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Online job postings show double-digit growth in July

The number of postings on job sites is increasing, an indicator that hiring is picking up in a number of industries, according to an article posted today on Human Resource Executive Online.

Monster, Careerbuilder, and Simply Hired, a job aggregator that culls jobs from a number of online sources, have all reported generous job posting growth compared to a year ago.

Monster, which measures activity on a variety of sites, recently reported a 21-percent increase in July, compared to the same month one year before.

Careerbuilder reported on an 18-percent increase, while Simply Hired said that that they saw postings increase by 55%, from 2.2 million in July 2009 to 3.5 million in July 2010.

According to a recent report by another job aggregator, Indeed.com, virtually every industry has enjoyed an upswing in postings. In 11 out of 12 industries, job postings increased. Transportation saw a 103-percent increase in online help-wanted ads, while manufacturing was up 44 percent, hospitality increased by 34 percent and information technology rose by 32 percent.

Healthcare, while still claiming the most postings of any industry on Indeed with 690,000 ads, was the only industry that recorded a drop and was down 2%.

The Conference Board’s annual report on job listings also reflected an increase in postings across the board. According to a report released at the beginning of this month, online advertised vacancies rose 139,200 in July to 4,293,300 following a very small increase in June.

“After rising sharply in December and January, online job demand for the nation as a whole has settled into a more modest pattern over the last six months, with increases that have averaged about 43,000 per month,” said June Shelp, Vice President at The Conference Board. “The gains in job demand vary across the country with some East Coast states —New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland—posting steady and strong upward trends throughout this year. Steady but more modest improvement better characterizes online job demand in other states like Washington, Ohio, Oregon and Texas.”

Among the top 10 occupation groups with the largest numbers of online advertised vacancies, the Conference Board reports that management occupations posted the largest July increase, up 40,200 to 580,500.  The July rise was largely due to increases in demand for marketing managers, computer and information systems managers, sales managers, and medical and health services managers.

Demand for office and administrative support jumped by 55,100 and was led by an increased demand for a wide variety of office staff positions including secretaries, and general office clerks. Computer and occupations were up 31,800 to 586,700 in July.

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