Online Job Openings Essentially Flat for June: Report
the weather, job openings depend on where you live. New York, New
Jersey and Pennsylvania are running hot, but California is filled with
June gloom as the state saw the largest decline in job openings in the
losing 46,800 vacancies.
Job vacancies for June were considered unchanged
nationally as tracked online by the non-profit, pro-business organization The
Conference Board as reported in its monthly Help Wanted OnLine series. The
supply-and-demand rate is 3.62 unemployed persons for every job vacancy which
is a marked improvement from the 4.73 rate from last October.
"In the last two months, labor demand has been
little changed following a strong start for spring hiring in April," said June
Shelp, vice president at The Conference Board. "Thus far, job demand has been
uneven across geographies and occupations, and weakness in the housing market
is one factor."
Technology job postings for the month were down
12,700 nationally at 554,900, as were management, and administrative positions.
On the rise, health care and business financial operations. Health care was the
largest gainer by 51,900 at 592,300 postings.
Job vacancies moved slightly up last month by
19,600 to 4,154,000, but May saw a decline in openings. Regionally, the
Northeast was the big gainer adding 50,600 online postings, while the West saw
declines of 51,600 as did the Midwest which dropped more than 20,000
vacancies. The South saw increases of 49,200.
"While all states have experienced some positive
upturn in labor demand, states that were heavily impacted by the housing market
downturn, in general, are rebounding more slowly," said Shelp. "Also,
occupations that are most closely associated with real estate-construction,
architecture and engineering and legal-have been slower to advertise for
additional workers while the labor demand in other occupations such as sales,
entertainment, food preparation, and healthcare and personal care have already
risen to pre-recession levels."
Some of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. are seeing healthy year-over-year increases in job vacancies. From the report:
"Among the three metro areas with the largest numbers of advertised vacancies, the New York metro area was 45 percent above its June 2009 level, the Washington, D.C., metro area was 28 percent above its June 2009 level, and the Los Angeles metro area was 8 percent above last year's level."
In a forthcoming report from Glassdoor.com on employment confidence, less than half of nearly 3,000 workers are facing cuts in pay, bonuses and benefits.