Today, SimplyHired.com released its March 2012 Employment Outlook highlighting national and local market outlooks, as well as industry and employer trends. According to the report, nationwide job openings held steady and largely unchanged in February, increasing just 0.2 percent month-over-month and 5.5 percent year-over-year. Nationwide job competition also remained the same at a ratio of three unemployed persons for every one job opening.
On the local level, job openings increased in 30 of the 50 top metro areas. Metros with the largest job growth include Miami & Fort Lauderdale (10.2 percent), Austin (7.7 percent), Orlando (6.5 percent), and Detroit (5.4 percent).
Two occupation categories increased by more than half in February: farming, fishing and forestry workers (67.7 percent) and sales representatives (53.0 percent). Other occupation categories experiencing notable job growth include personal care and services (19.4 percent) and financial specialists and accountants (16.2 percent).