Online Job Opportunities on the Rise Across the Country

online job boards Job seekers may take solace fact that there are a lot more job openings advertised online these days. The number of vacancies advertised online rose 438,000 in January to 4,273,000 according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) Data Series. This increase now offsets approximately 80 percent of the 1.76 million drop in ad volume during the two-year downturn period from April 2007 through April 2009.

"The very strong seasonal gain to start 2011 is welcome news following seven months of essentially flat U.S. labor demand," said June Shelp, vice president at The Conference Board. "Last year, after a promising start (up about 350,000 in January 2010), labor demand fizzled, and the last half of 2010 was actually flat with no appreciable gains in job demand. Hopefully the January 2011 increase suggests that employers are seeing a pickup in their businesses and labor demand will continue to improve throughout this year."

State by state: The supply/demand rate for the United States in December stands at 3.78. That means that there are close to four unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy. The states where there were fewer than two unemployed for every advertised vacancy included North Dakota and South Dakota as well as Nebraska and Alaska (1.96). The state with the highest supply/demand rate is Mississippi, where there are almost eight unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy.

Job by job: Among the top 10 occupation groups with the largest numbers of online advertised vacancies, is health care. Labor demand for health care practitioners and technical workers increased the most in January, led by a demand for registered nurses, as well as family and general practitioners. Additionally, occupations in a variety of office positions posted gains, as did management positions. Job oppenings for business and financial occupations also rose, as did the numbers for sales and related positions.

City by city: The New York metro area was 18 percent above its January 2010 level for online job postings, the Washington, D.C., metro area was 15.4 percent above its January 2010 level, and the Los Angeles metro area was 21.9 percent above last year's level. Salt Lake City's, numbers dipped. Washington, D.C., Boston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Honolulu were the metropolitan locations with the most favorable supply/demand rates, where there were less than two unemployed looking for work, for every advertised vacancy. On the other hand, metro areas in which the number of unemployed is substantially above the number of online advertised vacancies include Riverside, Calif. -- where there are over nine unemployed people for every advertised vacancy (9.83), as well as Miami (5.95), Sacramento (5.72), and Detroit (5.06).


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Mike

if your over 45,out of work, & expected to look for work, don't waste your time ! it's a fruitless effort ! ! !

February 02 2011 at 8:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
perry newman

First off online opportunities are always on the rise at this time of year, however it is not the quantity but the quality of online jobs that matters.

In addition the people who willl get hired for these online jobs are cherry picked out of the crowd and the remainder are left out in the rain.

Online job hunting should be at the bottom of every job hunters job search strategy.

February 02 2011 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary

I have been down to the unemployment office. They offered me a class with a booklet for people over 40 looking for work. Most of the websites in their booklet were pay first for the information type offers; out of date websites; or no information on the website. If the unemployment office can't help me, what chance do I have? I keep trying though. I don't have a choice. Minimum wage is looking good about now, but really need the health benefits....

February 02 2011 at 7:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
timmie

It is a scam and so is the whole internet.

February 02 2011 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Ron

Then why are you using the internet?

February 02 2011 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carol

Those ads go into some HUGE data bank where they store all your personal stuff. They know EVERYTHING about you - but there is no way for you to contact them. And of course they NEVER get back to you. If there isn't a physical address or phone number don't plan on ever hearing from them.

February 02 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LeAndra Lyon

There are a bunch of online jobs, but there are also a bunch of scam artist trying to jump on the band wagon to trick people just like the old "letter stuffing can make you rich" scam! It is harder than you think to actually find any jobs that are REAL most of them are just people trying to make money off you. I looked for two weeks and only found two sites that did what they said.

February 02 2011 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sarah

You can't trust alot of the online job ads.... I don't believe the above info is correct!

February 02 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Vanessa

I agree!!! Bad reporting, no reliable sources.

February 02 2011 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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