Job Openings Rise Across the Country: Simply Hired
April 3, 2013
Job search engine company Simply Hired today reported that for
the ninth time in 11 months the U.S. has experienced growth in job openings. In
March, job openings were up 8.4% month-over-month and 23.2% year-over-year.
Nationwide job competition held steady at a ratio of three unemployed persons
for every one job opening. These findings are part of Simply Hired's April 2013
Employment Outlook, which highlights job industry and employer trends in
national and regional U.S. markets.
"March marks the ninth time in 11 months we have seen increases in job openings
across the country, showcasing a strong pattern of growth for the economy," said
James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. "Each of the top 50 metros
experienced job-opening growth and nearly all industries also experienced
growth. As we move into spring, this is a great sign for the economy."
Hiring in major metros
Job openings increased in all 50 major metros in March. One quarter of metros
experienced double-digit growth, with Salt Lake City (14.2%), Indianapolis
(12.6%) and Albuquerque (12.5%) seeing the largest gains. In addition, the ratio
of job seekers to job openings held steady in nearly all metro areas.
Job openings by industry
Job openings increased in 17 out of 18 industries in March. The largest gains
were seen in manufacturing (15.2%) and government (14.4%). Agriculture
experienced double-digit-gains for the third month in a row. The only industry
that saw a decrease during March was legal (-28.7%). More than three-quarters of
all industries experienced year-over-year growth.
Building and groundskeeper jobs
A large majority of occupation categories (19 out of 24) experienced growth in
job openings in March. Building and groundskeepers (9.2%) and educators (7.9%)
experienced the largest amount of growth month-over-month. Military personnel
(-3.9%) and installation, maintenance and repair workers (-2.0%) faced the
largest decline in March. Health care was the top hiring industry during March.
Source: Simply Hired
Source: Copyright Business Wire 2013