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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

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