiplinger Letter, May 15, 2015

Service Advisor Overtime Pay

Service Advisors ARE Subject to Overtime

The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which covers Washington,
Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and other states, found that this class of
employee does not fit into the categories listed in the Fair Labor
Standards Act overtime exemption (1966), which covers any salesman,
parts man or mechanic primarily engaged in the selling or service of
automobiles. Circuit Judge Susan Graber found that “because plaintiffs
do not fit within any of those definitions; they sell servicing on cars.”

Effectively the March 24, 2015 ruling means that people employed as
Service Advisors at dealerships within the 9th circuit are now entitled
to overtime pay, according to the attorneys for the plaintiffs. Read the
complete text of the decision in the .pdf link below.

US Court of Appeals No. 13-55323 D.C.No. 2:12-cv-08051-RGK-MRW
Navarro V. Encino Motors LLC
http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/03/24/13-55323.pdf

A Tight Talent Market is Looming!


     A Tight Talent Market is Looming…
To find qualified employees in coming years employers will have to beat the bushes. Demand for workers is climbing in many industries (including automotive) as skilled baby boomers retire in droves. As of 2016 retirees will begin to outpace young labor entrants and the gap will keep expanding for at least a decade. Immigrants and automation….yes, including robots… will help to pick up the slack, but not nearly enough.

The labor squeeze is poised to boost wages crimping profits for a variety of businesses. After years of sluggish pay growth of 2% or less, wages will climb 2.2% this year and nearly 3% in 2016.

Employers will also spend more on training  after a lengthy period of relative labor surpluses that allowed many of them to cherry-pick top workers. Some will also ease job criteria to get more applicants.

Many other good paying jobs are going begging. A variety of businesses are looking for
……auto Mechanics…..
     The Kiplinger Letter, March 27, 2015

Chrysler's 5 Years of Growth

FCA moves up 1.7% in March, extends streak to 5 full years

Fiat Chrysler rode strong demand for Jeeps and a sales push for the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart sedans to pull out a 1.7 percent sales gain in March. The increase means the automaker extended its streak of monthly sales increases to five full years.        Automotive News

Little Known Automotive Facts

Little Known Automotive Facts

  • During WWII Chrysler built B29s that bombed Japan.
    Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down.
    Both companies now build cars in a joint called Diamond Star.
  • The first vehicle to move under its own power was in 1765.
    The first speed ticket was issued for doing 12MPH in a 5MPH zone in 1904.
  • In 1916 55% of all cars in the world were Model T Fords.
  • In 2009 the $2400, 73mpg Tata Nano was introduced in India.
  • There are currently 1 billion cars in use on earth today.
    About 165000 cars are produced each day.
  • There are over 30,000 parts in an average car.
  • The 3 point Swedish patented seatbelt saves one life every 6 minutes. It is free to all manufacturers.
  • Aston Martin’s name is from its founder, Lionel Martin, who raced at Aston Hill.

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