Employer confidence is growing, according to job board CareerBuilder.com, which has been charting job listings each month and publishing the results.
According to the newest findings, CareerBuilder saw a 23 percent year-over-year increase in job listings in March, the biggest gain since the recession.
The job board also said that almost every industry is recording increases, including healthcare, information technology, engineering, sales, customer service, manufacturing, financial services and others.
Many positive signs pointing to job market growth are leading to renewed optimism for U.S. companies. The U.S. added 1.5 million jobs since a recent low in February 2010 and added 230,000 private sector jobs in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“We’re seeing the aggregate numbers on CareerBuilder increase at a much higher percentage rate than in the past,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “This year, job listings in March were up more than 20 percent year-over-year. Last year, the increase was in the mid- single digits. Traffic increases are also stronger in 2011 as more workers return to the labor force to look for jobs and underemployed workers seek out more fulfilling opportunities.”
“While the job market remains highly competitive, hiring is picking up across industries, company sizes and job levels,” Ferguson continued. “Big companies are not just bringing back sales or IT positions, but almost every role within the organization. That’s different from last year when you might have seen a certain function or a division that was hiring.”