Top 50 Metro Areas Experience Job Opening Growth in December Reports Simply Hired


Simply Hired®, a technology company that operates one of the world's largest job search engines, today reported that nationwide job openings have increased for the seventh time in eight months. In December, job openings had an increase of 3.9 percent month-over-month and 10.5 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 January 2013 Employment Outlook, which highlights job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets.

“It is very exciting to see 2012 come to a close with job openings up 10 percent year-over-year,” said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. “Over the last year, we've seen job openings consistently climb while the ratio of unemployed persons to each job opening has held steady. These factors indicate that 2013 is setting up to be another year of positive and steady growth.”

Hiring increases in all 50 major metros

Job openings increased in all 50 of the major metros in December. Cincinnati (9.4%), Austin (7.7%), Salt Lake City (7.4%) and St. Louis (6.2%) experienced the largest gains. In addition, job competition held steady in 49 out of 50 major metros.

Job openings increase in 60 percent of industries

Job openings increased in more than half of all industries (11 out of 18) in December. The non-profit (43.5%) and real estate (11.7%) industries showed the largest gains. Year-over-year, two-thirds of industries are experiencing growth. However, the military (-15.3%) and retail (-12.9%) industries faced the largest decreases in job openings in December.

Farm, fishing and forestry job openings increase.

More than 80 percent of occupation categories (15 out of 18) experienced growth in job openings this month. Farm, fishing and forestry (9.6%), personal care and service (8.8%) and construction and extraction (8.2%) workers experienced the largest amount of growth month-over-month. However, computer engineers (-4.3%) faced the largest decline in December.

About Simply Hired

Simply Hired®, a technology company that operates one of the world's largest job search engines, connects job seekers and employers through its powerful search engine platform and performance-based job advertising solution. With more than 30 million unique visitors per month, the company provides job seekers access to over eight million job openings across all job categories and industries, reaching job seekers on the web, social networks, mobile devices, email and through more than 40,000 partner sites including LinkedIn, Mashable and Bloomberg Businessweek. The Sunnyvale, California-based company has twice been named a “Top Workplace” by The Bay Area News Group and is privately held with funding from Foundation Capital and IDG Ventures.

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