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Nationwide Job Openings Increase in Five of Last Six Months Reports Simply Hired


Simply Hired®, the world's most comprehensive job site, today reported that for the fifth time in six months the U.S. has experienced growth in job openings. In October, job openings increased 4.1 percent month-over-month and 8.0 percent 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 November 2012 Employment Outlook, which highlights job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets.

“It is very encouraging to see that job openings have increased again this month, marking a steady growth trend in the right direction,” said Gautam Godhwani, co-founder and CEO of Simply Hired. “With the U.S. Presidential Election around the corner, Americans will be putting their bets on a leader for our nation who can continue to create economic growth.”

Hiring increases in all major metro areas

Job openings increased in all 50 of the major metros. Salt Lake City (8.8 percent) and Miami & Fort Lauderdale (7.8 percent) had the largest gains in October. In addition, the ratio of job openings to job seekers improved in one-third of all major metros, including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Houston.

Job openings increase in majority of all industries

Job openings increased in almost three-quarters (72.2 percent) of industries in October. The largest gains were seen in the automotive (13.0 percent) and transportation (10.1 percent) industries. Decreases were seen in five industries, including government (-25.0 percent) and non-profit (-15.7 percent). Year-over-year, nearly 75 percent of industries are experiencing job opening growth.

Law enforcement, fire & safety and retail salesperson jobs increase

More than 80 percent of all occupation categories (15 out of 18) experienced growth in job openings. However, law enforcement, fire & safety (14.4 percent) experienced the largest amount of growth and retail salespersons (10.2 percent) followed close behind due to continued seasonal hiring. In contrast, military personnel (-5.6 percent) experienced the largest decline month-over-month.

About Simply Hired

Simply Hired ( is the world's most comprehensive job site. With more than 30 million unique visitors per month, the company provides job seekers free access to over eight million job openings from company career sites, newspapers and job boards – delivering more jobs than any other site. offers the most advanced mobile, social and personalization features to surface relevant jobs and reveal people that you know at hiring companies. Simply Hired connects employers to qualified candidates through its proven pay-for-performance recruiting solution and offers the most cost-effective way to reach candidates across all industries and geographies. It also operates the largest recruitment advertising network reaching both active and passive candidates by publishing jobs to over 25,000 partner sites, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable and The Washington Post. The Sunnyvale, California-based company has twice been named a “Top Workplace” by The Bay Area News Group and is funded by Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures.

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