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Job Front: Online Postings Looking Brighter

Jan 28, 2013

Darrell Smith


The region's rocky hiring road appears to be getting a bit smoother, with Sacramento-area employers' online job postings at their highest point in five years.

The state Employment Development Department's Help Wanted OnLine report shows job ads at the 30,000 mark in December 2012.

That's an increase of roughly 3,000 posts over June 2012 and the first time job postings reached the 30,000 level since December 2007.

The numbers remain far off the pace set before the recession took hold in the Sacramento region -- the EDD marked more than 140,000 postings at its early 2007 peak -- but momentum in area job postings continues to build.

Last summer, employers posted more than 27,000 jobs online in June and July, the most since March 2008, according to EDD labor market analysts.

Unemployment in the four-county Sacramento region was unchanged in December at 9.8 percent, according to the EDD, but below the 10.9 percent jobless rate at the same time the previous year.

The usual sectors -- health care and retail -- again took the lead, with ads for registered nurses and retail sales staff placing No. 1 and No. 3 on the list with 1,347 postings and 747 postings, respectively.

But the postings also show increased demand for positions requiring technical skills.

Computer systems analysts (ranked 2), web developers (7), computer support specialists (8) and computer software engineers for applications (9) were all among the area's top 10 job postings.

Employers with the most postings held to form, with the region's three health care networks -- Sutter Health, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente -- leading the way.

The three health care groups were responsible for more than 1,600 postings, according to the EDD's report.

Wells Fargo, staffing firm Allegis Group, drugstore chain CVS Caremark and Deloitte, an auditing and consultant company, also made the list of employers.

And technology needs were also on employers' minds, with tech personnel firms Voit Information Sciences and CyberCoders among the employers with the most ads.

The demand makes sense.

In its survey of Sacramento employers released in December, personnel firm Pacific Staffing found nearly 10 percent of area employers reported difficulty finding information technology workers, particularly programmers for specific industry needs.

Library helps job seekers

Winters residents can find employment and other information today at Winters Library, 708 Railroad Ave.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and led by Yolo County's Department of Employment and Social Services, offers information on county services and employment programs and state programs such as CalWORKs. Staffers will be available to answer questions.

For more information on Yolo County Employment and Social Services programs, call (530) 661-2750.

Source: (c)2013 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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