Today Simply Hired reported that nationwide job openings have increased for the sixth time in seven months. In November, job openings had a slight increase of 0.1 percent month-over-month and 3.4 percent year-over-year. Nationwide job competition held steady at a ratio of three unemployed persons for every one job opening.
“We have seen consistent job opening growth during the latter half of this year, which is a very good sign that our economy is headed in the right direction,” said James Beriker, president and CEO of Simply Hired. “Since consumer confidence is continuing to increase and the ratio of unemployed persons to each job opening is holding steady at three to one, Simply Hired has an optimistic view that 2013 will be another year of steady growth.”
Job openings increased in 20 out of 50 major metros in November, however, most changes – both gains and losses – were very minimal this month.
Half of all occupation categories (nine out of 18) experienced growth in job openings this month. The largest amount of growth was seen among educators (6.3 percent) and food workers (5.2 percent). Of the occupations that faced declining job openings, farm, fishing and forestry workers (-8.8 percent) experienced the decrease month-over-month. However, the majority of change, both gains and losses, was relatively small considering that two-thirds of all occupations changed by less than one percent.
For more on the Simply Hired report view the full press release.