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Nationwide, jobs openings continued to grow in January

February 1st, 2013

SimplyHired The new jobs report had some good news: job growth was steady in January and much better than reported at the end of 2012. Another report out today also saw continuing job growth this year.

Simply Hired, a technology company that operates one of the world’s largest job search engines, today reported that nationwide job openings continued to grow, with a 1.1 percent increase in January.

Meanwhile, year-over-year job openings increased 7.6 percent. 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 February 2013 Employment Outlook, which highlights job industry and employer trends in national and regional U.S. markets.

“As many seasonal jobs come to a close in January, it is encouraging to see job opening growth continue this month,” said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired.

“January marks the eighth time in nine months that we have seen an increase in nationwide job openings. It is even more encouraging to see some of the slower areas in the country showing year-over-year growth.”

Hiring increases in 80 percent of major metros

Job openings increased in 40 out of 50 major metros in January. West Palm Beach (6.0 percent), Seattle & Tacoma (4.2 percent), Las Vegas (4.1 percent) and Atlanta (3.3 percent) experienced the largest gains. In addition, the ratio of job seekers to job openings held relatively steady in the majority of metro areas.

Half of all industries see job openings increase

Job openings increased in 9 out of 18 industries in January. The agriculture (21.1 percent) and technology (13.7 percent) industries showed the largest gains. However, industries that decreased include non-profit (-30.0 percent) and legal (-22.6 percent). Year-over-year, sixty percent of industries are have experienced growth.

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